B Start is an innovative five-year program that guarantees admission to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business.

This program allows you to complete a bachelor's degree in business and an MBA in just five years. B Start trains future leaders in business by emphasizing mentoring and research opportunities with business school faculty.

B Start application (PDF)

Minimum requirements for application

  1. Indication of a 3.75 or higher GPA
  2. Submission of an ACT score of 27 or higher
  3. Description and explanation of the amount of time and experience related to activity in:
    • business
    • community service
    • team activities (athletics, debate, etc.)
    • leadership
    • employment
    • summer activities
    • high school extracurricular activities
  4. Submission of a one-page typed essay describing why you are pursuing B Start and why you should be accepted
  5. Submission of two letters of recommendation:

·   one from a high school teacher, counselor or administrator familiar with your extracurricular activities, team and/or leadership skills

·  one from a member of the community (may not be a family member or from your high school) who can address your business experience, community service and/or employment

How to apply

Your application package to Honors must include

  • admission to Wayne State University by November 15 (apply online at
  • a completed B Start application
  • a high school transcript
  • an ACT score of 27 or higher
  • a 3.75 or higher GPA
  • details of honors received in high school
  • a one-page essay, "Why Pursue B Start," and explanation of why you should be admitted to the program
  • a description and explanation of experiences as listed under minimum requirements
  • letters of recommendation as listed under minimum requirements

Continuation criteria

  • Good standing and active membership in the Honors College
  • Maintenance of a 3.3 or higher GPA
  • Participation in B Start seminars
  • Demonstration of continuing volunteer work related to business
  • Holding a leadership position in a student organization each year following freshman year
  • Annual meeting with an academic adviser from the Mike Ilitch School of Business
  • Participation in designated programs in the Mike Ilitch School of Business
  • Graduation with an undergraduate degree in business with a 3.0 or higher GPA in core courses
  • Graduation with University Honors (36 credits of Honors coursework, including a senior thesis and seminar)
  • Submission of a monthly journal of B Start experiences

Application deadline

Submit all items by March 15 to:

B Start
Irvin D. Reid Honors College
2100 Undergraduate Library
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202

For more details about B Start, visit or call Honors at 313-577-3030.

We will create and advance knowledge, prepare a diverse student body to thrive, and positively impact local and global communities.