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
  • 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.

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

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 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:

  • Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Decision Sciences
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business Management
  • Marketing
  • 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!

Great Outcomes

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.

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 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!

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

Carrol Parris
Coordinator of Student Services

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You can also request information online.