Business Administration + Quantitative Sciences Major


Students must apply and be admitted to the BBA program in order to earn the BBA+QSS secondary major.

The Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods (QTM) in Emory College and the Bachelor of Business Administration program in the Goizueta Business School offer a BBA with a secondary major in QSS. Students are required to complete the BBA program requirements PLUS a secondary QSS major. The secondary major consists of the requisite QTM coursework and additional business courses.

This partnership couples the rigor of the BBA program with a secondary major in Quantitative Sciences. The purpose of this degree program is to enhance the quantitative and analytic preparation of students choosing to study business at Emory. As the functional fields of business including marketing analytics, strategy and management consulting, decision analysis/operations and finance, are increasingly driven by data and quantitative analysis, it is imperative that BBA students are sufficiently prepared in quantitative methods. It is also suitable for those interested in graduate training in business.

Check out our Secondary QSS major checklist (to the right) for a list of required coursework. 



Descriptions of the courses for BBA + secondary QSS majors.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the BBA + secondary Quantitative Sciences major differ from double majoring in BBA and QSS?

There are two main differences between the BBA+QSS program and a traditional double major between BBA and QSS.

First, the BBA+QSS program is functionally a QSS major with a BUS track. However, the BBA+QSS co-major can only be declared by students admitted to the Business School. A regular QSS major (i.e., with an Emory College track, such as Psychology, Economics, etc.) may be declared by any student at Emory University.

If a student wants to pursue a double major with the BBA and QSS major with a College track, this would require an additional set of electives in the College track. Please note that this double major does not require extra business courses.

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Can I declare a BBA+QSS major before I am accepted to the Business School (i.e., while I am still a student in Emory College)?

No. However, we encourage students who intend to pursue this course of study to declare a QSS major as soon as possible, prior to admission to the BBA program. We cannot stress how important it is to declare QSS early. A number of our courses, particularly our electives, allow enrollment 'by department permission' only. If you do not declare a QSS major, it may be more difficult for you to enroll in QTM courses.

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Once I enroll in the Business School, how do I declare a BBA+QSS major?

Because BBA+QSS is a co-major offered through the Business School, you can declare it like you would any other double major in the Business School. Follow these steps:

  1. Pick up a "Declaration of Second Major" form from the BBA Program Office (Room 307 East)
  2. Fill out and sign the form.
  3. Have a department administrator from QTM (Areanna Sabine or Dr. Lewandowski) countersign the form. They will scan/copy the form for departmental recordkeeping purposes.
  4. Copy or a scan the form for your personal records. Do not skip this step - always keep copies for your personal records.
  5. Bring your completed form to the Goizueta Registrar's Office (RM 453 East)

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If I complete the BBA+QSS program will I earn a BS and a BBA degree?

No. Like any other double major at Emory, you will earn one degree that matches your primary course of study. As a student in Goizueta Business School, your primary course of study is Business, and therefore your degree degree will be a Bachelor's of Business Administration (BBA). On your transcript, your course of study will appear as a BBA+QSS co-major.

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Does intent to declare a BBA+QSS major guarantee me acceptance or give me preference when applying to the Business School?

Admission to Goizueta is based on the the admissions requirements laid out on the Business School's website; no special preference is given to students intending to declare a BBA+QSS track.

The advantage of starting on the BBA+QSS path early is that students can comfortably complete a full QSS major if they do not matriculate to the Business School.

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How many courses do I need to complete the secondary QSS major?

The secondary major in QSS requires completion of: CALC I, Linear Algebra, Advanced Calculus for Data Sciences, eight QTM courses, and a series of BBA core and elective courses. These requirements are in addition to the standard BBA program requirements. Contact your BBA advisor for questions the BBA requirements. 

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Will I graduate in time if I pursue the BBA+ secondary QSS major?

The BBA + secondary QSS major is a rigorous course of study that requires early and careful planning if you wish to graduate in four years. We provide example schedules for freshman or sophomore students considering this program.

That said, every student is different. You should sit down with both QTM and BBA advisors before embarking on this plan of study and should seek regular advising to ensure you stay on track.

For questions about QSS (years one and two), set up an advising appointment with or call Areanna Sabine. For questions about the BBA program (years three and four), contact the BBA advisors: Jessica Lowy.

What kind of BUS courses will I take?

In addition to the BBA program requirements, you will take business electives towards the secondary QSS major in your area of interest. To determine exactly what BUS courses you need to take, you must consult with a BBA+QSS BBA advisor.

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I have AP Statistics credit. Does this credit count towards any courses in the major?

No. Students who receive a 4 or 5 on the AP Statistics exam may receive general credit towards your academic hours for graduation; however, the course does not substitute for any requirements in the secondary QSS major. 

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