Business Minor


The business minor in the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business is a popular option for a number of majors—so popular, in fact, that it is one of the largest undergraduate minors available on campus. This means diverse classroom discussions, professional connections, and industry insights you wouldn’t have gained as part of your major’s course requirements.

What’s more, basic business skills and foundational knowledge makes you a more marketable job or graduate school candidate.

Who’s eligible for the business minor?


All Cornell undergraduates except students enrolled in SHA, Dyson, and ORIE

How many credits are required?


18 credits across areas such as management, marketing, accounting, statistics, and more

I’m interested. What’s next?


After reviewing the requirements below and our FAQ and policies page. you can begin the process using the Business Minors Dashboard.

Current students:


You can manage your minor and track your progress using the Business Minors Dashboard.


Business minor prerequisites

The business minor requires 3 credits in statistics and 3 credits in microeconomics, which must be completed as prerequisites before taking the minor’s core courses.

Business minor core course requirements

The business minor’s remaining 12 credits must be fulfilled by taking courses in each of the four categories below.

All core courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. If a core requirement is taken online, it must be a Cornell University online course in order to count toward the minor. Only one core course from outside Cornell University may be applied toward the minor, and it must be submitted for approval prior to taking the course.


A path to Johnson's MPS in Management

The Johnson Graduate School of Management in the SC Johnson College offers an MPS in Management program and an MPS in Management – Accounting Specialization program. If you want to pursue either of these programs within two years of graduation, completing the business minor with a satisfactory GPA will waive some of the programs’ prerequisites, their application fees, and their GMAT/GRE testing requirements.