Dean - James Hoffman

Associate Dean (Academics) - Kathleen Brook

Associate Dean (Research) - William Gould

Mission of the College of Business

The College of Business transforms lives by providing highly respected programs, instruction and scholarly activities that drive economic, social, educational and community development for New Mexico's diverse population.

Requirements for the Bachelor Degrees

  • Successful completion of the New Mexico General Education Requirements and NMSU Viewing a Wider World Courses.
  • Successful completion of College of Business Requirements below and major requirements. For the Bachelor of Arts in Economics, see the Economics and International Business section for specific requirements.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all courses taken at NMSU to meet lower and upper division business core and major requirements.
  • All majors except Economics and International Business require a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all courses taken to meet the requirements of the major.  For Economics and International Business majors, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for courses taken to meet the requirements for the major.
  • A minimum of 50% of business credits required for a Bachelor of Accountancy or Bachelor of Business Administration degree or 18 business credits required for a Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree must be completed in the College of Business and a minimum of 12 credits required in the major must be completed in the College. See sections below for major-specific transfer criteria.  A total of no more than six credits of courses designated as 300E may be used to satisfy the required upper division business elective, the ECON/A ST elective, and electives in the major.

The only courses that may be taken on an S/U option by students in the College of Business are those designated S/U only, general electives outside the college, and up to 9 credits of HON courses used to fulfill General Education requirements.

Before taking upper-division courses (numbered 300 or above) offered by the College of Business, students must complete all lower-division course requirements with the required minimum grades or better.

Upper division business course credits completed more than ten years prior to the degree application will be reviewed by the course department head and dean (or a designee) to determine their continued suitability to satisfy current degree, major and minor requirements and learning objectives.

Course Requirements

Prefix Title Credits
General Education Requirements
Grades of C- or better are required in general education communications courses.
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
Choose one from the following:4
Rhetoric and Composition4
Rhetoric and Composition Honors4
Rhetoric and Composition for International and Multilingual Students4
English Composition - Level 2
ENGL 203GBusiness and Professional Communication3
Oral Communication
Choose one from the following:3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations3
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication3
Principles of Human Communication Honors3
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 121GCollege Algebra (Foundation Requirement) 13
Area III/IV: Laboratory Science and Social/Behavioral SciencesCourses10
Area III: Laboratory Science Course (4 credits) 2
Grades of C- or better are required in ECON 251G and ECON 252G.
Principles of Macroeconomics (Credits are counted in general education)3
Principles of Microeconomics (Credits are counted in general education)3
Area V: Humanities 23
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 23
General Education Elective3
Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences3
Viewing a Wider World Courses 36
Foundation Requirements 4
Choose one from the following (grade of C- or better required):3
If A ST 251G/STAT 251G is taken before MATH 121G then the Statistics course will satisfy the Area II Requirement and MATH 121G must be taken as a foundation requirement 1
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences (Foundation Requirement)3
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences (Foundation Requirement)3
Statistical Applications (Foundation Requirement - doesn't count as Gen.Ed )3
Business Core: Lower Division (minimum grades of C- required)
ACCT 221Principles of Accounting I (Financial) (not recommended for freshman year)3
ACCT 222Principles of Accounting II (Managerial)3
BCIS 110Fundamentals of Information Literacy and Systems3
BUSA 111Introduction to Business3
Business Core: Upper Division
BCIS 338Business Information Systems I3
BLAW 316Legal Environment of Business3
FIN 341Financial Analysis and Markets3
MGT 309Human Behavior in Organizations3
MGT 449Strategic Management3
MKTG 303Principles of Marketing3
BCIS 485Enterprise Resource Planning 53
or MGT 344 Production and Operations Management
or MGT 470 Project Management in Organizations
Upper division Economics or Applied Statistics elective from the following prefixes: A ST (excluding A ST 311), ECON3
Upper division business elective from the following prefixes: A ST, ACCT, B A, BCIS, BLAW, ECON, ENTR, FIN, I B, MGT, MKTG (excluding A ST 311)3
Major Courses 624-27
Electives, to bring the total credits 120
Select additional credits to bring total degree credits to a minimum of 120 and upper division credits to 48. The number of general elective credits varies by student and major. 616-13
Total Credits120

Associate in Prebusiness Degree

To complete the associate degree, 60 credits are required, including the General Education Requirements, College of Business Foundation and Business Core (lower division) requirements.

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is also required. The last 15 credits towards the degree must be earned through the NMSU system.

Minors in Business

Minors are available in

  • accounting,
  • advertising,
  • banking and financial planning,
  • business administration,
  • business law,
  • economics,
  • enterprise systems,
  • entrepreneurship and innovation,
  • finance,
  • information systems,
  • international business,
  • management,
  • marketing,
  • professional selling,
  • risk management and insurance,
  • sports marketing, and
  • sustainability.

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Individualized Studies or the Bachelor of Applied Studies are not eligible for minors from the College of Business other than the minor in business administration. At least 12 credits of the minor must be completed at the NMSU College of Business.

Prelaw Students

Because the practice of law often involves business-related problems, the majors in the college provide an excellent preparation for the prelaw student. The college has attorneys on the faculty who are available as advisors. Please contact the Finance Department for more information.

Transferring Business Courses

The following business courses have been identified as transferable from NMSU to other public two year and four year institutions in New Mexico. The equivalent course at other institutions can be identified using the common course number which appears in parentheses below. Similarly, students from other institutions can use the common course number to identify business courses that can be transferred to NMSU.

Prefix Title Credits
A ST 251GStatistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences (MATH 1350)3
STAT 251GStatistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences (MATH 1350)3
ACCT 221Principles of Accounting I (Financial) (ACCT 2110)3
ACCT 222Principles of Accounting II (Managerial) (ACCT 2120)3
BCIS 110Fundamentals of Information Literacy and Systems (BCIS 1110)3
BLAW 418Uniforms Commercial Code and Advanced Business Law Topics 13
BMGT 231Legal Issues in Business (BLAW 2120)3
BUSA 111Introduction to Business (BUSA 1110)3
ECON 251GPrinciples of Macroeconomics (ECON 2110)3
ECON 252GPrinciples of Microeconomics (ECON 2120)3
FIN 206Introduction to Finance (BFIN 2110) 13
MGT 201Introduction to Management (MGMT 2110) 13
BMGT 210Marketing (MKTG 2110)3

Bachelors Degrees

Bachelor of Accountancy

Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Bachelor of Business Administration

Majors in:

Masters Degrees

Master of Accountancy

Master of Science

Major in:

Master of Business Administration

Major in:

Master of Arts

Major in:

  • Economics
    • Public Utility Policy and Regulation
    • Public Policy
    • Econometrics

Dual Degrees

BS in Engineering/Master of Business Administration

Doctoral Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy

Major in:

Doctor of Economic Development


New Mexico State University has been accredited since 1926 by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools as a degree-granting institution. The university was accredited in 1954 by the American Association of University Women.

The baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in business and accounting offered in the College of Business are accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.