Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Administration

Admission Requirements

Effective for students admitted Fall 2009 and thereafter admission to the Mike Ilitch School of Business Undergraduate Program is based upon two criteria: Preprofessional Program Standing and Professional Program Standing, as defined below.

Preprofessional Program Standing is the classification for entering high school students or transfer students admitted directly to the Mike Ilitch School of Business through the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Typically, students are admitted at the freshmen or sophomore levels and pursue Business Foundation requirements, entry level Business Core classes and General Education Requirements. The purpose of the preprofessional coursework is to provide students with business instruction that prepares them for advanced level Business Core courses and business major courses.

Professional Program Standing is the classification for students entering or continuing in the Mike Ilitch School of Business with the completion of fifty-four semester credits at Wayne State University or fifty-four transferable semester credits, and requires a minimum 2.50 grade point average as described in the Mike Ilitch School of Business requirements (consult Undergraduate Student Services, 200 Prentis Bldg.). Entry into Professional Program Standing grants students approval to enroll in advanced Business Core courses and degree-applicable major courses. Students not meeting the grade point average requirement will NOT be allowed to enroll in either of these course groups until the required grade point average is achieved.

High School Students: Students who meet the University requirements for regular admission are eligible for admission to the Mike Ilitch School of Business. 

Transfer Students: Students must meet University requirements for regular admission.Students currently in another program at WSU must have a minimum 2.00 g.p.a. to be admitted to the Business School. WSU students with less than a 2.00 g.p.a. will not be considered for admission. Transfer students from outside WSU are required to have a minimum 2.00 g.p.a. from their transfer institution. Transfer students with a 2.0-2.49 g.p.a. will not be allowed to  take any  Business School Core Courses beyond MGT 2530 and MKT 2300, at the 3000 level or higher or major courses until a minimum 2.5 WSU g.p.a. is achieved. The maximum number of transfer credits that will be accepted from a junior or community college is ninety-six quarter credits or sixty-four semester credits. Equivalency tables have been developed with area community colleges which identify lower division community college courses that are equivalent to the lower-division business foundation courses at Wayne State University. Articulation Agreements have been signed with Macomb CC, Oakland CC, Schoolcraft CC and Washtenaw CC to transfer 82 hours for certain Associate Degrees. Contact an Iltich Business Advisor for more details.  

Application for admission and all official collegiate transcripts must be submitted by transfer students to the Undergraduate Admissions Office of Wayne State University. Qualified applicants will then be referred to the Mike Ilitch School of Business’ Office of Undergraduate Student Services.

Admission Appeals: There is no guarantee of admission to the Mike Ilitch School of Business. Formal written appeals of admission denial may be made to the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Student Services of the Mike Ilitch School of Business.

General Education Requirements

Students must also satisfy University General Education Competency and Group Requirements as part of the Business Administration curriculum.

Foundation Requirements

In the following curricula all courses satisfying General Education Requirements are cited with their appropriate title-prefix codes. Students should consult the Schedule of Classes for all prerequisites.

ACC 3010Introduction to Financial Accounting 13
ACC 3020Introduction to Managerial Accounting 13
BA 2020Introduction to Business 13
BA 2300Quantitative Methods I: Probability and Statistical Inference `13
BLW 2510Business Law I3
ECO 2010Principles of Microeconomics 14
ECO 2020Principles of Macroeconomics 14
ENG 1020Introductory College Writing 13
ENG 3010Intermediate Writing 13
PHI 1120Professional Ethics3
PSY 1010Introductory Psychology3-4
or PSY 1020 Elements of Psychology
COM 3300Business and Professional Presentations3
Total Credits38-39

MUST be completed with a grade of C or better.

Core Requirements

All students must complete the following core courses. Students are responsible for observing all course prerequisites and limitations.

BA 3400Quantitative Methods II: Statistical Methods3
FIN 3290Business Finance3
GSC 3600Operations and Supply Chain Management3
ISM 3630Business Information Systems3
MGT 2530Management of Organizational Behavior3
MGT 6890Strategic Management and Business Policy 13
MKT 2300Marketing Management3
Total Credits21

To be taken as one of the last five courses toward bachelor’s degree and after completion of all other core courses.

Major Requirements

Majors and specializations are offered through four academic departments:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Management and Information Systems
  • Marketing and Supply Chain Management

Majors in Accounting, Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, Information Systems Management, Management, and Marketing require six courses (eighteen credits). Students also have the option to double major. Each of the undergraduate majors employs a capstone course as a vehicle to assess a student's knowledge of the discipline. Students in all of the majors also complete the capstone course for the undergraduate program: MGT 6890.

Students should refer to the respective departmental section of this bulletin for specific majors and specializations. After selecting a major, students must consult the Office of Undergraduate Student Services of the Mike Ilitch School of Business to obtain an official Academic Plan. All courses must be taken in accordance with an approved Academic Plan and all course prerequisites and limitations must be observed.

Elective Requirements

Electives form an integral part of an education in business administration. A student’s selection of elective courses should be guided in part by his or her career objectives. These elective courses constitute study in addition to the business foundation, core, and major requirements listed on the student’s Academic Plan.

Free Electives

Free electives are courses offered by the Mike Ilitch School of Business or by other Schools and Colleges of the University. The major or specialization may contain recommendations for electives. After a student has completed fifty-six credits, all remaining free electives must be taken at the 3000 level (junior-senior) or higher.

Non-Business Electives

In order to graduate, all business administration students, regardless of major, must satisfactorily complete a total of fifty-six semester credits of non-business course work, including any business foundation requirements that are considered non-business. Non-business electives must be taken from courses offered outside the Mike Ilitch School of Business. After a student has completed fifty-six semester credits, all remaining non-business electives must be taken at the 3000 level (junior-senior) or higher in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, or the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, with the following exceptions:

  1. Computer Science courses below the 3000 level, except CSC 1000, may be used to satisfy non-business elective course requirements;
  2. Upper-division courses in the Department of Economics (3000 level or higher) and Physical Education may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

Language Electives

Students who are preparing for careers in the global economy or employment opportunities overseas or with multinational corporations should consider electing foreign language courses. In addition, students who wish to earn the Bachelor of Arts degree may utilize their electives toward the satisfying of the Bachelor of Arts foreign language requirements (see next tab). 

Cooperative Education Program

The Mike Ilitch School of Business actively participates in the University Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program in which students alternate semesters of work and academic study. Eligibility begins in the junior year or upon having earned more than the minimum fifty-four semester credits. Students interested in this program should contact the Cooperative Education Coordinator, Career Services, 1001 Faculty Administration Building; 313-577-3390.

Students admitted to the program with minimum junior standing should recognize that an additional calendar year may be needed to fulfill the requirements for the bachelor’s degree. No academic credit is granted for participation in the Co-op Program; Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (‘S/U’) grades are given, however, and are entered on the official University transcript.

Business Administration (B.S. Program)

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration must satisfactorily complete 122 credits including: General Education Requirements, School Requirements, Business Foundation Curriculum, Business Core, Major, and Elective Requirements as outlined below. Within the student's degree program, no more than sixty-four credits in business subjects and upper division economics may be applied toward the degree. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic rules of the University and those of the Mike Ilitch School of Business.

To be eligible for the degree, students must have earned a minimum 2.0 grade point average in the major requirements and a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 in all undergraduate course work completed at Wayne State University.

Specific Course Requirements: The courses listed below are required of all business students. No substitute courses are permitted except as noted.

School Requirements

Including General Education

ACC 3010Introduction to Financial Accounting 1,23
ACC 3020Introduction to Managerial Accounting 1,23
Introduction to Business
BA 2020Introduction to Business3
Business Communication
COM 3300Business and Professional Presentations 33
Business Law
BLW 2510Business Law I 43
ECO 2010Principles of Microeconomics 1,54
ECO 2020Principles of Macroeconomics 1,54
ENG 1020Introductory College Writing 1,63
ENG 3010Intermediate Writing 73
PSY 1010Introductory Psychology4
BA 2300Quantitative Methods I: Probability and Statistical Inference 13
Total Credits36

A minimum grade of 'C' (2.0 g.p.a.) must be earned


Prereq: ACC 3010; ECO 2010; and BA 2300 (each with a minimum grade of C (2.0)).


Prereq: Completion of Intermediate compositon (IC) wit grade of C or above, and COM 1010.


Prereq: BA 2020.


Note: Either ECO 2010 or ECO 2020 will satisfy the Basic Social Science Group Requirement.


 Prereq: placement through ACT score or English Qualifying Examination or passing grade in ENG 1010.


Prereq: grade of C or above in ENG 1020 or equiv.

Business Administration (B.A. Program)

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS are the same as for the Bachelor of Science, cited above, with the additional requirement that a student must attain a level of proficiency in a single foreign language equivalent to the completion of eleven credits through university-level course work or placement by examination administered by the University’s Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures. In some instances, completion of the Bachelor of Arts foreign language requirements may result in course work beyond the 122 credit minimum.

Business Administration Minor

The Mike Ilitch School of Business offers a minor in business for undergraduate students majoring in other disciplines. The Business Minor consists of six courses, totaling eighteen credits. Students must also complete prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C (2.0 g.p.a.) for each course. The minor provides an excellent opportunity for non-business majors to broaden their knowledge of the business disciplines. In addition, the program enhances career prospects and establishes a solid business base for pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree. To be eligible to apply for the Business Minor, students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5.

Prerequisite Courses
ECO 2010Principles of Microeconomics4
ECO 2020Principles of Macroeconomics4
BA 2300Quantitative Methods I: Probability and Statistical Inference3
Required Courses
ACC 3010Introduction to Financial Accounting3
FIN 3290Business Finance3
MGT 2530Management of Organizational Behavior3
MKT 2300Marketing Management3
Two electives from Mike Ilitich School of Business courses

or course(s) equivalent to or higher than MAT 1500