Great Things at UDM

Great Things at the College of Business Administration

Management Program Ranks Among Nation’s Top 10

The 2016 college rankings by U.S. News & World Report place the undergraduate Management program at UDM’s College of Business Administration among the top 10 in the nation, alongside programs at New York University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  The top 10 ranking places UDM ahead of prominent institutions such as the University of Notre Dame, Cornell University, Emory University, and the University of Southern California.

Financial Markets Lab Now Open

In the Fall of 2015, the College of Business Administration opened its new, state-of-the-art Financial Markets Lab in the Commerce & Finance Building.  The Lab features an electronic ticker-tape displaying up-to-the-minute stock prices, bond prices, and currency exchange rates, two interactive message boards, 27 dual-monitor computers loaded with professional-grade trading software, and other components to provide hands-on, experiential learning in portfolio analysis, investments, and asset management.

New Faculty Bring National and International Credentials

The College recently hired several new faculty members: 

  • Assistant Professor of Accounting Timothy Creel, a Certified Public Accountant and published author
  • Assistant Professor of Management Wonseok Choi, whose degrees are in ethics and management
  • Instructor of Management Carletta Griffin, president of the Race Relations and Diversity Task Force of Birmingham 
  • Visiting Scholar of Management Daowen “Wendy” Ren has joined the College for academic year 2015-16 from Guangdong Polytechnic University in China, where she is a professor of Management. 

100% Job Placement for BS/MBA Students

Since it was established in 2009, every graduate of the College’s accelerated, 5-year BS/MBA program has secured professional employment with regional or national firms prior to graduation. Recent employers include Ford, Fiat Chrysler, and General Motors Toyota, Blue Buffalo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, Deloitte Touche, Plante Moran, Absopure, and Faurecia, among others.  Students in the 5-year program complete two internships and an international experience, and receive mentoring from an industry executive.

Downtown MBA Launched

Beginning Fall 2015, the College is offering its MBA program in two locations.  In addition to the McNichols Campus, the MBA program is now available at the Riverfront Campus on Jefferson Avenue, which also houses the School of Law.  Downtown MBA classes begin at 6:00 p.m. for the convenience of those working in Detroit’s central business district.

College Honors Business Leadership

Recipients of the College’s 2015 Business Leadership Lifetime Achievement Awards include George P. Barnes, Jr., President and CEO of Heritage Optical and Heritage Vision Plans, and Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C., ’64, ’66, who recently retired as President of the University of Portland.  Recipients of the College’s 2015 Rising Star Awards include Cassandra Moran ’08 of PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Michael Ilitch III ’13 of Little Caesar Enterprises.

Dual Enrollment Expands

The College of Business Administration is now offering qualified high school students the opportunity to enroll in credit-bearing courses for free while they are still in high school.  Course selections include Introduction to Business, Principles of Accounting, Business Law, Organizational Design, and Financial Planning & Wealth Management.  The courses are taught weekday evenings or Saturday mornings by College faculty on the McNichols Campus.  High school students take these courses alongside matriculated college students, and earn three credits per course.

New Scholarships Available

Incoming freshmen with a high school grade-point average of 3.5 or higher, a composite ACT score of 30 or higher, and significant community service or leadership experience qualify for the new Commerce Scholarship, worth $25,000 per year.  All candidates for the Commerce Scholarship are also eligible for the accelerated BS/MBA program.  Additional scholarships are also available, including the new Catholic Schools grant.  Applicants to the MBA program who score 600 or higher on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) qualify for a 50 percent reduction in tuition.