5-Year BSBA/MBA Program

Since Fall 2009, the College of Business Administration has admitted qualified students into a five-year integrated program leading to a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BSBA) as well as a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA).

This program is designed for high-achieving, goal-oriented students who have decided to complete an MBA as part of their professional education and wish to minimize the time and expense of doing so.

Program Features

  • The program provides challenging academic coursework that prepares students for successful business careers.
  • All pre-core requirements for the MBA are waived, eliminating 18 credit hours; there is no entrance exam or other special requirements for entering the graduate phase of the program.
  • The program includes appropriate work experience in preparation for the MBA Program. Students must complete a minimum of two cooperative education assignments (i.e. internships.) One of these must be a graduate internship completed between the fourth and fifth year.
  • A mentor from the business community will assist and guide each student in career planning and development. This mentoring will supplement the academic advising provided by the College of Business Administration and the many services provided by the University's Career Education Center.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the University’s general entrance requirements. To be considered for the 5-Year BSBA/MBA Program, you must achieve:

  • a high school GPA of 3.25
  • a minimum ACT composite score of 24.

To remain in the program, you must:

  • maintain an overall GPA of 3.25
  • adhere to the timetable for program completion
  • successfully complete two approved internships
  • meet regularly with your assigned industry mentor
  • attend regular meetings with your academic advisor and the Executive-in-Residence

Great Academics

Our renowned business programs have remained fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business for more than 60 years. We are the only private school in the state of Michigan to earn this distinction, which places us in the top five percent of business schools worldwide.

Our College of Business Administration was listed as one of the Best in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report, and our undergraduate Management program ranked at #14. Our MBA program was also named among the top 30 in the world by Corporate Knights’ Global Green MBA Survey for integrating sustainability into the academic experience.

We offer you diverse choices for programs and majors, whether you want to earn a Bachelor of Science in Accounting or a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in one of many areas, including:

  • Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Decision Sciences
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business Management
  • Marketing
  • Business Intelligence
  • Sports Management

Many students even go on to receive both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five years, with scholarships that last the entire length of the program!

Great Outcomes

Will I be able to find a job?” Is this something you’ve thought about as you’ve narrowed down your college choices, comparing one program to another?

It’s definitely a question we hear a lot around the Admissions office, from many prospective students and their parents — because, let’s face it, college is an investment. You want to know that after you devote your time and financial resources to earning a degree, you’re going to be able to get work in your field.

That’s why we’re so proud to say, “Yes!” In fact, 100 percent of our 2014 five-year bachelor’s degree/master’s degree graduates had a job upon graduation.

Why do companies hire UDM B.S./MBA alumni? It might have to do with the fact that our students graduate with real work experience, thanks to our required internships that give students a chance to use what they learn in the classroom in a professional environment. They also benefit from an assigned alumni mentor as well as our Executive-in-Residence, who helps connect students to potential employers.

What are our alumni up to now? They’re making significant contributions to their professions and society. Many have become leaders at major corporations. Our graduates include a president & CEO at Wendy’s Restaurants, a chairman of the board at Compuware and vice presidents at CBS Television, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, DTE Energy and J.P. Morgan Chase Bank.

Want to know more about what our students do when they get out of school? Check out these testimonials that highlight a few of our recent grads — you may even find some inspiration!

Alumni Profile: Anai Orozco-Hernandez

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting

I was born in a beautiful small town in Mexico and have always felt more confident and comfortable in a close-knit community, such as the one I found at University of Detroit Mercy. The individual attention I received from professors and staff, the friendships I've made with people from diverse cultures, the values I've learned to guide me in my professional and personal life, with the great city of Detroit as my background, have all been essential and led me to where I am today... Read more.

Great Values

Do you want to make the world a better place? We do! No matter which business school you choose, you’ll learn the fundamentals of the field, but at UDM we can offer you something more: The opportunity and know-how to affect change in the world around you.

Why are we different? Because we’re rooted in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions of our religious sponsors. Jesuit and Mercy schools are known for providing students a great, well-rounded education with an emphasis on leadership and service — we don’t just teach business; we create community leaders.

While in school, hone your skills by participating in service learning projects aimed at helping others, like providing volunteer income tax assistance and teaching financial literacy classes. You’ll learn business, but also so much more.

Great American City

Do you want to go to school in a city rich with culture and entertainment, known for its music, theater, food, sports and world-class museums?

And what about a city with 20 Fortune 500 companies nearby? Think about the possibilities for co-op placements and internships!

If this sounds good to you, then you might just feel at home at University of Detroit Mercy. Our students learn, work and play in the Motor City. And as a business student, you’ll be at the forefront of the industry, surrounded by opportunities to make a name for yourself before you’re even done with school.

Your on-campus opportunities are plentiful, too. You’ll get great personal attention from your professors, thanks to our student-centered environment and small class sizes, and you can meet new friends with similar interests in our many clubs and organizations.

But as much as we take pride in our Detroit roots and campus experience, we also understand how important it is for our students to experience the world at large. That’s why we offer study abroad opportunities through our International Studies in Business travel course — experience the world of business in Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona and Rome.

Come, open the door, visit us and learn how you can play an active role in creating your own path to success. Great things are in store for you at the University of Detroit Mercy!

Students admitted to this program will complete the BSBA in 4 years of study, and complete the MBA degree by the end of the fifth year. Students will follow an accelerated curriculum plan:

First Year:

  • 11 courses from UDM undergraduate core

Second Year:

  • 11 courses: complete UDM core, begin undergraduate business core

Third Year:

  • 12 courses: complete undergraduate business core

Fourth Year:

  • 12 courses: complete undergraduate concentration, begin MBA courses

Fifth Year:

  • 8 courses: complete MBA requirements


  • 54 courses (162 credit hours)


A 5-Year BSBA/MBA helps connect you with a dynamic group of business leaders, community partners and fellow students. Here you can delve deeper and learn more about us.

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The application process may differ based on what type of incoming student you are. Please visit apply.udmercy.edu to learn more and apply online.

For more information about our Graduate Business Programs, including our MBA, MBA/MHSA and JD-MBA programs, please send your inquiries to:

Carrol Parris
Coordinator of Student Services

You can also call Admissions during hours at 800-635-5020 or e-mail us and we'll get right back to you: admissions@udmercy.edu.

You can also request information online.