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MBA/MHSA Dual Degree Program

The MBA/MHSA dual degree is designed to accommodate the career needs of health care professionals. Students are prepared for managing a patient focused organization in an ever changing and increasingly complex business. The program accommodates both current health care professionals who wish to establish themselves as partners with the business staff in the health care environment and business professionals currently in or moving into the health care environment.

The dual degree program is offered cooperatively between the College of Health Professions, which awards the MHSA degree, and the College of Business Administration, which awards the MBA. It is designed for clinicians and others with minimal formal business training, including doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, lab technicians, medical office staff, etc. For the non-health care professional, the dual degree provides additional study about the health care environment, providing a stronger basis for obtaining employment in health care business setting. Health care practitioners need knowledge and experience beyond clinical expertise to manage effectively at the enterprise level

  • There is a growing need for clinical credibility combined with managerial and administrative excellence
  • Effective management in a health care environment requires an understanding of health care policy and reimbursement, financial principles and best practices for marketing, operations and information technology
  • An MBA establishes clinicians as full partners with business staff in preparing to operate in a changing health care environment

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.
  • New students entering the program who are employed at an Automation Alley firm receive a 50% tuition reduction.

Admission Requirements

Students interested in the MBA/MHSA dual degree program must first apply to the MBA program and be accepted by the College of Business Administration. In order to be fully admitted into the MBA/MHSA dual degree, a student must gain admission into the Master of Health Services Administration program from the College of Health Professions.

The MBA Program is open to students of high promise who have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. No prior academic work in business is required. Admission decisions are based on undergraduate grade point average (GPA), work experience, post graduate studies, and recommendations, and GMAT (if needed).

  • A University of Detroit Mercy Graduate Application Form, with the application fee (waived for online applications);
  • Official transcripts for all previous academic work;
  • An official report with the scores earned on the GMAT (if needed);
  • A resume;
  • A letter of recommendation; and
  • Any other information which the applicant feels is important to the admission decision.

Graduate students should consult the Master of Health Services Administration website in the College of Health Professions for admission requirements.

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%).  And Value Colleges ranks our dual MBA/MHSA among the top 50 such programs in the nation!

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!

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    Accelerated Curriculum

    Degree Requirements

    The basic requirements for University of Detroit Mercy's MBA Program with a concentration in Health Services Administration involve a 36 credit hour structure which includes the following set of core courses and a set of post-core courses. Core courses serve as the heart of a common educational experience for all students who seek the MBA degree. Post-core requirements include an integrated capstone course, MBA 5900 and elective courses in Health Services Administration.

    Course Curriculum

    Under the MBA/MHSA dual degree, students are required to be enrolled in both programs. In this option up to 15 credits from one degree may be applied to the other degree. Grades earned in those 15 credits will not be counted in the calculation of the grade point average for the second degree.

    Graduate Students should consult the Master of Health Services Administration for program requirements and courses.

    Core Business Courses

    ACC 5200 Managerial Accounting
    ECN 5120 Analysis of Economic Conditions
    MBA 5200 Decision Analysis
    MBA 5210 Personal Development, Ethics, and Social Responsibility in Organizations
    MBA 5220 Corporate Finance
    MBA 5240 Marketing Management and Planning
    MBA 5250 Organizational Leadership
    MBA 5260 Information Systems and Technology

    Post Core Courses

    MBA 5900 Strategic Management
    HLH 5500 Research Methods in Health Care
    HLH 5700 Health Care Delivery and Policy Issues
    HSA 5780 Quality Improvement in Health Care Organizations

    Foundation Courses

    ACC 5100 Financial Accounting
    ECN 5100 Economic Analysis
    MBA 5100 Legal Environment
    MBA 5120 Statistical Analysis for Decision-Making
    MBA 5140 Foundations of Management
    MBA 5160 Foundations of Marketing
    MBA 5180 Foundations of Financial Management
    MBA 5190 Foundations of Production and Operations Management

    Foundation requirements include a set of courses designed for those applicants who have had no exposure or limited exposure to business courses in their academic background and/or limited work experience. These courses, up to a maximum of 24 credit hours, may be required to guarantee preparedness for the program's core and post-core requirements.

    Each applicant's program requirements are determined immediately following the admission decision. Foundation requirements may be waived, in any number, depending upon the applicant's academic background. The mere fact that a student has completed coursework in one or more particular disciplines or had extensive work experience does not imply that any waiver will be granted. Prior academic work must be of sufficient quantity and quality as to satisfy the specific criteria established. Each student's specific requirements are determined individually with the objective of ensuring the overall quality of that student's degree program.

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    About CBA

    A degree in Business Administration 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.

    Welcome to the College of Business Administration
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    AACSB International Accreditation
    Mission
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    Apply!

    The application process may differ based on what type of incoming student you are. Please visit our admission page 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:

    Dr. Omid Sabbaghi
    Director of Graduate Business Programs 
    omid.sabbaghi@udmercy.edu

    Carrol Parris
    Coordinator of Student Services
    carrol.parris@udmercy.edu

    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.

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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