Master of Business Administration

You lead a busy life, but you're also ready to advance your career. The M.B.A. program at Wayne State University's Mike Ilitch School of Business gives you the opportunity to do so on your terms. Learn from outstanding faculty who bring a unique combination of research prowess and boardroom experience to students, providing knowledge across multiple business disciplines.

Join a respected, accredited program that will keep you on the edge of your seat as well as give you the chance to learn in the field. Along the way, select from 11 optional concentrations to develop further expertise in an area of your choosing for a highly customized M.B.A. program. 

Why a Wayne State M.B.A.?

A Master of Business Administration degree from Wayne State University does more than provide an academic foundation for success — it helps open doors. Our graduates join a strong network of more than 34,000 successful alumni across Metro Detroit and worldwide. Whether you're aiming to land that first job or make your way to the executive suite, there's likely a Wayne State alum nearby, ready to help.

The M.B.A. program at the Mike Ilitch School of Business offers:

Program options

The traditional M.B.A. is our most conventional option, with courses offered at Wayne State's main campus in Detroit, on satellite campuses throughout southeast Michigan, and online.

Many courses in the fall and winter term are offered on an accelerated 4-week/11-week delivery system that allows students to take more courses per semester and decrease time to degree. Some courses can be completed in as little as one week. Evening and occasional Saturday courses offer added flexibility and convenience. 

Many courses in the traditional M.B.A. program are offered both on-campus and online, so students have options and can choose the learning method that works best for them.

Many faculty members teach both online and on-site sections of a course, so students can participate virtually or in person.

Online courses are completed through Canvas. Course content is the same as the on-site course, with lecture material from the on-site course taped and converted to video streaming for the online version.

A variety of online courses, including foundations, cores, and electives, are offered each semester. Online courses have a narrow window on when exams are taken and completed.  It is essential that students completing online courses consult and review their course syllabus for when these exams are to be taken/completed. Some students in the traditional M.B.A. program choose to complete the entire program online. Students interested in completing the majority of their M.B.A courses online should consult with an advisor to determine which classes they should take and at what time. 

With all the campus and course options available, you're never far from an excellent Wayne State business education.

Study abroad

Study abroad programs organized by the Ilitch School are offered in Brazil, China, Italy, and Central Europe. These opportunities are led by faculty and involve visits with the foreign operations of Detroit-area companies and various cultural sites. M.B.A. students are strongly encouraged to fulfill some of their program requirements via an Ilitch School study abroad program. Please check with your academic advisor for guidance before pursuing the study abroad option.