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Explore, Prepare, Apply

If the Organizational Studies major sounds like a good fit for you, come talk to us about your educational goals. Find out more below on how to explore, prepare, and apply to the Organizational Studies Program.


  • Explore this website!  Particularly useful are the Curriculum Information and the Prospective Student FAQs
  • Sign up for the OS prospective student email list to get announcements of all informational events for prospective students.
  • Attend an OS Information Night.
  • Make an appointment with the Prospective Student Advisor or a Peer Mentor.
  • Visit us at the Major/Minor Expo or at Festifall.
  • If you are a transfer student applying simultaneously to UM-AA and OS for the same fall term, please contact for specific instructions.



  • Three prerequisite courses are required for all applicants:
    • Intro Psychology  (Psych 111, 112, 114, or 115)
    • Intro Sociology  (Soc 100, 102, 195, 300 or 302)
    • Intro Economics  (Econ 101)
  • Prereq courses taken at UM or at another college or university must be taken for a grade (not P/F).
  • AP/IB credit in Psych and/or Microecon is acceptable to fulfill OS prereqs.  AP Econ credit will appear as ECON 101X for 2 credits on your transcript, and while this is not considered exactly equivalent to Econ 101 at UM, it is acceptable for the OS prereq.  If you plan to take further courses in Econ, however, you must complete Econ 101 at UM or take an equivalent transfer course at another college or university. 
  • Exact equivalent transfer credit from another college or university is accepted to fulfill any of the OS prerequisites.  If you plan to complete a prerequisite course at another institution, you should see an OS prospective student advisor and review the UM Transfer Guides (Be especially cautious about online courses).
  • It is preferred that all three prereqs be completed at the time of application, but you are eligible to apply if you have at least two prereqs completed (with grades showing) and are currently enrolled in the third prerequisite at the time of application.
  • There is no minimum grade required in the prerequisites, but admission is very competitive to this academically rigorous program, so it is important to perform your best and to maintain a strong cumulative GPA.

Other Considerations

  • Interested students should apply during the winter term of their sophomore year. Students may only apply to the OS program once.
  • The Organizational Studies major is designed to be a 2-year program. Due to our curriculum sequencing, it is not possible to complete the program in one year.  Please see an OS prospective student advisor if you have any questions about the OS curriculum sequencing.
  • Admission to the OS program is highly competitive, so it is important to develop a backup plan that will still allow you to meet your educational goals.
  • OS welcomes applications from students who have transferred to UM, but you must be admitted to UM before applying to the OS Program.  If you are a transfer student applying simultaneously to UM-AA and OS for the same fall term, please contact for specific instructions.
  • Note concerning Stats: Many students will take the OS Quant Skills Requirement (Stats) before entering the program.  Please note that if you have credit for AP Stats (Stats 180), it will *not* fulfill our requirement, and unfortunately, you will lose that AP credit when you take Stats 250 or Soc 210.  If you wish to keep your AP credit, you must enroll in Stats 280 Honors Intro Statistics.


To Apply

  • The Fall 2020 OS application is now CLOSED (deadline was Jan 20, 2020)

  • To VIEW a pdf copy of the Fall 2020 application, click here.  This will not start an application for you, but will allow you to review the application format and questions.

  • The application for Fall 2021 will open on Nov 1

The application consists of three parts: application form, essay, and resume.

You are not required to submit transcripts. The OS Program will obtain your transcripts from UM records. If you have attended another college and the transcript has not been received at UM, please contact us.

You may start an application, save it, and return to it as many times as you like before submitting.  Once you submit, you can no longer make changes to the application.

Application Review

  • Review of applications does not begin until after the January deadline.
  • All applications receive a holistic review by members of a faculty committee.
  • Students will be notified of decisions by email at approximately 5pm the Friday immediately preceding Spring break.
  • For more information about the application or the application review process, please visit the Prospective Student FAQs page.