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Business Foundations | McCombs Summer Institute
  • BFP Student Large Group


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  • Can I transfer credit for courses into the McCombs Summer Institute?
    No, all 5 courses must be taken together in the summer program.
  • What is the difference between the MSI certificate and a BFP certificate?
    The Business Foundations Program is worth 24 credit-hours and restricted to students of The University of Texas at Austin. It can be completed during student's undergraduate degree or up to a year after, and will result in transcriptable certificate. However, The McCombs Summer Institute (MSI) is a 15 credit-hour summer program that is open to students enrolled in any accredited university or colleges in a traditional degree program. Students who complete the McCombs Summer Institute will receive a non-transcriptable certificate of completion.
  • Can I use MSI courses toward a business degree here at UT?
    No. None of the BFP courses count towards a business degree from UT. The courses are designed for non-business majors only.
  • Can I take MSI courses on a pass/fail basis?
    If you want to earn the transcriptable BFP certificate, you must take the required courses for a letter grade. You may take the courses pass-fail only if you do not plan to earn the certificate.
  • What is the difference between the MSI certificate and a minor in business?
    The certificate is more than a minor (which requires only 12 hours) and less than a major. Students from other institutions will be given a UT transcript documenting their courses.
  • What is the certificate worth to employers or an MBA program?
    The certificate is an overlay to your major and sets you apart from job candidates that do not have business course credit. It demonstrates to potential employers that, in addition to knowledge of your major, you have a foundation of business knowledge that you can bring to your job. The courses can be viewed as the equivalent of a minor and will meet the prerequisite requirements for many M.B.A. programs.