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School of Business Administration

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

School of Business Administration

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

Four adults in business attire looking towards the front of the room.

Resources & Advising

In Oakland University’s Graduate Business Programs office you’ll partner with staff members ready to help you find the answers to questions you have about your course of study, from admission advising and orientation, registration support and the graduation process. We are ready to help you unleash your leadership and accelerate your career.

As Oakland University moves forward with plans to provide the full scope of academic experiences and support services in Fall 2021, please continue to contact us via email to schedule your advising appointment. You can find the latest information on the Grizzlies Together Again page at oakland.edu/return-to-campus.

Graduate Business Programs

Meet the Team

During your time at Oakland, you may find you will need to interact with an adviser for many different reasons. Our academic advisers can:

  • help you prepare for and plan your academic career
  • provide you with educational and career counseling
  • empower you with relevant and vital information regarding your degree program opportunities
  • help you learn about student support services
Head shot of Paul TrumbullPaul Trumbull
Coordinator Graduate Business Programs

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Information Technology Management
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics
  • Post-Master's Certificates (except Accounting)
  • Business Essentials Graduate Certificate
  • Leadership in Business Graduate Certificate
  • Marketing Graduate Certificate
Head shot of Donna FreeDonna Free
Faculty Coordinator, Master of Accounting
Special Instructor of Accounting

  • Master of Accounting
  • Post-Master's Certificate in Accounting
  • Finance Graduate Certificate
  • FinTech Graduate Certificate
Cindy Thieme
Director, EMBA program

  • Executive MBA
Marie Hill
EMBA Program Coordinator

  • Executive MBA
Head shot of Dr. Vijayan SugumaranDr. Vijayan Sugumaran
Decision and Information Sciences Department Chair
Professor of Management Information Systems

  • Master of Science in Information Technology Management
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics
  • Post-Master's Certificates in Management Information Systems
  • Post-Master's Certificates in Production and Operations Management
  • Business Analytics Graduate Certificate
Head shot of Dr. Xiaodong DengDr. Xiaodong Deng
MSITM Faculty Director
Professor of Management Information Systems


  • Master of Science in Information Technology Management
Head shot of Analya CallendarAnalya Callendar
(248) 370-3287

Head shot of Vanessa LewisVanessa Lewis
(248) 370-2927
Current Students

Graduate Assistantship - Apply on Handshake by April 1 for fall term [Job# 1421775].

Schedules of Graduate Business Classes

  • Always check MySail for the most up-to-date schedule(s).
New Students

New Graduate Students
Now that you’re accepted as a graduate student, you need to activate your OU account, register for classes and pay your bill. Learn about how to get your GrizzCard, orientation dates and available scholarships and assistantships.

Prospective Students
Admissions Application
Prospective MBA students, please note: A $500 scholarship will be awarded to those enrolled in this GMAT Prep, who are then admitted into one of our Graduate Programs, and successfully complete their first semester.

Contact Paul Trumbull at trumbull@oakland.edu for more details.
Resource Guide

The Oakland University Bookstore is the main source for textbooks. It is located on the lower level of the Oakland Center. Please refer to the Bookstore website for hours of operation, payment / delivery options, and refund policies.

Career Services
Career Services is staffed with professional advisers who are available to assist students, alumni, and employers with career and employment needs. Services available through the Career Services include: Handshake, on-campus recruiting, career fairs, advising with Career Consultants, and online resources, guides and tutorials.

Code of Student Conduct and Rights

SBA PC/laptop purchase guidelines

Computer Lab – Elliott Hall
The School of Business Administration operates a computer lab in 215 Elliott Hall. The lab is equipped with Microsoft Office Suite, Internet access and lab monitors are available to assist students.

Degree Requirements – Plan of Work
Students are expected to follow their individualized plan of work. Questions regarding your plan of work should be directed to your adviser. Please be aware that not all courses are offered every term. Prerequisites for all graduate business courses must be observed.

Disability Services
Students with special needs are encouraged to utilize the services provided.

OU email is the official method of communication for students. This includes notifications about grades, tuition bills, financial aid, schedule of classes, and graduation information. The university will hold students accountable for the information sent via email. Therefore, students should check their Oakland email account regularly - at least twice per week.

Graduate / University Policies
Program Policy
Academic Standing
Grading (Appeals)
Academic Records and Technology
Tuition (Financial Services)
Enrollment / Registration
Billing and Payment

Graduate Catalog

Graduation / Commencement

Most university library materials and services are housed in Kresge Library. The library’s automated catalog allows patrons to identify titles held, not only in Kresge Library, but also in the collections at Wayne State University, the University of Detroit - Mercy, Detroit Public Library and a number of other libraries in the area.

Registration for Capstone Courses
Students enrolling in ACC 6995 (MAcc), MGT 5350 or MGT 5360 (MBA) or MIS 6940 (MSITM) will have an audit completed to ensure that all prerequisites for the course have been met.

To register for capstone courses ACC 6995, MGT 5350, MGT 5360 and MIS 6940;

  1. Contact your adviser for an override
  2. Provide adviser with course number, CRN number and term you wish to take the course
  3. The Graduate Business Programs office will notify you when an override has been entered into the SAIL system
  4. Register for the course via in SAIL

Students are strongly encouraged to register at the earliest possible date for which they are eligible using the SAIL Web registration system. Please refer to the Office of the Registrar webpage for Important Dates. Students who do not register early face the possibility of classes being closed. There are two waitlists used by the School of Business Administration.

1. SBA Closed Class Waitlist is used for the following SBA Graduate Courses:

ACC 5110, ACC 5120, ACC 5150, ACC 5180, ACC 5210, ACC 5220, ACC 5240, ACC 5310, ACC 6000, ACC 6010, ACC 6170, ACC 6220, ACC 6260, ACC 6300, ACC 6310, FIN 5330, MIS 5150, MIS 5160, MIS 5180, MIS 5460, MIS 5470, MIS 5500, MIS 5630, MIS 5700, MIS 5760, MIS 5800, MIS 6060, MIS 6120, MIS 6200, MIS 6410, MIS 6900, POM 5410, POM 6400, QMM 6400

The SBA website waitlist is strictly enforced. If you wish to register for a closed course which is managed through this waitlist, you should add your name to the waitlist. You will be notified as soon as there is an opening in the course and you will have 24 hours to respond. If you still wish to be added to the class, an override will be entered that will allow you to register through SAIL. Please do not contact the faculty directly for a closed class override. Students are added to the course in the order in which they added their name to the waitlist.

2. SAIL Waitlist (used for all other SBA Graduate Courses not on the SBA Closed Class Waitlist

The SAIL waitlist is an automated process. If and when a spot becomes available, an email will be sent to your OU email account and you will have 24 hours to register for the course.