MBA/MHSA Dual Degree Program

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Beginning in Summer 2019, our world-class graduate business programs have a reduced tuition structure of $789 per credit hour.  Contact our Graduate Business Programs Director, Dr. Wonseok Choi at to apply today!

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.
  • Small class sizes and personal attention.
  • Strong emphasis on social responsibility and service-learning.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MBA/MHSA Dual Degree Program is contingent upon separate admissions to the MHSA program and the MBA program.

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 Graduate Business Programs Recommendation (*click here to download the form); 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 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%). And Value Colleges ranks our dual MBA/MHSA among the top 50 such programs in the nation!

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 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 job 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 University of Detroit Mercy!

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    Accelerated Curriculum

    Degree Requirements

    The MBA/MHSA Dual Degree Program requires students to complete two separate programs at two colleges: College of Health Professions & McAuley School of Nursing and College of Business Administration.

    MBA Requirements Under the Dual Program (33 ~ 45 credit hours)
         Depending upon the applicant's former performance in business courses work, the MBA/MHSA candidate may take from 0-12 credit hours in the MBA's pre-core requirements. MBA/MHSA students are required to complete 21 credit hours in the MBA's core structure. At the MBA post-core level, MBA/MHSA students are required to fulfill MBA 5900. Post-core requirements (12 credit hours) include an integrated capstone course, MBA 5900 and three elective courses in Health Services Administration.

    • A maximum of 9 credit hours (i.e., HLH 5500, HLH 5700, & HSA 5780) may be counted toward the two concurrent degrees (i.e., MHSA and MBA) if the overlapping credits are approved for both degrees.

    MHSA Requirements Under the Dual Program (47 credit hours)
         College of Health Professions course requirements include 47 credit hours, including all required courses of the regular Master of Health Services Administration curriculum.

    Course Curriculum

    Under the MBA/MHSA dual degree, students are required to be enrolled in both programs.

    Graduate Students should consult the Master of Health Services Administration for program requirements and courses.

    Core Business Courses

    ACC 5200 Managerial Accounting
    MBA 5200 Modeling, Analytics, and 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

    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
    MBA 5100 Legal Issues
    MBA 5120 Data Analysis for Decision-Making
    MBA 5180 Fundamentals of Financial 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 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.




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    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. Wonseok Choi
    Director of Graduate Business Programs

    Carrol Parris
    Coordinator of Student Services

    You can also call Admissions during hours at 800-635-5020 or e-mail us and we'll get right back to

    You can also request information online.

Alumni Profile: Anai Orozco-Hernandez

"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