Minors for Non-Business Students

There are two options for students to earn a business minor at VSB: the Academic Year Business Minor and the Summer Business Institute. Both of these programs are application-based and administered by the Clay Center. Students considering either of these programs should meet with their primary academic advisor and are required to attend a Business Minor information session before applying.

The Academic Year Business Minor is designed for full-time undergraduates enrolled in other Villanova colleges. Students admitted to the program take classes with VSB students during the academic year. It typically takes four semesters to complete the minor. 

The Summer Business Institute (SBI) is a full-time, 10-week accelerated program created exclusively for non-business majors. Using a cohort-based model, SBI is designed to be completed in one summer with peers from other non-business majors.

Academic Year Business Minor Program

  • “Traditional” year track; courses taken over a series of fall/spring semesters
  • VSB core curriculum; classes with VSB students
  • Competitive admission process; decisions made once a year (after spring grades are posted)
  • Application deadline: Yearly on May 1, 2017
  • Credits may also fulfill degree requirements; determined by applicant’s primary college

Summer Business Institute

  • “Once and done” immersion curriculum; one summer design, business only classes
  • SBI-specific courses, classes with non VSB students
  • Competitive admission process; decisions made within two weeks of application (January-April)
  • Application deadline: Yearly on April 15, 2017
  • Credits may also fulfill degree requirements; determined by applicant’s primary college


Completion of either program may allow students to pursue a discipline–specific business minor or enroll in other VSB courses. VSB approval is required and additional coursework may be necessary. 

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