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Five-Year B.S.B.A. in Business Administration (Major in Business Administration)/MBA Program

Our Five-Year BSBA/MBA Program

The 5-year program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is designed for high-achieving, goal-oriented students who are committed to completing an MBA as part of their professional education.

Students admitted to this program will complete the BSBA in 4 years of study, and complete the MBA degree by the end of the fifth year. Students must:

  • Maintain the highest ethical standards and abide by the Academic Integrity Policy;
  • Adhere to the prescribed schedule for program completion;
  • Complete two internships (one must be graduate level);
  • Participate actively in the College's Mentoring program;
  • Attend periodic cohort meetings.

The five-year program includes the following:

  • The program provides challenging academic coursework that prepares students for successful business careers.
  • All pre-core requirements for the MBA are waived, eliminating 18 credit hours; there is no entrance exam or other special requirements for entering the graduate phase of the program.
  • The program includes appropriate work experience in preparation for the MBA Program. Students must complete a minimum of two cooperative education assignments (i.e. internships.) One of these must be a graduate internship completed between the fourth and fifth year.
  • Note that beginning Fall 2015, students in the five-year program are also required to complete an international experience as part of the program.
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    Accelerated Curriculum

    • 1st Year: 33 Credit Hours - University Core Curriculum Requirements (11 undergraduate classes)
    • 2nd Year: 33 Credit Hours - Foundation Courses for Business (11 undergraduate classes)
    • 3rd Year: 36 Credit Hours - Business Core Courses (12 undergraduate classes)
    • 4th Year: 36 Credit Hours - Complete Undergraduate Concentration, begin MBA Core Courses (8 undergraduate and 4 graduate classes)
    • 5th Year: 24 Credit Hours - Complete MBA Requirements (8 graduate classes)
    • Total 162 Credit Hours: 126 (undergraduate level), 36 (graduate level)
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    Admission Requirements

    Applicants must meet the University’s general entrance requirements. To be considered for the 5-Year BSBA/MBA Program, you must achieve:

    • a high school minimum average GPA of 3.25
    • a minimum ACT composite score of 24
    • maintain at least a minimum average GPA of 3.25 to remain in the program
    • no entrance exams or separate requirements are needed to enter the graduate phase of the program.

    The 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 MBA Program is fully accredited by AACSB - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Organized in 1916, AACSB is the premier accrediting agency for bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting. For more information about AACSB, see their web site at http://www.aacsb.edu.

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    Choosing a Major in Business Administration

    Students entering the five-year BSBA/MBA program may choose to major in Business Administration or in Accounting for the BSBA portion of the program. Students selecting the Accounting major should refer to the page for that program.

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    Business Core Courses (27 - 30 credits)*

    * Students must have attained at least a 2.0 in business core courses by graduation.

    • BUS 1600 Business as a Profession** (3 credits)
    • BUS 2310 Business Law (3 credits)
    • BUS 3110 Organizational Design and Structure (3 credits)
    • BUS 3120 Principles of Marketing (3 credits)
    • BUS 3130 Financial Management (3 credits)
    • BUS 3150 Quantitative Methods for Decision Making (3 credits)
    • BUS 3160 Control of Operations Management and Quality (3 credits)
    • BUS 3180 OB: Leadership and Teams with Diverse People (3 credits)
    • BUS 3190 Ethics, Business Leadership and Social Responsibility (3 credits)
    • BUS 4990 Strategic Policy and Management (3 credits)

    ** BUS 1600 is only required of freshman business students.

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    Business Supportive Courses (18 credits)

    (Note: several courses also fulfill Detroit Mercy Core requirements)

    • ECN 2950 Microeconomic Principles (OB3A) (3 credits)
    • ECN 2960 Macroeconomic Principles (OB3C) (3 credits)
    • ENL 2040 Introduction to Business Writing (3 credits)
    • MTH 1110 Mathematical Analysis I (OB2A) (3 credits)
    • MTH 1120 Mathematical Analysis II (3 credits)
    • STA 2250 Statistics (3 credits)
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    University Core Curriculum Courses (39-51 credits)*

    *Applicable version of the core curriculum (old or new) is determined by student's start date at the University.

    Old University Core Curriculum (for students Active prior to Fall 2017)

    • Objective 1 Communication Skills (1) 6 credits
    • Objective 2 Mathematical and Computer Skills (2) 6 credits
    • Objective 3 Scientific Literacy (3) 9 credits
    • Objective 4 Meaning and Value (4) 9 credits
    • Objective 5 Diverse Human Experience (5) 12 credits
    • Objective 6 Social Responsibility (6) 6 credits

    (1) Students must complete CST 1010 and ENL 1310 (some students may also need ENL 1300).
    (2) Students must complete CIS 1000, CIS 1020, or CIS 1030 and MTH 1110 (also a required supportive course).
    (3) Students must complete one course in natural sciences (OB3B), ECN 2950 Microeconomic Principles, and ECN 2960 (both required supportive courses).
    (4) Students must complete PHL 1000 (OB4A), one religious/Catholic studies course (OB4B) and another philosophy or religious/Catholic studies course (OB4C).
    (5) Students must complete one course each in historical experiences (OB5A), literary experiences (OB5B), aesthetic experiences (OB5C), and comparative experiences (OB5D).
    (6) Students must complete PHL 2010 (OB6A) and BUS 3190 (also a required business course).

    Courses must have the Core Curriculum attribute noted above.

    New University Core Curriculum (for students Active Fall 2017 & beyond)

    • Core Knowledge Area A: Communication Skills (1) - 6 credits
    • Core Knowledge Area B: Mathematics/Statistical Knowledge (2) - 6 credits
    • Core Knowledge Area C: Scientific Knowledge (3) - 6 credits
    • Core Knowledge Area D: Religious and Philosophical Knowledge (4) - 9 credits
    • Core Knowledge Area E: Essential Humanities (5) - 9 credits
    • Core Knowledge Area F: Ethics and Social Responsibility (6) - 3 credits
    • Core Integrating Theme 1: Reading, Writing, and Research across the Curriculum (7) - 3 credits
    • Core Integrating Theme 2: Critical Thinking (8) - 3 credits
    • Core Integrating Theme 3: Cultural Diversity - 3 credits
    • Core Integrating Theme 4: Human Difference - 3 credits
    • Core Integrating Theme 5: Personal Spiritual Development - 3 credits
    • Core Integrating Theme 6: Spirituality and Social Justice (9) - 3 credits

    (1) Students must complete CST 1010 and ENL 1310 (some students may also need ENL 1300).

    (2) Met with program requirements.

    (3) Social Sciences requirement met by program requirements (ECN 2950 and ECN 2960). Students must also select one Physical Sciences course.

    (4) Students must complete PHL 1000, one Religious Knowledge course, and one additional Philosophy or Religious Studies course.

    (5) Students must complete one Historical Experiences course, one Literary Experiences course, and one Aesthetic Experiences course.

    (6) Students must complete PHL 2010.

    (7) Met with program requirement (ENL 2040).

    (8) Met with program requirement (BUS 2310).

    (9) Met with program requirement (BUS 3190).

    Courses must have the Core Curriculum attribute noted above.

    Transfer Students

    Transfer students entering Detroit Mercy starting in Fall 2017 through Summer 2021 have the option to select either the old Detroit Mercy Core Curriculum or the new Detroit Mercy Core Curriculum. Students elect their chosen version of the Core Curriculum by submitting the Transfer Student Core Curriculum Selection Form. Students who started at the University prior to Fall 2017 are not eligible to change their core curriculum version and must follow the core curriculum in the Catalog they were admitted to.

    Honors Students

    Contact an advisor in the University Honors Program for specific requirements.

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    Electives (6 - 9 credits)

    Students may select from courses offered at Detroit Mercy.

    International Business Elective

    Students must complete one international business elective course.

    International Business Elective Course Options (select one)

    • ACC 4130 Advanced Accounting (3 credits)
    • BUS 3700 International Business Law (3 credits)
    • BUS 4350 Global Finance (3 credits)
    • BUS 4560 Comparative International Management (3 credits)
    • BUS 4870 Global Marketing Strategies (3 credits)
    • BUS 4790 International Human Rights Law (3 credits)
    • BUS 4940 International Studies in Business (3 credits)
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    Choose Your Concentration

    Students have the option, but are not required to, select an area of concentration for the major in business administration; accounting majors do not have a separate concentration. The concentrations available are:

    • Accounting
    • Business Intelligence
    • Business Law
    • Decision Sciences
    • Finance
    • Human Resources
    • International Business
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Sports Management

    Students may select up to two concentrations in the Business Administration major. Additional information on concentrations is available here. The student in the five-year program should discuss the choice of electives within the undergraduate and graduate programs with his or her academic advisor. The undergraduate students may have up to two majors, up to two minors, a certificate (in a foreign language, for example); the graduate MBA student may choose a focus area for elective courses or combine the MBA degree with a certificate program. Student interests and ambitions should be balanced with the accelerated pace of this program.

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    Business Administration Major - Suggested Plan of Study

    Suggested Plan of Study under the Old Core Curriculum

    First Year Term I (15 credit hours)

    • BUS 1600* Business as a Profession (*required of freshmen only) (3 credits)
    • CIS 1000 Introduction to Computers (3 credits)
    • ENL 1300 College Writing (3 credits)
    • MTH 1110 Mathematical Analysis I (3 credits)
    • PHL 1000 Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)

    First Year Term II (18 credit hours)

    • ENL 1310 Academic Writing (3 credits)
    • MTH 1120 Mathematical Analysis II (3 credits)
    • PHL 2010 Foundations of Ethics (3 credits)
    • OB3B Natural Science Core Course (3 credits)
    • OB4B Religious or Catholic Studies Core Course (3 credits)
    • OB5A Historical Experiences Core Course (3 credits)

    Second Year Term I (16 credits)

    • ACC 2010 Principles of Accounting I (3 credits)
    • BUS 2310 Business Law I (3 credits)
    • CST 1010 Fundamentals of Speech (3 credits)
    • ECN 2950 Microeconomic Principles (3 credits)
    • STA 2250 Statistics (3 credits)

    Second Year Term II (18 credit hours)

    • ACC 2020 Principles of Accounting II (3 credits)
    • ECN 2960 Macroeconomic Principles (3 credits)
    • ENL 2040 Introduction to Business Writing (3 credits)
    • OB5B Literary Experiences Core Course (3 credits)
    • OB5D Aesthetics Experiences Core Course (3 credits)
    • Various: Undergraduate Elective (3 credits)

    Third Year Term I (18 credit hours)

    • BUS 3110 Organizational Design and Structure (3 credits)
    • BUS 3120 Principles of Marketing (3 credits)
    • BUS 3130 Financial Management (3 credits)
    • BUS 3190 Ethics, Business Leadership and Social Responsibility (3 credits)
    • Upper level business elective course (3 credits)
    • Various: Undergraduate Elective (3 credits)

    Third Year Term II (18 credit hours)

    • BUS 3150 Quantitative Methods for Decision-Making (3 credits)
    • BUS 3170 Management of Information Systems (3 credits)
    • BUS 3180 OB: Leadership and Teams with Diverse People (3 credits)
    • BUS Business Elective (3 credits)
    • Philosophy or Religious Studies Core Course (3 credits)
    • Various: Undergraduate Elective (3 credits)

    Fourth Year Term I (18 credit hours)

    • BUS 3160 Control of Operations Management and Quality (3 credits)
    • BUS International Business Elective * (3 credits)
    • BUS Business Elective (3 credits)
    • BUS Business Elective (3 credits)
    • Integrating Theme Core Course (3 credits)
    • Various: Undergraduate Elective (3 credits)

    Fourth Year Term II (18 credit hours)

    • BUS 4990 Strategic Policy and Management (3 credits)
    • Various: Undergraduate Elective (3 credits)
    • ACC 5200 Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
    • ECN 5120 Analysis of Economic Conditions (3 credits)
    • MBA 5210 Personal Development, Ethics, and Social Responsibility (3 credits)
    • MBA 5240 Marketing Management and Planning (3 credits)

    Fifth Year Term I (12 credit hours)

    • MBA 5200 Decision Analysis (3 credits)
    • MBA 5220 Corporate Finance (3 credits)
    • MBA 5260 Information Systems and Technology (3 credits)
    • MBA MBA Elective (3 credits)

    Fifth Year Term II (12 credit hours)

    • MBA 5250 Organizational Leadership (3 credits)
    • MBA 5900 Strategic Management (3 credits)
    • MBA MBA Elective (3 credits)
    • MBA MBA Elective (3 credits)

    Suggested Plan of Study under the New Core Curriculum

    First Year Term I (15 credit hours)

    • BUS 1600* Business as a Profession (*required of freshmen only) (3 credits)
    • Physical Sciences Core Course (3 credits)
    • ENL 1300 College Writing (3 credits)
    • MTH 1110 Mathematical Analysis I (3 credits)
    • PHL 1000 Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)

    First Year Term II (18 credit hours)

    • ENL 1310 Academic Writing (3 credits)
    • MTH 1120 Mathematical Analysis II (3 credits)
    • PHL 2010 Foundations of Ethics (3 credits)
    • Integrating Themes Core Course (3 credits)
    • Religious Knowledge Core Course (3 credits)
    • Historical Experiences Core Course (3 credits)

    Second Year Term I (16 credits)

    • ACC 2010 Principles of Accounting I (3 credits)
    • BUS 2310 Business Law I (3 credits)
    • CST 1010 Fundamentals of Speech (3 credits)
    • ECN 2950 Microeconomic Principles (3 credits)
    • STA 2250 Statistics (3 credits)

    Second Year Term II (18 credit hours)

    • ACC 2020 Principles of Accounting II (3 credits)
    • ECN 2960 Macroeconomic Principles (3 credits)
    • ENL 2040 Introduction to Business Writing (3 credits)
    • Literary Experiences Core Course (3 credits)
    • Aesthetics Experiences Core Course (3 credits)
    • Various: Undergraduate Elective (3 credits)

    Third Year Term I (18 credit hours)

    • BUS 3110 Organizational Design and Structure (3 credits)
    • BUS 3120 Principles of Marketing (3 credits)
    • BUS 3130 Financial Management (3 credits)
    • BUS 3190 Ethics, Business Leadership and Social Responsibility (3 credits)
    • Upper level business elective course (3 credits)
    • Various: Undergraduate Elective (3 credits)

    Third Year Term II (18 credit hours)

    • BUS 3150 Quantitative Methods for Decision-Making (3 credits)
    • BUS 3170 Management of Information Systems (3 credits)
    • BUS 3180 OB: Leadership and Teams with Diverse People (3 credits)
    • BUS Business Elective (3 credits)
    • Philosophy or Religious Studies Core Course (3 credits)
    • Various: Undergraduate Elective (3 credits)

    Fourth Year Term I (18 credit hours)

    • BUS 3160 Control of Operations Management and Quality (3 credits)
    • BUS International Business Elective * (3 credits)
    • BUS Business Elective (3 credits)
    • BUS Business Elective (3 credits)
    • Integrating Theme Core Course (3 credits)
    • Various: Undergraduate Elective (3 credits)

    Fourth Year Term II (18 credit hours)

    • BUS 4990 Strategic Policy and Management (3 credits)
    • Various: Undergraduate Elective (3 credits)
    • ACC 5200 Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
    • ECN 5120 Analysis of Economic Conditions (3 credits)
    • MBA 5210 Personal Development, Ethics, and Social Responsibility (3 credits)
    • MBA 5240 Marketing Management and Planning (3 credits)

    Fifth Year Term I (12 credit hours)

    • MBA 5200 Decision Analysis (3 credits)
    • MBA 5220 Corporate Finance (3 credits)
    • MBA 5260 Information Systems and Technology (3 credits)
    • MBA MBA Elective (3 credits)

    Fifth Year Term II (12 credit hours)

    • MBA 5250 Organizational Leadership (3 credits)
    • MBA 5900 Strategic Management (3 credits)
    • MBA MBA Elective (3 credits)
    • MBA MBA Elective (3 credits)
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    Experiential Education

    Students in the five-year accounting program participate in an experiential education program. Students are required to complete two internship or co-operative education assignments. These are generally completed during the summers after the junior and senior years. A mentor from the business community will assist and guide each student in career planning and development. This mentoring will supplement the academic advising provided by the College of Business Administration and the many services provided by the University's Career Education Center. In recent assignments, students have worked with Chrysler, Deloitte & Touche, DTE, Ernst & Young, Ford, Plante Moran, Quicken Loans, and other firms.

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    International Experience

    Students in the five-year accounting program are required to participate in an international experience.

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    Program Contact Information

    College of Business Administration
    University of Detroit Mercy
    4001 W. McNichols Road
    Detroit, MI 48221-3038

    Location: Commerce and Finance, CF 112, McNichols Campus
    Telephone: (313) 993-1202
    Fax: (313) 993-1673
    Email: petersea@udmercy.edu


    Dean, College of Business Administration : Dr. Joseph Eisenhauer
    Telephone: (313) 993-1204
    Email: joseph.eisenhauer@udmercy.edu
    Office: Commerce and Finance, CF 122

    Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs : Dr. Leonard Kloft
    Telephone: (313) 993-1200
    Email: leonard.kloft@udmercy.edu
    Office: Commerce and Finance, CF 109

    Director of Undergraduate Business Programs : Mr. Evan A. Peterson
    Telephone: (313) 993-1202
    Email: petersea@udmercy.edu
    Office: Commerce and Finance, CF 215

    Director of Graduate Business Programs : Dr. Omid Sabbaghi
    Telephone: (313) 993-1172
    Email: omid.sabbaghi@udmercy.edu
    Office: Commerce and Finance, CF 143

    Coordinator of Student Services: Ms. Carrol Parris
    Telephone: (313) 993-1203
    Email: carrol.parris@udmercy.edu
    Office: Commerce and Finance, CF 114


    Accounting Discipline Coordinator : Dr. Jeanne M. David
    Telephone: (313) 993-3325
    Email: jeanne.david@udmercy.edu
    Office: Commerce and Finance, CF 225

    Decision Sciences Discipline Coordinator : Dr. Gregory W. Ulferts
    Telephone: (313) 993-1219
    Email: ulfertgw@udmercy.edu
    Office: Commerce and Finance, CF 143

    Finance Discipline Coordinator : Dr. Suk Kim
    Telephone: (313) 993-1264
    Email: kimsuk@udmercy.edu
    Office: Commerce and Finance, CF 244

    Management Discipline Coordinator : Dr. Lawrence Zeff
    Telephone: (313) 993-1179
    Email: zeffl@udmercy.edu
    Office: Commerce and Finance, CF 218

    Marketing Discipline Coordinator : Dr. Ram Kesavan
    Telephone: (313) 993-1115
    Email: kesavar@udmercy.edu
    Office: Commerce and Finance, CF 204


    Office Manager : Ms. Wendy Marshall
    Telephone: (313) 993-1200
    Email: marshawl@udmercy.edu
    Office: Commerce and Finance, CF 112

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