MBA/MHSA Dual Degree Program

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Managing a patient-focused organization

The MBA/MHSA dual degree accommodates healthcare professionals who wish to establish themselves as partners with the business staff in the healthcare environment, as well as business professionals currently in or moving into the healthcare environment.

For business professionals

For the non-healthcare professional, the dual degree provides additional study about the healthcare environment, providing a stronger basis for obtaining employment in healthcare business setting.

For clinicians with minimal business training

It is designed for clinicians and others with minimal formal business training, including doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, lab technicians and medical office staff.

An MBA establishes clinicians as full partners with business staff in preparing to operate in a changing healthcare environment.

  • Gain clinical credibility combined with managerial and administrative excellence
  • Obtain an understanding of healthcare policy and reimbursement, financial principles and best practices for marketing, operations and information technology

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.

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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.

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Flexible Classes

Evening and weekend MBA classes are available at the Riverfront Campus, 651 East Jefferson Avenue, as well as the McNichols Campus, 4001 W. McNichols Road.

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    Admission Requirements

    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, 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?

    Do I need the GMAT?

    1. Was your undergraduate grade point average 3.0 or above?
    2. Do you have seven 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). For more information, contact Student Services Coordinator for CBA Graduate Programs Carrol Parris at 313-993-1203 or


    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 and 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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    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

    Contact Admissions

    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.