Business Turnaround Management (Certificate)


The Graduate Certificate in Business Turnaround Management is designed to give students a comprehensive grounding in the current body of knowledge and skills in business turnaround management. The certificate was developed with the ongoing collaboration of business turnaround professionals and executives from Michigan.

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    Admission Requirements

    Admission decisions are based on an undergraduate GPA, GMAT score (if needed), work experience, and other degrees.

    • A University of Detroit Mercy Graduate Application Form, with the application fee (waived for online applications);
    • Official transcripts for all previous academic work;
    • A resume;
    • Letters of recommendation; and
    • Any other information that the applicant feels is important to the admission decision.

    Program Requirements

    The Graduate Certificate in Business Turnaround Management is a 15 credit-hour program.

    Required Courses

    • BTM 5000 or MBA 5640 Business Turnaround Management (3 credits)
    • BTM 5500 Ethical and Critical Thinking (3 credits)  OR
    • MBA 5210 Personal Development, Ethics, and Social Responsibility (3 credits)

    Elective Courses (3 courses required)

    • BTM 5150 Strategic and Legal Bankruptcy (3 credits)
    • BTM 5200 Motivation and Negotiations Management (3 credits)
    • BTM 5350 Organizational Change and Development (3 credits)
    • BTM 5400 Cash Crisis Management (3 credits)
    • BTM 5420 Corporate Fraud Detection and Prevention Management (3 credits)
    • BTM 5450 Corporate Restructuring for Business Turnaround (3 credits)
    • BTM 5550 Lean Management (3 credits)
    • BTM 5650 Supply Chain Management for Turnarounds (3 credits)
    • BTM 5850 Debt, Equity and Financing Structuring (3 credits)

    Foundation Courses

    Students are expected to demonstrate a minimum competence in Accounting and Financial Management. This is possible by evidence in their transcript or by successfully completing ACC 5100 and/or MBA 5180.

    • ACC 5100 Corporate Financial Accounting (3 credits)
    • MBA 5180 Fundamentals of Financial Management (3 credits)

    Admission Status

    Guest Student Status

    Individuals currently enrolled in another AACSB accredited program may obtain Guest Student Status at University of Detroit Mercy for a limited number of courses by providing a statement of good standing from their school's dean or program director, or by applying for Guest Student Status using a Michigan Intercollegiate Graduate School form (MIGS). The MIGS application can be obtained in the Graduate Business Programs Office.


    Program Characteristics

    Several important aspects of the Graduate Certificate in Business Turnaround Management (BTM) program should be noted. These include policies regarding grade point averages, class scheduling, and advising.

    Cumulative Grade Point Average

    Students in the Graduate Certificate in BTM 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 program requirements.

    Academic Standing

    While an individual may be admitted into the Graduate Certificate in BTM 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

    BTM classes are scheduled online. Terms are 15 weeks in length. Each summer session is seven weeks in length. Summer I commences in early May. Summer II begins in late June.

    Full-Time and Part-Time Student Status

    An individual may undertake the Graduate Certificate in BTM program on a 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.

    Residence and Time Requirements

    Students who have not completed their required graduate certificate program within two years may be subject to re-evaluation and additional coursework. Students not enrolled for more than four consecutive terms will be required to re-apply for admission.

    International Students

    International students should consult with the International Services Office.


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

    Student Responsibilities

    Students in the College of Business Administration are responsible and accountable for knowledge of the requirements and procedures set forth by the College and University. Administrators, advisors, and faculty are available to assist students by explaining the various requirements and procedures for each program. However, the ultimate responsibility for compliance rests with the student.


    MBA with Certificate

    MBA students may focus in BTM by using their three MBA electives to take MBA 5640 or BTM 5000 plus two (2) BTM courses from the BTM curriculum. In order to receive the Graduate Certificate in Business Turnaround Management, two (2) additional BTM elective courses are required beyond the MBA degree requirements, totaling five (5) courses. For details, a student should consult with the director of Graduate Business Programs.


    Program Contact Information

    Graduate Admissions Counselor: Theresa Carson

    Director of Graduate Business Programs: Dr. Omid Sabbaghi

    Coordinator of Student Services: Carrol Parris