Individualized Field of Study

Overview

The career objectives of most BBA students can be easily met by one of the six standard BBA concentrations, in which case pursuing an Individualized Field of study is not recommended. The purpose of the Individualized Field of concentration is to assist students who have a clear career objective that falls outside of the six standard BBA concentrations.

Program of Study

The program of study for Individualized Fields varies greatly depending on the individual student. As part of the application process, the student must create a proposal composed of the following core requirements:

For students who entered GWSB between Fall 2009 – Summer 2014:

  • one Analytical Tools Elective
  • five Field Courses
  • one Field-Related Elective

For students entering GWSB in Fall 2014 or after:

  • five Field Courses
  • one International Focus Field Course

Past GWSB students have pursued Individualized Fields in the following areas

  • Entrepreneurship and/or Small Business Management
  • Health Administration
  • Human Resource Management
  • Performing Arts Management
  • Real Estate Development
  • Strategic Management
  • Supply Chain Management

Application Criteria, Components, and Process

Complete criteria and application directions can be found in the Individualized Field Application Packet.  Two key factors to be aware of:

  • GWSB students must have a 3.2 or higher cumulative GPA in order to submit an Individualized Field proposal.
  • Proposals must be submitted before the start of Senior year.

Important Note

The Individualized Field application process typically takes 10-12 weeks from initial research to receiving the faculty committee’s final decision; therefore, it is recommended that students start this process no later than spring of their junior year. Students are advised not to take proposed courses prior to approval of the Individualized Field.

Questions?

Students who have questions about the Individualized Field option should call the GWSB Advising Center to schedule an appointment with the advisor who oversees Individualized Fields: 202.994.7027.