Academic Policies & Procedures

Academic Regulations

Academic Standing

Academic standing is determined by the total number of credit hours completed for graduation. The following credit hours are required: senior, 86 or more; junior, 56-85; sophomore, 26-55; freshman, fewer than 26.

Term Load

A typical academic load is 15 to 17 credit hours per term. Students wishing to register for more than 19 credit hours in a given term should have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher or have attained a grade point average of at least 3.0 during the previous full term. To enroll in more than 19 credit hours, students must see a business academic advisor for authorization.

Addition of Classes

No course may be added after the first week of a full term or the first week of a summer session unless the instructor of the class recommends that an exception be made to this policy, and there is seating room according to the fire code. Because of the nature of the work, the length of the class, or group assignments, some instructors only allow students to add their courses during the first week of a term.

Business Courses Numbered 300-499

Enrollment in business courses numbered 300-499 is limited to the following students:

  1. Kelley School students.
  2. Non-Kelley School students who are planning to complete one of the business minors or a Business Foundations Certificate.
  3. Non-Kelley School students who are registered for degree programs requiring specific business courses (such programs include Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design, Health Administration, Journalism, Sports Marketing and Management, Informatics, and Telecommunications). Enrollment will be permitted only in required business courses. Prerequisites must be fulfilled for admission to business courses.
  4. Other students with specific permission of the department offering the course (departments may choose to declare certain courses as open enrollment courses).

Credit for Independent Study by Correspondence/Distance Education

The Kelley School faculty and staff strongly advise students to complete all their coursework in the classroom. The school will, however, accept a total of six credits by correspondence study or distance education to count toward some portions of the degree. Because of their basic importance in the degree program, the following courses may not be taken online, by correspondence study or distance education: admission courses, business courses, I-Core prerequisites, and ECON-E 202.

Note: All correspondence/distance education courses taken in the final semester to fulfill degree requirements must be completed three weeks prior to the end of the semester to allow time for final grades to be posted.

Credit by Self-Acquired Competency

The Kelley School does not award academic credit on the basis of self-acquired competency. However, the school will give examinations for credit in specific courses or waiver of these courses if the department offering the course believes that a student’s experience gives the student a reasonable chance of passing the examination. To be eligible to take a credit/waiver examination, the student must be currently enrolled at Indiana University.

The Kelley School will not accept self-acquired competency credit, for business coursework, awarded by any other division/school of Indiana University or by other institutions.

For non–business courses, the school will accept credit for specific courses awarded on the basis of self-acquired competency by other baccalaureate degree-granting units of Indiana University and by other institutions accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges or comparable regional associations.


Kelley School students are encouraged to pursue internships; those interested should contact the Kelley Undergraduate Career Services Office (UCSO). During the term (summer, fall, or spring) of the internship, students should enroll in BUS-W 499 (no credit).  If they also choose to enroll in BUS-X 498 (includes academic work, for credit), they should enroll in this course according to the guidelines on the UCSO website. Students apply for authorization to enroll in either of these courses through the UCSO website at

Physical Education Courses

A maximum of 4 credit hours of physical education (HPER-E) courses may be applied toward the 124 credit hour total required for graduation and/or the 62 credit hour total required for general education.

ROTC Courses

Indiana University grants academic credit for ROTC courses offered by the Departments of Aerospace Studies and Military Science. Credits earned for ROTC courses will be counted toward the degree requirements as Supplemental General Education credits.

Prerequisites for Business Courses

Students must have the prerequisites on their IU transcript or be currently enrolled in the prerequisites exactly as indicated in the notes of the online Schedule of Classes for each course.  If, at the time the course begins, the pre-requisites are not documented, students will be removed from the course.

Duplication of Credit

Before enrolling in any course, students are strongly advised to check with a business academic advisor about potential problems with cross listing or course duplication.

Transfer of Integrative Core Credit

Students who expect to earn the Bachelor of Science in Business from the Bloomington campus must complete the courses in the business Integrative Core on the Bloomington campus.

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