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Start Your Journey | Know the COM RequirementsPlan for Success

Congratulations on selecting the College of Management as your college of choice! In COM we want you to succeed! Strengthen your ability to achieve your degree in the most expeditious and thoughtful way possible by charting your course. These videos will help you determine what your next steps should be.

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College of Management Handbook (11-4-13)


Commonly Used COM Terms

Within the College of Management, it's helpful to become familiar with some commonly used terms to better understand the program you are beginning.

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Commonly Used Terms in the College of Management

Hi! I'm Princess Kent-Zac, an academic advisor in the College of Management. Welcome!

This is the first video in the series of "Your First Steps Toward SUCCESS!" Be sure to view this video first and review as necessary.

  • AOD - the Advisor on Duty is the academic advisor you will contact if you have not yet been assigned an academic advisor, or your academic advisor is out for an extended period of time for example, on vacation.   
  • ASW - Academic Success Workshop is designed to help students learn strategies for succeeding in courses and is required for students on academic warning and academic academic probation.
  • Business Core Courses these courses are upper division courses (300 or 400 level). They offer the breadth and depth you need to be a successful business professional. COM recommends taking most of the Business Core courses early in your program, but after completing your Foundation courses.
  • COM an acronym for the College of Management.
  • DARS - the Degree Audit Reporting System lists the requirements for your degree program, including your General Education and Liberal Studies as well as your major requirements. The DARS report indicates how many courses you've taken apply to your program.
  • Foundation Courses - these are lower division courses (100 or 200 level) that are prerequisites for many other courses. These courses build the skills needed throughout your program and must be completed prior to declaring your major. Some courses may overlap with GELS.
  • GAR the Group Advising and Registration is the on-campus portion of New Student Orientation. You will get acquainted with services available at Metropolitan State.
  • GELS - General Education/Liberal Studies is one of the components you will need to complete your degree at Metropolitan State. It consists of Goals 1-10 and Liberal Studies. Liberal Studies are courses numbered 3xx-5xx level and are superscripted with an LS in the Class Schedule. Community college courses do not satisfy the Liberal Studies requirement.
  • Major Capstone - Mgmt 499 "Case Studies in Strategic Management" and/or if applicable, your major capstone, need to be taken at the end of your program.
  • Major Course Checklist - this document lists all courses required for your major as well as major and major COM residency requirements.
  • Major Course Sequence - the Sequence is broken into five parts: Foundation, Core, Major Requirements, Major Electives and Capstone. Use the Sequence to ensure that you have met course prerequisites prior to registering. You can also use the Sequence to set up a Long-Term Plan.
  • Major Electives - these upper division courses allow you some flexibility to choose courses that best fit your interests.
  • Major Required Courses - these upper division courses are specific to each COM major and provide depth in your particular major or field.
  • MnSCU - the system that governs the state universities and community and technical colleges.
  • NSO - New Student Orientation is your general orientation to the university.
  • OPP Online Program Planning is the COM portion of the online New Student Orientation.
  • PIM - Program Information Meeting is the on-campus portion of the Group Advising and Registration.
  • Star ID - All students, faculty and staff have a Star ID. Your Star ID is unique to you alone. The StarID is a username that will ultimately replace your many login IDs within the MnSCU system, with one ID and one password, everywhere. It is unique across the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, so you can use it at more than one school. Your password for your Star ID must be changed every 180 days. Your Star ID is part of your official Metropolitan State University email address.

We hope this video provided you with definitions of common COM terms. Thank you and welcome to the College of Management!

 



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Newly Admitted COM Student
"What Can I Expect?"

This video details what new COM students can expect from us, and what we expect of you.

Transcript of the Video (pdf)

Your First Steps Toward SUCCESS!

Topic I: Newly Admitted COM Student Question 1: What can I expect?

Hi! I'm Sally Pinkston, an advisor in the College of Management. Welcome!

Before you explore this question, be sure to view the "College of Management Commonly Used Terms" video.

After viewing this video, you will know what you can expect as a newly admitted College of Management student.

Ask yourself, what can I expect as a newly admitted College of Management student? As a student new to the College of Management (COM), you can expect to receive a letter of acceptance to the university. Three to ten weeks later, you will receive a DARS transfer report.

One to three weeks after receiving your DARS, you will receive a welcome letter from your COM advisor. You will also receive an evaluation of how your transfer courses apply to your COM major.

Before you receive your initial DARS report and advisor assignment, you may want to complete any required placement/assessment tests in math and/or reading and writing. You may not have to take these assessments; the exemption criteria are available on the placement/assessment webpage. It's important to take required placement/assessment tests soon since they are critical to your success and you may not be able to register until they are completed.

To expedite the preparation of your DARS report, you may want to complete the required NSO and PIM as soon as possible. At the on-campus NSO/PIM you can talk with a COM advisor. Alternatively, if it is difficult to come to campus you can complete the online NSO/PIM.

Either the in-person or online NSO/PIM will take about four hours. To register, call 651-793-1300 or email gateway@metrostate.edu. Registration tips: you can register only after you complete any required placement/assessment tests and the NSO/PIM as is indicated on the orientation webpage. Be sure to register for the required math and writing courses into which you have placed. Next register for the COM Foundation courses.

Don't forget METRO 101! This is required in the first term for new students - and helpful if you've been away from school for several years, or have taken only technical courses in the past.

Make sure you meet the required course prerequisites. COM enforces prerequisites strictly. Throughout your academic program, work with your assigned academic advisor, as is indicated on the current handouts webpage "Make the Most of Your Advisor."

Together, you and your advisor can plan a program that will help you advance towards your academic, personal and professional goals.

Don't forget: the website can help! The COM website answers many of your COM questions. "AskUs" answers many other Metropolitan State questions. You are always in charge of your education. You make the decisions!

We hope this video answered your questions. Thank you and welcome to the College of Management!

 



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Newly Admitted COM Student
"What can I do while I'm waiting for my DARS and an advisor?"

This video defines steps that you can take while waiting for new COM student information.

Transcript of the Video (pdf)

Your First Steps Toward SUCCESS!

Topic I: Newly Admitted COM Student - Question 2: What can I do while I'm waiting for my DARS and an advisor?

Hi! I'm Sally Pinkston, an advisor in the College of Management. Welcome! Before you explore this question, be sure to view the "College of Management Commonly Used Terms" video.

After viewing this video, you will have learned what you can do while waiting for your DARS and an academic advisor to be assigned.

While waiting for your Degree Audit Report (DARS) and advisor assignment, you can: Complete placement assessment tests, if required. Complete NSO/PIM. Complete the ASW, if required. And carefully evaluate how you will balance your academic course work with your work, family, and other obligations and responsibilities.

The NSO/PIM usually have the answers. Lots of information and resources are available on the website. Either the general website, or the COM Advising website. The COM Advising Center/AOD can also address pressing issues. You can call 612-659-7269.

Complete the Placement Assessment tests. If you don't take the placement assessment tests but need to do so, a hold will prevent you from registering. MnSCU requires these math, reading and writing placement assessments. Incoming freshman and transfer students who haven't completed recent college math and who do not meet exemption criteria must take the required placement assessment tests. You may be exempt. Be sure to check the placement webpages. Reading, writing, and math are essential to success in any course. As a new COM student, you may need to work your way up to college algebra since it is a prerequisite for many COM courses. Strong math skills equal the first step necessary for COM program success. Questions? Contact the Placement Assessment Office at 651-793-1538 or the COM AOD at 651-659-7269.

The NSO/PIM speeds up DARS processing. It answers many questions and prepares you for success. The NSO orients you to the university's resources, policies, and procedures. The PIM explains COM requirements and planning resources. All COM students are required to complete the NSO/PIM. The available options are: the on-campus PIM where COM advisors are on hand to briefly answer your questions. And the online NSO/PIM: which is available and you might want to complete if you can't come to campus. Plan four hours for the NSO/PIM. The NSO is two hours and the PIM is two hours. You must register for the NSO/PIM, call 651-793-1300 or email gateway@metrostate.edu.

Academic Success Workshop (ASW) is required if you're admitted on academic warning. A registration hold is placed on your record. You need to complete the ASW while waiting for your advisor to be assigned. Then, you need to meet with the advisor and register for courses. Your available options for completing the ASW are online, in-person, or one-on-one. Register for the ASW with Gateway Student Services by emailing gateway@metrostate.edu or calling 651-793-1300.

We hope this video answered your questions. Thank you and welcome to the College of Management!

 



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Newly Admitted COM Student
"When will I be assigned an academic advisor?"

This video addresses the most commonly asked question that new COM Students have.

Transcript of the Video (pdf)

Your First Steps Toward SUCCESS!

Topic I: Newly Admitted COM Student - Question 3: When will I be assigned an academic advisor?

Hi! I'm Princess Kent-Zak, an academic advisor in the College of Management. Welcome!

Before you explore this question, be sure to view the "College of Management Commonly Used Terms" video.

After viewing this video, you will have learned when you will be assigned a College of Management advisor.

When will I be assigned an academic advisor? When you are new to COM, whether you are a student new to Metropolitan State or you are transferring to COM from within the university, you will be assigned to an academic advisor after we evaluate your transcript(s) for courses that may be equivalent to ours.

First, COM may evaluate your transcripts to determine whether courses you have taken at another institution may be equivalent to ours.

Next, if we find that a course is similar to ours based on preliminary evaluation, you will be asked via email, to submit a syllabus and course description from the year/term you took the class. It is important that you submit your syllabus and course description in a timely manner. The sooner you submit this information, the sooner faculty can evaluate your course and possibly save you time and money.

Finally, after the evaluation is determined, your academic advisor will be assigned. You will receive a letter in the mail indicating who your academic advisor is, his or her contact information and a preliminary business major checklist.

We hope this video answered your questions. Thank you and welcome to the College of Management!

 



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Newly Admitted COM Student
"What courses transferred from your previous institution(s)?"

Are you getting credit for courses you've taken elsewhere? This video will help you understand how your previously taken courses apply towards your degree requirements.

Transcript of the Video (pdf)

Your First Steps Toward SUCCESS!

Topic I: Newly Admitted COM Student - Question 4: What courses transferred from your previous institution(s)?

Hi! I'm Princess Kent-Zak, an academic advisor in the College of Management. Welcome!

Before you explore this question, be sure to view the "College of Management Commonly Used Terms" video.

After viewing this video, you will have learned how to determine which courses transferred to the College of Management.

Which courses transferred from previous institutions? Your DARS report indicates which courses transferred and which requirements they satisfy. The Registrar's Office determines whether courses transfer and if they satisfy your GELS requirements.

GELS transfers - If you are transferring from a MnSCU institution, your courses will satisfy the same goal areas they did at that school. If you are from an institution outside MnSCU, the Registrar's Office determines which, if any, goal areas your courses satisfy. If you have taken a course which does not satisfy the goal area you thought it should, you can submit a Transfer Credit Appeal.

Which Business courses transferred? COM determines which courses transferred. Include proper documentation (syllabus and/or course description from the year/term you took the course) for evaluation. COM Faculty determine whether you have transferred any courses that meet major/minor requirements. After we have received your DARS report and COM has completed our evaluation, approximately one week to a month later you will receive a Major Checklist indicating which courses transfer.   

Equivalencies - Online tools you can use: COM has already evaluated many courses. Use the COM  Twin Cities Transfer Guide or the U-Select system to see if courses from your previous institution have already been approved. If you have other courses that need evaluation, it is up to you to provide as much information as possible (such as the course syllabus from the year/term you took the class) for faculty to evaluate your courses.

COM Transfer Policy - Key elements: A grade of C- or "S" or better is required for any course to meet a major requirement. Some lower division courses meet upper division course requirements, but (e.g. Mktg 300, Mgmt 310, BLaw 320 or Acct 320) meet the course requirement, but will not be counted as upper division credit. For example, BMGT 2030 is equivalent to MGMT 310, however BMGT 2030 is lower division therefore, upper division credit is not awarded. Other courses this is common for are Mktg 300, BLaw 320 and Acct 320.

COM "Sunset" Policy "Sunset" Policy specifies the maximum time between when a course was taken and when a student was admitted to Metropolitan State. Economics and MIS have "sunset" polices. For Economics, the sunset is 10 years from the time the course was taken to the term of admission to the university. For MIS, the sunset is five years from the time the course was taken to the term of admission to the university. For example, if you were admitted for Fall 2011, the equivalent MIS course must have been taken summer, 2006 or more recently.

COM Waiver Exams - If your course falls outside the sunsets, you may take a free waiver exam in that subject.  Waiver exams are available for: Accounting 210 and 320; Economics 201 and 202; MIS 100; and Mktg 300. The waiver exams can only be taken once. Information about these waivers is on the COM website.

If you take a waiver exam, you are responsible for submitted the results to your advisor. If you pass the exam, the course requirements will be satisfied, however you will not earn the credits. Your DARS report will be updated accordingly.  If you do not pass the waiver exam, you will be required to take the course.

We hope this video answered your questions. Thank you and welcome to the College of Management!

 



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Know the COM Requirements:

"What are the COM requirements? What are course prerequisites?"

Understanding the COM Requirements and following course prerequisites will help ensure your successful start in the COM program!

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Your First Steps Toward SUCCESS!

Topic II: What are COM requirements - Question 1: What are the COM requirements; What are course prerequisites; Why did the system let me register; Why are prerequisites important?

Hi! I'm Princess Kent-Zak, an academic advisor in the College of Management. Welcome!

Before you explore this question, be sure to view the "College of Management Commonly Used Terms" video.

After viewing this video, you will have learned how to determine what COM requirements are.

What are the COM requirements? In additional to completing your GELS and major requirements, you must complete: at least 20 credits in your major at Metropolitan State; the residency requirement for your major; all major courses with grades of C-, "S" or better; and a minimum of 120 credits.

Can I complete a double major? You may combine any two majors in COM as a double major as long as there are: at least 24 unduplicated upper division semester credits; credits of coursework in the second major do not overlap with the first major; both majors must be completed at the time of graduation.

What are course prerequisites? A prerequisite is a course that must be completed prior to taking another course. You will know if you have met the prerequisite of a particular course by either referring to the Course Sequence for your major, clicking on the course title in the online class schedule, or reviewing the course description in the Undergraduate Catalog. If you have successfully completed the prerequisite course or its equivalent, it should show on your Major Checklist and/or DAS report.

GELS transfers - If you are transferring from a MnSCU school, your courses will satisfy the same goal areas they did at that school. If you are from an institution outside MnSCU, the Records Office determines which, if any, goal area your courses satisfy. If you have taken a course and I did not satisfy the goal area you thought it should, you can submit an appeal to the GELS Committee.

Why are course prerequisites important? Prerequisites lay the foundation for success in your courses. If you have not met course prerequisites, you probably will not have the knowledge and skills needed to pass the course.

Why did the registration system let me register for a course even though I don't have the prerequisite? Metropolitan State does not automatically check to ensure you have met course prerequisites. It is your responsibility to ensure you have met the course prerequisites before registering. If, after reviewing your Major Course Sequence and DARS report, you realize you have not completed the course prerequisite(s), do not register for the course. COM may drop you from a course if you have not met the prerequisite. If you believe you have completed a course prerequisite and it is not on your Major Checklist or DARS report, contact your academic advisor.

Each component is like a story in a building. The foundation must be laid Foundation Courses - before the first story Core Courses is built. Once the foundation is laid and the first story is built, then the second story Required Major and Elective Courses can be added. The roof Capstone Course(s) completes the building.

Constructing a building without an adequate foundation and structure will lead to collapse. In the same way, attempting to take courses without the necessary background and prerequisites may lead to academic failure.

We hope this video answered your questions. Thank you and welcome to the College of Management!

 



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Plan for Success:

1. "What is the proper sequence for taking COM courses?"

Fall into step by taking COM courses in the right order. This video explains which courses you should take before others, and why.

Transcript of the Video (pdf)

Your First Steps Toward SUCCESS!

Topic II: What are COM requirements - Question 2: What is the proper sequence for taking COM courses?

Hi! I'm Sally Pinkston, an academic advisor in the College of Management. Welcome!

Before you explore this question, be sure to view the "College of Management Commonly Used Terms" video.

After viewing this video, you will have learned what the proper sequence is for taking COM courses.

Refer to the Course Sequence for your major! Look at the Major Checklist/Course Sequence that COM sent you after evaluating your transfer courses. Note that the arrows on your major Course Sequence indicates prerequisite courses which must be taken before other courses. Most COM majors require the same six Foundation courses: MIS 100, Math 115, Econ 201, Econ 202, Stat 201 and Acct 210. Complete these six Foundation courses first: they lay an important "foundation" for your business major.

Foundation courses are prerequisites for many other COM courses. Foundation courses must be completed before declaring your major. In particular, the Foundation course Math 115 College Algebra is an important prerequisite for several other Foundation courses.

Are you prepared for College Algebra? Maybe not! You may need to take the math placement test. You know developmental math courses are needed if you have an assessment hold or haven't taken a math course previously. Developmental math courses prepare you for College Algebra. Before you take Math 115 College Algebra, you may need to complete developmental math courses.

College of Management requires students who have not completed college level math, such as College Algebra, to complete the math placement tests. Although Statistics and Logic satisfy Goal 4 of GELS, they do not satisfy the required COM Foundation course, Math 115 College Algebra. Take the math placement test to determine which math class you need to take first.

Business Core courses The GELS writing requirements and 30 credits must be completed before taking Business Core courses. Business Core courses are upper division courses (3xx or 4xx level). Meet all prerequisites for the Business Core courses prior to taking them. Remember to follow the arrows! As a rule, take Business Core courses after Foundation courses.

Major Required courses- As a rule, take Major Required courses after completing Foundation and Business Core courses. Major Required courses are specific to each COM major. Major Required courses provide depth and may offer flexibility. Remember to follow the arrows!

Capstone course - Take the Capstone course, MGMT 499 Case Studies in Strategic Management, at the end of your program. Some majors require an additional Capstone course. You must complete at least 90 credits including Fin 390, Mgmt 310, and Mktg 300 before taking Mgmt 499 and any other prerequisites required for major specific Capstones.
Tips for planning your major - Planning Tips are located on each COM major website. COM major websites also have course planners to help you design your long-term plan. Design a tentative schedule with all the courses you need, including GELS, by using the Long-Term Academic Plan Worksheet.

We hope this video answered your questions. Thank you and welcome to the College of Management!

 



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2. "When should I declare my major?"

There's a lot to do for most new COM Students before you can declare your major. This video helps you decide when and how to declare the major that is right for you.

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Your First Steps Toward SUCCESS!

Topic II: What are COM requirements - Question 3: When should I declare my major?

Hi! I'm Sally Pinkston, an academic advisor in the College of Management. Welcome!

Before you explore this question, be sure to view the "College of Management Commonly Used Terms" video.

After viewing this video, you will have learned when you should declare your major.

How do I know which major to declare? Determine which major meets your interests! Familiarize yourself with COM majors. Gather information about the majors and careers of your interest. Evaluate your majors, research careers which interest you, and narrow your choices to one or two majors. Gather more detailed information about these majors. Consult with your academic advisor and/or Career Services. Choose your major.

What does it mean, "to declare your major?" To declare your major and have it approved, means that you have successfully completed all COM Foundation course requirements and your completed COM Major Declaration form has been processed.

To declare your major:

  1. Complete the NSO/PIM.
  2. Determine which COM Foundation requirements you have already completed through previous coursework.
  3. Complete remaining Foundation courses.
  4. Submit a completed Undergraduate Program Declaration form. This form tells us that you have completed all COM Foundation courses and plan to pursue a specific COM major.

Benefits to declaring your major as soon as possible: You will complete your prerequisites in a timely manner. You may avoid costly registration and course planning mistakes. If major requirements change, you have the option to complete either the major requirements that are in effect when you declare your major, or switch to any new requirements in place at the time of graduation.

You are considered a "pre-Business" major until you successfully complete your Foundation courses and declare your major. When you successfully declare your major, you are no longer a "pre-Business" student. Your approved major will be posted on your transcript and on your DARS report. You will receive a major DARS report, which specifies the courses required for your major.

Consequences to delaying your major declaration: If you do not complete all COM Foundation courses and declare your major by the time you complete 80 credits or within one year of transferring to Metropolitan State (whichever comes later), a registration hold may be placed on your account. Most COM Foundation courses are prerequisites for many higher-level COM courses. You will not be prepared for many advanced COM courses without completing Foundation courses. Degree requirements are subject to change. Without a declared major, you cannot "lock in" your major requirements.

After your Major Declaration has been successfully processed, you will no longer be a "pre-Business" student, and will receive an updated DARS report and Major Checklist. Your DARS report will reflect your declared major, how your transfer courses meet your major requirements, and which courses you must complete for your major. Your Major Checklist will be updated by your advisor. You will be assigned to either a faculty or a professional advisor.

What else should I know about declaring my major? A Major Declaration form is different from your application to the university! It is a formal declaration that you plan to continue completing requirements towards a specific major program! If you decide to change or add majors, submit another Program Declaration form to the appropriate college/school for approval.

Steps to declaring your major-

Step One: Complete the NSO/PIM. All COM students are required to complete the NSO/PIM, either online or in person. The Major Declaration requirements are explained.

Step Two: Determine which COM Foundation requirements you have already completed through previous coursework. If you took equivalent transfer coursework elsewhere, it is possible that you've already completed some COM Foundation courses. If you have courses in progress elsewhere at the time of your admission to Metropolitan State University, complete a Transfer Update Request when your final grades are posted. Similarly, if you complete courses at another institution while you are a student here, complete the Transfer Update Request form at the end of each term.

Step Three: Complete remaining Foundation courses upon admission to COM as a "pre-Business" student by doing any/all of the following: Successfully complete free waiver exams offered by COM. Complete Metropolitan State courses or the equivalencies with a C-, "S" or better for all COM Foundation courses (MIS 100, Math 115, ECON 201, ECON 202, STAT 201 and ACCT 210).

Step Four: Submit a completed Undergraduate Program Declaration form. Download and complete the form. Email, fax or mail the form to your COM Advisor. After your major declaration form has been processed, you will receive a letter in the mail indicating your assigned faculty or professional advisor with an approved Major Checklist/Course Sequence. You should receive notification that an updated major DARS report has been completed for you!
We hope this video answered your questions. Thank you and welcome to the College of Management!

 



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