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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 next academic year (2015-2016) students in the five-year program will also be required to complete an international experience as part of the program.

Accelerated Curriculum

  • 1st Year: 33 Credit Hours - University Core Curriculum Requirements (11 undergraduate classes)
  • 2nd Year: 34 Credit Hours - Foundation Courses for Business (11 undergraduate classes plus CEC 3000)
  • 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 163 Credit Hours

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.

Students failing to meet the admission requirements may, with permission of the College of Business, follow the 5-year curriculum plan for the first year of study and apply for admission prior to the start of the second year, providing space is available.

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.

Visit the College's Main Page for:

  • Introduction to Our College and Undergraduate Programs - Our College - Major programs for our business students - Minor and certificate programs for our business students - CBA offerings for non-business students
  • Accreditation - AACSB International
  • Career Center
  • Student responsibilities and CBA academic policies
  • Applying to the College of Business Administration - Freshman applicants* - Transfer students - Transcripts - How to apply to UDM - International, post-degree, and other students. 
  • Graduation Requirements - Course work - Required GPA - Residency - Time requirement - Graduating with honors - Applying for graduation
  • Taking and Planning Your Coursework - Academic advising - Academic integrity - Academic services - Disability support services - Grading system - Repeating a class - Class standing - Pass/fail grading - Audit of classes - Alumni audit - Directed studies courses - Senior privilege to take graduate courses - Testing, experiential learning, CLEP, DANTES, and military service credit - Service learning - Taking classes elsewhere as a guest student
  • Academic Recognition - Beta Gamma Sigma - Beta Alpha Psi - Alpha Iota Delta - Global Jesuit Business Student Association
  • College Contact Information
*  Note that higher entrance requirements apply to this five-year BSBA/MBA program and are given above.

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. 

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

Students may select only one concentration 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.

Business Administration Major - Suggested Plan of Study

First Year Term I (15 credit hours)
BUS 1600*

Business as a Profession (*required of freshmen only)

CIS 1000 Introduction to Computers 3
ENL 1300 College Writing 3
MTH 1110 Mathematical Analysis I 3
PHL 1000 Introduction to Philosophy 3
First Year Term II (18 credit hours)
ENL 1310 Academic Writing 3
MTH 1120 Mathematical Analysis II 3
PHL 2010 Ethics 3
various Obj. 3B Natural Science Core Course 3
RELS or CAS Obj. 4B Religious or Catholic Studies Core Course 3
HIS Obj. 5A Historical Experiences Core Course 3
Second Year Term I (16 credits)
ACC 2010 Principles of Accounting I 3
BUS 2310 Business Law I 3
CEC 3000 Introduction to Cooperative Education 1
CST 1010 Fundamentals of Speech 3
ECN 2950 Microeconomic Principles 3
STA 2250 Statistics 3
Second Year Term II (18 credit hours)
ACC 2020 Principles of Accounting II 3
ECN 2960 Macroeconomic Principles 3
ENL 2040 Introduction to Business Writing 3
ENL Obj. 5B Literary Experiences Core Course 3
various Obj. 5C Aesthetics Experiences Core Course 3
various Undergraduate Elective 3
Third Year Term I (18 credit hours)
BUS 3110 Organizational Design and Structure 3
BUS 3120 Principles of Marketing 3
BUS 3130 Financial Management 3
BUS 3190 Business and Society 3
ECN 3050 Money and the Financial System 3
 various Undergraduate Elective 3
Third Year Term II (18 credit hours)
BUS 3150 Quantitative Methods for Decision-Making 3
BUS 3170 Management of Information Systems 3
BUS 3180 Behavior and Leadership in Organizations 3
BUS Business Elective 3
PHL, RELS, CAS Obj. 4C Philosophy, Religious or Catholic Studies Core Course 3
various Undergraduate Elective 3
Fourth Year Term I (18 credit hours)
BUS 3160 Control of Operations Management and Quality 3
BUS International Business Elective 3
BUS Business Elective 3
BUS Business Elective 3
various Obj. 5D Comparative Experiences Core Course 3
various Undergraduate Elective 3
Fourth Year Term II (18 credit hours)
BUS 4990 Strategic Policy and Management 3
various Undergraduate Elective 3
ACC 5200 Managerial Accounting 3
ECN 5120 Analysis of Economic Conditions 3
MBA 5210 Ethics and Social Responsibility in Organizations 3
MBA 5240 Marketing Management and Planning 3
Fifth Year Term I (12 credit hours)
MBA 5200 Decision Analysis 3
MBA 5220 Corporate Finance 3
MBA 5260 Information Systems and Technology 3
MBA MBA Elective 3
Fifth Year Term II (12 credit hours)
MBA 5250 Organizational Leadership 3
MBA 5900 Strategic Management 3
MBA MBA Elective 3
MBA MBA Elective 3

Experiential Education

Students in the five-year Business Administration 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 American Axle, BCBS of Michigan, Chrysler, DTE, Ford, General Motors, Merrill Lynch, O'Keefe & Associates, Quicken Loans, State Farm, Talmer Bank, and other firms.

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 245

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.
Telephone: (313) 993-1200
Office: Commerce and Finance, CF

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