Three-Year Degree Plan

The three-year degree plan was created to demonstrate that it is possible for you to graduate in six regular and three summer semesters. However, a three-year degree plan is not best suited for every student. It assumes:

  • No remedial coursework is required.
  • The student does not fail any classes.
  • The student does not change either the major or minor.
  • The student is willing to take classes each summer.

Also, a three-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that you may bring with you upon admission to the University. Please remember that course availability and prerequisites are subject to change, so consult with your advisor when scheduling your classes. A list of course offerings is listed on the course rotation page.

This is a model four-year degree plan. Your path to graduation may vary slightly based on factors such as college credit you earned while in high school, your choice of a minor or second major, and placement in English and mathematics.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

Total hours18
ENG 110 Writing I 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
MTH 135 Math OR above (not 145) 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
Natural World with Lab 4

Second semester (spring)

Total hours18
MGT 286 Business Communications 3
ECO 155 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
QBA 237 Basic Business Statistics 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Human Cultures - Humanities 3
CIS 200 Critical and Creative Thinking Using Information Technology 3

Third semester (summer)

Total hours6
ACC 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
LAW 231 Legal Environment of Business 3

Fourth semester (fall)

Total hours18
ACC 211 Introduction to Managerial Accounting 3
ECO 165 Principles of Microeconomics 3
Cultural Competence 3
CIS 260 Introduction to Java Programming 3
Human Cultures - Arts 3
CIS 201 Computer Applications for Business 3

Fifth semester (spring)

Total hours18
CIS 266 Introduction to .Net Development with C#
or CIS 370 Introduction to Web Development
CIS 330 Networking and Linux OS 3
CIS 388 Information Systems Analysis and Design 3
MGT 340 Principles of Management 3
FIN 380 Financial Management 3
Natural World 3

Sixth semester (summer)

Total hours7
LAW 332 Debtor and Creditor Rights and Remedies 1
MKT 350 Principles of Marketing 3
Globalization Course 3

Seventh semester (fall)

Total hours18
CIS 395 Database Management Systems Concepts and Design 3
MKT 364 Operations Management 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States since 1877
CIS 581 Foundations of Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) 3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines
or ENG 221 Writing II: Writing for the Professions
ITSM List 3

Eighth semester (spring)

Total hours15
CIS 420 IT Services Project Management
or TCM 359 Principles of Project Management
CIS 429 Information Systems with Business Intelligence 3
ITSM List 3
ITSM List 3
Globalization Course 3

Ninth semester (summer)

Total hours3
MGT 487 Strategic Management and Policy 3

GPA requirements

GPA requirements include a minimum 2.00 Missouri State GPA and a minimum 2.50 combined GPA to be guaranteed admission to the College of Business. Students must complete CIS 260 with a grade of "C" or better.