Detroit Mercy offers business administration certificate for dual enrollment high school students

February 26, 2018

Dual enrollment students can now earn a certificate in business administration at Detroit Mercy.Metro Detroit high school students are now eligible to earn a certificate in Business Administration from University of Detroit Mercy’s nationally ranked business school before they even graduate. Best of all, it’s free.

Qualified high school students can register for college courses on Detroit Mercy’s McNichols Campus for the fall and winter semesters each year, without paying any tuition. Beginning fall 2018, students who complete five or more designated courses in business and accounting will earn a Certificate in Business Administration.

“Students earn free college credit, they gain confidence in their ability to meet the challenges of collegiate-level coursework and they obtain an opportunity to engage academically with college students,” said Carrol Reaser-Parris, student services coordinator for the College of Business Administration. “In addition, students become exposed to campus culture, participating in student programs and activities. The certificate, in my opinion, provides tangible evidence of their college experience and academic success.”

Current Detroit Mercy business student Bryan Debono took advantage of the high school dual enrollment program and feels it helped prepare him for college life.

“It gave me a preview of what college academics are like,” Debono said. “I was able to experience the classroom setting, working in groups and the self-responsibility required to succeed that I have used in every one of my classes since then. Also, by enrolling in Detroit Mercy, I was at an advantage socially because already I knew some professors, administrators and students who I had met during this experience that made me feel more comfortable as a full-time student.”

To qualify, high school juniors need a 3.5 grade-point average and seniors need a 3.25 average. All students applying for dual enrollment require parental consent and a recommendation form from their high schools. Qualified students can take up to two courses per semester.

Students can submit applications online at

The five required courses are Introduction to Business, Principles of Accounting, Wealth Management & Financial Planning, Business Law and Organizational Design & Structure.

“These are not simplified courses designed for high school students; these are regular college courses taught on our campus, by our faculty, with dual enrollment students sitting among —and often, working on teams with — our degree-seeking matriculants,” College of Business Administration Dean Joseph G. Eisenhauer said.  “We’re confident that when high school students take these courses with us, they’ll have such a rewarding experience that they’ll want to earn their college degrees here.”

Detroit Mercy’s undergraduate Management program is ranked 13th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Edition 2018. Detroit Mercy’s business programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), so credits earned at Detroit Mercy are transferable to any business school.

“For many students and their families, college can be very expensive. The Detroit Mercy high school dual enrollment program helps to eliminate some of the burden of tuition costs by offering an opportunity for students to complete up to 24 credit hours of college courses for free,” Reaser-Parris said.

Exceptional high school seniors can also earn admission directly to Detroit Mercy’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program through the accelerated, five-year B.S./MBA program.

“I would highly recommend the dual enrollment program because it puts you at an immediate advantage,” said Debono, currently enrolled in the five-year accelerated program. “You have credit hours accomplished before entering college. While this is also possible through AP classes, I would argue this carries an advantage because it is the real thing. You are sitting in class with a professor, other students and the learning environment of a college campus, which I believe is beneficial beyond just earning credits.

“Also, if you are planning on enrolling in the same college you do your dual enrollment at, you are able to meet faculty and other students before other incoming freshmen. That can make the transition to college life much easier.”

To learn more about Detroit Mercy’s College of Business Administration, please visit