Academic Catalog

Business Administration (B.A. and B.S.)

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 WSU 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 Frederick Hessler Student Success Center, Room 101 Mike Ilitch School of Business). 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

High School 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 Henry Ford CC, Jackson CC, 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’ Frederick Hessler Student Success Center.

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.

Program Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration must satisfactorily complete 120 credits including: General Education 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 BusinessThe courses listed below are required of all business students. No substitute courses are permitted except as noted.

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration must complete the same degree requirements as for the Bachelor of Science 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 120 credit minimum.

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. 

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 1000Student Success and Career Development for Business Students1
BA 1100Warrior Success (Wayne Experience)1
BA 1500Business Tools and Applications 13
BA 2300Quantitative Methods I: Probability and Statistical Inference 13
BLW 2510Business Law I3
COM 1010Oral Communication: Basic Speech ( Minimum 'C' Pre-requisite for COM 3300)3
COM 3300Business and Professional Presentations 13
ECO 2010Principles of Microeconomics 14
ECO 2020Principles of Macroeconomics 14
ENG 1020Introductory College Writing 13
ENG 3010Intermediate Writing 13
PSY 1010Introductory Psychology4
Total Credits41

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

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
TIS 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:.

Students should refer to the respective departmental section of this bulletin for specific majors and specializations. After selecting a major, students must consult the Frederick Hessler Student Success Center 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.


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

Each student is encouraged to use elective courses to pursue a double major within the Ilitch School of Business or within another discipline at the University.  Elective courses also allow a student to pursue Ilitch Business School Study Abroad opportunities, a Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Law minor, and minors in other disciplines at the University.

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.

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 Mike Ilitch School of Business Career Planning and Placement Office, Suite 299, Mike Ilitch School of Business, 2771 Woodward, 313-577-4871.

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.

*The following courses are introductory courses offered by the Mike Ilitch School of Business. Please see the individual department and program sections for courses offered by the specific department or program. 

BA 1040 Managing Diversity in the Workplace Cr. 3

Satisfies General Education Requirement: Diversity Equity Incl Inquiry

This course prepares students to become effective coworkers and managers in today’s diverse workplace. Traditional management theories are analyzed within a multicultural framework and students will be exposed to current diversity management practices in the field. Practical and experiential activities designed to help students understand the concepts are provided. Offered Yearly.

BA 1000 Student Success and Career Development for Business Students Cr. 1

Designed to assist all incoming Mike Ilitch School of Business students in a successful transition to Wayne State University through interactive exercises and engaging assignments, student will develop the insights, skills and attitudes necessary for becoming a successful student. Offered Fall, Winter.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students in the School of Business.

BA 1100 Warrior Success Cr. 1

Satisfies General Education Requirement: Wayne Experience

Designed to assist newly admitted students in becoming socialized and acclimated to Wayne State University. Offered Fall, Winter.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a class of Freshman.

BA 1200 Personal Finance Planning Cr. 3

Satisfies General Education Requirement: Quantitative Experience Comp

Introductory course designed to help students become financially literate and make proper financial decisions encountered in everyday life. Topics covered will include income, money management, spending and credit, as well as saving and investing. No credit after former FIN 3050. Offered Fall, Winter.

BA 1500 Business Tools and Applications Cr. 3

Integrated business computer concepts and business applications and tools to solve business problems. Offered Every Term.

Corequisite: BA 2300

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students in the School of Business.

BA 2300 Quantitative Methods I: Probability and Statistical Inference Cr. 3

Satisfies General Education Requirement: Quantitative Experience Comp

Measures of central tendency and dispersion. Introduction to probability; normal, binomial, uniform, and Poisson distributions. Statistical inference and sampling methods. Computer techniques. Offered Every Term.

Corequisite: BA 1500

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students in the School of Business.

BA 3400 Quantitative Methods II: Statistical Methods Cr. 3

Uses of statistical techniques in business. Topics include: sampling, hypothesis testing, confidence interval estimation, regression, analysis of variance and chi-square tests. Application to accounting, market research, finance, production and forecasting. Computer techniques. Offered Every Term.

Prerequisites: BA 2300 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students; enrollment limited to students in the School of Business.

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