Overview

Applicants
439
Acceptance Rate
26%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.25
Years Work Experience
3
Average Age
26

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
390 - 560
GPA
3 - 3.55

Deadlines


Regular Application Deadline
July 1

Rolling Admission Deadline
July 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Non-Academic


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
No

Online
No

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
40

72
Full-time
30
Minority
28
Part-time
25
Female


Students Say

Asked why they chose the Mike Ilitch School of Business 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."

Specialities of faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL



Global Supply Chain Management

Information Systems Management



Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Recommended

Description
MGT 7950/MKT 7950: Study how businesses are examining the ways in which their practices influence the environment and society, as well as how business is responding to individuals’ environmental concerns and external regulatory pressures. In this class, students address these issues and examine how organizations can be good to the environment while being profitable. Course objectives include: • Examination of the impact of business on the environment • Development of business practices that benefit both the environment and profitability • Analysis of the advantages and risks of implementing sustainable strategies • Exploration of how sustainability issues relate to all parts of an organization and how to address them

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

Career overview

Average Starting Salary
$73,946

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
13%
Graduate Facilitated
4%
School Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

26%
Finance/Accounting
21%
Other
17%
General Management
13%
Marketing
13%
Operations/Logistics
6%
Information Technology
1%
Consulting
1%
Human Resources

Graduates Employed by Region

95%
Midwest
2%
International
1%
Mid-Atlantic
1%
Northeast
1%
Southwest

Students Say

Dedicated solely to students in the Mike Ilitch School of Business, 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 pro- gressing in their current job, rather than making a career change or finding new positions.

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Finance / Accounting 26% $60,000 $66,166 $36,400 $108,000
Other 21% $70,000 $69,299 $23,360 $103,000
General Management 17% $77,500 $75,945 $11,000 $130,000
Marketing / Sales 13% $65,000 $58,600 $30,000 $95,999
Operations / Logistics 13% $85,000 $80,919 $30,000 $130,000
Information Technology 6% $66,000 $63,800 $13,000 $100,000
Consulting 1% $57,000
Human Resources 1% $88,250 $88,250 $56,500 $120,000
Communications 1%
Internet / New Media 1%
Non-Profit 1%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Manufacturing 38% $80,000 $80,890 $42,000 $130,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 18% $65,000 $72,514 $30,000 $12,000
Other 14% $65,000 $69,160 $13,000 $115,000
Financial Services 11% $54,000 $59,818 $36,000 $87,600
Government 4% $70,000 $65,332 $40,750 $80,578
Technology 4% $73,000 $72,000 $42,000 $100,000
Media / Entertainment 3% $50,000 $45,000 $30,000 $55,000
Petroleum / Energy 3% $82,000 $84,000 $75,000 $95,000
Real Estate 3% $52,000 $49,000 $35,000 $60,000
Consulting 1% $60,000
Consumer Products 1% $23,360
Non-profit 1%

Prominent Alumni

Paul Glantz
President & CEO, Proctor Financial, Corp.

Matthew Simoncini
CEO, Lear Corporation

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

Anthony Frabotta
CEO and Chairman, UHY Advisors, Inc.

Mark Bertolini
President, Aetna Health Insurance

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 31

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$14,028

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$5,650

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
40%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
13%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
49%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
18%

New Students Receiving Loans
34%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$15,930
Tuition (Out-State)
$31,894
Fees (In-State)
$1,626
Fees (Out-State)
$1,626

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$664
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,329
Fees (In-State)
$44
Fees (Out-State)
$44

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$9,430
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$9,133
Academic Expenses
$1,196

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
514
Part Time
86%

In State
96.0%
Out of State
4.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
62

Demographics

25.00%
Minorities
13.00%
International

40% female
60% male

Campus Life

Students Say

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 experi- ence 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 twenty-five to thirty-five." Students have "varying levels of work experience, although there are few who have management experience."

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Kiantee Rupert
Interim Director, Graduate Programs Office

Address
Graduate Programs Office
5201 Cass Avenue, 103 Prentis
Detroit, MI 48202
United States

Phone
313-577-4511

Fax
313-577-9422

Email
gradbusiness@wayne.edu


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