School of Business Administration

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


Oakland University’s School of Business Administration sustains more than 40 years of educational excellence by remaining relevant to the ever-changing global business environment and providing students a distinctive educational experience that integrates classroom learning with real-world business experience and research. At OU, students find undergraduate and graduate programs centered on integrating theory, leading-edge research and real-world experience to give them a true understanding of how business works, preparing them for immediate success.

OU's business school is one of only 186 business schools – out of 16,000 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 15,000 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. On average, more than 86 percent of our graduates secure professional employment within months 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.


Michael A. Mazzeo
Dean, School of Business Administration
(248) 370-2957
Nivedita Mukherji
Associate Dean
(248) 370-2707
Lisa Peterson
Assistant to the Dean
(248) 370-2957
 Debra BillingsDebra Billings
Assistant to the Associate Dean
(248) 370-2838
Roberta Badgley
Assistant Dean
(248) 370-3160
Headshot of Kristen Cometto

Kristen Cometto
Director of Philanthropy
(248) 370-2121

Headshot of Tara BeattyTara Bleck
Corporate & Foundation Relations Officer
(248) 370-6119
Claudette Zolkowski
Director of Communications and Marketing
(248) 425-0086
Judy Vamossy
Assistant to the Assistant Dean
(248) 370-2241
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

R. Hugh Elliott
President and CEO,
Elliott Group International

Raymond Gunn
Blake's Farms
OU SBA Alumni

Mark J. Mendola 
Vice Chairman and US Managing Partner, PwC 
OU SBA Alumni

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

OU SBA Alumni

Board Members

George CoronaPresident and CEO, Kelly Services
Rob Dutkiewicz
OU SBA Alumni
President, Clayton & McKervey
Brian EdgarSenior Vice President, UBS Investment Bank
Kevin Gleeson
OU SBA Alumni
Attorney At Law; Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton, PC
Kenneth Janke
OU SBA Alumni
Senior Advisor, Aflac Incorporated, Retired
Stefanie Kimball
OU SBA Alumni
Chief Lending Officer and Executive Vice President, Independent Bank Corporation
Jeff Klei
OU SBA Alumni
President, NA Automotive Divisions, Continental AG
Robert Manilla
OU SBA Alumni
Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of The Kresge Foundation
Michael Novak
OU SBA Alumni
Head of Data, Analytics and Insights, Jeep & Ram Brand Organization
Donald Pietrowski
OU SBA Alumni
Ipsos RDA (retired)
William H. SandyChairman and Founder (retired), Sandy Corporation
Craig TontiVP and General Manager (retired), Lear Leather Division
Linda Voss
OU SBA Alumni
CFO and COO (retired), Ally Commercial Finance
Michael A. Mazzeo
Dean, School of Business Administration, Ex-Officio to the Board

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

A greater emphasis on a flexible schedule over the last several years recognized the needs of busy professionals. During this time, the business school introduced new programs that focus on emerging markets and partnered across Oakland University to develop programs that integrate business understanding with specialized fields, including:

  • Launching online courses for the MBA program, with a goal of developing a complete online program in the future
  • Adding the complementary concentration of information systems leadership to the Executive MBA program
  • Introducing a blended online, on-campus business analytics track to its MSITM degree
  • Partnering to provide business courses to support OU’s School of Health Sciences online Master of Science in safety management
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, School of Business Administration at Oakland University has been recognized by several national organizations.

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Accreditation & Certifications

AACSB Accredited

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.


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 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016. Read the profile from the 2019 edition here.

Type that says Recognized by US News & World Report

The Oakland University School of Business Administration is recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for its Undergraduate Business Programs in the 2018 Best Colleges report and the "Best Graduate Schools" 2020 edition under the specialty of Best Part-Time MBA Programs. See our profile here.

CEO Magazine North American MBA Tier One Tier One Global EMBA CEO Magazine’s 2019 MBA rankings names Oakland University’s 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

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Business Majors

The business school at Oakland University is consistently recognized as one of Michigan's Best Value Colleges for Business Majors for both annual return on investment and 20-year return on investment in Payscale’s 2018 College ROI Report.

Top 50 Best Value Project Management Cert
Value Colleges recognized Oakland University’s Project Management Principles (PMP) certificate program as a Best Value on its 2016 ranking of the top 50 programs in the nation. Oakland’s ranking places it among other leading schools such as CalTech, UC Berkeley and Stanford.


Fall 2018 Total Undergraduate Enrollment 2,399

Enrollment by ProgramFall 2018 New Student Profile
Pre-Business Administration1355Average Age20
Business Administration - Honors25Average ACT24
Accounting144Average SAT1100
Actuarial Science*53Average High School GPA3.44
General Management61Full-time Students89%
Human Resources Management62Ethnicity
Management Information Systems56Caucasian76.7%
Marketing115Black or African American9.8%
Operations Management61Asian / Pacific Islander4.2%
*Not included in Total EnrollmentNative American / Alaskan Native0.6%
 **Partially included in Total EnrollmentInternational with Visa1%
 Not Reported3.7%

Fall 2018 Total Graduate Enrollment 401

Enrollment by ProgramFall 2018 New Student Profile
Master of Business Administration284Average Age29
Master of Accounting40Average GMAT503
MS in Information Technology Management61Female47%
Post-Master's Graduate Certificate9Male52%
Graduate Certificate7Ethnicity
Asian / Pacific Islander10.4%
Black or African American3.8%
International with Visa19.8%
Not Reported3.8%

Fall 2018 Total Executive MBA Enrollment 22

Fall 2018 New Student Profile
Average Age37
Asian / Pacific Islander13.6%
Black or African American9.1%
International with Visa13.6%
Not Reported4.5%