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Joint Juris Doctor - Master of Business Administration

The University of Detroit Mercy's MBA program offers a personal academic approach to help you prepare for a rapidly evolving business world.

Admission to the joint JD-MBA program is contingent upon separate admissions to the Law program and the MBA program. However, the applicant is not formally admitted into the Joint JD-MBA Program until satisfactory completion of the first year of law studies (30 credit hours).


Program Features

  • Classes Downtown! - Evening MBA classes will be available at the Riverfront Campus, 651 East Jefferson Avenue as well as the McNichols Campus, 4001 W. McNichols Road.
  • Scholarships for the MBA program are available: students who score a 600 or higher on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) may reduce their tuition by half. For more information, contact Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Business Programs Omid Sabbaghi at omid.sabbaghi@udmercy.edu.
  • A limited number of Graduate Assistantships are available on a competitive basis.

Admission Requirements

The Joint JD-MBA Program incorporates two sets of academic requirements. Those two sets of requirements interface to allow a significant saving in course work when compared to an individual's efforts in accomplishing both degrees on a back-to-back, or independent basis.

JD Requirements Under the Joint Program

Law School course requirements include 78 credit hours, including all required courses of the regular law curriculum.

MBA Requirements Under the Joint Program

MBA courses include from 24-45 credit hours of graduate business courses, depending upon the applicant's former exposure to business courses in general.

Depending upon the applicant's former performance in business courses work, the JD-MBA candidate may take from 0-21 credit hours in the MBA's pre-core requirements. Students having to fulfill pre-core courses will be waived from MBA 5100. JD-MBA students are required to complete 24 credit hours in the MBA's core structure. Students are waived from MBA 5210. At the MBA post-core level, JD-MBA students are required to fulfill MBA 5900. In addition, the post-core requirement of nine credit hours of electives will be fulfilled by a cognate.

Do I need the GMAT?

  1. Was your undergraduate grade point average 3.0 or above?
  2. Do you have 7 or more years of professional experience?
  3. Have you already earned a graduate or professional degree?

If you can answer “YES” to at least two of these questions, then you have an excellent chance to gain admission to the AACSB accredited MBA program at the University of Detroit Mercy WITHOUT TAKING THE GMAT! Otherwise, you should plan to submit official scores from either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For more information, contact Student Services Coordinator for CBA Graduate Programs Carrol Parris at 313-993-1203 or carrol.parris@udmercy.edu.

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 is ranked the best private business school in Michigan, and the #2 business school overall by College Choice.  Both our undergraduate Management program and our MBA have been ranked among the nation's top 20 Management programs by U.S. News & World Report.  Our pass rate for first-time candidates on the CPA exam (68%) ranks 19th best in the nation for programs of our size, ahead of both Harvard Univeristy (ranked #31, with 63%) and the University of Chicago (ranked #26, with 65%).

Great Outcomes

Our graduates populate the board rooms and executive offices of major companies, governments, and nonprofits around the world.  View a sample of them here.

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 Detroit Mercy 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 job 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. Build a Boundless Future at the University of Detroit Mercy!

Alumni Profile: Anai Orozco-Hernandez

"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. I started as a shy and intimidated student in the fall 2010 semester, and four years later, I've successfully completed my accounting undergrad and will obtain my MBA after the winter 2015 semester, at which point I’ll join the Ernst & Young assurance team, convinced that I’ll be able to make lasting contributions to them and, eventually, my community. Landing the job I’ve always wanted at the company of my dreams wasn’t a simple task, but with the support of my family, friends, peers and the University, I’ve accomplished every goal I’ve set. And that’s just the beginning."

-Anai Orozco-Hernandez '14, '15

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