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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.

As a Detroit Mercy graduate business student, you can tailor your degree program to meet your specific needs and interests, building on your current base of knowledge and work experience.

Your education is enhanced through personal contacts with our highly experienced faculty, many of whom serve as consultants in the private and public sectors. Our business alumni tell us that their Detroit Mercy experience made a significant impact on their professional development.

Classes Downtown!

Evening MBA classes will be available on the Riverfront Campus, 651 East Jefferson Avenue, as well as the McNichols Campus, 4001 W. McNichols Road.

Program Features

  • 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 Automation Alley firms also receive a 50% tuition reduction.
  • MBA students can concentrate in several fields of specialization, including Management, Accounting, Finance, Decision Sciences, Marketing, Health Care, and International Business, among others.
  • A limited number of Graduate Assistantships are available on a competitive basis.

Admission Requirements

Admission decisions are based on undergraduate grade-point average, GMAT or GRE score (if needed), work experience, and other degrees.

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 or GRE (if needed). MBA admission materials include:

  • 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 or GRE (if needed);
  • A resume;
  • A letter of recommendation; and
  • Any other information which the applicant feels is important to the admission decision.

Do I need the GMAT?

Was your undergraduate grade point average 3.0 or above?
Do you have 7 or more years of professional experience?
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 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 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

    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.

    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.

    Course Curriculum

    Foundation Courses

    Note: students who enter the program without undergraduate business courses will be advised about the necessary foundation courses they are required to take prior to taking the core classes.

    ACC 5100 Foundations of 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

    Required Courses

    ACC 5200 Managerial Accounting
    ECN 5120 Analysis of Economics 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
    MBA 5900 Strategic Management

    Frequently Offered Electives (Must pick 3 courses)

    MBA 5305 Global Sustainable Development
    MBA 5320 e-Business Strategies
    MBA 5370 Project Management
    MBA 5400 Capital Expenditure Analysis
    MBA 5420 Investments
    MBA 5450 Global Finance
    MBA 5480 Debt, Equity, and Financing Structuring
    MBA 5500 New Product Management
    MBA 5510 Marketing Communications
    MBA 5520 Marketing Research
    MBA 5530 Consumer Behavior
    MBA 5580 Global Marketing Management
    MBA 5620 Entrepreneurship
    MBA 5640 Business Turnaround Management
    MBA 5680 Diversity in Management and Marketing
    MBA 5720 Human Resources Management
    MBA 5760 Critical Issues in Labor
    MBA 5850 Organizational Change and Development
    MBA 5890 Managing the Global Firm
    MBA 5920 Emerging Trends in Business
    MBA 5940 International Studies in Business
    MBA 5950 Directed Study and Research
    MBA 5990 Master's Thesis

    CBA Graduate Thesis Guidelines

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    Resources

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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
    Faculty, Staff & Administration
    AACSB International Accreditation
    Mission
    History
    Student Organizations

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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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