Walsh College

Points of Pride


We maintain a focus on balance - for our students and within our community.
Walsh College is a leading all-business college and one of Michigan's largest graduate business schools. 

Our student body of nearly 4,000 is almost evenly balanced between men (49 percent) and women (51 percent).
For over 90 years, we have been offering educational degree programs and regional outreach as a private, all-business institution in Michigan. We are located in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online.

Our students balance their education with their employment and family life.

  • The average age of our undergraduate students is 30; for graduate students, the average age is 34.  Students originate from 64 countries.
  • More than 91 percent of our students attend Walsh part-time.
  • More than three-quarters of our students reside in Oakland and Macomb counties.

We balance the campus experience with the business experience offered by exceptional partners.

In the 2013-14 academic year:

  • More than 1,200 companies recruited at Walsh.
  • The number of students registered in eRecruiting reached 8,626.
  • More than 2,600 job opportunities were posted at Walsh.
  • Walsh students and alumni entrepreneurs can become members of LaunchPad. This national program, available at select schools, encourages entrepreneurial thinking and activity among undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and alumni. LaunchPad incubates a new generation of entrepreneurs who will contribute to the economic revitalization of key regions.
  • More than 470 students and alumni are engaged in the Wash College LaunchPad program. 
  • Nearly 270 of these members have submitted a business idea and have received free consulting services. 
  • More than 240 of these business ventures have already launched or will launch in the near future. 
  • Seven ventures from the LaunchPad business development initiative at Walsh College have been recognized as up-an-coming startups by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA).  As part of the MBPA's Best of MichBusiness awards program, companies that make Michigan a good place to do business are honored.


Walsh College awarded 861 degrees (359 Bachelor's, 502 Master's) during the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • We offer fully accredited degrees at the bachelor and master levels, as well as graduate-level certificates.
  • We offer top-quality programs in accounting, finance, information technology, management and leadership, marketing, taxation, and other fields.

Undergraduate programs

  • Bachelor of Accountancy, Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in Accounting Processes, Finance, General Business, Management, Marketing; Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

Graduate programs (12)

  • Master's:  Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Accountancy (MAC), Master of Science in Finance (MSF), Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT), Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership (MSITL), Master of Science in Management (MSM), Master of Science in Marketing (MSMKT), Master of Science in Taxation (MST).
  • MS programs share essential course with the MBA program.  MS can function as a "specialization."  MS programs may also be taken separately.
  • Dual-degree programs allow MBA students to graduate with an additional credential, a Master of Science degree, with four to six additional courses.
  • A dual-degree can demonstrate broader knowledge as well as potentially offer a competitive edge in the marketplace.

"Graduate gateway" courses

  • Courses in communications and analytics must be successfully completed before students advance into the core courses for MBA and MS degrees.
  • Courses serve as benchmarks for determining student capability for higher-level critical thinking and peer quality in subsequent courses.
  • Also required is a four-hour orientation with a program overview, communications assessment, student services review, team-building, and networking opportunities.

Communication skills emphasis

  • Walsh believes success in the business world comes not only from a person's technical ability, but the way one communicates and interacts with others.
  • Plans for the success center include creating work and learning labs simulating workplace environments, and adopting technology for students to practice and prepare presentations in various platforms, including digital.
  • Emphasis will be placed on workplace skills, aptitude in areas of career management, verbal presentations, writing mechanics and style, teamwork strategies, social acumen, and professional etiquette.


Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org).  The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

ACBSP is dedicated to improving the quality of business schools and programs around the world, and ultimately to improving the practice of business in every industry around the world.  ACBSP offers programs, services, and an accreditation process uniquely focused on teaching excellence and student learning outcomes.  ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree levels worldwide.

Walsh College business certificate programs

  • Walsh offers several business certificate programs for credit.
  • Programs vary in length, from 3-10 courses that can be complete on campus or online, including Finance,* Human Resources Management,* Project Management,* and Taxation.
    (* = online program)

Walsh Institute certification preparation programs

  • Human Resources:  Professional in Human Resources (PHR)/Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
  • Insurance:  Property and Casualty Insurance Principles, Personal Insurance, Commercial Insurance
  • Certified Treasury Professional (CTP)
  • Leadership:  Leadership-YOU

Campus Buildings

Additions and renovation

  • $15 million improvement encompasses addition and renovation to current building in Troy now underway.
  • Addition includes business-communication focused student success center, a student lounge, and a "one-stop" student services center.
  • Two-story, 27,000 square-foot addition and renovation to current building; 28,000 square-foot renovation to existing interior spaces.
  • Upon completion, the total Troy campus building will encompass 126,000 square-feet.  The Novi campus is 35,000 square-feet.
  • Construction is expected to take 18 months.
  • Funded through a combination of investment and capital funds and financing, as well as philanthropic giving from alumni and other friends.
  • In 2013, Walsh opened its award-winning, 1,400 square-foot Finance Lab. The Finance Lab gives students a taste of Wall Street with 12 Bloomberg terminals, several large flat-screen televisions tuned to market and financial reports, and breakout rooms where students can examine current market conditions, trends, and discuss future projections. The lab will serve as a lifelong education, research, and financial literacy resource for alumni, educators, businesses, and community residents.


Our faculty members educate our students with a balance of real-world application and business theory. 

  • 24 full-time faculty
  • 25 clinical faculty
  • 131 adjunct faculty
  • Four Fulbright Specialists
  • Eighty percent of our faculty actively work in the business community
  • Our faculty hold more than 70 different business, technology, and educational certifications or designations. 
  • Phil Fioravante, Ph.D., associate professor, Marketing, is a Fellow in the U.K.-based Chartered Institute of Marketing.
  • Michael Levens, Ph.D., associate professor and chair, Marketing, has been named a Fulbright Peer Reviewer by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and the U.S. State Department.  In addition, Dr. Levens' first textbook, Introduction to Marketing, is in use at more than 80 colleges and universities in North America and in China.  His second textbook, Marketing:  Defined, Explained, Applied, is used by more than 100 colleges and universities across the world and now in its second edition.
  • Dr. Sheila R. Ronis, professor and chair, Management, served as guest speaker on the use of foresight methodologies to improve public policy in September 2014 at the Royal Society in London, U.K.


 Our undergraduate and graduate cost per credit hour creates great value.

  • Cost Per Credit Hour
    • Undergraduate Tuition: $400 per credit hour
    • Graduate Tuition: $673 per credit hour
  • Scholarships
    • More than $300,000 in scholarship funds is available to Walsh students.
    • 258 students received scholarships during 2013-14.
    • 39 students received Community College Excellence Awards in 2013-14.
    • Ninety percent of Walsh employees donate to the Walsh College Employee Scholarship Fund.


Walsh College has 27,000 alumni worldwide. More than 85 percent of our alumni live and work in Michigan.

  • Our alumni lead the world’s corporations and their own businesses, including:
    • Patrick D. Campbell, retired CFO, 3M
    • Amy B. Coleman, CFO, The Kresge Foundation
    • Martha N. Corbett, partner, Global Advisory Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Los Angeles
    • Richard D. DiBartolomeo, chief financial officer at Unemployment Insurance Agency (LARA), State of Michigan
    • Jeffrey Farrington, state representative
    • Wendy L. Foss, vice president, Corporate Controller, at Lear Corporation
    • David Girodat, president and CEO, Eastern Michigan at Fifth Third Bank
    • Paul Glantz, president, Proctor Financial, Inc.; owner at Emagine Entertainment
    • Shirley E. Gofrank, CPA, partner, Gofrank & Mettina
    • Ivgen Guner, senior vice president, Global Business Finance, Oracle
    • Veronica Hall, chief operating officer at Henry Ford Hospital, chief nursing officer at Henry Ford Health System
    • Deborah C. Hopkins, CEO and cheif innovation officer, Citi
    • Margaret M. Kelly, CEO at RE/MAX
    • Kathleen M. Kosmatka, international assignment services partner at Deliotte Tax LLP, and owner at Deloitte Tax LLP
    • John J. Latella, partner, co-CEO, general counsel, Garden Fresh Gourmet
    • Thomas C. Lindberg, chief of police at Milford, Michigan
    • Laurie Ann Macaddino, vice president, Corporate Audit, at Chrysler Group LLC
    • Thomas G. McGinnis, national partner, Deloitte
    • Timothy R. Moore, managing shareholder, Doeren Mayhew Houston
    • James L. Murawski, CIO, Lear Corporation
    • Michael J. Plotzke, CFO at Plastipak Holdings, Inc.
    • Earl Poleski, state representative
    • Madhava G. Reddy, president & CEO, HTC Global
    • Dennis G. Rice, president and COO at Powerlink Facilities Management Services
    • Dr. Sanjay Rice, vice president and managing partner, Global Cloud Consulting Services at IBM
    • Candee M. Saferian, vice president & CFO at PVS Chemicals
    • Gerald B. Schafer, corporate vice president of Worldwide Development for McDonald's Corporation
    • Louis C. Schmidt Jr., president at HoneyBaked Ham
    • Michael A. Semanco, president & COO at Hitachi Business Finance, a Division of Hitachi Capital America
    • Laura J. Soave, senior vice president, chief marketing & communications officer, Federal-Mogul Holidings Corporation
    • Mark D. Sobolewski, vice president of International Engineering at UPS
    • Daniel L. Sovran, executive director, Corporate Development and Global Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Robert L. Watson, assistant treasurer & CIO at Chrysler Group LLC
  • Walsh alumna Rebecca Sorenson was named to the 2014 Financial Times "Top 100 Women Financial Advisors in the US"

Upon graduate, Walsh students automatically become lifetime members of the Walsh College Alumni Association. The benefits of this free lifetime membership include access to the library and career services’ resources.


  • Access to the library, on-campus databases, and librarian services, which can be used for academic and professional research.
  • Our comprehensive Tax Library at the Troy campus is among the finest in the country. It has specialized collection that makes technical tax research easy and convenient for students and tax professionals.
  • An online tax portal within the Library contains hundreds of valuable, timely data sources for research and informative reading, most of which are free to all Internet users. (http://researchguides.walshcollege.edu/taxresources

Career Services

  • The ability to attend career fairs and company presentations, apply to job listings, receive personalized resume reviews, conduct mock interviews, job search assistance, networking opportunities, and career assessments.
  • Hire Walsh” recruitment services for alumni businesses. During the 2013-14 academic year, more than 1,200 companies recruited at Walsh.
  • In 2014, we had students hired at KMPG, EY, PwC, and Deloitte.

Strategic Plan

2020 Driven:  Walsh College strategic plan

  • A key goal of 2020 Driven, Walsh College's 2020 strategic plan, is to offer the finest business curriculum to well-prepared students who graduate ready for career success.
  • This reputation-driven strategic plan is natural next step in the College's evolution to best meet the needs of the business community and of Walsh students.

Success markers for the plan include:

  • Recognition of Walsh as one of the top three business schools in Michigan. Walsh takes pride in offering advanced practical skills and underlying theory to those students who have the capabilities and the drive to succeed.
  • Walsh as the first choice of high-quality, non-traditional students pursing business education in the region.
  • A higher number of Walsh alumni holding business and community leadership positions.

Three pillars anchoring the plan include:

  • A curriculum modeled after the 10 best part-time MBA programs in the country.
  • A student experience that brings an emphasis on communication and networking skills into the classroom.
  • A learning experience that supports the curriculum, the student experience, and enhances the college's image in Troy.

Locally and Nationally

We seek to contribute well-balanced students and well-balanced programs that support the future of our nation and our region.

  • Walsh College President Stephanie Bergeron is a member of the Council on Competitiveness (compete.org), a non-partisan, non-governmental organization of corporate CEOs, university presidents, and labor leaders committed to the future prosperity of all Americans and enhanced U.S. competitiveness in the global economy.
  • Our vision statement focuses on “contributing to Michigan’s revitalized economy.” Students, faculty, and staff participate in a variety of community programs, such as:
    • Capuchin Soup Kitchen
    • Walsh College MBA Association (WCMA): Adopt-a-Highway; Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign Competition
    • Accounting & Tax Student Organization (ATSO): Toys for Tots for U.S. Marines; Blackwell Institute - Troy Field Trip; Hazel Park Manor - Senior Citizen Tax Return Assistance; Troy Nature Center - Spring Clean Up; The Accounting Aid Society - Low Income Family Tax Return Assistance; Habitat for Humanity
    • Focus: HOPE:  Walk and Diversity Festival; Meal Deliveries
    • Gleaners Food Bank: “Food Fight to Take Childhood Hunger”;  Neighborhood Food Drive
    • MLK Day: A Celebration of Freedom 
    • Detroit Public Schools’ Blackwell Institute: Monthly Reading and Math Tutoring; Annual Troy Campus Field Trip; Collection Drives; Santa Toy Express
    • Toys for Tots Collection for U.S. Marines
    • Veterans Returning to Roseville Outreach Program
    • Walsh College is a partner with Middle-Eastern business leaders in the Detroit area as a member of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce and Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce. Both are non-profit business organizations.
    • Walsh College takes pride in the partnerships and affiliations that have been forged with community and trade groups like those listed below. These relationships are an integral part of making Walsh a vibrant and vital resource to its surrounding community.
    • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
    • Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC)
    • American Society of Employers (ASE)
    • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International Member
    • The Association for Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business
    • Automation Alley
    • Council for Competitiveness
    • Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
    • Detroit Economic Club
    • Detroit Regional Chamber
    • Focus: HOPE
    • Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce
    • International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
    • Inforum Michigan
    • Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA)
    • Michigan Council on Economic Education (MCEE)
    • Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT)
    • Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
    • Michigan Tax Tribunal
    • Novi Chamber of Commerce
    • Troy Chamber of Commerce

The College is recognized locally and nationally.

  • The Walsh Master of Science in Taxation (MST) was ranked 14th in the country in a survey of Tax Hiring Authorities and 7th in the survey of MST Alumni.
  • 2012 Innovation Award for Information Security Practices from the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).
  • Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine, named Walsh College a "Military Friendly School" for 2015, making it the sixth consecutive year Walsh has been recognized for this achievement.
  • The Jeffery W. Barry Center at the Troy campus is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • Walsh College is the first private Michigan college to become an official signatory to the "8 Keys to Veterans' Success," a set of specific strategies that colleges and universities can implement to support educational success for student veterans of the armed forces.  The program is backed by the Department of Education and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Cup:  The Premier MBA Competition; in the seven years this competition has been offered, Walsh earned first place in four of those years, and second place in the other three years.
  • Walsh College's graduate Information Technology curriculum conforms to rigorous federal agency standards.  We have been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security since 2006.

Walsh alumni are employed at virtually every firm listed on "Crain's List: Michigan's 20 Largest Accounting Firms." Including:

  • ​Alan C. Young & Associates PC
  • Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP
  • Clayton & McKervey PC
  • Deloitte LLP
  • Doeren Mayhew & Co. PC
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • Experis Finance US LLC
  • Fenner Melstrom and Dooling PLC
  • Godfrey Hammel, Danneels & Co. PC
  • Gordon Advisors PC
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • Iannuzzi Manetta & Co. PC
  • Jenkins, Magnus, Volk & Carroll PC
  • KPMG
  • MRPR Group PC
  • Plante Moran PLLC
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC
  • The Rehmann Group LLC
  • UHY Advisors Michigan Inc. 
  • Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants