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Wayne State University (WSU) is a public research university located in Detroit, Michigan, United States, in the city's Midtown Cultural Center Historic District and Wayne State University Buildings Historic District. Founded in 1868, WSU consists of 13 schools and colleges offering 370 programs to nearly 28,000 graduate and undergraduate students. It is currently Michigan's fourth-largest university and one of the 100 largest universities in the United States.


  • School of Business Administration

Founded in 1946, the Wayne State University School of Business Administration has a distinguished history of preparing leaders to excel in a wide range of industries. More than 31,000 business alumni can be found around the world, developing innovative entrepreneurial ventures, managing multinational corporations, and making a difference in nonprofit and government agencies.

Guided by supportive faculty members who are respected for their contributions to business research, these exceptional leaders develop a solid foundation in business principles including accounting, finance, information systems, management, global supply chain and marketing. Accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International confirms the school’s commitment to quality and continuous improvement, as does recognition from third-party reviewers such as The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report.

The College of Education’s mission is to prepare effective urban educators who are reflective, innovative and committed to diversity. With almost 40 program areas — from teacher certification to counseling education and many disciplines in between — the college reflects the dynamic character of urban life and is sensitive to the special experiences, conditions and opportunities presented by a culturally diverse student body.

The college and its administrators, faculty and staff are dedicated to preparing professionals who can contribute in meaningful ways to a global, technology-oriented society by helping them acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to succeed in their chosen careers in education, health, counseling and more. To achieve this mission, the College of Education is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and service, and to undertaking continuous improvement to keep its programs relevant, updated and technologically innovative.

Established in 1933, the College of Engineering draws strength from the region’s robust engineering culture, providing students and faculty unrivaled connections to industry and the latest research and technology. To the region and state, the college provides leadership in emerging growth areas shaping our future.

College of Engineering faculty generate approximately $20 million annually in research expenditures, particularly in areas of biomedical engineering and computing; advanced materials and flexible manufacturing; and green technologies such as alternative energy technology, alternative energy, and advanced battery storage. The college offers a full range of engineering disciplines, including prominent several research areas in which faculty members focus on interdisciplinary teamwork and industry partnerships — alternative energy technology, automotive engineering, electric-drive vehicle engineering, environmental infrastructures and transportation engineering, materials and biomedical engineering, bioinformatics and computational biology, nanotechnology and sustainable engineering.

  • Irvin D. Reid Honors College

The Irvin D. Reid Honors College's mission is to promote informed, engaged citizenship as the foundation for academic excellence in a diverse global setting. Honors accomplishes its mission by attracting and retaining talented students and cultivating within them not only a different way of thinking, but also a desire to make a difference in the world.

The Honors College experience is built on four pillars: community, service, research and career. The focus of the first year is community and the urban experience; during year one, students concentrate on urban issues and history. Year two involves service learning, which takes skills cultivated in the classroom and puts them to use in real-world situations. In year three, students are encouraged to work with faculty mentors to develop individual funded research projects. And in year four, students complete a senior thesis, which represents the culmination of their undergraduate work and the first step toward a postgraduate career.

The Honors College is home to Scholars Day, MedStart, Health Pro Start and BStart, the Urban Scholars/Leaders program, CommunityEngagement@Wayne, Honors Transfer, and the Detroit Urban Scholars program.

  • Law School

Established in 1927, the Law School became a part of the university in 1937. It is Detroit's only public law school and one of just two public law schools in Michigan. The Law School blends cutting-edge legal theory with real-world practice skills. Its graduates serve at the highest levels of law and government. Its faculty members are dedicated teachers and distinguished scholars known nationally and internationally for their contributions to legal study. Its students display a variety of backgrounds and interests. And its location — minutes away from courts, major law firms, government agencies, corporate headquarters and the nation’s busiest international border — offers incomparable opportunities in employment, hands-on experience and public service.

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) was formed in 2004 with the merger of the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science. CLAS's nationally ranked departments provide the core learning experience throughout Wayne State University, most of the university's total undergraduate credit hours and nearly nearly half of the doctorates awarded by the university. In addition to offering the requisite math and science classes for the university's pre-professional undergraduates, the college also offers a strong graduate education at both the master's and doctorate levels. The college receives approximately $20 million a year in external grants and contracts.

  • School of Library and Information Science

The School of Library and Information Science prepares information professionals to assume leadership roles in libraries and other information organizations. By emphasizing the practical application of knowledge and skills, the school trains students in the core principles of librarianship and information studies — information access, organization, services and management — as well as emerging fields incorporating electronic media such as digital collections, competitive intelligence, information architecture and website development.

The American Library Association (ALA) first accredited the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree in 1967. The School of Library and Information Science is ranked in the top 20 among 62 ALA-accredited programs in the United States, according to a recent U.S. News and World Report survey. The school is one of only 22 library and information science programs in the country to have a fully online MLIS program. The school has one of the largest graduate programs on campus, as well as one of the nation’s largest programs in library and information science. Faculty members conduct research into issues that enhance the value of library and information services as an essential component of cultural enrichment, knowledge dissemination, economic development and the overall quality of life.

  • School of Medicine

Founded in 1868, the Wayne State University School of Medicine (SOM) is the nation's largest single-campus medical school. The school is known for its ability to develop clinical skills in medical students through one of the nation’s most robust standardized patient programs and partnerships with the area’s leading hospital systems. In addition to training the next generation of physicians, the school offers master’s, Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs in 14 areas of basic science and public health to about 400 students annually.

The school’s research emphasizes neurosciences, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, perinatology, cancer, cardiovascular disease including diabetes and obesity, and psychiatry and addiction research. Research funding levels in 2013, including all grants and contracts from government agencies, private organizations and pharmaceutical companies, was more than $119 million. One of the school’s major assets is the Richard J. Mazurek, M.D., Medical Education Commons, which was designed specifically for students and houses classrooms, student services divisions, the medical library, a sophisticated patient simulation center and the Kado Family Clinical Skills Center. Currently under construction, the Multidisciplinary Biomedical Research Building will support researchers from different areas of inquiry and enhance their ability to collaborate to solve problems related to human health and society and translate work from the laboratory to patient.

  • College of Nursing

Established in 1945, the College of Nursing shares the university’s research, teaching and community enrichment missions. The college is committed to providing an exceptional nursing education. The faculty conducts innovative research that helps build the scientific foundation for clinical practice, advances preventive care, manages symptoms of illness, enhances end-of-life and palliative care, and influences the development of health care policy at all levels. Reflecting its location in a culturally diverse metropolitan area, the college is particularly concerned with reducing health disparities and improving health outcomes among minority populations.

Students in the College of Nursing are passionate about making a positive difference in people’s lives. They choose Wayne State University because they want access to outstanding research and clinical faculty, the latest high-tech simulation facilities and a curriculum that prepares them for leadership in their profession.

  • Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Established in 1924, the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is one of the founding colleges of Wayne State University. It is committed to educating the modern health care team and is organized into four departments — fundamental and applied sciences, health care sciences, pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences. The college offers 25 degrees and certificates through 14 academic programs. Each program maintains autonomous admission requirements, curricula, degree requirements and academic procedures.

The college has a talented, productive and dedicated faculty committed to providing a high-quality educational experience. Members of the faculty have national and international reputations for contributions to their health science disciplines. They are positioned to be resource and network facilitators to help students develop professional networks. The college strives to be a leader in developing curricula, practice delivery modes and research that together contribute to the health sciences.

  • School of Social Work

Established in 1935, the School of Social Work is a national leader in professional practice education and training. Building on this tradition, it is moving forward with a 21st-century agenda that includes promoting social justice and fostering overall well-being through engaged teaching. The school offers academic programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. levels.

The school’s Center for Social Work Research provides support for faculty research and scholarship, engages in relevant research with community partners, and offers consultation and technical assistance. In 2012, faculty submitted proposals valued at over $7 million and achieved a 65 percent funding success rate. This funding includes a $1.1 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to explore factors associated with intimate partner violence among teens and a three-year, $340,197 contract from the Michigan Department of Human Services that will help youth transitioning out of foster care thrive in their studies at Wayne State.

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