College of Business



The College of Business’s graduate and undergraduate degree programs are accredited by AACSB-International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB-International is the premier accreditation agency for business schools.

Mission Statement

The vision of the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s College of Business is to be the college of choice for quality business education in the greater metropolitan Detroit area, with impact beyond Southeast Michigan.

The mission of the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s College of Business is to serve the diverse people of Southeast Michigan and beyond by providing innovative and experiential education that results in problem solving skills for responsibility and success in a dynamic marketplace. Our mission is supported by:

  • A faculty committed to teaching that supports student development and preparation for a wide range of business opportunities.
  • Collaborative research that has sustained impact on the thoughts and activities of our academic and professional colleagues.
  • Service by faculty and staff that supports an evolving curriculum and the needs of our students, personnel, community, and external partners

Admission Policies and Process

The College of Business accepts applications from those holding a bachelor degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university. Students with all types of undergraduate and graduate degrees and fields of study are welcome to apply for admission. 

Mathematics Admission Prerequisites

Quantitative skills are important and frequently used in graduate business courses. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in mathematics by successful completion of courses through pre-calculus or finite mathematics. If an applicant’s university transcripts do not show satisfactory completion of pre-calculus, finite mathematics, or higher-level math courses (e.g. calculus), the burden will be on the applicant to explain and document that the applicant has math knowledge equivalent to pre-calculus or finite mathematics.

The following UM-Dearborn courses will satisfy the mathematics admission requirement: MATH 104 Pre-calculus: Management, Life, and Social Science, 4 credits, or MATH 105 Pre-calculus, 4 credits. The prerequisite for both courses is at least two years of high school Algebra, or MATH 090 Intermediate Algebra and one year of high school Geometry.

GMAT/GRE Admission Prerequisite

Applicants must submit official GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Records Examination) scores before admission is granted. GMAT or GRE scores older than five years will not be considered. GMAT and GRE Verbal and Quantitative scores will be heavily considered in the admission decision. Applicants are encouraged to take the GMAT or GRE test at the earliest possible date and request that score be reported to the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The GMAT and GRE websites ( and  provide complete information about  these tests.

Master of Science program applicants may request an exemption from the GMAT or GRE if they meet any of the following conditions:  

  • Have completed an undergraduate degree from an AACSB or ABET accredited program within the previous 5 years with a 3.2 GPA.
  • Have previously earned a graduate degree in a field requiring significant analytical or quantitative work, such as business, economics, engineering, statistics, mathematics, physics, chemistry or biology.
  • Have earned any of the following certifications:  CAS, CFA, CFM, CPA, FRM, SOA, or have passed a state bar exam.

If the applicant has taken the GMAT or GRE within the five years prior to submitting the application for admission, the College of Business will consider those test scores regardless of whether the student qualifies to receive the test exemption.

The College of Business reserves the right to require the GMAT or GRE of any MS applicant, and often does so when additional information is required to make an admission decision.

All MBA applicants must submit valid GMAT or GRE test scores.

Work Experience

Work experience is not required for admission to the graduate programs in the College of Business. However, all applicants must submit a 1-2 page resume with their application materials listing education; any employment, internship, or similar types of experience; any professional affiliations, volunteer activities, or relevant honors and awards, together with the months and years of each activity.  The resume is considered during the admission process.


At least one reference is required for admission. A form is included in the application for this purpose. The reference should come from a person who is familiar with the applicant’s academic accomplishments or job performance. The form should be submitted directly to the University by the evaluator.

Presumption of Computer Application Skills

The faculty expects every graduate student to be proficient in word processing and spreadsheets, including spreadsheet math and statistical functions. Before enrollment in College of Business graduate courses, students must have completed a college-level computer applications course, or they must have acquired equivalent expertise through training or work experience.


Applicants’ undergraduate and graduate records will be heavily considered in the admission decision. Transcripts will be examined not only for overall grade point average but also for trends of grades and particular scholastic capabilities.

An official academic transcript from each college and university attended, including the University of Michigan-Dearborn, must be submitted during the application proecess. All credentials and documents submitted become the property of the University. To be considered official, transcripts must come directly from one university to another. Transcripts cannot be accepted if sent by the student. When requesting transcripts from one of the three University of Michigan campuses (Ann Arbor, Dearborn, or Flint), inter-office copies are sufficient for admission consideration.

Admission Criteria

Students with all types of undergraduate and graduate degrees from all fields of study are welcome to apply for admission. 

The College of Business conducts a holistic review of each application. There is no formula to define who will make a successful candidate, but the College is especially interested in strong academic performance, as evidenced on the applicants’ academic transcripts, and strong GMAT or GRE test scores. In addition, the College considers the statement of purpose, reference letter, and resume. Profiles of the most recent entering class, showing average GMAT scores and GPAs, can be found at

Taking UM-Dearborn Undergraduate Courses to Fullfill Admission Prerequisites

Please check the Schedule of Classes online at for course availability each term. To register for admission prerequisite courses as a non-degree student (personal enrichment) prior to entry in a graduate program, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for admission information, 313-593‑5100 or online at Please note that personal enrichment students are not eligible for financial aid. For further information and guidance please contact the College of Business Graduate Admissions Advisor at or phone 313-593-5460.

Applicants deficient in one of the admission prerequisites may be considered for admission contingent upon their completing the appropriate course during their first term of enrollment in the graduate degree program.

Application Deadlines

The College of Business admits students in the fall (September), winter (January), and summer (May) terms. Applicants for full-time study should plan to enter in the fall term; full-time admission is subject to course availability in the winter and especially summer terms.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Email notification is sent shortly after the decision.  The application deadlines for domestic students are August 1 for fall admission, December 1 for winter admission, and April 1 for summer admission.  Applications received after these deadlines are accepted on a space-available basis only.

Application Fee

A non-refundable fee must accompany every application for admission. Fees are subject to approval by the Regents of the University and may be changed at any time. The current fee is posted in the application instructions, which can be accessed at

Submission of Application Materials

Full application instructions, including links to the UM-Dearborn Graduate Application and Graduate Studies Office, can be found at

Additional information can be found at:

Student Services Office
College of Business
University of Michigan-Dearborn
168 Fairlane Center South
19000 Hubbard Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126-2638
Telephone: 313-593-5460
Fax: 313-271-9838

All credentials and documents submitted during the admission process become the property of the University. Originals or copies of application/admission documents are not released to the applicant or to any third party.

In addition, applicants should arrange to have scores on the GMAT or GRE (and TOEFL, when necessary) sent directly to the University.

Deferred Admission

Admission to a graduate program is valid for one year after the semester for which admission was granted. If an admitted applicant wishes to defer admission, written notification must be sent to the College of Business Graduate Office ( before the start of the semester for which initial admission was granted. Students must meet admission and degree requirements in effect during the new semester of entry.

International Students

The College of Business welcomes applications from qualified international students.


Students should refer to the following website for housing information at


Each international student or his/her sponsor(s) must submit a notarized Affidavit of Support. This form must indicate that the student has access to funds, including living expenses, equaling an amount stipulated by the Office of International Affairs. Refer to


In addition to the instructions for domestic applicants, international applicants must also provide:

  • Official documentation of all courses taken and grades received (transcripts/records) from each undergraduate and postgraduate institution attended. Transcripts/records should be issued in the original language and be accompanied by English translations prepared by the institution's authorized official, such as a registrar.
  • Official certification of degrees and dates awarded, issued in the original language and accompanied by English translations prepared by the institution’s authorized official, such as a registrar. Academic transcripts/records must have a seal and signature in ink from the institution's authorized official, such as a registrar or recorder.

All credentials and documents submitted become the property of the University.


In addition to the instructions for domestic applicants, international applicants must:

  • Submit the Affidavit of Financial Support for International Students (available at with supporting documentation. Recommendation for admission cannot be certified without this information.
  • Submit official transcripts from all universities attended according to the directions listed in this section under the heading “Transcripts.”
  • Meet the minimum standards of the English proficiency requirement by taking either the TOEFL or the MELAB and submitting scores to the College of Business. See “English Language Requirements for Admission.”
  • International students requiring an I-20 upon admission to the College must have a complete application file and the application fee must be paid by May 1 for fall admission, September 1 for winter admission, and January 1 for summer admission.

English Language Requirements

Since all instruction at the University is in English, international students must demonstrate proficiency in English comprehension, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. The University of Michigan-Dearborn does not offer intensive English language courses; therefore, students must be competent in English before being admitted to the University. The College of Business requires the following minimum test score requirements on ONE of the following tests for admission consideration:

  • Internet Based Test TOEFL: 84
  • Paper-Pencil TOEFL: 560
  • Computer-Based TOEFL: 220
  • MELAB: 80
  • IELTS: 6.5

The College of Business recommends that applicants attend a TOEFL administration that includes the Test of Written English (TWE). Information about the TOEFL, MELAB and IELTS can be found at,, and

Guest Students and Post-Graduate Students

Students currently enrolled in a graduate program at another university (guest students) and persons who have already earned a graduate degree (post-graduate students) may request permission to enroll in College of Business graduate courses at UM-D as a guest/post-graduate student. Interested students should review the course descriptions, paying particular attention to prerequisites, and determine the course, or courses, they may wish to elect on the UM-D campus. Before permission to register is granted, it will be necessary to provide the College of Business Graduate Office with the following information:

  • Completed guest or post-graduate application form and application fee; the application and application fee is good for one term. When a guest or post-graduate student requests enrollment for two consecutive terms at the time of initial application, the application fee will be waived for the second term of enrollment. The second term of enrollment is contingent on the guest or post-graduate student earning a grade of B or better in each course elected at UM-D. The guest/post-graduate application form is on the College of Business website or may be requested at or by telephone to the College of Business Graduate Office at 313-593-5460;
  • Official transcripts, sent directly to the College of Business Graduate Office from the student's undergraduate degree-granting institution, and official transcripts for all graduate coursework completed or in progress; and
  • Guest students only must provide written permission from their home institution verifying enrollment in a graduate program and granting permission to elect the course (or courses) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Upon receipt of the above information, the Graduate Program Director will review the documentation and if approved, the student will be notified of guest/post-graduate registration procedures. Guest and post-graduate students are permitted to elect a maximum of nine semester hours of credit. Approved guest and post-graduate registration is on a space-availability basis. Credits earned as a guest or post-graduate student do not count as credit toward degree in the College of Business Graduate Programs.

Course Descriptions

The courses described here are those regularly offered by the College. All courses give three hours of credit, except as otherwise specified by the numeral(s) in parentheses. Check with your Graduate Program Advisor at for applicability of course offerings to your degree program. Students are strongly encouraged to plan their program by using the Course Planning Guide at and working with their program advisor.

Students enrolled in graduate degree programs from other UM-Dearborn colleges may not elect more than 12 graduate credits offered by the College of Business, unless the College of Business credits are required as part of the student’s graduate degree program.

Course Prerequisites

The faculty determined the appropriate prerequisites for each course. These prerequisites exist to make sure the student has the specific background necessary not only to minimally complete the course, but also to assure a broad enough background so the student fully benefits from the course. Students must observe all prerequisites in course planning. The registration system will not allow students to register for courses without the course prerequisites successfully completed. Students with previous coursework or experience may petition the College of Business for a prerequisite override. Forms and instructions for this process are available at or from the College of Business Student Services Office, 168 FCS. You must allow 10 working days for your request to be reviewed. Students that are registered for a course without the prerequisites or an approved prerequisite override will be administratively withdrawn from the course.

Degree Program 

The College of Business offers the following master degree programs, each accredited by AACSB-International. Programs indicated with an asterisk symbol (*) have an online option. Programs indicated with a double asterisk (**) are also offered as evening programs.  Programs indicated with a plus (+) are offered as both evening and online programs. 

Master's Programs

Dual Degree Programs


Raju Balakrishnan, PhD, Dean

Claudia Kocher, PhD, Associate Dean

Michael Kamen, PhD, Academic Program Director, Graduate Programs

Susan Wells, MPA, Academic Program Director, Undergraduate Programs

Chairs and Directors

Lee Redding, Chair, Associate Professor, Accounting and Finance

Karen S. Strandholm, Chair, Associate Professor, Management Studies

Internship Career Management Center

Rita Agius, MS, Relationship Manager

Michael Callahan, MBA, Program Director

Arlyan Dailey, Relationship Manager

Pam Morris, Co-operative Internship Coordinator

Tuere Wheeler, MBA, Employee Relationship Manager

Professors Emeriti

Bayou, Mohamed E., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Accounting

Callahan, Thomas J., PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Organizational Behavior

Chou, Yu-Min, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Business Economics and Finance

Cowan, Ross D., MF, Associate Professor Emeritus of Operations Management

Culp, William H., PhD, CPA, Professor Emeritus of Business Administration

Czarnecki, Richard E., PhD, CPA, Professor Emeritus of Business Administration

Foran, Michael, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Accounting

Fricke, Cedric V., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Business Administration

Krachenberg, A. Richard, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Marketing

Lev, Benjamin, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Operations Research

Lyons, Thomas F., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Business Administration

Martin, William R.D., MBA, Professor Emeritus of Business Administration

Padmanabhun, K.H., PhD, Associate Professor of Marketing

Steel, Robert, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Organizational Behavior

Streeter, Victor J., PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Management Information Systems

Waissi, Gary, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Operations Research


Department of Accounting and Finance

Baker, Susan, MBA, University of Michigan, Lecturer

Blatz Jr., Robert, JD, LLM, New York University School of Law, Professor

Broman, Amy, PhD, JD, University of Michigan, Lecturer

Bublitz, Bruce, PhD, CPA, University of Illinois, Professor

Cai, Kelly N., PhD, University of Houston, Professor

Graybeal, Patty, PhD, Virginia Tech University, Lecturer

Green, Brian P., PhD, CPA, Kent State University, Professor

Hayes, Matthew, PhD, Arizona State University, Assistant Professor

Killey, Michael N., PhD, Florida Atlantic University, Assistant Professor

Kobelsky, Kevin, PhD, University of California, Associate Professor

Kocher, Claudia, PhD, Michigan State University, Associate Professor

Miranda, Maria, PhD, University of New Orleans, Lecturer

Philipich, Kirk, DBA, Indiana University, Associate Professor

Redding, Lee, PhD, Princeton University, Associate Professor

Singh, Vivek, PhD, Virginia Technological University, Professor

Valero, Magali, PhD, Arizona State University, Associate Professor

Vlachos, George, MA, State University of New York, Lecturer

Xie, Alice, PhD, Syracuse University, Associate Professor

Department of Management Studies

Ahuvia, Aaron, PhD, Northwestern University, Professor

Balakrishnan, Raju, PhD, Purdue University, Professor

Beatty, Joy, PhD, Boston College, Associate Professor

Chandra, Charu, PhD, Arizona State University, Professor

Chen, Yi-Su, PhD, University of Minnesota, Associate Professor

Drake, Jeanette, PhD, Bowling Green State University, Lecturer

Freeman, Lee, PhD, Indiana University, Associate Professor

Fu, Wayne, PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, Assistant Professor

Guo, Yi, PhD, Texas A M, Associate Professor

Hartge, Timothy, MA, EdD, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Lecturer

He, Jun, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Associate Professor

Holowicki, Gerald, MS, Eastern Michigan University, Lecturer

Izberk-Bilgin, Elif, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Associate Professor

Kao, Ta-Wei (Daniel), PhD, The State University of New York, Assistant Professor

Kaufman, David, PhD, University of Michigan, Assistant Professor

Keyes, Patrick, MBA, Central Michigan University, Lecturer

Klein, Barbara D., PhD, University of Minnesota, Professor

Kumar, Kamalesh, PhD, University of North Texas, Professor

Lee, Hei Wai, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Professor

Lee, Junghyun (Jessie), PhD, George Washington University, Assistant Professor

Liu, Zhixin, PhD, The Ohio State University, Associate Professor

Majeske, Katherine, MBA, University of Michigan, Lecturer

Molloy, Janice, PhD, The Ohio State University, Associate Professor

Rauschnabel, Philipp, PhD, University of Bamberg Germany, Assistant Professor

Ro, Young, PhD, University of Michigan, Professor

Samfilippo, Chris, MBA, Wayne State University, Lecturer

Scott, Crystal, PhD, Pennsylvania State University, Associate Professor

Smrt, Diana, PhD, Southern Illinois University, Lecturer

Statt, Anne-Louise, PhD, Princeton University, Lecturer

Strandholm, Karen S., JD, PhD, Indiana University, Associate Professor

Su, Hung-Chung, PhD, University of Minnesota, Assistant Professor

Urbaczewski, Lise, MS, Eastern Michigan University, Lecturer

Van Hemert, Michael, JD, University of Michigan, Lecturer

Wimble, Matt, PhD, Michigan State University, Assistant Professor

Yoder, Michele, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Assistant Professor

Academic Policies and General Information

Graduate Internship Program

The Internship program is an optional academic program that integrates classroom work and practical experience with cooperating businesses. Up to three non-resident academic credits are granted for the internship. Second and third internships will be offered for additive credit only. A maximum of 3 credit hours of internship course work from BI 500, BI 505 or BI 560 may be applied toward graduation requirements upon approval from the Program Advisor.

Students interested in Graduate Internships should schedule an appointment with the Internship Director to go over program policies and sign the Student Internship Contract. The Internship Office coordinates resume dissemination, interview scheduling and job offers.

Students must register for the internship before starting work. As part of the internship, students are required to write a report at the end of the semester and participate in the evaluation process. Students may elect two courses along with the internship with the permission of the Internship Director

Master of Science in Accounting students do not need to have completed 6 credit hours and can apply for an internship in their first term of entry.

Degree Requirements

The following degree requirements are required of all graduate programs offered by the College of Business.

  • Minimum average grade of B (3.0)
    A cumulative average grade of B or higher will be required in all graduate courses taken for credit and applied to the credit hour requirements.
  • Diploma Application
    To be recommended for the degree, the student must file a formal diploma application, which is available at the Registrar’s Office website ( or in person at the Registrar’s Office, by the published deadline.
  • Completion of required courses and program requirements
    See the requirements for each degree program, above.

Course Waivers and Exemptions

Waivers, where available, reduce the number of credits required to complete a degree. Exemptions, where available, must be replaced with other advisor approved, graduate-level coursework as noted above in this Catalog. See the degree program descriptions above for available course waivers and exemptions in each program.

The Graduate Program Office, in consultation with the faculty and academic department chairs, determines all course waivers and exemptions at the time of admission. Waivers and exemptions will be considered on the basis of previous equivalent undergraduate or graduate coursework as reflected on official transcripts. Students may enroll in courses that have been waived or exempted, although completion of waived  courses will result in a loss of the respective course waiver. Once admitted to a graduate program in the College of Business, students must take graduate level courses or courses approved for graduate credit.

In some cases, students may be advised to petition for a waiver or exemption and provide additional course information before the waiver/exemption decision is made.

Admitted applicants may request a course waiver or exemption based on the above policy by completing a petition form. The following supporting documentation must accompany the petition: copy of the course description from the college catalogue, a copy of the course syllabus, and a copy of the title page and table of contents of the textbook used in the course. The petition form is available at

Some courses may also be waived by proficiency demonstrated by examination. Admitted candidates who wish to waive courses in this manner must petition the Graduate Office to take a proficiency exam and must provide reasonable justification for the request. Proficiency exams are generally administered two to three times per year and must be taken within one year of initial enrollment. Students receiving a grade of B or better on the exam will be waived from the applicable course. Additional information regarding proficiency examinations is available to admitted students in the College of Business Student Services Office, 168 Fairlane Center South.

Minimum Credits-in-Residence

A maximum total of twelve graduate credits may be applied to any College of Business graduate degree from any combination of:

  • Approved graduate level offerings (500-level and above) offered by another UM-Dearborn academic unit:  maximum three credits.
  • Graduate transfer credit from an AACSB accredited program:  maximum six credits.
  • Graduate Business Internships (BI 500 or BI 505 or BI 560):  maximum three credits.
  • College of Business graduate credits earned through exchanges with international partner universities:  maximum twelve credits.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 6 graduate semester credits may be transferred to a student’s academic record. Transfer credits appear on the UM-Dearborn transcript, but the associated grades received for these credits do not appear and are not computed in the student’s cumulative GPA. Credits may be transferred only for approved graduate-level courses if all of the following conditions are met:

  • The student must submit a written petition requesting transfer credit with proper documentation attached. The documentation must include a description of the course from the college catalogue, the syllabus for the course, and a copy of the title page and table of contents for each textbook used. Usually, the course must have been completed in an AACSB-accredited business program. Petition forms for admitted students are available on the College of Business website or from the Student Services Office, 168 FCS. Completed petitions are submitted by the student to the Student Services Office. The petition is then reviewed by the appropriate faculty member, department chairperson, and Graduate Program Director. A written response to the student’s petition is sent to the student
  • An official transcript must be received by the College of Business Student Services Office from the institution offering the courses.

Courses may not be transferred for credit if:

  • They were already applied toward a degree or certificate; or
  • They were completed more than five years before enrollment in the College of Business graduate program; or
  • The earned course grade was lower than a B.

Financial Aid

Refer to

Academic Regulations

All students enrolled in the graduate program are subject to the University regulations concerning student affairs, conduct and discipline. Additional regulations, or variations, which apply specifically to graduate degree candidates, are given in the College of Business section of this Catalog.

Grading System

The following 4.0 grading system is used by the College of Business Graduate Programs:

Letter Grade Honor Points
A, A+ 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2.0
C- 1.7
D+ 1.3
D 1.0
D- 0.7
E 0.0

Grade point averages are computed by dividing the honor points a student has earned by the hours elected. Grades associated with waivers, exemptions, or transfer credit from colleges, schools, or units other than UM-Dearborn are neither recorded nor used in computing grade point averages of students enrolled in the College of Business.

No credit toward satisfaction of degree requirements is granted for courses in which grades below C- are received. Courses elected under the pass-fail option are not considered in computing grade average.

Incomplete Coursework and Absence from Financial Examinations

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Academic Standing of Students

To be in good standing, a student must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. At the end of each term, the College reviews the standing of each student with a scholastic average below 3.0. Those whose grade point average (GPA) for the term falls below 3.0 will receive a warning regardless of the cumulative average.

If a student's cumulative GPA is below a 3.0 upon reaching a total of 6 credit hours, or at any point thereafter, the student will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation are required to meet with their academic advisor. The student may be allowed to continue on probation as long as the student is making progress toward degree and earning above a 3.0 term GPA. Students not progressing toward degree will be required to withdraw from the program. Students required to withdraw may petition to be readmitted. 

Repeating Courses

College of Business graduate students may repeat courses in which they receive a grade of C+ or lower.  Grades and honor points for the original course and the repeated course both appear on the student's transcript, and both are used in computing the student's grade point average. However, additional credit toward program will not be awarded for repeated courses in which the original grade was C+, C, or C-. College of Business graduate students may not repeat courses in which they have received grades of B- or higher. Students should check with their academic advisor to verify specific program grading policies.

Pass-Fail Option

Graduate students enrolled in the College of Business may elect courses with the pass-fail grading option subject to the following conditions:

  • This option may not be elected by students on academic probation.
  • Courses to be taken under this option must be specified at the time of registration or within the regular period for adding courses.
  • Required MBA core, AIM or concentration courses may not be elected pass-fail. Only general elective courses that are not used toward an MBA concentration may be taken pass-fail. Courses used to satisfy MS (Accounting or Business Analytics or Finance or Information Systems or Supply Chain Management) degree requirements cannot be elected pass-fail.
  • In a course offered exclusively on a pass-fail basis, a passing grade will be recorded as S (and not used in computing a student's grade point average), and a failing grade will be recorded as E (and used in computing grade point average). In a course offered with a pass-fail option, a reported grade of B- or above will be recorded as P, and a reported grade of below B- will be recorded as F. (Whether a P or F is recorded, the grade is not used in computing a student's grade point average.)
  • A student may elect at most two courses (6 credit hours) on a pass-fail basis, whether at the student's option or not (excluding internship courses).
  • Courses that are elected on a pass-fail basis in a manner that does not conform to items 1) through 5) will not accrue toward the degree requirements of the student.

Change in Course Election

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Petitions for Academic Action

Each request to the faculty of the College of Business for special academic action, including credits, requirements, academic standing, and other matters, should be entered on the appropriate petition form available at, then forwarded with appropriate documentation to the College of Business Graduate Program Office for review by the faculty serving on the Academic Standards Committee. A written response, indicating the Committee’s decision or action, will be sent to the student’s UM-Dearborn email account.

Student Academic Conduct

A student in the College of Business or any student enrolled in a College of Business course will not engage in academic misconduct, including, but not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, aiding and abetting dishonesty or falsification of records and official documents as defined in the Statement of Student Rights and Code of Student Conduct. Definitions of prohibited conduct, sanctions, procedures for applying sanctions, and appellate procedures are specifically set out in the Statement. Copies of the Statement are available in the College of Business Office.

Student Personal Conduct

Any conduct that can be the grounds for civil or criminal lawsuit shall be subject to sanctions by the College of Business.

Right of Appeal

Refer to this topic on the University’s website or consult with your academic advisor.

Time Limits for Completing Degree Requirements

Requirements for the degree must be completed within seven (7) years of first enrollment. Students who desire more time must submit, in a written petition to the Academic Standards Committee, reasons for the request and specific plans for the completion of the degree program.

Maintenance of Active Degree-Seeking Status and Readmission

Admission to the college is granted for a specific term. Students who are admitted but do not enroll in the appointed term, and who have not notified the College of their desire to exercise the deferred admission option, must reapply for admission. Full-time or part-time students lose active degree candidacy if at least one course is not completed within a 12-month period. Readmitted students must comply with current degree requirements. Admission to the College is competitive, and applications for readmission will be decided on the standard for the term in which the former student wishes to enroll.

Application for the Degree

Each candidate for a degree must file an Application for Diploma in the Registrar’s Office. However, the student should check Enrollment Service’s Applying to Graduate page at for the dates specific to each term. Applications will not be accepted after the published deadlines. If an application for a diploma was filed for a previous graduation period in which the student did not graduate, a new application is necessary. Degrees are granted at the end of the fall, winter, and summer terms, even though commencement exercises are held only at the end of the winter and fall terms.


Responsibility for planning the specific content of the academic program rests with the student. A thorough familiarity and understanding of the regulations contained in the Graduate Programs description material and/or the Catalog are essential for sound planning. All students are encouraged to take advantage of academic advising when they desire it in choosing courses. The College of Business maintains office hours Monday through Friday, and support personnel are available to answer student inquiries regarding course requirements, academic status, course prerequisites, and the like. An advance appointment is suggested for advising discussions. In addition, faculty advice is available and should be sought in planning programs. Members of the faculty are available during their office hours throughout the term. Students are invited to talk with them during faculty office hours or at a time arranged in advance. Students are strongly encouraged to plan their program by utilizing the Course Planning Guide at and working with their program advisor. The Course Planning Guide is subject to change.

Academic Honors

Achievement of various kinds is recognized both prior to graduation and in the granting of degrees.

Dean's Honor Roll

Each fall and winter term the dean posts an honor roll recognizing those students who have taken nine hours or more, and have obtained a B+ (3.0) or better average.

Beta Gama Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma is the national honor society for business schools accredited by AACSB-The International Association for Management Education. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is one of the highest scholastic honors that a graduate business student can achieve based on outstanding scholastic achievement as measured by overall grade point average. Invitation for membership to Beta Gamma Sigma is extended to College of Business students that are in the top twenty percent of their graduation class.

Graduation with Distinction

Students who have maintained a 3.70-3.89 cumulative grade point average will graduate "With Distinction," and it will be recorded on their transcript.

Graduation with High Distinction

Students who have maintained a 3.90 or above cumulative grade point average will graduate "With High Distinction," and it will be recorded on their transcript.