The Exploratory Track program assists students with their consideration and ultimate declaration of a major based on their interest, eligibility, and academic proficiency.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst Recognizes Many of our incoming students would benefit from learning more about the many majors offered on campus that may be a good fit for their academic interests and aspirations. Students admitted to the Business Exploratory track work closely with the Isenberg School, exploring majors within Isenberg and throughout the University that can lead to a job in a business profession
Business Exploratory Track students work closely with an Isenberg Academic Dean, and two professional Isenberg Academic Advisors throughout their freshman year. Students in this program must complete three predictor courses (Calculus, Intro to Microeconomics, and Intro to Macroeconomics) while completing a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher by the end of their freshman year to be guaranteed a spot in the Isenberg School of Management. Since the students are taking the business and general education requirements in their freshman year, they can complete their degree at the University in four years or less.
Business Exploratory Track students do not have to apply to the Isenberg School as on-campus applicants. Most of the students in the Business Exploratory Track will satisfy the requirements to gain admission into the Isenberg School Bachelor of Business Administration Program and eventually major in one of the following majors (Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, or Operations & Information Management). Students who do not meet the requirement by the end of their freshman year are moved to the School of Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Exploratory Track at the start of their sophomore year with knowledge about other majors at the University that can lead to a business type career.
Benefits to students in the Business Exploratory Track
Work closely with Isenberg Academic Advisors, have access to the Chase Career Center as first-year students, will take a transitions course within the Isenberg School. Also, will get a second-semester seminar led by an Isenberg Academic Advisor. Students are advised on appropriate coursework and receive advising assistance on other majors across campus that have a business flavor and may be appealing to students given their interest and academic proficiency.