Business Administration Honors Cohort Program

Honors Cohort Program

The Business Administration Honors Cohort program consists of an eclectic, tight knit group of 30 highly motivated; hand-picked students who seek to leverage educational opportunities across the entire university. The Honors Cohort program prepares students for much more than their “first job” after graduation. The program seeks to increase the critical thinking, complex reasoning, and communication skills of the students.

The Honors Cohort is a challenging program for business students spanning the fall and spring semesters of a student’s junior year and continuing in their senior year. During their junior year students will take business specific honors courses together as well as the year-long Business Honors Cohort Seminar course.

In the Cohort Seminar course students will, among other things, discuss and debate the critical issues facing today’s society, contemplate and discuss the historical evolution of markets, work together to give back to the larger community, as well as interact with global industry executives and policymakers. The Cohort Seminar makes use of the Socratic method which puts the student at the center of the learning experience.

In addition to the year-long Cohort Seminar course Cohort students are also required to take upper level Honors, or Honors equivalent course work, outside of the business school to increase their exposure to the liberal arts and natural sciences. In their final year, Cohort students will have an Honors capstone course together which will allow them to more deeply contemplate and discuss the intellectual advancements they have made in the Honors Cohort program.

Application Process for 2016-2017 Cohort

Students may apply for the Honors Cohort Program if they have at least a 3.5 GPA (4 point scale) and will have a rank 3 status by Autumn semester 2016.

Click here for the 2016-2017 Honors Cohort Application, due Friday, February 19th by 5pm.

Applicants must have completed the following prerequisites classes by the end of the Spring 2016 semester:

  • Math 1131, 1151, or 1161 (Math 1152 is preferred)
  • Econ 2001.01 or 2001.03H*
  • Econ 2002.01 or 2002.03H*
  • ACCTMIS 2200H* or 2200
  • ACCTMIS 2300H* or 2300
  • CSE 2111 or 1113
  • STAT 1430 or 1430H
  • BUSMGT 2320 
  • BUSMGT 2321
  • BUSMHR 2292 or 2292H* 

*This course is strongly recommended. 


Honors Cohort Students at Ohio Statehouse
Honors Cohort Students at the Ohio Statehouse

Cohorts will be chosen based on academic excellence, leadership, activities, community service, quality of application essays and work experience. You may contact the Honors Cohort Director Ty Shepfer or an Honors Advisor with questions.