College of Business

Vision and Mission

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.

Since 1959, the College of Business at the University of Michigan-Dearborn has been committed to providing practice-oriented business programs that address the needs of business, industry, and government. Our undergraduate and graduate students are taught by faculty who have close ties with the business community as well as expertise from participating in the business, professional, and academic realms.

The exceptional performance of our faculty has provided that the College of Business is one of 786 schools worldwide to be accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This accreditation not only speaks to the quality of the faculty but also to the relevancy and practical nature of the courses offered in the College.

When students graduate from the College of Business, they take with them the skills and knowledge to lead in a rapidly-changing business environment, both regionally and nationally. Whether it is through their participation in our internship program or their experiences in iLabs, the College’s Center for Innovation Research, our students gain real experience and are positioned to immediately contribute to their employers’ success and advance their career.

Bachelor of Business Administration Program

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program is a professionally oriented program that builds upon a strong liberal arts foundation and develops the diversified competencies called for in the management of a modern business enterprise. The program also is designed to impart knowledge of the fundamental administrative skills demanded of the leaders in modern public and private organizations. It also can provide a rigorous preparation for graduate study in management science, business administration, law, and related areas.

BBA Program Learning Goals

The following Learning Goals have been developed by the faculty in the College of Business. These goals describe what we want all of our students to know and be able to accomplish upon graduation.

  1. Students will be knowledgeable about the business disciplines.
  2. Students will be effective communicators.
  3. Students will be effective team members.
  4. Students will be competent in the application of technology.
  5. Students will be knowledgeable about global business practice and managing a diverse workforce.
  6. Students will be knowledgeable about ethical principles and their application.
  7. Students will apply critical thinking skills to business situations.

BBA Program Planning for UM-Dearborn Pre-business Students

Programs of undergraduate study in business administration leading to a bachelor's degree involve approximately four years of college study, the first two years of which can be considered pre-professional preparation in foundation courses covering fundamental subject matter. The third and fourth years constitute the more specialized professional phase of the degree program. It is in the offering of this professional phase that the faculty of the College of Business has principal responsibility.

Students seeking the BBA degree who are admitted to UM-Dearborn as freshmen enter the pre-business program of the College of Business. The pre-business program is designed to provide students with a liberal arts foundation. Pre-business students declare their major in the BBA program during the term in which they complete their sophomore year and the specific course requirements. Students not enrolled in the BBA program cannot elect more than 30 credit hours in coursework offered by the College of Business.

Admission

Admission to the BBA program is competitive and requires that the student has high promise as evidenced by the record compiled in the first two years of study. A student must have completed at least 55 credit hours to be considered for admission to the BBA program. These credit hours must include necessary prerequisites for admission to the BBA program.

Courses required for admission to the BBA Program, including those courses that are prerequisite to the required courses, in which a grade of C- or below has been received, must be repeated during the student’s next academic term. Prerequisite courses are:

COMP 105
COMP 280
Writing & Rhetoric I
and Business Writing & Rhetoric
6
ECON 201
ECON 202
Prin: Macroeconomics
and Prin: Microeconomics
6
MATH 104College Algebra4
or MATH 105 Pre-Calculus
BA 100College of Business Foundation1
ITM 1203
ACC 298
ACC 299
Financial Accounting
and Managerial Accounting
6
DS 301Intro Business Statistics3
In addition, students must complete a minimum of 9 credits from the BBA core and/or any additional upper-level business courses. 19
Total Credit Hours38
1

Minimum 2.80 GPA including DS 301.

Appropriate and timely sequencing of the required math courses is critical for the successful admission to the BBA program. Students, entering as freshmen, are required to have completed math through college algebra or pre-calculus (MATH 104 or MATH 105) by the end of their sophomore year. Freshmen are required to take the math placement exam prior to their first term of enrollment and begin their math courses in their first term of enrollment.

BBA Program Planning for Transfer Students

Programs of undergraduate study in business administration leading to a bachelor's degree involve approximately four years of college study, the first two years of which can be considered pre-professional preparation in foundation courses covering fundamental subject matter. The third and fourth years constitute the more specialized professional phase of the degree program. It is in the offering of this professional phase that the faculty of the College of Business has principal responsibility.

Admission

A transfer student seeking the BBA degree enters the College of Business as a Pre-business student.The transfer student will complete required courses for admission to the BBA Program. Prerequisite courses are UM-D’s:

COMP 105
COMP 280
Writing & Rhetoric I
and Business Writing & Rhetoric
6
ECON 201
ECON 202
Prin: Macroeconomics
and Prin: Microeconomics
6
MATH 104College Algebra4
or MATH 105 Pre-Calculus
BA 100College of Business Foundation1
ITM 1203
ACC 298
ACC 299
Financial Accounting
and Managerial Accounting
6
DS 301Intro Business Statistics3
In addition, students must complete a minimum of 9 credits from the BBA core and/or any additional upper-level business courses. 19
Total Credit Hours38
1

Minimum GPA of 2.80 including DS 301.

The UM-Dearborn Undergraduate Admissions Office provides local community colleges with equivalency tables. These tables should be consulted when planning course scheduling.  Transfer students with credit for DS 301 from an AASCB accredited school will be required to complete BE 401 or FIN 401 as part of the 12 credits of upper-level business credits for admission to the BBA Program.

Admission is based on the quality and content of both the high school and the college academic records, and standards of evaluation are designed to ensure that each student who is admitted has the intellectual capacity and the preparation to pursue advanced undergraduate work successfully. Admission criteria are applied to all students without regard to race, color, sex, creed or national origin.

Students who plan to transfer to the BBA program at UM-Dearborn after completing two academic years of course work should plan to complete most of the General Education requirements (Dearborn Discovery Core) prior to transfer. Please refer to the University’s website at: umdearborn.edu/faculty-staff/academic-program-and-course-development/dearborn-discovery-core-general-education for complete information regarding general education requirements.

Appropriate and timely sequencing of the required math courses is critical for the successful admission to the BBA program. Pre-business students are encouraged to take the math placement exam prior to their first term of enrollment. Transfer students must progress with math every full term of their enrollment until they complete the math requirement.

Transfer of Credit

Full credit will be given for all acceptable courses in which a student has earned at least a C grade at an accredited college. A maximum of 62 credits from a community college and a maximum of 75 credits from a non-UM university or college are accepted for transfer; the total maximum number of non-UM credits not to exceed 75. A maximum of 90 credits from another UM unit are accepted for transfer. The minimum number of hours at UM and in the College of Business as stated in the section on BBA Degree Requirements must also be earned.

Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)

Refer to this topic under Admissions in the General Information section of this Catalog.

Articulation Agreements

The College of Business has articulation agreements with Henry Ford College, Oakland Community College, and Schoolcraft College.  Please refer to the University's website at: https://umdearborn.edu/cob/undergraduate-programs/admission/transfer-students/community-college-transfers for information.

BBA Degree Requirements

The BBA degree will be granted to those students who meet the following requirements:

Satisfactory completion of at least 120 hours of college-level work distributed as follows:

BBA Prerequisite requirements29
Dearborn Discovery Core requirements 113-46
Critical Thinking requirement3
BBA Core requirements37-38
Major requirements18-21
1

Transfer students may fulfill the general education requirements with the Dearborn Discovery Core or in part with the completion of the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA).  Please contact an advisor for information.

Electives to meet the minimum 120 credits for graduation will vary student to student. Courses may count for more than one area requirement. Satisfactory completion of 48-61 hours at UM-Dearborn, with the last 30 of 36 credits taken on the UM-Dearborn campus.  A minimum of 30 credits must be completed as a student in the BBA Program.

Achievement of a minimum 2.0 grade point in all UM-Dearborn coursework, in all courses offered by the College of Business, and in the major.

BBA Prerequisite Requirements

BA 100College of Business Foundation1
ACC 298Financial Accounting3
ACC 299Managerial Accounting3
COMP 105Writing & Rhetoric I3
COMP 280Business Writing & Rhetoric3
ECON 201Prin: Macroeconomics3
ECON 202Prin: Microeconomics3
ITM 1203
MATH 104College Algebra4
or MATH 105 Pre-Calculus
DS 301Intro Business Statistics3
In addition, students must complete a minimum of 9 credits from the BBA core and/or any additional upper-level business courses. 19
Total Credit Hours38
1

Minimum GPA of 2.80 including DS 301.

Note: Each incoming student will take the UM-Dearborn Composition Placement Examination. Freshman must take the exam and enroll in the appropriate level of English Composition in their first term of enrollment. Transfer students must take the exam by the sixth week of the first semester in the College of Business. Performance on the exam will determine which writing courses will be required. Excellent performance on the examination may result in the requirement for COMP 105 and/or COMP 106/COMP 280 being waived. Note that demonstrating proficiency does not grant credit for courses not taken.

Note: All incoming freshmen will take the UM-Dearborn Mathematics Placement Exam and enroll in the appropriate level of math their first term of enrollment. Transfer students without credit for college algebra or pre-calculus or higher level math are required to take the exam by the sixth week of their first semester and begin math, based on their placement, by their second semester of enrollment. Excellent performance on the examination may result in the requirement for MATH 104/MATH 105 being waived. Note that demonstrating proficiency does not grant credit for courses not taken.

Dearborn Discovery Core – General Education Requirements (13-46 hrs)

Courses that satisfy the Dearborn Discovery Core may also apply towards specific BBA requirements. Please refer to the General Information section of this Catalog for requirements.

Critical Thinking Requirement

PHIL 233Critical Thinking3
Total Credit Hours3

Business Administration Core Requirements

BA 300Career Planning & Develop1
BA 320Proj Mgmt & Leadership Skills3
BA 330Managerial Communication3
BA 400Corporate Responsibility3
BE 401Managerial Economics3
BPS 451Strategic Management3
DS 302Advanced Business Statistics3
FIN 401Corporate Finance3
Select one:3-4
ITM 310
Accounting Information Systems
and Accounting Info Sys Lab 1
LE 253Business Law3
MKT 352Mktg Principles and Policies3
OB 354Behavior in Organization3
Total Credit Hours34-35
1

ACC 380/ACC 381 is a requirement for students pursuing an Accounting major

Major Requirements (18-21 hrs)

All BBA students must declare and fulfill the requirements for a major in Accounting, Digital Marketing, Finance, General Business, Human Resource Management, Information Technology Management, Marketing, Small Business Management, or Supply Chain Management.

Note: Only one independent study can be applied toward the General Business, Marketing, and Human Resource Management majors. Marketing majors may do more than one if they are iLabs related.

Minor

Students pursuing any degree may wish to complement their academic program with a minor from the College of Business. Courses cannot apply towards both a major and a minor.

BBA Elective Courses

Students must complete a minimum of 120 credits to earn the BBA degree. Elective credits are the non-specific credits each students needs to reach degree completion. College-level courses in any discipline which bear UM-Dearborn or transferable academic credit can apply. College of Business internships (BI 350, etc.) may also apply. Additive credit courses do not carry college-level credit toward program. Courses below the 100 level are additive credit. Non-business co-ops and their related seminars do not carry credit toward a BBA degree.
 

Administration

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

Faculty

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

Additional Academic Information

Office of Student Services

The Office of Student Services helps students make informed decisions about their course of study. To provide this help, the Office offers students current and accurate information on College of Business academic policies and procedures, coordinates academic advising, provides necessary College forms and materials, and reviews students’ academic progress and performance at specified intervals.

The Office offers a systematic program of guidance and advising from admission through graduation. Advising occurs in many forms and at various levels. All newly admitted students are required to attend an orientation advising session prior to their registration in the College. Pre-business students with 55 credits will be required to meet with their advisor each subsequent term until they have declared their major in the BBA degree program. In addition, BBA students, upon reaching 85 credit hours are required to submit a degree completion plan (BBA Audit).

The Office is located in:

168 FCS (Fairlane Center South Building)
19000 Hubbard Dr.
Dearborn, MI 48126

Changes in Course Elections: Add, Drop, Withdrawal

Add

A student may add courses during the first two weeks of a full term or the first week of a half term or mini-term. Refer to the Office of Registration & Records website at https://umdearborn.edu/students/registration-records/registration/adding-courses for procedures and dates. Any exceptions for adding courses must be approved by the Academic Standards Committee of the unit in which the student is enrolled.

Drop

A student may drop courses during the first two weeks of a full term or the first week of a half term or mini-term without penalty. Courses may be dropped during the third through the ninth week of a full term, and through the fourth week of a half term. Refer to the Office of Registration & Records website at https://umdearborn.edu/students/registration-records/registration/dropping-courses for procedures and dates.

Students enrolled in a business internship (BI) course are not allowed to drop or withdraw from the course without approval from the Internship Director. Approval to drop courses under circumstances other than stated above will require the approval of the Academic Standards Committee of the College of Business. Petitions to drop a class after the ninth week of a full term or the fourth week of a half term will be considered only under extreme circumstances beyond a student's control, such as illness under the care of a physician which precludes class attendance for periods in excess of a week. Documentation will be required. Failure to receive approval will result in a grade(s) of E for the course or courses.

Withdrawal

Refer to this topic under Campus Policies and Procedures in the General Information section of this Catalog.

Course Prerequisites

The faculty has 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.

Grading System

Refer to this topic under Campus Policies and Procedures in the General Information section of this Catalog.

Pass/Fail Grading Option

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.

BBA Prerequisite courses and all College of Business courses cannot be elected on a pass/fail basis.

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 C- or above will be recorded as P, and a reported grade of below C- 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 four courses on a pass/fail basis, excluding internship courses. Courses which are elected on a pass/fail basis in a manner that does not conform to these guidelines will not accrue toward the degree requirements of the student.

Changing from the pass/fail option to a letter grade or vice versa is not permitted after the first two weeks of a full term or after the first week of a half term.

Absence from Final Examinations

Refer to this topic under Campus Policies and Procedures in the General Information section of this Catalog.

Incomplete Course Work

It is the College of Business students’ responsibility to obtain a contract for any incomplete coursework request, regardless of which academic unit the course is in. Refer to this topic under Campus Policies and Procedures in the General Information section of this Catalog.

Academic Standing

Refer to this topic under Campus Policies and Procedures in the General Information section of this Catalog.

Good Scholastic Standing

To be in good scholastic standing, a student must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average in all UM-Dearborn coursework, in their major, and in all courses offered by the College of Business.

Unsatisfactory Performance

The records of students enrolled in the College of Business are reviewed at the end of each term by the Academic Standards Committee.Two degrees of scholastic deficiency will be used by the committee to identify a student's unsatisfactory performance resulting from D and E grades:

probation
withdrawal

Probationary status will be assigned to students who are not in good scholastic standing (cumulative, College of Business, and/or major grade point average below 2.0) but whose records indicate a possibility for removal of deficiencies by continued enrollment. Students are informed of their academic status and required to schedule an advising appointment.

Students whose academic records are so poor as to indicate little possibility of successful completion of their program will be required to withdraw from the College of Business. If the student is enrolled in coursework at the time the withdrawal decision is made, the withdrawal is effective immediately. The student will be informed, in writing, and that term's tuition assessment will be adjusted to zero.

D Grades

While any D grade (D, D-, D+) is passing, it is not considered satisfactory performance. Any deficiency of grade points (below 2.0 overall average) resulting from one or more D grades must be made up before the student is restored to good standing. If the student receives a D grade in a course that is an important prerequisite for other courses, it is recommended that the course be repeated.

E Grades

Neither credit nor honor points are granted for a course in which a student receives a grade of E.

Coursework at Other Institutions

BBA students must complete a minimum of 30 of the last 36 credits that apply toward the degree program on the UM-Dearborn campus. Once admitted to the College of Business, the following business courses must be elected at UM-Dearborn: OM 300, DS 301, BA 300, FIN 401, and BPS 451. A maximum of three credits in a student’s major and/or three credits in a student’s minor may be taken outside the UM-Dearborn. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor if they intend to elect coursework off campus. Please refer to the Registration and Records website: https://umdearborn.edu/students/registration-records/taking-courses-outside-um-dearborn for complete details on guesting at other institutions.

Repeating Courses

Students may repeat a course up to two times for a total of three attempts. Regardless of whether it is higher or lower than the previous grade(s), the last grade assigned in a course will be used in computing the student’s cumulative grade point average and credits earned toward degree. Please refer to this topic under Campus Policies and Procedures in the General Information section of this Catalog.

Statement on Academic Integrity

The College of Business holds in high value integrity in all relationships and activities. As the College develops students for professional business careers, it must demand not only academic excellence, but academic honesty as well. Students engaged in academic misconduct hurt themselves, their fellow students, the reputation of the College and society as a whole. As such, a culture of zero tolerance for academic misconduct has evolved. Certainly, building a classroom environment that discourages academic misconduct before it surfaces is the ideal. While this can eliminate much of the opportunity for academic misconduct, it is not always sufficient. Consequently, policies that address academic misconduct must be developed. The College’s policy is as follows:

  • All cases of academic misconduct in which a faculty member deems is serious enough to penalize must be reported in writing to the Associate Dean. The report should include the student’s name, course, date, brief description of the offense, and the grade sanction. As has historically been the case, the faculty member has the right to decide what the appropriate grade sanction is.
  • The faculty member must inform the student of the decision, and provide him/her with a signed copy of the report.
  • The student has the right to appeal the decision through existing College and University channels. The Associate Dean will retain all reports of academic misconduct that have been upheld. Decisions are upheld in two ways: when they are not challenged by the student or when the faculty case has been supported through an appeals process.
  • All cases are strictly confidential. With the exception noted below, COB faculty, staff and/or the Hearing Board will not have access to this information.
  • The Associate Dean will remand any case of repeat academic misconduct by a College of Business student to the School’s Academic Standards Committee for formal action. Except in the rarest of circumstances, two violations will result in expulsion from the College of Business.

Petitions for Academic Action

Each request to the faculty of the College of Business for special academic action relative to credits, requirements, standing, etc., should be entered on the appropriate petition form (available in the Student Services Office) and forwarded, with appropriate documentation, to the office for review by the Academic Standards Committee.

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.

Student Personal Conduct

Any conduct which 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 in the General Information section of this Catalog.

Change of Degree Programs between Colleges

See Admission under Program Planning for UM-Dearborn Students. Information is available at the College Office.

Class Standing

Refer to this topic under Campus Policies and Procedures in the General Information section of this Catalog.

Grade Reports

Refer to this topic under Reporting of Grades in the General Information section of this Catalog.

Requests for Transcripts

Refer to this topic under Transcripts in the General Information section of this Catalog.

Second Baccalaureate Degree from the College of Business

Students that have already earned a BBA may apply to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions if they want to pursue a second degree. Students must meet current admission criteria. If admitted, a second baccalaureate degree will be granted to those students who meet the following minimum requirements:

Satisfactory completion of the BBA Prerequisite Requirements, Dearborn Discovery Core, BBA Core, and Major coursework required for the degree sought.

Satisfactory completion of at least 30 semester hours of coursework while enrolled in the College of Business as a post-baccalaureate student; at least 21 hours of this course-work must be in courses offered by the College of Business.

Achievement of at least a 2.0 grade point average in all coursework and in courses offered by the College of Business.

Inactive Student Status

A student may be inactive for a maximum of two consecutive terms and maintain eligibility to register. A student who is declared inactive as a result of not being enrolled for any coursework during a 12-month period must apply for readmission to the College. A decision on readmission will be based upon the past performance of the student and enrollment space available in the College at that time. Upon readmission, a student who has been inactive will be required to satisfy any program requirements that have been added in his/her absence.

Internship & Career Management Center (ICMC)

Building a career and building a business are actually quite similar.

To build a business you must identify an unmet need, develop a plan to serve that need, develop a strategy to market your product or service and lastly, ensure that your customer is satisfied. To build a career you must identify where there is an opportunity, develop a personal plan to be able to respond to that opportunity, develop a plan to market yourself and lastly, ensure that you are providing value to the market. We help our students develop a viable career plan that will serve them and their employers in the short term as well as throughout their careers. We are looking forward to working with you and remember, the ICMC - Works4U!

Take Control of your Career!

We help students develop a personal career strategy that helps them:

  • Apply the skills and knowledge developed in the classroom
  • Continue to build a strong track record of experiences
  • Successfully network with other business professionals and executives

Career Development Process

Our process starts when the student submits the ICMC interest form located our web page.  It then continues as the student learns to take advantage of the services that we provide.  That may involve enrolling in BA 300 (Career Planning and Development) and/or participating in our  Career Mentoring Program and/or the Internship Program, and finally culminates with the successful launch of their career upon graduation.

In addition and as part of the preliminary graduation process, we want to meet with graduating students to help determine and facilitate their post-graduation career plans. We offer career counseling, interviewing skills and salary negotiation tips

BA 300 - Career Planning and Development

You are encouraged to register for BA 300 as soon as you are eligible.  This course provides you with the fundamentals to be more successful in your career pursuits.  Through many activities and personal reflection opportunities, we help students take control of their careers by:

  • Helping them identify their interests and passions
  • Identifying ways for them to pursue those passions
  • Learning how to effectively market themselves in today's economy

Career Mentoring

We offer a referral source for students to choose a potential mentor in their major or industry of interest.  We also help students facilitate the conversations and interactions with these mentors in order to help them with the skills that they need.  There is not one-way to work with a mentor, we want to help students find what works for them.

Internship Program 

The College of Business Internship Program provides unparalleled opportunities for University of Michigan-Dearborn, College of Business students of all disciplines to enhance their academic experience by applying their education in actual business environments. Through an internship, students apply the skills and knowledge they have developed in the classroom, build a strong track record and enhance their relationship skills with business leaders in the community.

All COB students are eligible for an internship experience.  Junior and Senior BBA students have the option of pursuing an internship for academic credit, as part of their career strategy. These students often have the option of considering internships that are either part or full time in several different industries.  The vast majority of our internships are paid. The average salary for undergraduate students is $14/hour.

Students who participate in the program get the opportunity to:

  • Apply classroom theory to actual work situations
  • Test out their interests and develop their long-range career plans
  • Earn elective course credits toward their degree requirements
  • Enhance their marketability after graduation
  • Earn money
  • Develop experience and maturity by strengthening their resourcefulness, problem-solving skills, self-confidence, self-discipline, and their sense of responsibility
  • Potentially gain faster promotions once they are hired, than their non-internship experienced co-workers
  • Develop human relations and communication skills through interaction in career settings

For a student to participate in the internship program, the following policies are required:

  • Student must sign and comply with an Internship Contract.
  • Student must have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.7 in order to participate.
  • During the internship, the student will be required to submit periodic updates via Canvas and submit a final paper summarizing their internship experience.
  • If a Business Internship course is elected, a grade of Satisfactory or E will be recorded on your transcript once the internship has been successfully completed.
  • Internship work commitments can be for one or multiple semesters and are negotiated between the student and the employer.
  • Internship Certificates are awarded to students who successfully complete six hours of COB internship credit.

Students enrolled in BI 350, BI 450, or BI 470 are considered to be full-time by the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Students enrolled in these courses must get permission from the Internship office to elect up to two additional courses while on internship.

Students enrolled in BI 355, BI 455, or BI 475 are considered to be part-time by the University of Michigan-Dearborn and are expected to manage their overall course load in a manner that is consistent with the employer’s needs and the needs of the student.

For the BBA degree, up to six internship credit hours can be applied to elective courses. Internships are available in all College of Business major disciplines. 

Career Counseling

Our office is always open to help students on a one on one basis.  Some students drop in for a brief conversation while others schedule a more private counseling session with someone from our staff to help them with the myriad of challenges that they may face in their personal career.  Feel free to take advantage of this support whenever you need it. 

Placement Support

Finally, as the student approaches their graduation date, we work closely with them to help them understand potential professional certification options, as well as employer development programs, that might help them be even more successful in their careers. We then help connect the student with firms where viable opportunities exist in the field of their choosing.

Get Started!

If you have not done so already, visit the ICMC website to let us know you are interested in working with us.   Then come by for an initial counseling session, sign up for BA 300 - Career Planning and Development as soon as possible, and get ready to take advantage of the valuable processes that will help you while in school but also as you graduate and begin to launch your career.

If you have any questions, stop by our office at FCN 285 and we can help you get the ball rolling.

For additional information regarding our programs, please visit the website at: umdearborn.edu/cob/life-cob/internship-career-management-center.

Academic Honors

Dean's List

A student is honored by inclusion in the Dean's List if he or she meets two conditions:

  1. has completed at least 12 credit hours in graded coursework toward a degree during the term, and
  2. has achieved a 3.50 or better term GPA. The Dean's List is compiled after the fall, winter, and summer terms.

Beta Gamma Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma is the national honor society for business schools accredited by AACSB-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is one of the highest scholastic honors that a student in the BBA program can achieve. It is based on outstanding scholastic achievement as measured by overall grade point average. Invitation for membership to Beta Gamma Sigma is extended to qualified BBA juniors and seniors in the top 5 percent of their class.

Honor Scholars

Every year, an honor scholar from each major may be selected and recognized at the Annual Honors Convocation. Selection is made by the College of Business’s Scholarship Committee based on the students’ GPA (both cumulative and major GPA) and achievement of 90 credit hours or more toward degree.

Chancellor's Medallion

The Chancellor's Medallion is awarded at each Commencement Exercise to UM-Dearborn graduates including one from the College of Business. The student is selected by the  Scholarship Committee based on his/her quality of character, vitality, intellect, integrity and academic record. The Fall awardee is selected from students who were graduated in August and those who are to be graduated in December. The Winter awardee is selected from students who are to be graduated in April/May.

Graduation with Distinction

Students who are degree candidates in Business and have obtained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 but less than 3.60 are recommended for graduation "With Distinction." Such distinctions are noted on transcripts and diplomas.

Graduation with High Distinction

Students who are degree candidates in Business and have obtained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.60 are recommended for graduation "With High Distinction." Such distinctions are noted on transcripts and diplomas.