Joint Juris Doctor - Master of Business Administration (JD-MBA)
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).
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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.
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?
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- Business Law
- Decision Sciences
- Human Resource Management
- International Business Management
- 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!
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.
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!
The usual approach to the joint JD-MBA program is that of entering Law School as a first year student and, pending the outcome of the first year law studies, being admitted into the joint program. Once admitted, course studies over the next two to three years are scheduled to integrate law and business studies. This sequencing is based upon a Law School entry, which occurs only in Term I of the academic year.
A graduate degree from the College of Business Administration at Detroit Mercy 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 at the University of Detroit Mercy. We are a diverse community of scholars working in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, with dedication to both academic excellence and social responsibility.
College of Business Administration Faculty Bios
The University of Detroit Mercy's College of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.
The College of Business Administration prepares diverse students to serve business organizations and society with competence, compassion and conscience. Rooted in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, the College champions academic excellence and good character by encouraging intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social growth.
The history of the College of Business Administration dates back to 1880 when a Commercial Department was added to Detroit College to accommodate the area's growing community.
UDM student organizations associated with the College of Business Administration.