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 first two must be contiguous (fall/spring). 

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: May 1
  • 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: April 15
  • 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.