Discipline Programs
Addiction Studies
Bachelor of Science (major: addiction studies)
Post degree certificate (for those who already have a bachelor's degree)
Communication Studies
Bachelor of Arts
(areas of interest: video, audio, journalism, public relations and advertising)
Computer & Information Systems
Bachelor of Science (major: cybersecurity)
Accelerated 5-year bachelor's to master's: bachelor's with cybersecurity major; master's with cybersecurity major
Accelerated 5-year bachelor's to master's: bachelor's with cybersecurity major; master's in intelligence analysis
Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science (major: criminal Justice)
Accelerated 5-year bachelor's to master's: bachelor's with criminal justice major; master's in intelligence analysis
Accelerated 5-year bachelor's to master's: bachelor's with criminal justice major; master's with criminal justice major
Bachelor of Arts (major: economics)
Accelerated 5-year bachelor's to master's: bachelor's with economics major; master's in economics
Bachelor of Arts (major: financial economics)
Accelerated 5-year bachelor's to master's: bachelor's with financial economics major; master's in financial economics
Elementary Teacher Certification
Secondary Teacher Certification
Special Education: Emotionally Impaired
Special Education: Learning Disabilities
Bachelor of Arts
(concentrations: creative writing, literature, professional writing, secondary education)
Bachelor of Arts (major: history)
Bachelor of Arts (major: philosophy)
Legal Administration
Bachelor of Arts (major: legal administration)
Political Science
Bachelor of Arts (major: political science)
Bachelor of Arts (major: developmental psychology)
Bachelor of Arts (major: general psychology)
Bachelor of Arts (major: industrial/organizational psychology)
Religious Studies
Bachelor of Arts (major: religious studies)
Social Work
Bachelor of Social Work
Bachelor of Arts (major: theatre)

Online classes offer flexibility and a substantial cost savings over in class courses.
Discipline Program
Computer & Information Systems
Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems
(Software Management)
Master of Science in Information Assurance (major: Cybersecurity)
Master of Arts in Economics
Master of Arts in Financial Economics

Accelerated 5-Year Bachelor's to Master's Programs


University of Detroit Mercy's College of Liberal Arts & Education offers several combined bachelor's and master's degree programs. In order to complete both of the bachelor's and master's degrees in 5 years, the student must:
• Be very well prepared as an incoming freshman;
• Satisfy all the admission criteria (see below); and
• Maintain a 3.25 GPA at UDM, in order to take graduate level courses while still an undergraduate.

These programs enable incoming freshman to complete both the bachelor's and master's degrees by being a full-time student for 5 academic years (10 consecutive semesters).

Admission to the Program

Qualifications for the 5-year programs for new freshmen are:
• Enter the 5-year option as a full-time incoming freshman;
• Have a high school ACT composite score of 24, with a minimum of 22 in each section;
• Have a high school grade point average of 3.4 overall on a 4.0 point scale; and
• Place into appropriate-level freshmen math and writing courses at UDM.

How it Works—Save Time and Money

The student pays full-time undergraduate tuition during the first four years and regular graduate tuition for the fifth year. One economic benefit to the student is that the cost of the first 12 graduate credits (2 courses in the Fall and 2 courses in the Winter) has been covered by the normal undergraduate tuition meaning that no additional costs are incurred in the fourth-year-full-time tuition rate. Since the graduate program will be reduced by the 4 graduate courses taken while an undergraduate student, the graduate program can be done faster and more economically. Certain financial aid benefits are also applied to the entire 5-year program usually resulting in more cost-savings.

The student MUST maintain full-time status during the first three years. Depending on the program and the student’s incoming record such as AP Credits, full-time status usually means 15-18 credit-hours per semester. This will result in the student having 102-108 credits entering the senior year. During the senior year the student must remain full-time, finishing their undergraduate degree while taking up to 12 credits of graduate work. A maximum of 12 graduate credits are allowed in the undergraduate portion of the program (6 credits in fall and 6 in winter). This program MUST be completed in five years from start to finish. If the student does not finish within the five years, then the program reverts to the costs associated with earning a master's degree outside of the five-year program and other financial aid benefits may be lost.


(Note: Full-Time Status Must Be Maintained In All Semesters)

  First Year 36 undergraduate credits
  Second Year 36 undergraduate credits
  Third Year 36 undergraduate credits
  Fourth Year  
  First Semester: 9-12 undergraduate credits
  6 graduate credits
  Second Semester: 9-12 undergraduate credits
  6 graduate credits
  Fifth Year
  First Semester: 9-12 graduate credits (depending on program)
      Second Semester: 9-12 graduate credits (depending on program)

Discipline Minor
Addiction Studies
Addiction Studies
Computer & Information Systems
Communication Studies
Multimedia Journalism
Sports Communication
Financial Economics
Creative Writing
Museum Studies
Leadership Institute
Political Science
Political Science
Developmental Psychology
General Psychology
Religious Studies
Religious Studies
Islamic Studies
Performing Arts
Women's & Gender Studies
Women's & Gender Studies

Discipline Certificate
Addiction Studies
Addiction Studies
African American Studies
African American Studies
Catholic Studies
Catholic Studies
Language & Cultural Training
Political Science
Legal Administration
Pre-Law Legal Studies

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism | Academic Standards  | Accelerated 5-Year Programs | Advising | Application for Graduation | Commencement | Directed Studies | Grade GrievancesSenior Privilege

Academic Policies
College of Liberal Arts & Education

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

As members of an academic community engaged in the pursuit of truth and with a special concern for values, students must conform to a high standard of honesty and integrity in their academic work. Instances where academic misconduct occur include, but are not limited to, falsification or misrepresentation of material used in the admission process, presenting the work of others as one's own, theft, plagiarism and cheating. These actions pose a threat to the academic integrity of the University and its mission and will be treated accordingly. Academic misconduct is subject to disciplinary sanctions. These sanctions include, but are not limited to, reprimand, probation, suspension and dismissal. Students are required to familiarize themselves with the specific protocols of this college. Click here for the CLAE Plagiarism and Academic Integrity policy.

Academic Standards

A student should regularly monitor their student records in the Self-Service portion in TitanConnect. The academic deans monitor the records of students enrolled to assure that reasonable progress is being made toward the students’ educational objectives. Student records are reviewed at the end of each semester. Based upon this review and regardless of formal notice, the dean may place the student on the Dean’s List (for excellence), note that the student is in Good Standing, place the student on academic probation, give him/her an academic warning or dismiss the student from the college/school for poor scholarship. Academic standings are noted on the students’ official academic records and in the Self-Service portion in TitanConnect.

Academic Warning
Undergraduate students will be warned whenever the semester GPA falls below 2.00. Graduate students will be warned whenever the semester GPA falls below 3.00. Such warning enables students to take early corrective action concerning their academic performance.

Academic Probation
Students are placed on academic probation when it appears that their performance places their academic objectives in jeopardy. Undergraduate students will be automatically placed on academic probation when the cumulative GPA falls below 2.00. Graduate students will be automatically placed on academic probation when the cumulative GPA falls below 3.00. Individual programs may establish additional criteria for placing a student on probation. An undergraduate student who fails to raise the cumulative average to at least 2.00 or a graduate student who fails to raise the cumulative average to a 3.00, or satisfy the additional program/school criteria in the following term is subject to academic dismissal for poor scholarship.

When a student has been placed on academic probation, the dean may, at his/her discretion, establish specific requirements or conditions that the student must meet. The dean may require the student to enroll in particular courses, repeat courses, establish minimum or maximum number of credit hours to be attempted or earned, require a specific minimum GPA for the next term, require the student to consult a counselor or tutor, or engage in supervised study, etc. Failure to meet such conditions, when established, may lead to academic dismissal.

Academic Dismissal
Students may be dismissed from the college and university as a result of poor academic performance. Students are automatically subject to dismissal the second consecutive term the cumulative average falls below 2.00 for undergraduate students and below 3.00 for graduate students. Dismissal may occur when an undergraduate student has not achieved a 2.00 cumulative quality point average or a graduate student has not achieved a 3.00 cumulative quality point average in the term following one in which he/she was placed on probation, when terms or conditions established for probation have not been met, or when the academic record reflects poor performance.

Students who wish to appeal an academic dismissal should contact the dean’s office immediately upon their receipt of notice that they have been dismissed. If first contact is made by telephone or in person, it should be immediately followed by a written statement of their intent to appeal the dismissal.

Accelerated 5-Year Programs

Students who are enrolled in accelerated 5-year bachelor/master's programs can take up to 4 graduate level courses (up to 12 credits total with a maximum of 6 credits in one term and 6 in the second term) while an undergraduate student when approved by the director of the graduate program and the dean’s office as part of the 5-year curriculum plan for their degrees. In order to complete both the Bachelor and Master degrees in five years, the student must maintain an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 at UDM and be maintain full-time enrollment in each semester of the five years (10 consecutive semesters). See program details for additional requirements.


The academic advisor plays an important role in guiding and supporting their advisees towards successfully achieving their academic goals. Students deciding on a departmental major are ordinarily assigned a faculty advisor by the department. For most programs, students must consult with and obtain the approval of an academic advisor in the development of their schedules for each term and when changing registration (adding or dropping) after the first week of classes. Students can also consult their advisor for clarification of academic policies and procedures and when contemplating changes in their major program or curriculum.

Students can determine who has been assigned as their advisor by reviewing the Student Record section in TitanConnect. Students should meet with their advisor at least once per term, prior to registering for classes. It is recommended that students prepare for their advising appointment by reflecting on their academic and career goals. Students should also review their progress towards degree completion by running their Degree Evaluation in TitanConnect. Students can also review degree requirements in the University catalog. Students should review the class schedule to plan a draft schedule for the upcoming semester to review with their advisor.

Advisors, counselors, faculty and administrative staff may assist students by explaining requirements and procedures in individual instances. However, students are responsible and accountable for knowledge of the requirements, procedures and regulations set forth in the catalog.

Application for Graduation

An “Application for Graduation” should be filed early in the academic year in which the student intends to graduate. Candidates for degrees must complete their application in the Self-Service portion in TitanConnect. Applications deadlines are set by the University. Be sure to follow all necessary steps and additional deadlines outlined by the Registrar such as RSVPs, caps and gowns, etc. Applications received after the deadline or failure to RSVP by the deadline may result in denial to participate in the commencement ceremony and/or delay in the date of graduation.


The Commencement ceremony occurs once a year in May. Students must apply for graduation to be considered eligible for commencement. Students who have completed their degree requirements at any point in the preceding academic year are invited to participate. June and August graduates may be permitted to participate in the May commencement exercises with permission of dean’s office as long as they are enrolled in all of the courses to complete their degree by August. Participation in commencement will be denied to students who have more than 12 credit hours remaining. For undergraduate students, the remaining credit hours cannot include the Math requirement or ENL 1310 Academic Writing (or its equivalent). Applications received after the deadline or failure to RSVP by the deadline may result in denial to participate in the commencement ceremony. Commencement is ceremonial; participation in commencement exercises does not assure that all requirements have been met or that a degree has been or will be granted.

Directed Studies

A directed study (DS) is intended to provide a student the opportunity to conduct an in-depth examination of a topic that is not typically offered in a traditional course. A directed study is not intended to duplicate or act as a substitute for a required course. A DS course should demand a substantial project which is equivalent to an upper division course in the department. The details of the work must be specified in a DS contract. There are several limitations and requirements for DS courses. For further information, timeline, and requirements, undergraduate students click here for the directed studies policy; graduate students please contact your advisor or the dean’s office.

Grade Grievances

In some instances a student may believe that the final grade received in a particular course is unjustified. In such cases the student may choose to appeal the grade received. Each college or school has published written grievance procedures which must be followed. In general, students are advised to consult with the instructor concerned prior to beginning the appeals process. All appeals should be filed in a timely manner, within 30 days after the final grade is issued.  Click here for a copy the Academic Policy, Procedure, and Petition.

The process includes moving the grievance through various stages including through the instructor, chairperson, a college committee composed of faculty and students, and then the dean. The decision of the dean is final. All grade appeals must be finalized before a degree can be conferred. Appeals to the Vice President for Academic Affairs will be considered only on procedural grounds.

Undergraduate Senior Privilege

UDM undergraduate seniors with at least a 3.25 GPA or who have been accepted to a UDM Master's program may be permitted to take a limited number (nine credits) of graduate (5000-level or above) courses to be used toward a graduate degree. Such courses cannot be counted for credit towards their undergraduate degree and would appear only on a graduate transcript. The student must have earned senior status at least 95 hours and obtain the approval of the instructor, director of the graduate program offering the courses to be taken as well as signatures of their advisor and dean's office. See the full university policy for further details and requirements.

Admissions Requirements

Of primary importance is the nature and quality of the applicant's prior academic record and work experience. No prior work in software management is necessary, since the curriculum encapsulates the entire body of knowledge. Incoming students with limited background in software development are given adequate foundation as part of their course of study.

Admissions Process
To apply for admission to any program, please apply online.

  1. You will need to create an account log in and password.
  2. You will then be taken through a checklist that asks for basic demographic and academic information.
  3. When you get to checklist item #5 for Planned Course of Study, select "Software Management" from the drop down menu.
  4. The admissions counselor will contact you regarding the status of your application and if any additional information is required, such as official transcripts.

For questions about that status of your application, please contact the UDM Office of Admissions at 800-635-5020 or email: admissions@udmercy.edu.