Sellinger Scholars

Students attend a Sellinger reception.The Sellinger Scholars program is a leadership development honors program in business administration which provides highly motivated students with increased academic rigor beyond the traditional curriculum of the Bachelors of Business Administration degree.  Business and management education are further developed through unique opportunities to interact with business professionals and community leaders.  Driven by the University mission “to inspire students to learn, lead, and serve in a diverse and changing world,” these interactions strive to enhance understanding of leadership, individual and corporate social responsibility, and reflection upon personal and professional choices.


Qualifying students are invited to apply following the fall semester of their freshman year. The program is designed for sophomores, juniors, and seniors and is based on a cohort model. Cohorts range in size from 25 to 30 per class year. Business Honors (BH) coursework begins in the fall of the sophomore year and must be taken in sequence. The second component, the Sellinger Scholars Experience, is a one credit course which offers students the opportunity to participate in leadership development, social justice exploration and professional, social, and community activities.  This element supports the academic experience, a student’s professional and personal development, and leadership skills.

Download the program overview information sheet.

Application Criteria

The Sellinger Scholars program is a three-year honors program in business administration designed to prepare highly motivated undergraduate students for roles of servant leadership and service in a diverse and changing world. Freshmen who have completed 15 credits (excluding AP credits) with a minimum GPA of 3.30, majoring in accounting or business administration, will be invited to apply to the program the spring of their freshman year only. While applicants with a GPA of 3.30 will be given full consideration, a GPA of 3.50 or higher is preferred.  Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 at the conclusion of the spring semester of their freshman year for final acceptance to occur.

Application Process

The selection process is a highly competitive,  two-part application process.  Admission is based on the comprehensive application package which evaluates a candidate’s academic achievement, leadership potential, community and service involvement, strong communication skills and professionalism.  Acceptance into the program is based upon the following:

  • Video response to a prompt
  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Completed Application Form
  • Two Page Essay
  • One Letter of Recommendation

Curriculum Components

The Sellinger Scholars Program has two primary components:

1. Curriculur Coursework: Sellinger Scholars students take nine honors-level courses as a cohort which fulfill degree requirements for the BBA, Bachelor of Business Administration.  These are not additional courses—they are Scholars sections built into the undergraduate business curriculum.  The required coursework offers increased rigor in the form of outside reading, discussion, and class presentations.  Program participants are pre-registered for Scholars course sections which are smaller in size and allow for greater interaction with faculty and classmates.  Curricular coursework begins in the fall of the sophomore year and must be taken in sequence. 

2. Sellinger Scholars Experience (BH 199): Scholars will be pre-registered for the above courses and BH 199.  BH 199 is a one-credit course which serves to nurture the personal and professional growth of the individual, enhance the academic experience and broaden the learning environment.   BH 199 is taken each semester unless the student is studying abroad.  The Sellinger Scholars Experience offers students the opportunity to participate in professional, social, and community service activities in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.  This element is designed to enhance the academic experience and broaden the learning environment.  Activities include:

  • Guest lecturers
  • Site visits to area businesses
  • Community service
  • Professional development
  • Networking
  • Signature Scholar Project

Curriculum Coursework

Program Year Coursework
Freshman Prospective applicants should refer to the undergraduate catalogue for suggested sequence of courses. Students entering the Sellinger Scholars Program must have completed EC 102, Math 151 or 251, and a computer science course that is a prerequisite for BH 251 their freshman year or no later than summer prior to sophomore year.

Fall Term:
BH 240 Marketing (MK 240)
BH 251 Data Analytics & Information Systems (IS 251)

Spring Term:
BH 202 Managerial Accounting (AC 202)
BH 282 International Business (IB 282)
BH 320 Financial Management (FI 320)


Sellinger Scholars courses may be adjusted to accommodate study abroad plans.

Fall Term:
BH 201 Management (MG 201)

Spring Term:
BH 330 Operations Management (OM 330)


Fall Term:
BH 305 Legal Environment of Business (LW 305)

Spring Term:
BH 402 Business Policy (MG 402)

Maintaining Scholar Status

Upon acceptance into the Sellinger Scholars program, students are expected to meet the following academic standards each semester:

  • Successful completion of 15 credits applicable to a degree;
  • Maintain a minimum of a 3.30 cumulative GPA; and
  • Completion of all BH courses and associated projects. 

Upon completion of the program, a notation will appear on the college transcript indicating that the student was a Sellinger Scholars program participant. 

Further Inquiries

Jan O’Brien
Program Assistant, Sellinger Scholars