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College of Business Administration

Introduction to Our College and Undergraduate Offerings

Our College

The College of Business Administration provides professional education in business and related fields recognizing the importance of a liberalizing education as a foundation for a career of continuing self-education. The student has the opportunity to select from a wide spectrum of liberal arts courses and other non-business courses. The College aims to instill in its students, through a personalized educational process, a sense of personal integrity, a high measure of intellectual curiosity, and a deep awareness of personal and social values in contemporary society, particularly in its urban setting.


    Major Programs for Our Business Students

    The College offers academic degree programs for students who wish to pursue a professional education in business and related disciplines. Classes are held at the McNichols campus. Students may select areas of concentrations, minors and/or certificates to enhance their educational experience and career opportunities. The College offers both 4-year BSBA and 5-year BSBA/MBA programs.

    The Accounting major prepares students for careers in the field of accounting, whereas the Business Administration major is designed to allow students to select an area of concentration. Students may choose up to two concentrations:

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

    Selecting an area of concentration is not required, and students may also select their business electives based on their personal objectives. For example, a student may select a course in Investments, eBusiness, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Global Sustainable Development, Internet Marketing, or Sports Law. More information on concentrations is available here.


    Minor and Certificate Programs for Our Business Students

    Our students may consider minors or certificates offered at the University. UDM offers a variety of Minor programs, including, but not limited to, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Actuarial Science, Economics, Sports Communication, Political Science or Digital Media Studies. A full list of Minor programs is provided here.

    Students may also obtain certificates in Languages and other specialized areas of studies. Qualified students may participate in the Honors Program. UDM offers a certificate in African American Studies. Students interested in pursuing our UDM identity more closely might consider the Catholic Studies Certificate or the Philosophy Minor. Many options are available and students should discuss these with their academic advisor. Early planning and regular academic advising are essential. Minor and certificate programs each have their own course and credit requirements. Students need to keep their full four-year academic career in mind when selecting additions to their program.


    CBA Offerings for Non-Business Students

    The College offers a minor in Business for students majoring outside the College of Business Administration. This provides an in-depth introduction to business with 21 credits in accounting, business, and economics. See the Business Minor Program page.

    Some classes are specifically designed for the non-business student, for example, BUS 1500 Introduction to Business and BUS 2900 Personal Finance. Non-business students may take any of the accounting and business courses that are offered as part of the business minor or incorporated into other minors within the university as long as they meet the course prerequisites. For example, the Leadership, Actuarial Science, and Entrepreneurship minors are interdisciplinary minors which include business class options. Non-business students interested in other College of Business Administration courses should contact the office to discuss their interests.


    Applying to the College of Business Administration

    • Freshman applicants
    • Transfer students
    • Transcripts
    • How to apply
    • International, post-degree, and other students

    As a comprehensive urban institution, University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) enrolls students of all ages in classes. Students will be reviewed as either a "freshman" (no previous college experience), "transfer" (previous enrollment at a community college or four- year institution), "international" (non U.S. residents), or "post-degree" (for students who already hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university). Students enrolled at other colleges who wish to take UDM courses and transfer them back to their regular institution enroll as "guest" students.

    Freshman Applicants

    Freshman applicants with an overall high school cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a minimum score of 18 on the ACT (or equivalent on the SAT) may apply to the College of Business Administration. Qualifying freshman are admitted directly into the College of Business Administration. Student applications are considered on an individual basis, including academic performance, ACT or SAT scores, activities and interests, and educational goals. Note that higher qualifications are required for admission to special programs, like our five-year BSBA/MBA program. Please refer to the five-year BSBA/MBA program page for specific information.

    Transfer Students

    The College of Business Administration welcomes students from other colleges and universities, and students transferring from other programs within UDM. The university provides some transfer guides online which equate courses from local colleges with those at UDM. Transfer students with at least 24 semester credit hours and have a 2.5 GPA and those with fewer hours will be evaluated as freshman applicants.


    All students applying to the College must submit official transcripts to the Office of Admissions. New freshmen must submit official final high school transcripts and official transcripts from any college previously attended. Transfer applicants must have official transcripts sent from each college previously attended. Applicants may not disregard attendance at any institution. A single transcript which reflects coursework at two or more institutions is not adequate for admissions evaluation. High school transcripts are required of applicants who have earned less than 24 semester or 36 quarter hours of college credits.

    How to Apply to UDM

    A complete discussion of admission status can be found at Admission to the University. The online application is located in the Future Students tab accessible from the main website. For further information about UDM including procedures for submitting an application for admission, students should visit our main website, email requests to or call the Office of Admissions at (800) 635-5020. People who prefer to write should send their request to:

    Office of Admissions
    University of Detroit Mercy
    4001 W. McNichols Road
    Detroit, MI 48221-3038

    International, Post-Degree, and Other Students

    International students (non-U.S.), post-degree students (earned a bachelor's or master's degree), those wishing to enroll in a limited number of credit classes, and guest students may apply. Students over the age of 23, who have not previously attended college have alternative application requirements. See Admission to the University.

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