Major Change within the Pamplin College of Business

The University Change Major process occurs only three times per year (August, January, May.)

Current Pamplin students that wish to change their primary major to another major within the Pamplin College of Business or change/add a secondary major within the Pamplin College of Business must complete the request during an open change major period.

Primary major: HokieSpa

Secondary major: PCOB online application

Major Change within the Pamplin College of Business

The University Change Major process occurs only three times per year (August, January, May.)

Current Pamplin students that wish to change their primary major to another major within the Pamplin College of Business or change/add a secondary major within the Pamplin College of Business must complete the request during an open change major period.

Primary major: HokieSpa

Secondary major: PCOB online application

Current ECON and HTM students who are not native to Pamplin will be subject to the competitive review process if they wish to change into ACIS, BIT, FIN, MGT, or MKTG.  Real Estate students will also be subject to the competitive review process.  Please visit the non-Pamplin student page for more information.

Change/Add Major Option/Concentration or Drop Secondary Pamplin Major

Current Pamplin College of Business students are eligible to change/add their major option/concentration throughout the year.  Current Pamplin students are also eligible to drop their secondary Pamplin major at any time.

For more information and to make changes to your option/concentration or to drop your secondary Pamplin major, please visit the Undergraduate Programs Office in 1046 Pamplin Hall.

Change/Add Major Outside the Pamplin College of Business

The University Change Major process occurs only three times per year (August, January, May.)

Students wishing to change their primary major or add a secondary major in a discipline outside the Pamplin College of Business should read the following information about restricted and non-restricted majors.

Non-Restricted Majors

Non restricted majors have no course or GPA requirements for students admitted to their degree programs.  However you may be required to attend an information session or meet with an advisor in the intended program prior to changing your major.  Please click (here) for more information.

Restricted Majors

Restricted majors require students to meet specific requirements before applying. These requirements may include:

  • taking specific courses
  • achieving a specified minimum grade point average (GPA)
  • completing an application
  • appearing for an interview

In some cases, meeting the minimum requirements for application does not guarantee acceptance into the major.  You should plan to attend an information session or meet with an advisor in the intended program prior to submitting an application.  Please click (here) for more information.

If you are a F-1 or J-1 international student, please meet with a representative at the Cranwell International Center to receive a new immigration document marked with your new program or adjusted field of study. All F-1 or J-1 international students are required to obtain a new immigration document within 10 days of change. 

The Pamplin College of Business offers six degree-granting majors: Accounting and Information SystemsBusiness Information TechnologyFinance, Insurance and Business LawHospitality and Tourism ManagementManagement, and Marketing.  These six majors are all considered restricted and therefore prospective internal transfers are subject to a competitive internal review (see below).

The Bachelor of Science in Real Estate degree is also housed in Pamplin.  Real Estate is considered a non-restricted major; therefore, prospective internal transfers are not subject to a competitive review and can simply submit an application.

Applications for restricted and non-restricted majors are accepted three times per year (August, January, May.)

The steps below provide a guide for non-Pamplin students wishing to apply for an internal transfer to one of the six restricted business majors:

Step 1: Review the Internal Transfer Requirements and Policies.

Please note: The math requirement for restricted business majors is changing and certain math courses may no longer be offered after summer 2018.  You can find more information about options for completing the math requirement here.

Step 2: Attend one Non-Major Information session.

Step 3: Submit your application online during one of the open application periods in August, January, or May.  Students requesting to change their primary major must request this change in HokieSpa. Students requesting to add a secondary major in Pamplin must complete the PCOB online application.

Step 4:  If you are accepted you may be expected to attend an orientation session.  More details will be provided upon acceptance.

Please note that there is no guarantee that internal transfers will be able to add business courses to their schedules during their first semester as a Pamplin student.  Internal transfers must also comply with Pamplin’s Policy 91 Progress Towards Degree requirement.

If you are a F-1 or J-1 international student, please meet with a representative at the Cranwell International Center to receive a new immigration document marked with your new program or adjusted field of study. All F-1 or J-1 international students are required to obtain a new immigration document within 10 days of change. 

Application portal now OPEN for restricted majors. Portal will remain open through May 13.

Application portal now OPEN for unrestricted majors. Portal will remain open through May 25.