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What is Degree Candidacy?

In Price College of Business, Degree Candidacy is an application process that only applies to business majors.  To declare a business major, students must meet the 2.75 OU and Combined Retention GPA minimums.  Once becoming a business major, students must earn Degree Candidacy and complete prerequisite courses to begin upper-division business courses.  Degree Candidacy requires students to meet minimum GPA requirements within certain courses and maintain overall GPAs.


What are the Minimum GPAs?

Students must have at least 2.50 OU and combined overall retention GPAs and

  • A 3.00 cumulative GPA within the degree candidacy courses if two or fewer are taken outside of the University of Oklahoma, or
  • A 3.20 cumulative GPA within the degree candidacy courses if three or more are taken outside of the University of Oklahoma

Cumulative GPA – all attempts are counted in GPA

Students must repeat any D’s or F’s in the degree candidacy courses

Students are not allowed to repeat a course in which an A or B is earned

Degree Candidacy Courses:

ACCT 2113 – Fundamental Financial Accounting

B C 2813 – Business Communications

ECON 1113 – Principles of Economics-Macro

ECON 1123 – Principles of Economics-Micro

ECON 2843 – Elements of Statistics

MIS 2113 – Computer-Based Info Systems


What are the Required Prerequisite Courses?

The following courses must be completed in order to begin upper-division business courses:

The following must be completed in order to begin upper-division business courses:

ENGL 1113 – English Composition I

ENGL 1213 – English Composition II or EXPO 1213 – Expository Writing

COMM 1113 – Principles of Communication or COMM 2613 – Public Speaking

MATH 2123 – Calculus II for Business, Life, and Social Sciences

ACCT 2123 – Fundamental Managerial Accounting

B AD 1001 – Personal Computing Productivity Tools


What do I have to do to Receive Degree Candidacy?

In the semester you are finishing your degree candidacy courses, you will need to submit an application.  Do NOT wait until you have finished your DC courses.  To apply, you must complete the online form found at the bottom of this page.

Please note that you will only be able to take upper-division business courses once you have completed ALL the required prerequisite courses listed above.


What is Early Approval Process?

Early Approval allows students with a high level of success in business courses to enroll in upper-division business courses before final Degree Candidacy course grades post.  However, if a student does not meet the above standards, Degree Candidacy may be revoked causing un-enrollment from all upper-division business courses.


Do I Qualify for Early Approval Process?

You must currently be a business major and meet the following requirements:

  • Apply for degree candidacy by deadline listed below
  • Have OU and combined GPAs of 3.00 or higher
  • Have a 3.00 GPA or higher in three or more degree candidacy courses on OU transcript
  • Have all degree candidacy courses and prerequisites for upper-division business completed by the last day of the current term.


Important Degree Candidacy Dates

Fall 2019

September 3, 2019 – Degree candidacy application opens

October 25, 2019 – Deadline for early approval consideration

November 8, 2019 – Students meeting early approval requirements will be notified of status

December 6, 2019 – Degree candidacy application closes

January 7, 2020 – All degree candidacy courses taken outside of OU must be posted to transcript

January 10, 2020 – Students will be notified by this day of degree candidacy status through OU email

For more information, please contact Price Academic Advising Services


Degree Candidacy Application  


What if I still want to earn Degree Candidacy, but do not currently meet listed criteria?

If you meet the following standards, then you can still apply for degree candidacy.

  • Be a declared business major in Price College of Business
  • Complete all degree candidacy courses with a minimum 2.70 cumulative GPA (all attempts are used)
  • Have OU and combined GPAs of 2.50 or higher

Your application will be reviewed by a committee as an appeal for degree candidacy.  Each application is viewed holistically.  Here are the top three things they want to see:

  1. A thoughtful essay explaining your specific situation.  We recommend you include the changes you’ve made to earn higher grades in the future.
  2. Successful completion of B AD 1000 – Passport to Success points for each semester.
  3. Repeated Cs and lower grades.  The committee will note if they were taken at an AACSB-accredited business school.