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. In 1945, this department was expanded into the College of Business. In 1996, the College 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 College 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/bulletin10-12.

Mission and Core Values

The Boler College of Business develops and inspires tomorrow’s leaders through educational excellence in the Jesuit tradition.

The Boler College 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 College’s core values is available from the dean’s office or on the Boler College’s website at boler.jcu.edu.

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 College 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. 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 College of Business. Students may alternatively demonstrate competencies in the BI 107-109 course work through placement exams administered by the Boler College.

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 College. Such action must be taken during the designated declaration of major period in February. After reviewing credentials, the Boler College will advise students that they are (a) accepted, (b) deferred, or (c) ineligible.

Students unable to satisfy the requirements for admission as degree candidates, but who exhibit the 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 College 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 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 College of Business will evaluate transfer credit before approving acceptance into the Boler College.

Majors and Degrees

Degree programs of the Boler College 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:

Accountancy Business Logistics


FinanceInternational Business

with Language and Culture


Candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) select accountancy, business logistics, finance, international business with language and culture, 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 73) and the Boler College of Business (see page 79).

General Requirements for Degrees

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

  1. The completion of a minimum of 128 credit hours of acceptable college work.
  2. The completion in residence of 30 hours of business courses at the 300 and 400 level.
  3. The fulfillment of all course work (required courses, core courses, and electives) in the degree program. At least the last 30 hours must be completed in residence.
  4. The attainment of an average grade of C (2.0) or higher in the courses completed in the major, courses completed in the Boler College of Business, and in all courses completed at the University, each group considered separately.
  5. If required, the passing of a comprehensive examination testing the knowledge and understanding 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.
  6. The completion of all degree requirements within ten years of the date on which college work was begun.
  7. The filing of an application for the degree by the assigned day, for degrees to be awarded in May, in August, or in January.
  8. The fulfillment of all financial obligations to John Carroll University.
  9. The completion of the following business core courses (100 & 200 level before 300 level):
    a. Computer applications—BI 107, 108, and 109 or through demonstrated proficiency.
    b. Accounting—AC 201-202
    c. Economics—EC 201-202
    d. Business Statistics—EC 208
    e. Business Communications—MN 202
    f. Management Information Systems—BI 200
    g. Organizational Behavior and Management—MN 325
    h. Productions/Operations Management—BI 326
    i. Business Finance—FN 312
    j. Marketing—MK 301
    k. 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.
    l. 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. Economics majors seeking the B.S.E. degree take EC 499 instead of MN 499.

10. 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 58-70). Boler College of Business students must complete the following courses:

a. EC 201-202 plus one other course in Division III (a total of 9 hours)
b. Division IV requirements must be met as follows:
i) PS 101
ii) MT 167
iii) One course in laboratory science
c. PL 311 (Ethical Problems in Business) in Division V

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

Minors in the Boler College of Business

Minor in Economics

The minor in economics is discussed in detail in the section on Economics on pages 188-189.

Minor in Entrepreneurship

The interdisciplinary minor in entrepreneurship is described on pages 217-218.

Minor in Business

The minor in business is offered to those students who choose to major in a field of study within the College of Arts and Sciences but would like to receive a foundation in business. The minor in business consists of a total of 30-33 credit hours and the following courses:

BI 107,108, and 109

Spreadsheet, Database and Communication

Applications or demonstrated competency……… 0-3 cr.

AC 201-202

Accounting Principles………………………………….. 6 cr.

EC 201-202

Principles of Economics………………………………… 6 cr.

MT 122 or MT 228

or MT 167

Statistics………………………………………………….. 3 cr.

MN 325

Organizational Behavior and Management…………… 3 cr.

MK 301

Marketing Principles……………………………………. 3 cr.

Please note the following:

  1. Students are encouraged to consider FN 312 (Business Finance) for one elective. For those who choose FN 312, the second elective may be in any of the majors, subject to the same restrictions as above.
  2. Students not admitted to the Boler College of Business may not take more than 30 hours of Boler College course credit. Therefore, students who choose a minor in business should not take MN 202 (Business Communications).
  3. Many business courses have prerequisites, which are strictly enforced. Therefore, additional course work may be required to complete this minor.
  4. Students wishing to minor in business are advised to declare this intention in the office of the Boler College of Business as soon as possible but no later than the beginning of their junior year.

Post-Baccalaureate Accountancy Sequences in the Boler College of Business

Sequence applicants should apply to the Boler College of Business (216-397-1970) for direct acceptance to the Boler College. Applicants should:

  1. Complete and return to the Boler College of Business the online application available at boler.jcu.edu/apply-today.
  2. File official transcripts of previous college work with the Boler College of Business.
  3. After all credentials have been filed, meet with the assistant to the dean of the Boler College of Business for advising.


Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree and desire the necessary coursework to be eligible to sit for the CPA examination in Ohio must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours in Accountancy and 24 hours in other business subjects. It is recommended that they accomplish the primary sequence indicated below, two accounting electives, and other business courses as required (e.g., business law, economics, finance, marketing, management). Students may discuss the various options with a member of the Department of Accountancy. For complete information, visit the website of the Ohio Accountancy Board at http://acc.ohio.gov/.

Primary Sequence

AC 201-202 Accounting Principles… 6 cr.

AC 303-304 Intermediate Accounting… 6 cr.

AC 312 Cost Analysis and Budgetary Control… 3 cr.

AC 321 Federal Taxes I… 3 cr.

AC 341 Accounting Information Systems… 3 cr.

AC 431 Auditing… 3 cr.

Electives Select at least two of the following:

AC 422 Federal Taxes II… 3 cr.

AC 481 Advanced Financial Accounting… 3 cr.

AC 484 Financial Accounting Theory… 3 cr.

Recommended Business Electives

MN 463 Business Law I… 3 cr.

MN 464 Business Law II… 3 cr.


EC 201-202 Principles of Economics… 6 cr.

MN 325 Organizational Behavior and Management… 3 cr.

MK 301 Marketing Principles… 3 cr.

MK 302 Consumer Behavior… 3 cr.

MK 341 Advertising… 3 cr.

MK 495 Marketing Management… 3 cr.

MK elective Directed marketing elective… 3 cr.

Human Resources Management

CO 305 Interviewing… 3 cr.

EC 101 or Introduction to Economic Problems and Policies or

EC 201-202 Principles of Economics… 3-6 cr.

EC 208 or MT 122 Statistics… 3 cr.

MN 325 or Organizational Behavior and Management or

PS 359 Industrial and Organizational Psychology… 3 cr.

MN 353 Labor Relations… 3 cr.

MN 370 Staffing… 3 cr.

MN 373 Training and Management Development… 3 cr.

MN 376 Compensation Management… 3 cr.