Business Administration

The MBA, featuring courses in Applied Integrated Management, provides students with the integrated perspective required to solve today’s complex business problems.  The program may be completed in 36-48 credit hours, depending on core course waivers earned (see notes at end of MBA Curriculum, below).

The program offers expert faculty, expansive opportunities for networking, and the flexibility of evening and on-line courses, all from a highly-ranked program.  The degree is open to students of all undergraduate majors and all levels of work experience. 

Students may complete the program on campus, on-line, or any combination of the two. (Concentrations are optional, and most require a campus presence.)  Students may enroll on a full- or part-time basis, but course availability is greatest during the fall and winter semesters.  The program usually can be completed within 12-24 months of full-time study, depending on core course waivers earned. 

Admission is rolling, and students may begin the program in September or January. May admission is also usually possible for part-time students. 

University of Michigan-Dearborn students who have been admitted to the MBA may take up to 6 graduate credits during the final semester of their undergraduate program. Students must successfully complete their undergraduate degree before taking any additional graduate-level courses.

MBA Goals and Objectives

  • Goal 1:  Students will have an understanding of the core business disciplines and be able to apply this knowledge to global business situations.
    • Objective 1: Students will demonstrate knowledge of disciplinary concepts, terminology, models, and perspectives.
    • Objective 2: Students will identify business problems and apply appropriate solutions (problem-finding/problem-solving).
    • Objective 3: Students will integrate knowledge across disciplinary areas (integrative thinking).
    • Objective 4: Students will apply knowledge in a global environment.
  • Goal 2:  Students will be effective communicators.
    • Objective 5: Students will demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate in a manner that is typically required of a business professional.
  • Goal 3:  Students will appreciate the importance of ethical/corporate social responsibility principles.
    • Objective 6: Students will identify and explain alternative approaches to ethical/corporate social responsibility issues.

MBA Admission Prerequisites

  • Mathematics admission prerequisite
  • GMAT/GRE admission prerequisite

MBA Curriculum

Core Courses
ACC 505Devel & Interp Financial Info3
BE 530Econ Analysis: Firm & Consumer3
BPS 516Corporate Social Responsib3
DS 520Applied Statistical Modeling3
FIN 531Fin Fundament & Value Creation3
MIS 5253
MKT 515Marketing Management3
OB 510Organization Behavior3
OM 521Operations Management3
Applied Integrated Management (AIM)
International AIM Course:
Select one course from:3
Global Econ: Crisis & Growth
International Financial Mgt
Global Marketing
Intrnatl Dimensions of Managmt
Supply Chain Management
AIM Capstone:
BPS 535Strategic Plan and Dec Making3
General AIM Courses:
Select two courses from:6
Corp Acts & Reacts & Firm Val
Mgrl Dec Making
Managing Strat Innov & Change
MBA Electives or Optional Concentration
Complete at least one of the available concentrations (see below) or choose at least three elective courses 19
Total Credit Hours48

Up to three graduate credits may be elected from units other than the College of Business. Elective courses must be approved by the Graduate Program Advisor in advance of course election.

MBA Breadth Requirements (3, 4, 5 Rule)

  • Complete AIM courses in at least 3 different disciplines
  • Complete more than 4 AIM, Concentration, and Elective courses (12 credits) in any one discipline
  • Complete graduate business courses in at least 5 different disciplines.

No single course may be counted toward more than one MBA requirement or concentration.

MBA Communication Requirement

Two, 4-hour workshops in Business Writing and Business Presentation skills are required for the MBA degree.

MBA Concentrations

Concentrations are optional, and students may earn more than one. Some concentrations are available online; others require campus enrollment.  Concentrations are awarded at the time of graduation.


Available on campus

Select three courses from:9
Information Tech Auditing
Auditing&Forensic Examination
International Accounting
Financial Statement Analysis
Total Credit Hours9


Available online and on campus

Select one course from:3
Topics in Corporate Finance
Invstmnt Proc, Analysis & Mgmt
Select two courses from:6
Global Econ: Crisis & Growth
Topics in Corporate Finance
Invstmnt Proc, Analysis & Mgmt
Derivatives & Risk Management
Financial Intermediation
International Financial Mgt
Total Credit Hours9

International Business

Available online and on campus

Select three courses from:9
Global Econ: Crisis & Growth
International Financial Mgt
Global Marketing
Intrnatl Dimensions of Managmt
Supply Chain Management
Total Credit Hours9

Management Information Systems

Available on Campus

Choose any three MIS graduate courses other than MIS 525.


Available on campus

MKT 565Advanced Marketing Management3
Select two courses from:6
Graduate Market Research
Understanding Customers
Advertising and Promotion
Global Marketing
MKT Turning Data into Revenue
Total Credit Hours9

Supply Chain Management

Available on campus

OM 571Supply Chain Management3
Select two courses from:6
Analy & Des of Supply Chains
Supply Chain Logis Mgmt
New Prod Design & Development
Lean & Six Sigma
Strategic Sourcing
Total Credit Hours9

Courses may not be taken off campus except by prior permission of the Academic Standards Committee. Permission is granted only in the case of unusual, extenuating circumstances.

Students may waive any or all of the MBA core courses if they have equivalent courses in an AACSB-accredited business program completed within the previous 10 years and have earned at least a 3.2 post-60 GPA (that is, the GPA in courses taken after the first 60 undergraduate credit hours). 

Students who do not meet the previous waiver criteria may request to have their courses evaluated for core course waiver credit on a course-by-course basis at the time of admission. Students must have earned a B or better in equivalent courses as a part of a degree program completed within the previous 10 years.

Regardless of waiver credit granted, students must earn at least 36 credits in the MBA program.

In addition, up to 6 transfer credits for previous equivalent graduate coursework can be applied to the degree if those credits have not been counted toward a degree. 

Waivers and transfer credit are granted at the discretion of the program faculty.

BA 605     Mgrl Dec Making     3 Credit Hours

This course covers the findings of research on behavioral decision making as they apply to managerial decision making. You will learn how the human mind works, what it is particularly good at and not so good at, and what the implications of this are for managerial decision making. The course will help you make better decisions and understand the potential shortcomings of the decisions made by your colleagues, competitors, collaborators, and customers. Topics include human cognition, overconfidence, heuristics and biases in decision making, bounded awareness, framing, preference reversal, motivational and emotional influences on decision making, escalation of commitment, expertise in decision making, and fairness and ethics in decision making. We will apply the research on behavioral decision making to a wide variety of problems in various domains of business, study how applications of information systems can mitigate limitations of the human mind, and apply our knowledge of the way the human mind works to develop an understanding of ways to improve managerial decision making. Students interested in careers in a wide variety of business professions will find the knowledge and skills gained in this course to be useful in their professional endeavors.

Prerequisite(s): BE 530 and MIS 525 and OB 510 and (DS 520 or IMSE 510 or IMSE 514)

BA 690     Graduate Research     1 to 3 Credit Hours

To provide masters candidates with the opportunity to undertake a research project under the supervision of a faculty member. The research topic is chosen by the student, in consultation with a faculty member in the appropriate discipline. Written approval must be obtained at least two weeks prior to registration on a form available in the Graduate Office. The request must include a comprehensive description of the proposed research project, as well as a time line for the project's completion.

Can enroll if Class is Graduate
Can enroll if College is Business

BA 691     Graduate Seminar     1 to 3 Credit Hours

Topics Course. To provide masters candidates with an opportunity for study of selected advanced topics in particular fields. Topics vary. See Schedule of Classes for current offerings. May be elected more than once if topics differ.

Can enroll if Class is Graduate

BA 691A     Graduate Seminar     3 Credit Hours

Topic: The Internal Revenue Service. This course introduces the student to the structure, organization, practices and procedures of the Internal Revenue Service. The course is intended to give students an understanding of the organizational makeup of the Internal Revenue Service and the authority of its various employees. The different approaches to resolving tax controversies will be explored through the study of assigned readings and in-depth class discussions. The course will be conducted in a seminar-like fashion with each student expected to make significant contributions to class discussions. Attentiveness to news items affecting the area of federal tax procedures is expected, as well as conveyance to class of these newsworthy developments. This course is appropriate for MSA? Tax Concentration students.


An asterisk denotes that a course may be taken concurrently.

Frequency of Offering

The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally