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Dual Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems (MBA/MCI)

The dual degree program is offered cooperatively between the College of Liberal Arts & Education and the College of Business Administration.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is designed to accommodate the career needs of professionals across a wide variety of work organizations: business, health care, industrial, educational, and governmental. 

The Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems (MCI) with a major in Software Management produces effective leaders for advanced technology organizations. It offers leading-edge, industry-based knowledge of best practices in IT process development, leadership, program management and software assurance. It provides a seamlessly integrated strategic understanding of the correct way to manage lifecycle processes, software assurance processes, security and privacy.

The dual MBA/MCI degree option is offered for those who wish to combine their knowledge of the business environment with the rapidly changing world of information technology. 

 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.
  • A limited number of Graduate Asssitantships are available on a competitive basis.

Admission Requirements

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).

The Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems (MCI) with a major in Software Management requires acceptance to program. Admission criteria to the Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems program differ from the MBA program admission criteria. See below for admission requirements for this program. For questions or assistance regarding the Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems program, contact Rita Barrios, Ph.D., dual degree co-director, Cybersecurity & Information Systems Department chair and associate professor in the College of Liberal Arts & Education via telephone at 313-993-3338 or via e-mail at rita.barrios@udmercy.edu.

Admission Materials for the MBA

  • 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;
  • Letter of recommendation; and
  • Any other information which the applicant feels is important to the admission decision.

Admission Materials for the MCI

The MCI program is open to students of high academic promise who have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Of primary importance are the nature and quality of the applicant's prior academic record and work experience.  No prior work in software management is necessary since the curriculum encapsulates the entire body of knowledge.
 
Incoming students with limited background in software development may be required to complete foundational course(s) to ensure the student is prepared to meet the requirements of the degree. The foundational course is: CIS 1010 Foundations of Cybersecurity.

To apply for admission to this program, applicants should submit the following materials:

1.    A University of Detroit Mercy Graduate Application Form;
2.    Official transcripts for all previous academic work;
3.    Any other information that the applicant feels is important to the admission decision. 

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

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    Distinctive Features

    Broad based Integrative Management - The University of Detroit Mercy's MBA program is designed to enable students to draw on all perspectives of business to effectively solve multifaceted business problems. While the curriculum is divided into courses, the overall program stresses the integrative nature of management and the links between various courses and concepts. Students learn and apply knowledge across all disciplines.

    Program Themes - The MBA program focuses on four major themes: Global Competitiveness; Emerging Business Challenges; Organization Creation and Development; and Awareness of and Responsibility to Self and Others. Each of these themes provides a thread to connect the major elements of the curriculum.

    Global Perspectives - are represented throughout the MBA curriculum. Detroit's position as a global city and the center of the world automotive industry provides numerous opportunities to draw on local resources for global perspectives. Typically, students from more throughout the world, are enrolled in the College's programs each semester.

    UDM is a partner with 24 other Jesuit business schools in offering the first recognized foreign MBA program in Beijing, China. In addition, intensive courses with an emphasis on global business are offered during the summer in England, Ireland, China, Brazil and Mexico for up to six credit hours.

    Strong Ties to the Business Community - UDM's graduate business programs have an excellent reputation in, and strong ties to, metropolitan Detroit's business community. Employees from more than 200 businesses and professional organizations have enrolled as degree candidates at UDM. Many students take advantage of full or part-time, career-related assignments available through UDM's Cooperative Education and Career Center. UDM has alumni in leadership roles in more than 60 countries around the globe.

    Quality and Convenience - UDM's 36-credit MBA degree program is designed to accommodate the career needs of professionals in a variety of work organizations. The program provides a core foundation of business courses along with electives that allow students to individualize their program in specific areas of management, marketing, finance, accounting, economics, international business, decision analysis or computer information systems. Depending on academic background, it is possible to complete the degree requirements in one year on a full-time basis. A student faculty ratio of 15:1 assures small classes and individual attention. Faculty members often act as academic advisors to students and assist with research projects and career objectives. Classes are conveniently offered on our campus with evening and weekend schedules. In addition to fall and winter semesters, two accelerated 7-week summer sessions are offered.

    Member of The Network of MBA Programs at Jesuit Colleges and Universities - The majority of Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States participate in the MBA Multilateral Agreement. This understanding provides students with unparalleled flexibility to transfer graduate credits and to complete their MBA degree at another Jesuit university in the event they relocate to another region of the country.

    Students at the University of Detroit Mercy bring a wide variety of work experiences and academic and cultural diversity to the MBA program. The average age of our student body is approximately 31: approximately 35% of our students are women; 25% are minorities; 8% are international students. The average length of work experience is seven to eight years. Ninety five percent of our students are working professionals who matriculate on a part-time basis.

    College of Business Administration faculty are highly qualified with superb academic and professional backgrounds. Many have lived, worked, and studied abroad bringing global perspectives to the classroom. Faculty accomplishments include consulting for Fortune 500 corporations, scholarly contributions to the business literature, and editing major academic journals. The faculty engages our MBA students to develop business skills, vision, and ethical perspectives necessary for leadership in today's complex business environment.

    We offer a joint MBA/JD program, which enables students to complete both degrees in approximately four years.

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    Accelerated Curriculum

    Degree Requirements

    MBA Degree Requirements

    Students who desire this dual degree option should normally declare their intention during their first semester of enrollment. Students must contact the Graduate Business Program Director to file the appropriate form with the Graduate Business Programs Office. Students must meet the admission requirements for both programs, must fulfill all foundation requirements for both programs, and must successfully complete the coursework specified for the Dual Degree Option.

    The basic requirements for University of Detroit Mercy's MBA Program 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.

    • ACC 5200 Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
    • ECN 5120 Analysis of Economic Conditions (3 credits)
    • MBA 5200* Decision Analysis (3 credits)
    • MBA 5210 Personal Development, Ethics, and Social Responsibility (3 credits)
    • MBA 5220 Corporate Finance (3 credits)
    • MBA 5240 Marketing Management and Planning (3 credits)
    • MBA 5250 Organizational Leadership (3 credits)
    • MBA 5260* Information Systems and Technology (3 credits)

    * MBA 5200 and MBA 5260 satisfy elective credits in the Master of Science in Computer and Information Systems program.

    Post Core Courses

    • MBA 5900 Strategic Management (3 credits)
    • Advanced Electives* (9 credits)

    * The nine-hours of advanced electives (beyond foundation and core) provide an elective route in Computer and Information Systems for the MBA degree.

    Under the dual MBA/MCI degree, students are required to be enrolled in both programs. In this option, a maximum of 15 credits are shared between the two degrees: 9 credits (3 courses) transferred from MCI to MBA and 6 credits (2 courses) transferred from MBA to MCI. The minimum credits required to graduate with both degrees is 51 credits, but some students may need additional credits based on the pre-core courses required in the MBA and/or foundational courses required in MCI.

    Graduate students should consult the Chair of the Cybersecurity & Information Systems department for advising in their Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems program requirements and courses.

    MCI Degree Requirements

    Candidates for the Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems with a major in Software Management (MCI) must complete 30-credit-hours, with a minimum 3.0 grade point average, which are comprised of five required courses and five electives.  The shared MBA courses will be considered as electives.

    Required

    1. CIS 5010 Introduction to Information Systems (3 credits)
    2. CIS 5100 Object Orientation Software Development (3 credits)
    3. CIS 5200 Specification (3 credits)
    4. CIS 5300 Software Assurance (3 credits)
    5. CIS 5400 Software Management (3 credits)

    Electives (choose 5 from the list below)

    1. Any CIS graduate-level course not listed as required (3 credits)
    2. Any CYBE graduate-level course (must have Cybersecurity & Information Systems department chair approval) (3 credits)
    3. MBA 5200 Decision Analysis (3 credits)
    4. MBA 5260 Information Systems and Technology (3 credits)
    5. MBA 5335 Business Intelligence (3 credits)

    MBA Foundation Courses

    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.

    • ACC 5100 Foundations of Financial Accounting (3 credits)
    • ECN 5100 Economic Analysis of Enterprises (3 credits)
    • MBA 5100 Legal Environment (3 credits)
    • MBA 5120 Statistical Analysis for Decision Making (3 credits)
    • MBA 5140 Foundations of Management (3 credits)
    • MBA 5160 Foundations of Marketing (3 credits)
    • MBA 5180 Foundations of Financial Management (3 credits)
    • MBA 5190 Foundations of Production and Operations Management (3 credits)

    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.

    MCI Foundation Courses

    While the complete body of knowledge is included in the MCI program, those students with limited background in software development may be required to complete a foundational course to ensure the student is prepared to meet the requirements of the degree.

    The foundational course is: CIS 1010 Foundations of Cybersecurity.

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    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.

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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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