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.
Our Business Students
The College offers academic degree programs for students who wish to pursue a professional education in business and related disciplines: a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with majors in Accounting and in Business Administration and a 5-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration. All classes are held at the McNichols campus. The following study concentrations are available for the Business Administration major: Finance, International Business, Management and Marketing. Students may minor in Entrepreneurship. A number of other minors and certificate programs are available from other colleges and schools within the university. See the College's separate sections describing each of these programs.
Business Administration Program (BSBA, major in Business Administration
Accounting Program (BSBA, major in Accounting)
5-Year BSBA/MBA Program (BSBA in Business Administration or Accounting, culminating with a Master in Business Administration)
Our students may also consider minors or certificates offered by other colleges and schools of the University.
For Non-Business Students
In addition, The College offers a minor in Business for students majoring outside the College of Business Administration. A minor in Entrepreneurship is also available, with students taking classes in both the College of Business Administration and the College of Engineering and Science. See the College's separate section describing these minors.
AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
The College of Business Administration 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. For more information about AACSB International, go to
AACSB International Accredited Schools
UDM's business 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. UDM's business program is the only private program in Michigan with AACSB International accreditation.
The College of Business Administration prepares diverse students to serve business organizations and society with competence, compassion and conscience. Rooted in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, the College champions academic excellence and good character by encouraging intellectual, spiritual, ethical, and social growth. We achieve this mission by:
Encouraging and expecting excellence from students, faculty, and staff in all we do;
Helping students to develop knowledge, analytical and critical thinking, and skills to compete in a dynamic global business environment;
Teaching students self-reflection, teamwork with diverse peoples, and responsible stewardship for the common good;
delivering quality teaching, research, and service to our University, our profession, and our community; and
Providing quality bachelor and master degree programs.
In the College of Business Administration, academic advising is an integral part of the learning process. The faculty and staff are committed to taking an active role in the education, well-being and personal development of the students. Professional advising is available throughout the year and students are required to see an advisor prior to each registration.
The College of Business Administration offers its undergraduates the option of participation in the cooperative education track. Students work with the University's Career Center. The co-op program provides graduates in the College of Business Administration with 8-12 months of professional experience prior to graduation. Students must have a minimum of 63 credit hours, a 2.5 GPA, and have successfully completed CEC 3000 before starting their first assignment. Students normally complete two Co-op assignments with the option of a third. These assignments are approximately four months in length and begin at the start of each semester. By choosing either the alternating Co-op track or the parallel Co-op track, students have the opportunity to integrate the Co-op experience into their academic program without delaying graduation. Under the alternating track program, students complete two semesters of courses and one semester of employment during the three semesters of the year (Fall, Winter, and Summer). Under the parallel track, students may have a part-time employment position and take courses part time concurrently.
Students also work with the Career Center to find employment upon graduation. The Career Center offers training in resume writing and interview skills. Opportunities are available for students to meet with prospective employers. Students should register early with the Career Center which includes an online resume. Their site keeps students informed about campus visits and other activities. Titan Career Link
Beta Gamma Sigma
Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, an international scholastic honor society for students 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 chartered only in those schools of business and management accredited by AACSB International. For more information about Beta Gamma Sigma, see their web site at Beta Gamma Sigma.
Beta Alpha Psi
Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for Financial Information students and professionals. Membership is restricted to upper division students majoring in accounting or choosing a concentration in finance who have maintained a superior grade point average in the study of accounting and finance. 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. For more information about Beta Alpha Psi, see their web site at Beta Alpha Psi.
Alpha Iota Delta
Alpha Iota Delta is the international scholastic honor society that confers distinction for academic excellence in the decision sciences and information systems. Membership is restricted to upper-division students who have compiled a superior academic record overall as well as in courses focusing on Decision Science and/or Information Systems. In addition to recognizing academic excellence, Alpha Iota Delta promotes the infusion of the functional and behavioral areas of administration with the tools, concepts, and methodologies of the decision sciences and information systems and promotes professional fellowship among students, faculty, and administrators who share a common interest in the development of decision sciences and information systems. For more information about Alpha Iota Delta, see their web site at Alpha Iota Delta.
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. For more information about the GJBSA Honor Society, see their web site at Global Jesuit Business Student Association
Student Responsibilities in the College of Business Administration
Students in the College of Business Administration are responsible and accountable for knowledge of the requirements, policies and procedures set forth by the College. Administrators, advisors, and faculty are available to assist students by explaining the various requirements, policies and procedures for each program. However, the ultimate responsibility for compliance rests with the student.
Policies and Procedures
College of Business Administration Policies and Procedures
The College of Business Administration has some special policies which are delineated below. For policies that are not stated, refer to the university policies and procedures.
Residence and Time Requirements
Candidates for the bachelor's degree must complete their final 30 hours of work in the College of Business Administration. Students are expected to complete their degree program within 10 years.
Students in the College of Business Administration who have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better may take a maximum of four courses or 12 hours of course work on a Pass-Fail basis. Only one course may be taken per semester. These hours must be taken in courses which are not specifically required for the degree.