Master of Business Administration

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Build a Boundless Career with an MBA

Are you ready to elevate your career? Do you want to start your own business, take on greater leadership at your organization or change fields? With an MBA from Detroit Mercy, you’ll not only achieve your career goals, you’ll build boundless opportunity for your future.  

Graduates from Detroit Mercy’s MBA program leave our program with more than just a degree – they leave with the leadership skills and cultural competencies that are critical for success in today's highly competitive global market. Our Jesuit and Mercy values focus on ethical decision-making and help you build a commitment to justice and social service. You will  become a compassionate leader with the confidence to go out and build a better world.

The MBA program offers intimate classes that provide personalized attention from faculty who care deeply about your growth and development. Our faculty are experts in their field and work closely with you on your research projects and career objectives.

anai headshotThe 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.

—Anai Orozco-Hernandez '14, '15
BS Accounting, MBA
Ernst & Young

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Nationally-Ranked & AACSB Accredited

Detroit Mercy’s MBA program has consistently been ranked among the nation's top 30 Management programs by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, the program is one of only two private universities in Michigan with an AACSB accreditation. Fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide have earned this respected distinction.

Learn more about why AACSB Accreditation matters

Tailored To You

This program is not a one-size-fits-all. We have developed options for you to work at your own pace from wherever you feel most comfortable.

  • Online: We have online course options to fit your schedule.
  • Two campuses in Detroit: If you'd like to experience the city of Detroit, you can choose between McNichols Campus and downtown Riverfront Campus.
  • Evenings and weekends available: For greater flexibility, evening and weekend schedules are also available.

In addition to fall and winter semesters, two accelerated 7-week summer sessions are available that allow you to complete the program in as little as one year. Even if you decide to move out of state, we are members of the Network of MBA Programs at Jesuit Colleges and Universities. This partnership provides you with the ability to transfer graduate credits and complete your MBA degree at other Jesuit universities across the country.

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Increase Your Return on Investment

Earning an MBA from one of the nation’s top ranked programs will significantly increase your earning potential. Our program cost brings extraordinary value to your career for years.

Detroit Mercy has strong ties to metropolitan Detroit's business community and our global network of more than 88,000 alumni.

Our graduates populate board rooms and executive offices of major companies, governments, and nonprofits worldwide.

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Jason Varlesi MBA 2021In 2018, I made a decision to pursue my MBA at the University of Detroit Mercy, almost 20 years since the last time I set foot in a college classroom, not knowing what to expect, other than, I wanted to get stronger as a working professional. Within weeks of immersing myself in the curriculum, I could feel my writing, critical thinking, speech, problem-solving, time management, ability to function effectively in stressful environments, and comfort level in uncomfortable situations go to a pro level. That intense training is truly where the growth happens, and an empowering feeling! I want to thank the University of Detroit Mercy for providing me with a world-class professional experience, along with all my colleagues and classmates who encouraged me along the way! I am eternally grateful! Go Titans!

—Jason Varlesi, MBA '21
Director of Development for Athletics,
Michigan State University

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Choose Your Path

The program allows students to individualize their program in specific areas of management, marketing, finance, accounting, economics, international business, decision analysis or computer information systems.

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

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Important Connections

In addition to accessing Detroit Mercy's professional network, you will also have the opportunity to make strong connections with your classmates and faculty. Here, you will be able to learn alongside students from around the world, build lasting relationships, and stay connected long after you graduate.

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Global Perspectives

As a global city and the center of the world automotive industry, Detroit provides numerous local resources for international perspectives. We partnered with 24 other Jesuit business schools to develop 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.

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

    • A University of Detroit Mercy Graduate Online Application Form, (application fee is waived);
    • 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 Letter of Recommendation;
    • Applicants are welcome to include any other information they feel is important to the admission consideration. This information can be uploaded while completing the online application  

    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 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). 


    Degree Requirements / Accelerated Curriculum

    The basic requirements for University of Detroit Mercy's MBA Program involve a 33-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 12 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

    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 Financial Accounting
    MBA 5100 Legal Issues
    MBA 5120 Data Analysis for Decision Making
    MBA 5180 Fundamentals of Financial Management

    Required Courses

    ACC 5200 Managerial Accounting
    MBA 5200 Modeling, Analytics, & Decision-Making
    MBA 5210 Personal Development, Ethics, and Social Responsibility in Organizations
    MBA 5220 Strategic Financial Management
    MBA 5240 Marketing Management and Planning
    MBA 5250 Teamwork & Leadership
    MBA 5260 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

Contact Us

For more information about our Graduate Business Programs, including our M.S. in Ethical Leadership, MBA, Online MBA, MBA/MHSA and JD-MBA programs, please send your inquiries to:

Dr. Omid Sabbaghi
Director of Graduate Business Programs

You can also call Admissions at 313-993-1245 or e-mail