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School of Business Administration

Elliott Hall, Room 427
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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School of Business Administration

Elliott Hall, Room 427
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)

Elliott Hall on Oakland University's campus with the sun rising behind it.

About the School of Business

The Oakland University School of Business Administration delivers undergraduate and graduate programs that merge the teaching talents of dedicated faculty researchers and experienced business leaders with the latest technologies and applications. Oakland business graduates launch highly successful, rewarding careers in a competitive global environment in corporations, non-profits, the community and in entrepreneurial ventures in Michigan and around the world.

In its first half century, Oakland’s School of Business Administration evolved from a small business program to an internationally accredited business school. Thanks to the work of its expert faculty members and the success of its graduates, the school has experienced tremendous growth in its reputation in the business and research community.

Overview

At Oakland University’s School of Business Administration, you’ll find programs that integrate theory, research and experience, giving you the unique combination of solid academic preparation and practical skills necessary to succeed professionally. The business school offers nine undergraduate business majors and 11 minors, four master’s degree programs, and a wealth of graduate certificates.

OU's business school is one of about 190 business schools worldwide to hold elite accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International for both its business and accounting programs.

With more than 18,000 business school alumni at work at all levels of organizations through Michigan and around the world, our students graduate with access to a powerful network of professionals and industry leaders who appreciate the value of an OU business degree.

Small class sizes with a student-to-faculty ratio of 21-to-1 means business school faculty and staff know our students’ names and career aspirations. Combined with vast support resources located right in Elliott Hall and plentiful opportunities for real-world business practice, Oakland business graduates go on to achieve highly successful, rewarding careers in a fiercely competitive global marketplace. On average, more than 94 percent of our graduates secure professional employment shortly after graduating.

OU's School of Business offers an active, vibrant network for businesses, community leaders, researchers and students to explore current and emerging issues, and build partnerships that drive solutions. By building on our legacy of strong academic curriculum and partnerships that advance knowledge, we are uniquely positioned to deliver real value to business, to effectively prepare students and to serve the community – within Michigan and beyond.

Our Mission

The mission of Oakland University’s School of Business Administration is to be a preeminent metropolitan school that provides a distinctive education with experiential learning and global understanding in order to create successful business professionals and leaders. To foster an environment for impactful research and active community engagement.

Staff
A head shot of Michael Mazzeo

Michael A. Mazzeo
Dean, School of Business Administration
mazzeo@oakland.edu
(248) 370-2957







Rajeev Singhal
Interim Associate Dean
singhal@oakland.edu
(248) 370-2707
 A head shot of Lisa Peterson

Lisa Peterson
Assistant to the Dean
peterson@oakland.edu
(248) 370-2957
Head shot of Debra Billings

Debra Billings
Assistant to the Associate Dean
dbillings@oakland.edu
(248) 370-2838
A head shot of Roberta Badgley

Roberta Badgley
Assistant Dean
badgley@oakland.edu
(248) 370-3160
Kirsten Comett Russ

Kristen Cometto-Russ
Director of Philanthropy
kcometto@oakland.edu
(248) 370-2121
Headshot of Tara Beatty

Tara Bleck
Corporate & Foundation Relations Officer
tbeatty@oakland.edu
(248) 370-6119
A head shot of Claudette Zolkowski

Claudette Zolkowski
Director of Communications and Marketing
zolkowsk@oakland.edu
(248) 425-0086
A head shot of Judy Vamossy

Judy Vamossy
Assistant to the Assistant Dean
vamossy2@oakland.edu
(248) 370-2241
Board of Visitors
The Board of Visitors of OU’s School of Business Administration is comprised of business leaders who support the school in developing transformational programs that continue to integrate education with real-world application and skills, and research with business of today and future, while providing an overarching global perspective. Specifically, members of the Board:
  • Advise and assist the Dean in implementing the strategic vision of the School
  • Raise resources for the School's various programs
  • Advocate for the School within the business community
Executive Board Members

A head shot of R. Hugh Elliott

R. Hugh Elliott
President and CEO,
Elliott Group International

Honorary Alumni
A head shot of Raymond Gunn

Raymond Gunn
Vice Chairman, BoV
President,
Blake's Farms
OU SBA Alumni
A head shot of Mark Mendola

Mark J. Mendola
Vice Chairman and US Managing Partner, PwC
OU SBA Alumni
A head shot of Craig Stinson

Craig Stinson
Chairman, BoV,
Executive Advisor, Wind Point Partners

OU SBA Alumni

Board Members
NamePosition

George Corona
OU SBA Alumni

President and CEO, Retired
Kelly Services
Rob Dutkiewicz
OU SBA Alumni
President
Clayton & McKervey
Brian EdgarManaging Director - Investments
Wells Fargo Advisors
Kevin Gleeson
OU SBA Alumni
Attorney At Law
Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton, PC
Kenneth Janke
OU SBA Alumni
Senior Advisor, Retired
Aflac Incorporated
Bryan Kieler
OU SBA Alumni
Senior Vice President, Market Manager
and Community Development Banking
PNC Bank
Stefanie Kimball
OU SBA Alumna
Chief Lending Officer and Executive Vice President
Independent Bank Corporation
Jeff Klei
OU SBA Alumni
President, Retired
NA Automotive Divisions, Continental AG
Robert Manilla
OU SBA Alumni
Vice President and Chief Investment Officer
The Kresge Foundation
Mary MbiyaVice President, Diversity and Inclusion Director
Flagstar Bank
Michael Novak
OU SBA Alumni
Head of Data, Analytics and Insights
Fiat, Jeep & Ram Brand Organization
Donald Pietrowski
OU SBA Alumni
President and CEO, Retired
Ipsos RDA
William H. SandyChairman and Founder Retired
Sandy Corporation
Craig Tonti
OU SBA Alumni
VP and General Manager, Retired
Lear Leather Division
Paul Traub
OU SBA Alumni
Senior Business Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch
Linda Voss
OU SBA Alumna
CFO and COO, Retired
Ally Commercial Finance
Michael A. MazzeoDean and Professor of Finance
School of Business Administration
Ex-Officio to the Board
History

Since 1959, Oakland University’s School of Business has evolved from a small liberal arts business program in the College of Arts and Sciences to a Department of Economics and Business Administration to an AACSB-accredited business school offering undergraduate and graduate business degrees. Over the last four decades, OU’s business school has experienced tremendous growth in its reputation in the business and research community, thanks to the work of its expert faculty members and the success of its graduates in the work world.

1959-1969

In Oakland University’s new College of Arts and Sciences, students could earn a Bachelor of Arts in economics or business administration. As was common for that time, the business program was part of the economics program. By 1963, the economics program had become the Department of Economics and Business Administration and was housed in North Foundation Hall.

1969-1983

In 1969, the Department of Economics and Business Administration evolved into the School of Economics and Management, offering a BS in Management. Throughout this time, the school added courses and majors in accounting, finance, marketing, human resources management and management information systems.

In 1971 the school launched its first master’s program in business called the Master of Science in Management.

In 1979 the School of Management faculty committed to earning accreditation from AACSB-International, the premier business school accrediting organization.

In 1980 the Master of Science in Management evolved into the Master in Business Administration.

By Fall 1983, the school enrolled 2,085 undergraduates (90 economics majors and 1,995 business students) and 293 master’s students.

During this time, the school moved from North Foundation Hall to the first two floors of West Vandenberg Hall, and then to Varner Hall, where it shared four floors with the departments of Music, Sociology/Anthropology and Political Science.

1983-1994

In recognition of changes to its undergraduate business program and the new MBA name, the school became the School of Business Administration. During this period, the business school organized into four academic departments – accounting/finance, decision information systems, economics, and management/marketing.

The school formed its first Board of Visitors. This group of executives and managers, led by chairman James McDonald, president, General Motors, provided advice and support to the SBA.

In 1988 the business school earned accreditation of both its undergraduate and MBA programs from AACSB-International. The SBA was reaccredited in 1994.

The school continued to offer a BA and BS in Economics and the BS with majors in accounting, finance, general management, HRM, MIS and marketing. In addition to the MBA, the SBA partnered with the School of Engineering and Computer Science to deliver some course work for its Masters of Science in Engineering Management.

Unusual for business schools in the 1980's, female undergraduate students comprised 61% of the 2,212 student population in 1988. Enrollment in the MBA program fluctuated during 1983-94, and was at 321 in 1994.

1995-2007

In 1995, the school began offering the evening MBA program off-campus in Birmingham.

In 1997, the school introduced the Applied Technology in Business minor, the Masters in Accounting and the Executive MBA in Health Care Management.

In 2000, the school moved into the newly constructed Elliott Hall, which received its name from major donors Nancy and Hugh Elliott.

In 2001, the Master of Science in Information Technology Management was introduced.

In 2004-05, the school began offering undergraduate business courses at Macomb Community College.

In 2005, the business school was reaccredited by the AACSB-International.

An entrepreneurship minor and many post-master certificate programs were also introduced during this time.

In 2007, the business school introduced two programs geared to enhance the undergraduate experience: ACHIEVE, which indoctrinates students to the changing nature of business careers, and introduces them to financial literacy and business ethics by engaging them with regional business professionals as mentors; and Scholars, this competitive program uses case competitions and community projects to enhance the leadership skills of students.

2008-2018

In 2008, the school introduced the Experiential Learning and Innovation program where graduate business students work to solve corporate-sponsored business and entrepreneurial challenges.

In 2009, Oakland University’s School of Business again completed an intensive review process that culminated in the reaccreditation for both its business and accounting programs.

The school introduced its Center for Integrated Business Research and Education (CIBRE) in 2009. CIBRE offers a collection of unique experiential learning programs and activities that create opportunities for business students to develop and sharpen work skills in the real world, on real projects for real organizations – skills and experiences that differentiate them as they enter a competitive job market.

In 2010, the school sponsored the start of a new student organization – the Society for Applied Investment in Finance Education (SAIFE) which encourages hands-on financial education by providing students with donor funds to invest in security markets to learn investment strategies.

In December 2010, the school opened the Stinson Student Advancement Center, which provides a one-stop area offering student services, meeting and lounging areas, and first-rate technology, including a virtual conferencing facility.

The Tim and Marsha Healy Café, opened in February 2011, serves Elliott Hall visitors a selection of fresh food items and Starbucks products.

AACSB-International recognized the OU School of Business Administration’s ACHIEVE career and professional development program as a best practice in 2014.

In 2015, the $2-million Student Managed Investment Fund, powered by The Kresge Foundation, in new Data Analytics and Trading Floor Lab welcomes first students.

The OU business school began hosting summer camps for high school students starting summer 2015.

In 2016, the Oakland University School of Business Administration was recognized nationally for the first time by The Princeton Review Best Business Schools, U.S. News & World Report, Best Graduate Schools; and CEO Magazine North American MBA and Global EMBA lists.

The OU business school introduced Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics Fall 2017.

In Fall 2018, the school relaunched the Executive MBA with a leadership focus and introduced two more graduate certificate programs geared for working professionals: Business Essentials and Finance.

U.S. News & World Report recognized Oakland undergraduate business programs in its 2018 publication.

2019 – Present

In 2019, the OU School of Business added a Graduate Certificate in Information Security Management to its suite of programs for working professionals.

In Fall 2019, the School of Business Administration welcomed its first cohort of Business Honors Program students.

The 100% Online MBA program rolls out in Fall 2020.

National Recognition

The Oakland University business school offers undergraduate and graduate programs that merge the teaching talents of dedicated faculty researchers and experienced business leaders with the latest technologies and applications.

Small class sizes with a student-to-faculty ratio of 21-to-1 means business school faculty and staff know our students’ names and career aspirations. Combined with vast support resources located right in Elliott Hall and plentiful opportunities for real-world business practice, Oakland business graduates go on to achieve highly successful, rewarding careers in a fiercely competitive global marketplace.

Thanks to the reputation it is gaining within the region and beyond, the School of Business Administration at Oakland University has been recognized by several national organizations.

Download the recognition flier.

Accreditation & Certifications

AACSB-International
Oakland University’s business school is one of only 186 business schools – out of more than 16,000 worldwide – to hold elite AACSB International accreditation for its business and accounting programs. Oakland University is one of only five universities in Michigan to hold separate AACSB accreditation in accounting.

Human Resources Management
Oakland University’s Human Resources Management program is certified by the National Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and recognized as a member of the SHRM Academic Alignment Program.

Recognition

The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review recognizes the Oakland University School of Business Administration as one of the Best Business Schools in its annual rankings for 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016. Read the profile from the 2021 edition here. View the PDF version of Princeton Review OU Profile.

U.S. News and World Report
U.S. News & World Report once again recognized the Oakland University School of Business in its 2022 edition of Best Graduate Schools under the specialty of Best Part-Time MBA Programs. The OU MBA program has received this designation annually since 2019. See our profile here.

U.S. News & World Report also recognized the OU School of Business for its Undergraduate Business Programs in 2018.

CEO Magazine's 2021 MBA Rankings
CEO Magazine’s 2021 MBA rankings names Oakland University’s MBA, Online MBA and Executive MBA programs among the best for students. The CEO Magazine MBA Rankings are designed with students in mind. It examines the nuts and bolts of an MBA: the learning environment, class sizes, tuition fees, faculty, delivery methods, international diversity, gender make-up and more. The objective is to identify schools which marry exceptional quality with great ROI. See the complete rankings at http://www.ceo-mag.com/rankings-category/global-mba-rankings/.

Business Majors
The business school at Oakland University is consistently recognized as a leading school for return on investment for Michigan business majors in Payscale’s Best Value College for Business report.

Best Values Schools ranks the Oakland University School of Business among the Best 15 Business Schools in Michigan in 2020.

Study.com places Oakland University's among the nation's top colleges and universities for degree programs in human resources.

Value Colleges recognized Oakland University’s Project Management Principles (PMP) as one of the top 25 programs in the nation on its 2020 list. Oakland’s ranking places it among other leading schools such as CalTech, UC Berkeley and Rochester Institute of Technology.

University HQ ranks Oakland University business programs among the best for finance, part-time MBA and hybrid MBA; and among the most affordable for human resources, finance, supply chain and operations management.

ENROLLMENT AND OUTCOMES

Fall 2020 Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,282


Enrollment by Program
Pre-Business Administration: 1287
Business Administration - Honors: 31
Accounting: 140
Actuarial Science*: 50
Economics*: 52
Finance: 141
General Management: 53
Human Resources Management: 58
Management Information Systems: 49
Marketing: 96
Operations Management: 73
Undecided: 310

*Partially included in Total Enrollment

Fall 2020 New Student Profile
Average Age: 20
Average ACT: 23
Average SAT: 1089
Average High School GPA: 3.45
Female: 39%
Male: 61%
Full-time Students: 87%

Ethnicity
Caucasian: 72.4%
Black or African American: 10.1%
Hispanic: 5.9%
Asian / Pacific Islander: 3.3%
Native American / Alaskan Native: 0.2%
International with Visa: 2.8%
Not Reported: 5.2%

2019-2020 School of Business Administration Undergraduate Employment Statistics by Major

MajorDegrees
Awarded
Grads with
Outcomes
Information
EmployedContinuing
Education
Pursuing
Other
Commitment
Placement
Rate
Accounting98614712198.4%
Business
Economics
411--100%
Economics5531-80%
Finance8553452-88.7%
General
Mgt
6445412197.8%
Human
Resource
Mgt
5841364-97.6%
Mgt
Info
Systems
281210--83.3%
MIS –
Business
Analytics
Spec
1366--100%
MIS –
Info
Security
Mgt
Spec
644--100%
Marketing9354447196.3%
Operations
Mgt
1366--100%
OM –
Lean &
Quality
Spec
743-1100%
OM –
Project
Mgt
Spec
944--100%
OM –
Supply
Chain
Spec
311514--93.3%

Fall 2020 Total Graduate Enrollment: 407

ProgramTotal
Enrollment
Average
Age
Percent
Female
Percent
Male
MBA2602938.5%61.5%
Online MBA122750%50%
MAcc392959%41%
MSITM533168%32%
Post Master Certificates54040%60%
Graduate Certificates383936.8%63.2%

Fall 2020 Total Graduate Enrollment Ethnicity Counts

EthnicityMBAOnline MBAMAccMSITMPost Master CertificateGraduate Certificate
Asian / Pacific Islander1413215
Black or African American1101211
Caucasian169102819124
Hispanic602010
Multiply Races301015
International with Visa47133003
Not Reported1001000

2019-2020 School of Business Administration Graduate Business Program Employment Statistics

ProgramDegrees
Awarded
Knowledge
Rate*
Survey
Response
Rate
Employed
Before
Program**
Employed
After
Program**
Graduates
with new
employer,
new title
at existing
employer
or salary
increase
greater
than 10%**
Average
after
Salary ***
MBA8786%43%89%96%
within 3 months of graduation
64%$72,630
MAcc2483%29%25%100%
within 3 months of graduation
95%$62,833
MSITM2095%47%47%95%
within 3 months of graduation
95%$68,535

*Knowledge Rate is reliable and verifiable outcome information from survey responses, social media mining and departmental records for students who graduated from the School of Business Administration 2019-20.
**Employment rates are based on Knowledge Rate.
***Average Salary is based on Survey Respondents who reported after salaries. Surveyed students graduated from the School of Business Administration 2019-20.

Fall 2020 Total Executive MBA Enrollment 37

Average Age: 39
Female: 27%
Male: 73%

Ethnicity
Caucasian: 64.9%
Asian / Pacific Islander: 13.5%
International with Visa: 13.5%
Hispanic: 2.7%
Black or African American: 2.7%
Not Reported: 2.7%