Frequently Asked Questions


Registering & Advising

How do I register for courses?

For complete registration instructions see the Office of the Registrar.

Why did I receive an error message while trying to register for a course?

When you select a class to enroll in, the system checks your academic record to ensure you have met the prerequisites for the course. It will determine whether you are currently enrolled in or have completed the prerequisite course(s) with a grade of “C” or higher, and whether you are a major or a pre-major.

If you are currently enrolled in a prerequisite, you are allowed to register on the condition that you complete the prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher. If you do not pass the prerequisite course, you must drop the class requiring this prerequisite and add the prerequisite. If you fail to do this, you will be disenrolled from the course.

If you receive a prerequisite error message but are certain that you meet all course prerequisites, go to the department offering the course to request permission to enroll in a specific section of that course.

  • Present a copy of your unofficial transcript. Highlight the grade for each prerequisite course(s), your total units and current major. (Your current major is printed above the current term on your transcript.)
  • If a transfer course was accepted to fulfill a prerequisite, also bring a copy of your Transfer Credit Report with the transfer course and grade highlighted and a photocopy of the “Petition for Acceptance of Transfer Credits for CBE Major/Minor” form.
Department & location PHone
Accounting Accounting,
Stephens Hall,
Room 102
Project Management and
Business Analysis
e-Business &
Stephens Hall,
Room 314
Economics Major,
Economics Track
Stephens Hall,
Room 103
Finance, Financial
Stephens Hall,
Room 314
Legal Studies,
Stephens Hall,
Room 123
Human Resource Management,
Stephens Hall,
Room 116
Business Excellence, 
Pre-Business Majors
Student Academic
& Career Services, Stephens Hall,
Room 310


What do I need for an advising meeting?

Bring your most recent advising form, your academic requirements found on Towson Online Services, which includes your current term classes, and your Academic Plan or Degree Completion Plan.

Whom do I talk to if I have a question about planning my course schedule?

Contact your adviser. To find out who your adviser is, go to Towson Online Services. Once you are in Online Services, go to Self Service>Student Center. Your adviser’s name and contact information is located on the right-hand side of the screen under Advisor. If you don't see an adviser assigned, visit your intended major/concentration department.

Why is my major listed at PBUA?

Until you meet the admission requirements for the business administration major, you are classified as a pre-business administration (PBUA) student.

How can I determine my catalog year?

The catalog year is listed on your transcript, your academic requirements found on Towson Online Services and other academic records, such as the Evaluation of Transfer Credit Report.

Why should I know my catalog year?

There are different programs for different catalog years. All graduation requirements including the General Education/Core Curriculum and your major requirements must be fulfilled according to the catalog assigned to you within 10 years. Following the incorrect catalog year may result in taking the wrong courses.

May I use a different catalog?

Yes. You may elect to use the catalog that was in effect at the time of your initial matriculation at your transfer institution provided you will complete your graduation requirements within 10 years. To change, obtain a Catalog Selection Petition form and return to the CBE Student Academic and Career Services office, Stephens Hall, room 301.

If I change my catalog, will my requirements change?

The courses required to complete your degree will depend on the catalog you select. Your major requirements may change. Contact your faculty adviser or the CBE Student Academic and Career Services to evaluate your courses using the new catalog.

Can a CBE course also count as a Gen Ed/Core Curriculum course?

Yes, a few courses that count toward both the General Education/Core Curriculum and the CBE courses are:

Course Gen Ed CAtegory TU Core Curriculum CAtegory
ECON 201/203 or 202/204 II.C.2 Social and Behavioral Science
Statistics course (ECON 205 or MATH 231/233) I.C Mathematics
MATH 211 or MATH 273 I.C Mathematics
BUSX 301   Advanced Writing Seminar
MNGT 482   Ethical Issues & Perspectives


When can I enroll in upper-level required courses for my major?

You may enroll in the major courses when you meet the admission requirements according to your assigned catalog.

Will a C, D, or F grade count for major credit?

A grade of “C” or higher is required for a major course. If a C-/D+/D grade was earned in a course transferred from another institution, repeating the course will result in ”Duplication of Transfer Credit." An additional 3 units will be required for graduation (i.e., 123 minimum) to replace the duplication of the transfer course.

What do I need to do to graduate?

For a Bachelor of Science degree, you need:

  • The General Education/Core Curriculum requirements
  • A minimum of 120 earned unit hours
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • A grade equivalent of 2.0 or higher in all courses required for the major
  • At least 32 upper-level (300-400) units (includes transfer credits and TU units)
  • At least 30 units completed at TU

For a Bachelor of Arts degree, you need to complete all the requirements for Bachelor of Science degree and complete a foreign language through the intermediate levels.

When and how can I apply for graduation?

Find out how to apply for graduation from the Office of the Registrar.

Transfer Questions

What are the policies pertaining to transfer courses?
  • Only one transferred course will be accepted to fulfill a concentration/track requirement.
  • At least 30 units of CBE upper-level courses must be completed at Towson University.
  • Economics majors must complete at least 15 units in economics at Towson University.
  • Maximum of 64 units are allowed from a two-year institution. Maximum of 90 units are allowed from a four-year institution or from a combination of two- and four-year institutions.
How do I determine how a course will transfer to Towson?

To determine transfer equivalencies use the State of Maryland's ARTSYS © - The Articulation System.

How do I transfer a course to be accepted for my major/minor?

Submit a “Petition for Acceptance of Transfer Credits” for the course to be accepted as a major/minor requirement to the CBE Student Academic and Career Services office, Stephens Hall 301. Attach a catalog description of the course from the institution at which the units were originally earned. If a course is not accepted as equivalent, you must complete the course at Towson University.

What is an "Evaluation of Transfer Credits" report?

The Evaluation of Transfer Credits from the Transfer Evaluation Service Office shows which transfer courses are accepted as fulfilling a General Education/Core Curriculum requirement, potential major/minor credit or free electives.

Tip: Check the Evaluation of Transfer Credit report, found on Towson Online Services under: Home > Self Service > Student Center> Transfer Credit Evaluation (tab).