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Wayne State University School of Business Administration Full Time MBA

Our MBA program has been helping business professionals build their skills and get ahead for more than 50 years. It provides knowledge across multiple business disciplines, preparing students to succeed in many professional settings. Students can tailor their program to meet their specific needs through optional concentrations or focused elective courses. The entire program consists of 36 credit hours, although some students will complete more than that, depending on their academic backgrounds.

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Program Type Full Time

Program Information

Wayne State University School of Business Administration Says

Our MBA program has been helping business professionals build their skills and get ahead for more than 50 years. It provides knowledge across multiple business disciplines, preparing students to succeed in many professional settings.

Students can tailor their program to meet their specific needs through optional concentrations or focused elective courses.

The entire program consists of 36 credit hours, although some students will complete more than that, depending on their academic backgrounds.

Specializations Offered: Accounting, Corporate Governance, Finance, General Management, Information Systems / Information Technology, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Tax
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

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School Rankings

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N/A Best Business Schools (Midwest)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 31% accepted out of 454 applicants
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.2
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 530
  • Average Years Work Experience: 2
  • Application Fee: $50

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Work Experience, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities

Admission Information

Wayne State has one of the largest part-time MBA programs in the world, with over 1,250 students enrolled. Minimum qualifications for admission include a score of at least 450 on the GMAT and an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5. The average entering student performs somewhat better: the median GMAT score among entering students is 510, while the m...Wayne State has one of the largest part-time MBA programs in the world, with over 1,250 students enrolled. Minimum qualifications for admission include a score of at least 450 on the GMAT and an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5. The average entering student performs somewhat better: the median GMAT score among entering students is 510, while the median GPA is 3.15.The admissions committee also evaluates a student's leadership potential and professional experience when making an admissions decision. Students may apply for admission in the fall, spring, or summer semesters. International applicants must present an excellent academic record, demonstrate proficiency in English, and show sufficient means to cover tuition, supplies, and living expenses while enrolled in the program.

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Important Dates

Round 1
November

1

Deadline
January

12

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School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Full-Time Faculty 34
Full-Time Faculty 100%

Student Life

WSU has an “urban Detroit campus” and so must live with “the city’s poor reputation” for poverty-related crime. Public safety “is better on campus than the surrounding areas, but many people need to park or walk to surrounding areas and have issues.” While “the school is not responsible” for the city’s crime rate, some here feel that “perhaps it could take measures to make the campus area very safe. This could include more police, secu­rity, and surveillance cameras.” However, the university does have its own police depart­ment. Others are philosophical on the matter. “Until the auto industry rebounds, this urban Detroit campus will always have problems with the occasional stranger on cam­pus. They don’t pose any immediate threat, however it can be an unnerving experience for some people,” one student observes. Students also note that “there are not a lot of healthy eating options around campus, and the rest of the restaurants are hit or miss.” “There aren’t a lot of graduate-targeted activities or clubs” at either of the two WSU MBA locations, but most students are much too busy for such endeavors anyway. The student body, which “has got to be one of the most diverse student populations in the country,” is a “mixed group of working adults and international students, mostly aged 25 to 35.” Students have “varying levels of work experience, although there are few who have management experience.”

Career

Dedicated solely to students in the School of Business Administration, the Career Planning and Placement Office offers career counseling and professional development assistance to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni of Wayne State. The center hosts a variety of on-campus interviews, career days, and meet-and-greet events. The center also offers career counseling services and comprehensive online resources. The school is well-integrated into the Detroit community; “In the Detroit area Wayne State business, medical, and law school alumni can be found in all industries and are happy to help fellow Wayne State alumni,” one student reports. A vast majority of Wayne State students are already working in a full-time, professional capacity when they begin their MBA. Therefore, many students are more focused on pro­gressing in their current job, rather than making a career change or finding new positions.

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Students Say

Asked why they chose the School of Business Administration at Wayne State, most MBAs cite the affordability and convenience of the program. The school offers classes at its 203-acre main campus in Midtown Detroit, the Oakland Center in Farmington Hills and online; students extol these “convenient campus locations to choose from” and appreciate that “every MBA course can be taken at your choice of the two campuses or online.” Evening classes and “a very flexible online class schedule” further help to facil­itate the busy schedules of WSU MBAs, the great majority of whom work full-time while pursuing their degrees. A “good finance” program and a strong local alumni network are among the other assets cited by students here. MBAs also point out that “WSU is an urban research-centered school,” so “if you were interested in being a researcher, there are some great opportuni­ties here.” The downtown campus is “set in an urban environment” that “helps students get an education above and beyond classroom lectures,” and because some adjunct “professors who teach the MBA classes work for local companies,” participation in the program “is great for networking,” not only with instructors but also with working class­mates. Professors, students tell us, “have a nice mix of textbook-to-real world experience and knowledge… many published works and a few were either a CEO or high-ranking executive at a successful company. They challenge us to become better students but make themselves available to assist us in accomplishing our goals.” On the downside, some instructors have not yet figured out how to maximize the online course format even as it grows more popular with students. “Though some professors structure their in-class and online courses very, very well, this is not the norm at this school,” one student explains. In many cases, “all we get are three to four-hour lectures, a talking head, and PowerPoint. The professors generally record their in-class lectures so we can’t hear the students’ questions,” which students describe as “very annoying. It makes it hard to stay interested and focused.” Some here also feel that the curriculum could use some revamping to place “more emphasis on core subjects and less on elec­tives. Currently there is a 50/50 split.”

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Student Services

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Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Wayne State University School of Business Administration include:

Mark Bertolini - President, Aetna Health Insurance

Anthony Frabotta - CEO and Chairman, UHY Advisors, Inc.

Sandra E. Pierce - President & CEO, Charter One Bank MI & IN

Matthew Simoncini - CEO, Lear Corporation

Paul Glantz - President & CEO, Proctor Financial, Corp.

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $32,842

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Deloitte, General Motors, Plante Moran

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Finance / Accounting 44% $59,000
Financial Services 28% $50,000
Manufacturing 22% $76,000
Non Profit 16% $45,000
Information Technology 9% $54,000
Other 6% $87,500
Other 6% $120,000
General Management 3% $35,000
Operations / Logistics 3% $65,000
Government 3% $35,000
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