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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

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).

Admission Materials

  • (1) A University of Detroit Mercy Graduate Application Form, with the application fee;
  • (2) Official transcripts for all previous academic work;
  • (3) An official report with the scores earned on the GMAT (if needed); and
  • (4) Any other information such as letters of recommendation, or a detailed resume which the applicant feels is important to the admission decision.

Degree Requirements

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
ACC 5200 Managerial Accounting 3
ECN 5120 Analysis of Economic Conditions 3
MBA 5200 Decision Analysis 3
MBA 5210 Personal Development, Ethics, and Social Responsibility in Organizations 3
MBA 5220 Corporate Finance 3
MBA 5240 Marketing Management and Planning 3
MBA 5250 Leadership OR 3
MBA 5260 Information Systems and Technology 3

Post Core Courses
Advanced Electives 9
MBA 5900 Strategic Management 3

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

Foundation Courses
ACC 5100 Foundation of Financial Accounting 3
ECN 5100 Economic Analysis 3
MBA 5100 Legal Environment 1.5
MBA 5120 Statistical Analysis for Decision-Making 3
MBA 5140 Foundations of Management 1.5
MBA 5160 Foundations of Marketing 2
MBA 5180 Foundations of Financial Management 2
MBA 5190 Foundations of Production and Operations Management 2

Each applicant's program requirements are determined immediately following the admission decision. Pre-core 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. As a general rule, to be even considered as a basis for waiver, prior coursework must have been at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Each student's specific requirements are determined individually with the objective of ensuring the overall quality of that student's degree program.

GMAT Scores

The Educational Testing Service administers the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Information about the test and applications for it may be obtained by calling the Graduate Business Programs Office at (313) 993-1202, or by writing: GMAT, Educational Testing Service, CN6103, Princeton, NJ 08541-6103. GMAT Scholarship is available to those students who score 700 or higher.

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 for a limited number of courses by applying for guest student status using a Michigan Intercollegiate Graduate School form, or by providing a statement of good standing from their school's Dean or program director. The MIGS application can be obtained in the College Office.

Core Requirements

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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.

Post-core courses also include a nine-hour series (beyond pre-core and core courses) aimed at providing an elective route for all MBA students. Such an elective route may be utilized by the student in two ways:

  • (1) To seek a mixture of advanced electives which the student desires as a means of enhancing specific career objectives, or
  • (2) To seek a specialization in which the student desires to focus post-core electives within a specific field (beyond pre-core and core courses).

Advanced Placement

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Core requirements are systematically required of all MBA students. In certain limited cases, however, an individual's academic record may indicate that a specific core course should be replaced by an advanced course within the same discipline (e.g., an undergraduate marketing major may be considered for an advanced course in marketing in lieu of the core course, MBA 5240.

In such cases, the designation of "Advanced Placement" (AP) is used to direct the student into a designated advanced course, as worked out with the program director.

Credits earned by the student in an AP designation will be counted towards the student's core requirements.

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 on the weekend. Classes are currently offered on the McNichols Campus. Evening classes begin at either 6:00 or 6:40 p.m., Monday through Thursday for Term I and Term II. Term I, commencing the day after Labor Day, is 15 weeks in length; Term II, commencing in early January, is also 15 weeks long. Some Foundation Courses are offered in an eight-week format in both terms. Each summer session is seven weeks in length. Summer I commences in early May. Summer II begins in late June. Evening classes for both sessions are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. and 8:10 - 10:40 p.m.

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. Students who have not completed their required program within five years may be subject to re-evaluation and additional coursework. Students not enrolled for more than two consecutive terms (without prior approval of the program director) may be required to re-apply for admission.

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.

Cooperative Education Program

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 program director, accepts students into the program. Upon placement, students are required to enroll in Business Administration Co-op 5950, 5960, 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 Cooperative Education and Career Center for additional requirements.

The Thesis Plan

An MBA student may elect, with approval of the associate dean, 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 faculty.


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

Honor Society for MBA Student Performance

Beta Gamma Sigma. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, a national scholastic honor society for graduates in the field of business and management, is the highest national 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. For more information about Beta Gamma Sigma, see their web site at

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