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Business Information Systems
Business Logistics
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John M. & Mary Jo Boler School of Business

A Department of Business Administration was established in 1934 in the College of Arts and Sciences to provide professional training for students aspiring to positions of responsibility in the business world.  This department was expanded in 1945 into the School of Business.  In 1996, the school was named in honor of John M. and Mary Jo Boler.

Programs of concentration are offered in seven professional fields, leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) or Bachelor of Science in Economics (B.S.E.).  The Boler School of Business also offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and Master of Science in Accountancy (M.S.Ac.) degrees.  These programs are fully described in The Graduate Studies Bulletin, www.jcu.edu/graduate/bulletin08-10.

Mission and Core Values
The Boler School of Business develops and inspires tomorrow’s leaders through educational excellence in the Jesuit tradition.

The Boler School of Business carries out this mission by:

  • Striving to foster the ongoing development of the highest standards of personal integrity among all members of its community.
  • Promoting the achievement of educational excellence through a challenging course of studies.
  • Emphasizing development and implementation of innovative techniques that keep it at the forefront of the dynamic business education environment.
  • Nurturing the intellectual, personal, and moral development of each student and inspiring each to become a person for others.
  • Committing to incorporate an international dimension into its teaching, research, and service programs.
  • Encouraging all of its constituents to develop a sense of belonging and responsibility within the community, to respect and care for one another, and to take actions that they believe promote the common good.
  • Treating faculty scholarship as an essential part of the process that couples lifelong learning with teaching excellence.

More information about the Boler School’s core values is available from the dean’s office or on the Boler School’s website at www.jcu.edu/boler.

Applying for Admission
All potential students seeking undergraduate admission to the University apply through the Office of Admission.
Degree-seeking applicants must petition for admission to the Boler School after accumulating 45 semester hours of college credit.  Applicants must have an average grade of C or higher for all course work completed at John Carroll University.  In addition, applicants must have completed the following courses with an average grade of C or higher:  AC 201, EC 201, MT 167, and BI 107, 108, and 109.  Students may alternatively demonstrate competencies in the BI 107-109 course work.  If the applicant transfers some or all of these courses to John Carroll from other institutions, then a minimum of a C average must be attained in at least 9 hours of course work completed in the Boler School of Business.

Students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences should complete a declaration of intent to major in business and submit it to their academic advisor.  Applications are handed out at a seminar conducted each spring semester by the staff of the Boler School.  Such action must be taken during the designated declaration of major period in February. After reviewing credentials, the Boler School will advise students that they are (a) accepted, (b) deferred, or (c) ineligible.

Students unable to satisfy requirements for admission as degree candidates, but exhibiting ability to do college work at the junior level, may accumulate no more than a total of 30 credits in courses offered by the Boler School prior to being admitted as degree candidates.  However, no credit received may be counted toward a degree until all admission requirements have been fulfilled.

Students transferring from other approved colleges and universities must satisfy the general University regulations governing transfer students.  All transfer applicants are accepted into the College of Arts and Sciences, and the assistant dean of the Boler School of Business will evaluate transfer credit before approving acceptance into the Boler School.

Sequence applicants in business (post-baccalaureate students seeking knowledge in specific fields) should apply to the Boler School of Business (216-397-1970) for direct acceptance to the Boler School.  Applicants should:  

  • Complete and return to the Boler School of Business the online application available at www.jcu.edu/boler/application_online.asp.
  • File official transcripts of previous college work with the Boler School of Business. 
  • After all credentials have been filed, meet with the assistant to the dean of the Boler School of Business for advising.

Majors and Degrees
Degree programs of the Boler School of Business consist of the professional core, the major, and electives—together totaling approximately 50% of the hours required for graduation.  The core courses provide a study of the environment of business, its major functional areas, and its commonly used techniques of analysis.  The major consists of a minimum of seven courses.  Electives are chosen to give either depth or extension to the major.

Majors may be secured in the following fields:

       Business Information Systems

    Business Logistics


Candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) select accountancy, business information systems, business logistics, finance, management, or marketing, while candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Economics (B.S.E.) choose economics.

Optional minors are available through the College of Arts and Sciences (see page 75) and the Boler School of Business (see page 81).

General Requirements for Degrees
To be eligible for a degree, candidates must satisfy the following general requirements:

  • The completion of a minimum of 128 credit hours of acceptable college work.
  • The completion in residence of 30 hours of business courses at the 300 and 400 level.
  • The fulfillment of all course work (required courses, core courses, and electives) called for in the degree program.  At least the last 30 hours must be completed in residence.
  • The attainment of an average grade of C (2.0) or higher in the courses completed in the major, courses completed in the Boler School of Business, and in all courses completed at the University, each group considered separately.
  • If required, the passing of a comprehensive examination testing the grasp of principles and relations and the ability to reach reasonable solutions to typical business and economic problems; if required by the department, the passing of a comprehensive examination in the major field.  Such examinations may be oral or written, or both.
  • The completion of all degree requirements, within ten years of the date on which college work was begun.
  • The filing of an application for the degree by the assigned day, for degrees to be awarded in May, in August, or in January.
  • The fulfillment of all financial obligations to John Carroll University.
  • The completion of the following business core courses (100 & 200 level before 300 level):
    • Computer applications—BI 107, 108, and 109 or through demonstrated proficiency.
    • Accounting—AC 201-202 or AC 201-211 (AC 201-202 required for accountancy and finance majors)
    • Economics—EC 201-202
    • Business Statistics—EC 208
    • Business Communications—MN 202
    • Management Information Systems—BI 200
    • Organizational Behavior and Management—MN 325
    • Productions/Operations Management—BI 326
    • Business Finance—FN 312
    • Marketing—MK 301
    • The legal environment/business law requirement(s) differ by major.  Please refer to the section on a particular department in this Bulletin for the exact requirements or options allowed for an academic major.
    • Strategic Management:  MN 499 is required for all students seeking the B.S.B.A. degree and is to be taken in the senior year.
  • The completion of requirements in the University Core Curriculum in the Liberal Arts (see the section of this Bulletin on Liberal Education at John Carroll University, pages 60-72).  Boler School of Business students must complete the following courses: 
    • EC 201-202 plus one other course in Division III (a total of 9 hours)
    • Division IV requirements must be met as follows:
      •    PS 101
      •    MT 167
      •    One course in laboratory science
    • PL 311 (Ethical Problems in Business) in Division V

The Boler School offers minors in economics and business as well as sequences in accountancy, human resources management, and marketing.



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