JSOM Policies - Undergraduate


The Jindal School is committed to the success of each and every undergraduate student. Our advising office guides students on issues including class suitability, degree requirements, university policies and procedures, while ensuring their degree and graduation requirements are met. Students have access to advisors at any time and are encouraged to visit with them each semester.

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JSOM Policy: 75 Credit Hour Audit Review

Required Review: Once a student has completed 75 credit hours of their degree requirements, the student will be required to closely review pending items for graduation, and notify the JSOM Academic Advising Office of any discrepancies.

Notification: Students will be notified via UTD email when their 75 credit hour review is due.

JSOM Policy: Required Courses for Degree Plan

For a timely graduation, students need to follow their major degree plan, provided to students in their first semester. The student’s degree plan incorporates previous coursework taken from other schools of higher education (if applicable) and/or test credit petitioned, with the requirements needed to earn their degree from UT Dallas (hereafter referred to as UTD). The student is provided two versions of the degree plan: In the four-year plan (recommended), courses are grouped by semester, and provides a “roadmap” that, if followed, ensures the prerequisites will be met and all courses will be completed for graduation; in the second version, the general degree plan, courses are grouped by category (e.g., University Core Curriculum, Major Preparatory, JSOM Core, Major/Related Core, Guided Electives, and Free Electives) and can supplement the four-year plan for cross-checking purposes.

Required Courses for First Semester at UTD

Depending on student classification, JSOM requires that students complete the following courses in their first semester at UTD in order to make suitable academic progress:

  • First-time-in-college Freshmen: Complete the following courses in the first semester:

    • BCOM 1300 Introduction to Professionalism and Communication in Business (corequisite UNIV 1010)
    • UNIV 1010 Freshman Seminar (corequisite BCOM 1300)
    • MATH 1325 Applied Calculus I or other Calculus I course
  • Transfer or students that changed majors into JSOM: Complete the following courses in the first semester, if not already completed:

    • BCOM 3300 Professionalism and Communication in Business
    • MATH 1325 Applied Calculus I or other Calculus I course

Prerequisite / Corequisite / Prerequisite or Corequisite

As a student progresses in their major, most courses will require prerequisites or corequisites. These prerequisites and corequisites can be found in the course description in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog. For JSOM courses, prerequisites must be met before being registered for the subsequent course. Corequisites can be taken with the course.

Prerequisites and corequisites are enforced based on the current catalog, in place, at the time of registration.

  • Prerequisites: Prerequisites are courses that must be taken before progressing to other courses. For example, HMGT 3301 has a prerequisite of calculus I, so calculus I must be completed and passed before taking HMGT 3301.
  • Corequisite: Corequisites are courses that are taken with another course. For example, BCOM 1300 has a corequisite of UNIV 1010, so it must be taken together.
  • Prerequisite or Corequisite: A course that is a prerequisite or corequisite can be completed before, or taken with, another course. For example, OPRE 3310 has a prerequisite or corequisite of STAT 3360/OPRE 3360, so STAT 3360/OPRE 3360 can be completed before, or with, OPRE 3310.
  • Course prerequisites be met in order to register for applicable JSOM courses.
  • Prerequisites Off- Campus: If prerequisite is taken off campus, an official transcript must be submitted to UTD, with C or better in prerequisite, before student can register for any course at UTD requiring that prerequisite.

Important – Registration Information for Courses Designated as Prerequisite or Corequisite

  • Dropping courses designated as prerequisite or corequisite: If a course is designated as a prerequisite or corequisite to another course, student will not be able to drop the “prerequisite or corequisite” course without dropping the other course. For example, a student who is registered for OPRE 3310 and OPRE 3360, and wants to drop OPRE 3360, must also drop OPRE 3310, as OPRE 3360 must be completed before or with OPRE 3310. However, if student wanted to drop OPRE 3310 and remain in OPRE 3360, they can do so as OPRE 3310 is not required to be completed before or with OPRE 3360.

Course Progression and Satisfactory Progress

  • Degree plans for JSOM majors are designed to build student’s skillset, and prerequisites and corequisites are essential to ensure that the basic skills are sufficient to be successful in the major courses.
  • It is important to follow the major’s four-year plan provided by Advising to ensure that prerequisites will be met, that courses be taken in the correct sequence, and major courses be taken in the semester offered, to ensure a timely graduation.

The UTD Undergraduate Academic Catalog defines satisfactory academic progress as:

“A student is considered to be making satisfactory scholastic progress when he/she is carrying an approved schedule of classes, is not on probation, and has a GPA (grade-point average) of at least 2.000 (C average) in the major and overall. Students who habitually drop a significant fraction of their schedule may lose the right to drop or may be dismissed from the University for failure to make adequate academic progress.”

JSOM Policy: Academic Progress

The JSOM Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs Office applies the above criteria in determining academic progress with further specific criteria for students pursuing a JSOM undergraduate degree. These criteria may include:

Course Repeats

If a student has earned graded attempts on a course required for JSOM majors three times (known as the Texas Three-Course Repeat Rule or Three-Peat Rule), then student cannot repeat such a course for a fourth time at UTD and is subject to change his/her major.

  • Graded attempts include A-F and CR/NC (credit/ no credit) plus any grade that is recorded on a student’s academic transcript, such as withdrawals (e.g., W, WL, and more).
  • JSOM major courses include major/related courses and may include required specific core, JSOM major preparatory, and JSOM core courses.
  • Student will receive notice to their UTD email address: 1) when a course is repeated a second time; and 2) when a course is repeated a third time.
  • If student’s third attempt in a course required for their major (core curriculum, major preparatory, major core, or major related core) does not result in a passing grade, student will be notified , by UTD email, to change his/her major.

Math Requirements

  • Student should complete their minimum math requirement (MATH 1325) within the first semester at UTD.
  • Be aware that any delay in completing the major math requirement will impact academic progress and expected or planned graduation date.
  • If a student is not successful in completing the minimum math required for all JSOM majors, the student cannot make suitable academic progress in JSOM and may be subject to change his/her major.

The UTD Undergraduate Academic Catalog defines academic good standing as maintaining “a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 on a 4.000 scale, which equates to a C average. Additionally, students are expected to maintain a GPA of 2.000 in their major-related courses to remain in Academic Good Standing.”

UTD calculates the overall GPA of courses taken at UT Dallas. This overall (cumulative) GPA determines a student’s standing. A comprehensive list of disciplinary actions can be found in the Undergraduate Policies and Procedures.

JSOM Policy: Academic Probation

If a student’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.0, the student is placed on academic probation and student must register with an academic advisor. Additionally, a registration hold will be placed on student’s account and remain until the student is back in good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher).

Item Explanation
Registration A student on academic probation will not be able to register for courses without the assistance of their academic advisor. A registration hold will remain in Galaxy until the student is back in good academic standing.
Maximum Hours Approved per Semester on Probation A student on academic probation will be limited to a maximum of 15 semester credit hours in a long semester or 9 semester credit hours in a summer semester, including registered and waitlisted courses, until they are back in good academic standing.
Retaking Courses A student on academic probation must retake previously failed courses.
Withdrawing from Courses A student on academic probation who requests to withdraw from any courses after Census Day (“W” and “WL” timeframes) will not be approved.

JSOM Policy: Academic Warning

If a student on academic probation earns a semester GPA of less than 2.2 and cumulative GPA remain below 2.0 in their next semester, they are on academic warning. Students on academic warning must register with an academic advisor only after final grades have been posted. A registration hold will remain on their account until the student is back in good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher).

Item Explanation
Registration A student on academic warning will not be able to register until final grades current semester have been posted in Galaxy, and will not be able to register for courses without the assistance of their academic advisor. A registration hold will remain in Galaxy until the student is back in good academic standing.
Maximum Hours Approved per Semester on Probation A student on academic warning will be limited to a maximum of 15 semester credit hours in a long semester or 9 semester credit hours in a summer semester, including registered and waitlisted courses, until they are back in good academic standing.
Retaking Courses A student on academic warning must retake previously failed courses.
Withdrawing from Courses A student on academic warning who requests to withdraw from any courses after Census Day (“W” and “WL” timeframes) will not be approved.
Registration for the Subsequent Semester A student on academic warning will not be able to register for the next semester until all final grades from the current semester are recorded in Orion.

JSOM Policy: Academic Suspension from JSOM

Notification: A student suspended from JSOM will be notified via UTD email address of the terms and conditions for future readmission. The terms and conditions will be included in the student’s file. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with the JSOM Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs to determine terms and conditions of future readmission to JSOM.


Terms and Conditions May Include

  • Required: Complete at a minimum, an Applied/Business Calculus I course, with a passing/transferring grade of C or higher.
  • Required: Courses or requirements as required for readmission — in writing – by the JSOM Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs for inclusion in the student’s file in the JSOM Advising office.
  • Complete core curriculum while on suspension at a community college. Official Transcript must denote that the student is “core complete.”
  • Complete lower-level major preparatory courses with a passing/transferring grade of C or higher.
  • Required: To ensure that all terms and conditions set forth by the JSOM Associate Dean have been satisfied, an official transcript must be sent to UTD with successful completion (C or better) of all courses or requirements before their readmission can be reviewed

Length of Suspension

  • Fall and spring semesters only are semesters counted in the suspension period.
  • Suspension for One Semester: If a student is suspended after the end of semester, student must wait at least one long semester before readmission. For example, if a student is suspended at the end of the spring 2021 semester, they must wait out fall 2021, making spring 2022 the earliest the student can be reviewed for readmission., if readmission petition is approved.
  • Suspension for One Year: If a student is suspended after the end of semester, student must wait at least two long semesters before readmission. For example, if a student is suspended at the end of the spring 2021 semester, they must wait out fall 2021 and spring 2022, making fall 2022 the earliest the student can be reviewed for readmission.

Suspension/Readmission Petition

  • If a student is suspended from the University, he/she must complete a readmission petition to return. See the Academic Calendar online for semester readmission deadlines.
  • If a student is suspended from the University and does not return within three long semesters, he/she must complete an application for admission to UTD and a readmission petition. It is recommended that the student meet with the JSOM Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs before completing an application for admission. See the Academic Calendar online for semester readmission deadlines.

Additionally

  • Readmission is not guaranteed.
  • Students suspended from other schools at UTD will not be able to change their major to JSOM.
  • Suspended students from JSOM who want to be readmitted to other schools at UTD must meet that school’s criteria for readmission.

NOTE: JSOM’s change of major policy for undergraduate students can be found in the Undergraduate Academic Course Policy.

JSOM Policy: Undergraduate Change of Major

All students wishing to change majors to JSOM after enrollment should carefully consider the consequences of excessive hours and time to degree completion. All students considering major changes are advised to complete career counseling assessment at either the Jindal Career Management Center or University Career Center.


IMPORTANT: Requests for a JSOM change of major will be processed after semester grades are posted and up to the first day of class for the following semester.

Minimum Requirements: Currently Enrolled Students

  • Have at most 60 attempted semester credit hours, AND
  • Have a cumulative UTD GPA of 2.500 or better, AND
  • Have completed MATH 1325 or equivalent with a C or better* AND
  • Have completed a plan for their intended major with a JSOM advisor

* Otherwise qualified students who have not completed MATH 1325 (or equivalent) with a grade of “C” or better should consider Undecided with the pre-business track while completing MATH 1325.

Minimum Requirments: Incoming Students

Undergraduate Change of Major Online Process – ONE (SINGLE) MAJOR

Students interested in changing their major to JSOM or changing their current major or subplan within JSOM must follow the following process online:

When the change of major is submitted, JSOM Undergraduate Advising will audit a degree plan for the student’s intended major. A communication will be sent to the student’s UTD email address with instructions on accessing their prospective degree plan in eLearning. The student must review the email carefully, access the degree plan, and reply to the thread by UTD email to confirm that they want to proceed with the change of major. The change of major will not be reviewed until confirmation from student’s UTD email is received.

If Student Does Not Respond to The First Communication to their UTD Email

  • A second communication is sent one week after the first, to student’s UTD email address
  • If student does not respond to the second communication, a third communication is sent one week after the second
  • If student does not respond to the third communication, student will be notified by by the JSOM Associate Dean’s office
  • A fourth and final communication is sent one week after JSOM Associate Dean’s office notification
  • If student does not respond to the fourth and final communication within one week, student’s change of major will be denied. Should the student want reconsideration, they must follow the process and resubmit their change of major.

Undergraduate Change of Major Process – DOUBLE MAJOR

Students interested in pursuing a double major will not be able to submit a change of major online. Double majors must be completed with the change of major form through UTD email. Students must:

When the requested double major has been requested by UTD email, JSOM Undergraduate Advising will audit the degree plan for the student’s intended double major. A communication will be sent to the student’s UTD email account with instructions on accessing the double major in eLearning and important rules and requirements for JSOM majors/double majors. The student must review the email carefully, access the degree plan, and reply to the original communication thread from their UTD email address to confirm that they want to proceed with the double major. Double majors will not be reviewed until confirmation from student from their UTD email address is received by Advising.

If Student Does Not Respond to The First Communication to their UTD Email

  • A second communication is sent one week after the first, to student’s UTD email address
  • If student does not respond to the second communication, a third communication is sent one week after the second
  • If student does not respond to the third communication, student will be notified by by the JSOM Associate Dean’s office
  • A fourth and final communication is sent one week after JSOM Associate Dean’s office notification
  • If student does not respond to the fourth and final communication within one week, student’s change of major will be denied. Should the student want reconsideration, they must follow the process and resubmit their change of major

Undergraduate Change of Major Process – Minors

Single Majors: Students that want to add a minor can apply online if they are pursuing a single major.

Double Majors: Students that want to add a minor would follow the undergraduate change of major process for double majors, noted above, from their UTD email address to Academic Advising.

JSOM student must be in satisfactory academic standing with a cumulative/overall GPA of 2.0 or higher to be eligible to add a minor.

Information and Requirements:

  • If eligible, student can add any minor (JSOM or non-JSOM) to their major
  • Students are advised by their major (JSOM) advisor for all minors’ requirements (JSOM or non-JSOM)
  • Minor courses can be used to fulfill major preparatory or free electives in their major
  • All minor course prerequisites must be met
  • Minor courses are counted towards excessive hours
  • Be aware that adding a minor may result in additional requirements to be met in order to graduate
  • Be aware that with any addition to the major that additional hours may impact your planned graduation date

The dean’s list is published by the University’s Office of Undergraduate Education at the conclusion of each fall and spring semester.

JSOM Policy: Dean’s List

  • The Dean’s List is published at the conclusion of each fall and spring semester.
  • Students must complete at least 12 credit hours during the semester with a semester GPA among the top 10 percent of all students within JSOM.
  • Students with grades of Incomplete are not considered for the Dean’s List.

Fast-Track programs are designed to permit qualified seniors enrolled at UT Dallas to begin work on their MS or the Professional MBA (Flex or Online) degree before graduation. Students must meet ALL fast-track requirements to be eligible to take JSOM graduate courses.

Full details on requirements and available options are available on the Fast-Track Programs page.

Maximum Course Load

Unless otherwise noted, students in good academic standing can register for the following semester course load without additional approval:

  • Fall and Spring Semesters: 18 hours
  • Summer Semesters: 15 hours

JSOM Policy: Maximum Course Load

Students who want to take more than the maximum hours in a semester must submit an exception to academic policy. Student will be notified by UTD email if approved or denied. Be advised that the request for taking additional credit hours must be made every semester; it does not carry over.

Additional Requirements and Rules

Additional Requirements and Rules: Students taking more than the maximum number of credit hours allowable in any given semester cannot withdraw from any courses without the permission of the JSOM Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, as per the Undergraduate Academic Course Policies.

JSOM Policy: Second Bachelor’s Degree

Students seeking a second bachelor’s degree are strongly encouraged instead to apply for one of the JSOM graduate programs or certificates. Comparatively, completing a graduate program increases the student’s competitiveness in the marketplace.

JSOM Policy: Transfer Credit

  • Lower-level courses will not be approved as upper-level course equivalencies.
  • Upper-level courses: Courses will not be approved as upper-level JSOM equivalent courses unless transfer school’s course content and core/course prerequisite are the same.
  • All non-TCCNS (Texas Common Course Numbering System) courses must be petitioned through TCEP (Transfer Credit Earned Prior to Attending UTD):
    • Core Courses: Approved by the Associate Dean in which core course is housed (e.g., ENGL 1302 must be approved by the Arts and Humanities Associate Dean; a MATH course must be approved by the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Associate Dean)
    • JSOM Courses: Approved by JSOM Associate Dean, who may refer to the degree Program Director for specific courses.

Requirements for Petitioning Non-TCCNS Courses

It is best to provide as much information as possible in petitioning a course. However, student MUST provide the following in order to petition for non-TCCNS courses:

  • Syllabus from the semester the course was taken (example: course was taken fall 2019, thus the fall 2019 syllabus for the course must be submitted). The syllabus must include related information such as required textbooks and a weekly course schedule to indicate the content of the course and the rigors in comparison to the UTD course.

Concurrent Enrollment at Another Institution of Higher Education: Pre-approval

A student who wants to take courses at another school while attending UTD must have pre-approval and complete a Transfer Credit Pre-Approval Request, signed by the student and by the JSOM Academic Advisor. The JSOM Academic Advisor will go over the Transfer Request Rules to be signed by the student.

Concurrent Enrollment at Another Institution of Higher Education: Prerequisite Courses

  • Student must be pre-approved to take courses at another school while attending UTD (see Pre-approval above)
  • Students completing prerequisites at another school must turn in or send an official transcript to UTD with final grades and successful completion (C or better) of these courses before registration in any JSOM courses that require the transfer courses as prerequisites. Unofficial transcript or proof of registration in these courses will NOT be sufficient for registration purposes and will not be accepted.