Great Things at UDM
Great Things at the College of Business Administration
AACSB Accreditation Renewed
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world’s premier accrediting agency for business schools, renewed the accreditation of the UDM College of Business Administration for another five years. Of the nearly 16,000 business schools in the world, fewer than 800 are accredited by AACSB; our accreditation thus places UDM among the top 5 percent of business schools across the globe. UDM’s programs have been continuously accredited by AACSB for more than 65 years, placing ours among the longest-running accreditations in the world.
MBA Ranks Among World’s Best
Corporate Knights magazine ranks the University of Detroit Mercy MBA program among the top 30 in the world for its emphasis on sustainability and social responsibility.
Students Reflect Academic Quality
Over the past two years, the College welcomed its largest and second-largest freshman classes. Incoming freshmen currently average 23.9 on the ACT (with a comparable average on the SAT), compared with a national average of 21.0 and an average of 20.1 for the State of Michigan.
Dual Enrollment Launched
The College of Business Administration successfully launched its first dual enrollment courses in 2014, with more than a dozen highly qualified students from five area high schools taking introductory business courses alongside UDM students on the McNichols Campus.
New Program Offerings
In addition to the traditional undergraduate and MBA degrees, the College of Business Administration now offers a combined BS/MBA program leading to both degrees in five years. Additionally, the College now offers concentrations in business law, sports management, business intelligence, international business and human resource management, as well as finance, accounting, management, marketing and decision science. Graduate certificate programs include Forensic Accounting, Ethical Leadership & Change Management, Finance and Business Turnaround Management (available online).
New Commerce Scholarship
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 will qualify for our new Commerce Scholarship, worth $25,000 per year. Additional scholarships are also available. Applicants to the MBA program who score 600 or higher on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) quality for a 50% reduction in tuition.
Treasurer of Detroit Teaches Crisis Accounting
John Naglick’78, ’83 currently serves as Detroit’s Finance Director and Interim Treasurer. This fall, Naglick brings his expertise to UDM, teaching “Accounting During a Cash Crisis” to graduate students in the MBA program and Business Turnaround Management certificate program.
Alumni Week 2014
During its annual Alumni Week, the College of Business Administration brought more than two dozen distinguished alumni and alumnae back to campus as guest speakers, including three who participated in a panel discussion on the future of Detroit. Among the speakers were vice presidents of IBM, Absopure Water, Delphi, Comerica Bank, and Talmer Bank, as well as the head of the FBI’s criminal investigation division for Michigan. Emil Brolick, president and CEO of The Wendy’s Company, received the 2014 Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Award.
College Earns Spirit of Detroit Award
The City Council of Detroit has bestowed a 2014 Spirit of Detroit Award on the College of Business Administration’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, and Dr. Jeanne David was recognized as a 2014 Tax Assistance Program Champion by the Accounting Aid Society for her leadership of the VITA site. Thirteen student volunteers also received letters of appreciation from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)