College of Business

The Joseph A. Butt, S.J., College of Business, founded in 1947, holds membership in the American Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, Association of American Colleges, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, National Catholic Educational Association, the Southern Business Administration Association, and the Southwestern Business Administration Association. 

The College of Business' baccalaureate program was accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 1950. The graduate division of the College was established in 1961 and accredited in 1974. The College successfully maintains accreditation, most recently in 2023. Loyola University New Orleans is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC).

Contact information can be found on the website for the Office of the Dean and all Faculty and Staff.


Use the links below to navigate College of Business programs and important policies:

Academic Programs

An academic program is a student's degree and major. Each academic program listed in the University Bulletin outlines what course requirements students need for successful completion of the program. 

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 Double Major Guidelines

Students who choose to double major within the College of Business (pursue two of the available business majors simultaneously) may count the required major courses in their second business major toward any unspecified "business electives" required in their primary business major in order to reduce the overall course load required to double major.

Students can, at times, count a single cross-listed course (e.g. MGT/MKT B335 Advanced Business Communications) toward specified major area electives in two majors simultaneously (e.g. if the student was a MGT/MKT double major, using MGT/MKT B335 to fulfill both a MGT and a MKT elective), but only with the permission of the Associate Dean and only for specified courses.

Students who pursue a double major between a College of Business program and another Loyola program outside of the College of Business should select the business major as their primary major and reside in the College of Business as the department of record. This allows the student more direct access to services restricted to business students such as programs through the Business Portfolio Program office.

Students with double majors are assigned an advisor in each area of study to ensure adequate progress through the requirements of both degree programs.

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Independent Study Guidelines

A student may apply for an independent study only in the following case, and only if they have met with a full-time instructor who has agreed to facilitate the independent study:

  1. The student desires to study a business topic(s) not covered in courses offered by the college or the student desires to delve further into a course topic.

A cumulative Loyola GPA of at least 2.0 is required in order to be eligible to apply for independent study (this GPA does not itself guarantee independent study will be granted). In general, students applying for independent study should also possess at least junior standing. Exceptions must be discussed with and approved by the Associate Dean. Students must complete a formal application prior to registration and must obtain approval from the instructor and the Associate Dean. Application forms and additional information are available from the Director of Student Services. Independent studies are not to be used in place of course requirements and must follow regular registration ADD and DROP deadlines. 

Please see also: university wide academic regulations governing independent study requests

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Internship Program Requirements

Students must complete an internship as part of their business degree. Students must have junior or senior standing to count the internship towards the official requirement. Internships may take place in the summer, fall, or spring semester and require a minimum of 120 hours to be spent over a minimum of 5 consecutive weeks at the job site. Students must also complete an academic component as defined and approved by the academic internship supervisor.

Internship grades are assigned on a Pass / Fail basis. The grade is based on the following criteria:

  • Meeting requirements set by the academic supervisor and the site supervisor,
  • Confidential performance evaluation given by the internship site supervisor, and
  • Completion of an academic component as approved by the academic supervisor.

The required internship course (BA B497) is 3 credit hours and counts toward the student's 120 credit hour degree requirement. Students must have a cumulative Loyola GPA of at least 2.0 to enroll in an internship. Credit earned through an internship may not be applied to the university or college's residence requirement. Internships are coordinated through the Business Portfolio Program office and must be approved by the Associate Director of the Business Portfolio Program.

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Portfolio Program Requirements

The Business Portfolio Program is a required series of eight, sequential, non-credit courses focusing on students’ career and professional development. Portfolio grades are assigned on a Pass / Fail basis. The grading policy for Portfolio courses outlined below is administered and enforced through the Dean’s office.

  1. To earn a passing grade, a student must complete all course requirements stipulated in the syllabus posted every semester to Black Board. Students who have not completed all assignments as stipulated on the syllabus will receive an F for the semester. No Incompletes (grade of I) are given for Portfolio courses.
  2. No make-ups are allowed without medical excuses. 
  3. Incoming transfer students will not be required to make up Portfolio courses that they missed prior to transferring to the CoB. However, they will be enrolled in a Portfolio course upon becoming a CoB major and must pass all Portfolio courses going forward.
  4. Students who study abroad for a semester or year will be waived from the Portfolio requirements for those semesters only.
  5. Portfolio exemptions for medical reasons will be handled on a case by case basis through the Dean’s office.

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Regulations on Degree Completion

The College of Business complies with all Loyola University Academic Regulations set forth in this University Bulletin, and adheres to the following college-wide regulations regarding degree completion. To complete an academic program offered by the College of Business, a student must adhere to the following conditions. Compliance with university and college regulations is part of the certification of degree completion finalized by the Dean's Office.

In order to graduate, a student must meet any degree program or curricular requirements of the university and the college, and must possess a cumulative Loyola grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0. Students must also complete all of the listed required courses for their chosen major(s) and have a GPA of at least 2.0 in those major courses taken at Loyola.

In addition to University undergraduate residency requirements, a student must complete at least half of the business core courses taught in the College of Business and at least 15 credit hours of the required courses of their chosen major(s) while at Loyola. Additionally, the capstone BA B445 "Strategic Management" (formerly Business Policy) and BA B415 "Business Ethics" courses must both be taken at Loyola. Course substitutions and exceptions to these requirements are allowed only with permission of the Associate Dean.

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Transfer Credit Guidelines

The College of Business complies with university-wide undergraduate transfer credit regulations, and adheres to the following college-wide regulations regarding credit applied to a degree. Based on acceptance by Admissions, review by the Office of the Registrar, and with the approval of the College of Business Dean’s Office, transfer students may receive course credit for business program coursework completed at a community college or an institution not accredited by AACSB prior to admission, but course credit will not be granted for business program courses completed at the freshman or sophomore level at another institution that are only offered at the junior or senior level at Loyola. For credit applied to the program after matriculation begins, the College of Business complies with university wide regulations governing enrollment at other universities with one additional, college specific regulation: business program courses can only be taken at institutions accredited by AACSB.

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Curriculum Design

Loyola University New Orleans' undergraduate curriculum in Business provides students in-depth preparation and knowledge in today’s competitive business environment and their specific major area. Together, the major and the Loyola Core cultivate students' intellectual, professional, personal, social, and spiritual transformations in the pursuit of happy, productive, and purposeful lives with and for others.   

The curriculum is divided into five parts:

Part One–Loyola Core

The Loyola Core is a series of multidisciplinary courses designed to be intellectually engaging and promote personal growth and reflection in the Jesuit tradition. The Loyola Core is required for all undergraduate programs at the University, and complements the major and adjunct courses by embracing an interdisciplinary, holistic approach to learning that focuses on the development of the whole person. The Loyola Core is comprised of Foundation and Knowledge-Values courses. 

Part Two–Business Core

The Business Core area serves as the academic, professional, and skills-based foundation for all undergraduate programs in the College of Business. The Business Core is composed of 48 or 52 credit hours of coursework, depending on the major. 

Part Three–Major Courses

The major is a series of courses that lead to a student's mastery of knowledge in a specific area of business. Each major requires between 24 and 30 credit hours of coursework. 

Part Four-Electives

The number of electives will be determined by program, and may be specified as either Business, Major, or Non-Business Electives. Non-Business Elective requirements can be satisfied by any non-developmental undergraduate course not already being used in the Loyola Core or major. Students may use their elective credits to pursue a minor or a double-major or to take courses that will prepare them for graduate studies or professional development.

Students may also decide to use their elective credits to take a variety of courses that are of interest to them.

Part Five-Business Portfolio Career Program

The Portfolio Program is an 8 semester sequence of 0 credit hour, Pass/Fail courses with topics related to professional development. The program culminates in job search planning and interviewing in a student’s senior year. 

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