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Dual Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (MBA/MSCIS)


The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is designed to accommodate the career needs of professionals across a wide variety of work organizations: business, health care, industrial, educational, and governmental. The Master of Science Degree in Computer and Information Systems (MSCIS) produces effective leaders for advanced technology organizations. It offers the most up-to-date, industry based, knowledge of best practices in IT process development, leadership and program management, providing seamlessly integrated strategic understanding of the correct way to manage lifecycle and information assurance processes.

The Dual MBA/MSCIS degree option is offered to those who wish to expand their knowledge of the business environment along with the rapidly changing world of information technology.



    The MBA Program is fully accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Organized in 1916, AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency for bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting. Detroit Mercy's MBA Program is one of the oldest AACSB-accredited programs in the United States. In 2009, the program celebrated 60 years of accreditation by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Detroit Mercy's MBA Program is the only private program in Michigan with AACSB International accreditation.


    Admissions 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 (if needed). The dual degree program is offered cooperatively between the College of Liberal Arts & Education and the College of Business Administration. The Master of Computer Information and Systems (MSCIS) program requires a separate application to the College of Liberal Arts & Education. Admission criteria to the Master of Computer Information and Systems program differ from the MBA Program admission criteria. For questions or assistance regarding the application process to the Master of Health Services Administration, contact Dr. Rita Barrios, Program Chair and Associate Professor at the College of Liberal Arts & Education via telephone at (313) 993-3338 or via e-mail at

    Admission Materials for the MBA

    • 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;
    • Letter of recommendation; and
    • Any other information which the applicant feels is important to the admission decision.

    Graduate Students should consult the Master of Science in Computer and Information Systems program for admission requirements.


    Degree Requirements

    Students who desire this dual degree option should normally declare their intention during their first semester of enrollment. Students must contact the Graduate Business Program Director to file the appropriate form with the Graduate Business Programs Office. Students must meet the admission requirements for both programs, must fulfill all foundation requirements for both programs, and must successfully complete the coursework specified for the Dual Degree Option.

    The basic requirements for University of Detroit Mercy's MBA Program involve a 36 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.

    • ACC 5200 Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
    • ECN 5120 Analysis of Economic Conditions (3 credits)
    • MBA 5200* Decision Analysis (3 credits)
    • MBA 5210 Personal Development, Ethics, and Social Responsibility (3 credits)
    • MBA 5220 Corporate Finance (3 credits)
    • MBA 5240 Marketing Management and Planning (3 credits)
    • MBA 5250 Organizational Leadership (3 credits)
    • MBA 5260* Information Systems and Technology (3 credits)

    * MBA 5200 and MBA 5260 satisfy elective credits in the Master of Science in Computer and Information Systems program.

    Post Core Courses

    • MBA 5900 Strategic Management (3 credits)
    • Advanced Electives* (9 credits)

    * The nine-hours of advanced electives (beyond foundation and core) provide an elective route in Computer and Information Systems for the MBA degree.

    Under the MBA/MSCIS degree, students are required to be enrolled in both programs. In this option, a maximum of 15 credits are shared between the two degrees: 9 transferred from MSCIS to MBA and 6 transferred from MBA to MSCIS. The minimum credits required to graduate with both degrees is 51 credits, but some students may need additional credits based on the pre-core courses required in the MBA.

    Graduate Students should consult the Master of Science in Computer and Information Systems program for program requirements and courses.

    Foundation Courses

    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 24 credit hours, may be required to guarantee preparedness for the program's core and post-core requirements.

    • ACC 5100 Foundations of Financial Accounting (3 credits)
    • ECN 5100 Economic Analysis of Enterprises (3 credits)
    • MBA 5100 Legal Environment (3 credits)
    • MBA 5120 Statistical Analysis for Decision Making (3 credits)
    • MBA 5140 Foundations of Management (3 credits)
    • MBA 5160 Foundations of Marketing (3 credits)
    • MBA 5180 Foundations of Financial Management (3 credits)
    • MBA 5190 Foundations of Production and Operations Management (3 credits)

    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.


    Admissions Status

    Conditional Entry Status

    Applicants whose admission materials do not lead to regular acceptance into the program may be considered for conditional entry status. Conditional entry status is restricted to a narrow margin of applicants and usually requires a personal interview.

    Guest Student Status

    Individuals currently enrolled in another AACSB accredited MBA program may obtain Guest Student Status at the University of Detroit Mercy for a limited number of courses by providing a statement of good standing from their school's Dean or program director, or by applying for guest student status using a Michigan Intercollegiate Graduate School form (MIGS). The MIGS application can be obtained in the Graduate Business Programs Office.


    Degree Identifications

    Upon completion of the Dual MBA/MSCIS Program, graduates receive two diplomas: one for the MBA degree and one for the MS in Computer and Information Systems degree.


    Graduate Scholarships and Assistantships

    GMAT Scholarships

    The University provides scholarships to graduate students in the College of Business Administration who score 600 or higher on the GMAT test. Information about the test and applications for it may be obtained by calling the Graduate Business Programs Office at (313) 993-1203, or by writing: GMAT, Educational Testing Service, CN6103, Princeton, NJ 08541-6103.

    Graduate Assistantships

    Graduate assistantships are available to selected full-time students enrolled in any graduate business program. A graduate assistantship is conferred upon a student with the understanding that the student will be assigned to a discipline or program to assist in research, tutoring or general activities. In return, the student receives a tuition waiver for up to nine credit hours in Term I and/or Term II. Application forms for a graduate assistantship are available in the Graduate Business Programs Office.


    Program Characteristics

    Several important aspects of the MBA Program should be noted. These include policies regarding grade point averages, class scheduling, and advising.

    Cumulative Grade Point Average

    Students in the MBA Program are required to achieve and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale). A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for final completion of the degree requirements and graduation.

    Academic Standing

    While an individual may be admitted into the MBA Program on a regular-acceptance basis, it is possible that the individual's eventual cumulative GPA may fall below a 3.0 in any particular term. When this situation occurs, the student automatically is placed on "Academic Probation". This status dictates that the student's cumulative GPA must continue to improve in each consecutive term thereafter until the cumulative GPA reaches 3.0 and is then sustained at that level or higher. If, after being placed on Academic Probation, the student's cumulative GPA does not improve in each subsequent term, the student will be academically dismissed.

    Class Scheduling

    MBA Classes are scheduled in the evening and online. MBA Classes are currently offered on the McNichols Campus and downtown Riverfront campus. Evening classes begin at 6:40 p.m., Monday through Thursday for Term I and Term II on the McNichols Campus and evening classes begin at 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday for Term I and Term II on the downtown Riverfront campus. Terms are 15 weeks in length. Each summer session is seven weeks in length. Summer I commences in May. Summer II begins in late June. Downtown Riverfront Campus summer schedule overlaps both end of McNichols Summer I and start of McNichols Summer II.

    Full-Time and Part-Time Student Status

    An individual may undertake the MBA Program on either a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time student status usually involves a nine or above credit-hour course load in Terms I and II. Part-time student status usually entails a 1-8 credit hour load in Terms I and II.

    Residence and Time Requirements

    Students who have not completed their required certificate program within two years may be subject to re-evaluation and additional coursework. Students not enrolled for more than four consecutive terms will be required to re-apply for admission.

    International Students

    International students should consult with the International Services Office.


    The Director of Graduate Business Programs serves as general academic advisor for all students entering the MBA Program. When appropriate, specific advising matters may be referred to the advisor in a particular academic discipline.

    The Thesis Plan

    An MBA student may elect, with approval of the Director of Graduate Business Programs, to write a master's thesis for the equivalent of six credit hours. These credits are applied to the student's electives. A thesis advisor will be selected from the full-time faculty. Guidelines are available in the Graduate Business Programs Office.

    Student Responsibilities

    Students in the College of Business Administration are responsible and accountable for knowledge of the requirements and procedures set forth by the College and University. Administrators, advisors, and faculty are available to assist students by explaining the various requirements and procedures for each program. However, the ultimate responsibility for compliance rests with the student.


    Career Center

    Through its Career Education Center, the University of Detroit Mercy offers a professional practice program for MBA candidates. After completing the appropriate credit hours in the MBA Program, students are eligible for a career-related professional practice assignment. The professional practice model is based on traditional co-op, providing students with the opportunity to select either full-time assignments, alternating semesters of work with study, or part-time assignments, with parallel semesters of work and study. A minimum of two assignments is required, with three assignments being the maximum a student may complete. The professional practice program model combines the success of traditional co-op with the new demands for graduate student programming. The professional practice coordinator, upon the recommendation of the Director of Graduate Business Programs, accepts students into the program.

    Upon placement, students are required to enroll in ADM 5950, 5960, or 5970. Grades are based on the evaluation of the employer, a written professional practice training report and a progress interview with the student's professional practice coordinator. Please refer to the Professional Practice Handbook, available in the Career Education Center for additional requirements.


    Honor Societies

    Beta Gamma Sigma

    Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, an international scholastic honor society for graduates in the field of business and management, is the highest international scholastic honor that a student in a school of business or management can achieve. Eligibility for membership in Beta Gamma Sigma places a student in a very select group and is conferred for a lifetime status. Beta Gamma Sigma chapters are only chartered in those business schools which are accredited by the AACSB International.

    Beta Alpha Psi

    Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for Financial Information students and professionals. This membership is one of the highest scholastic honors that accounting and finance students can attain. As the premier professional accounting and business information fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi recognizes academic excellence and complements members' formal education by providing interaction between students, faculty and professionals, and fosters lifelong growth, service and ethical conduct. Beta Alpha Psi chapters may be chartered only in those schools of business and management accredited by AACSB International.

    Alpha Iota Delta

    Alpha Iota Delta is the international honor society confers distinction for academic excellence in the decision sciences and information systems; promotes the infusion of the functional and behavioral areas of administration with tools, concepts and methodologies of the decision sciences and information systems; and promotes professional fellowship among students, faculty, administration and practitioners. The lifetime membership is by invitation, reflecting exceptional academic achievement and, perhaps, outstanding campus leadership and service.

    Global Jesuit Business Student Association

    The purposes of the GJBSA Honor Society are to confer distinction for academic excellence upon students attending Jesuit business schools and to encourage their pursuit of lifelong education; to acknowledge and promote a spirit of community involvement among its members; to promote and encourage ethical and socially responsible business practices among its members and in the global business community; and to act as a catalyst for the advancement of business thought and theory.


    Program Contact Information

    • Graduate Admissions Counselor: Theresa Carson
    • Telephone: (313) 993-3309 or (800) 635-5020
    • Fax: (313) 993-1673
    • Email:

    • Director of Graduate Business Programs: Dr. Omid Sabbaghi
    • Telephone: (313) 993-1172
    • Fax: (313) 993-1673
    • Email:

    • Coordinator of Student Services: Ms. Carrol Parris
    • Telephone: (313) 993-1203
    • Fax: (313) 993-1673
    • Email:
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