Why UM-Flint

Your MBA on Your Terms

An undergraduate degree in business is not required to enter our MBA program. The curriculum has foundation courses built in, so students without a business background can build their core knowledge while pursuing an advanced degree. However, for students who have an undergraduate degree in business, our MBA builds on that knowledge base with advanced theory, a focus on critical thinking, and real-world problem-solving.


UM-Flint’s MBA program allows you to develop more in-depth competencies through concentrations in high-demand business disciplines including: ​

Accounting Computer Information Systems
Finance International Business
Health Care Management Lean Manufacturing
Marketing & Innovation Management Organizational Leadership

You have the flexibility to choose the MBA format that fits you. Should your needs change, you’ll be able to switch formats at any time. Also, you get to customize an MBA program that allows you to complete your degree at your desired pace. For added flexibility, you have seven years in total to finish your MBA.


MBA classes center around team-based project work. This collaborative, interactive approach to learning draws directly from today’s most successful business practices in innovation, implementation, risk management, decision-making, and more.

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As an MBA student at UM-Flint, you’ll have access to unique research opportunities that allow you to put classroom theory to work in your current place of employment or in new career opportunities. Our MBA students work to apply research toward new product development, audience reach, improved efficiencies, resolving problems, and thinking outside the box.


Our MBA program attracts exceptional students from across the state, the nation, and the world. You’ll be exposed to the diverse experiences of classmates from a range of educational backgrounds, industries, and geographies. You’ll be able to use this exposure to improve critical thinking, problem-solving, and team-building in today’s diverse workplaces.


This innovative mixed-mode MBA format blends online coursework with two weekend (Friday/Saturday) on-campus residency sessions each semester (15 to 24 months). NetPlus! MBA combines the advantages of online and traditional classroom learning. Learn more about this program here.


Evening courses, on-campus, Monday – Thursday. Students meet one night a week during the fall and winter terms, and two nights during spring and summer terms (20 to 32 months). Learn more about this program here.

MBA/MS in Computer Science and Information Systems MBA/MSA in Accounting
MBA/MS in Lean Manufacturing (with Kettering University) MBA/Doctor of Anesthesia Practice
MBA/Doctor of Nursing Practice MBA/Doctor of Physical Therapy

You also have the option to customize a dual degree program that meets your specific goals. Learn more here.


The UM-Flint MBA is accredited by AACSB International. AACSB is the highest accrediting body for business schools worldwide. Only 12% of business schools are accredited by AACSB. In accordance with AACSB, the University of Michigan-Flint subscribes to the highest standards in management education. We prepare students to contribute to their organizations, the larger society and to grow personally and professionally throughout their careers.


Business Administration (MBA)

Master of Business Administration Program

The MBA program provides

  1. Convenient accessible delivery in two modes: (1) Traditional MBA evening classes and (2) NetPlus! MBA mixed-mode classes (combination of online learning and weekend residencies). Visit http://www.umflint.edu/som/graduate-programs for detailed information on both modes.
  2. Understanding of the fundamental disciplines and skills essential to decision making: behavioral science, economics, communication, and quantitative methods.
  3. Knowledge of the functional areas of business: accounting, finance, organizational behavior, marketing, and operations management.
  4. Understanding of the environment external to business and the integration of activities within the firm and of the firm within society.
  5. If desired, in-depth competency in specialized areas of business through concentration areas: Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Health Care Management, International Business, Lean Manufacturing, Marketing and Innovation Management, and Organizational Leadership.

Modes of Delivery

  1. The Traditional MBA mode of delivery includes on campus classes held in the evening once a week per course. Students typically enroll in two courses in the fall and winter terms, and one course in the spring or summer term. International students in the Traditional MBA program are required to be full-time students and take at least 6 credit hours of course work in the fall and winter terms. Traditional MBA students who wish to get a concentration may be required to take the concentration courses in the Netplus! MBA mode of delivery.
  2. The NetPlus! MBA mode of delivery blends the personal interaction of traditional classroom activities with the anytime, anywhere convenience of modern online learning. Weekend campus sessions are held twice a semester on Fridays and Saturdays and enhance the quality of the learning experience. Students typically enroll in two courses in the fall, winter, and one course in spring and summer terms. Netplus program follows the traditional academic calendar.

Admission to the MBA Program

Admission to the MBA program is open to qualified graduates of accredited colleges and universities of the United States and elsewhere, whether the bachelor’s degree is in the arts, sciences, engineering or business administration. Applicants should have a strong quantitative aptitude and at least one year of formal college preparation in mathematics including a course in either finite mathematics or calculus.

Applications for admission are available from the School of Management Office, its website, or from the Office of Graduate Programs. Admission to the program is not granted until the following materials are submitted and reviewed:

  1. Completed application for graduate admission.
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  3. A professional resume including work experience and extracurricular activities.
  4. Two letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic).
  5. Scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  6. Statement of Purpose.

In addition, international students are required to submit the following:

  1. Official documents demonstrating English proficiency.
  2. Notarized Affidavit of Financial Support.
  3. Bank statement.

In evaluating applications, consideration is given to these indicators of aptitude and preparedness for graduate study in management. The School of Management weighs these materials in making admission decisions, in conjunction with relevant business and managerial experience. Admission decisions are guided by a desire to draw participants from diverse organizations and backgrounds, balancing class composition to ensure wide ranging experiences and perspectives.

Application Deadlines

Priority application deadlines are:

  • August 1 for fall entry
  • November 1 for winter entry
  • February 1 for spring entry (Netplus! only)
  • May 1 for summer entry (Netplus! only)

International applications are due:

  • May 1 for fall entry
  • September 1 for winter entry

Completed files received by the deadline receive priority in review; files completed after the deadline are reviewed if seats remain.

Completed applications should be received by the Office of Graduate Programs by the published deadlines. For additional information consult:
School of Management
University of Michigan-Flint
1 Riverfront Center West
Flint, MI 48502-1950
(810) 762-3160

MBA/MSA Dual Degree Program

The MBA/MSA dual degree program leads to two degrees: a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Accounting. Through cross-recognition of courses between the MBA and the MSA programs, the dual master’s program requires 15 fewer credits than if the degrees were completed independently.

This dual master’s program is primarily available through the Netplus! (mixed) delivery model. MBA courses in the program are also available through an on-campus (traditional mode). The MSA accounting electives may be available through Netplus!, online, or traditional modes.

MSLM/MBA Dual Degree Program

The MSLM/MBA dual degree program offered through Kettering University and the University of Michigan-Flint provides a broad foundation of business knowledge and specialized expertise of lean production systems. Students in the dual degree program take fewer courses (12 semester credit hours) than if they had completed both programs separately.

The programs are offered jointly and are completed in sequence (one degree following the other). Graduates earn two master’s degrees, a Master of Science in Lean Manufacturing (MSLM) from Kettering University, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a Lean Manufacturing Concentration from the University of Michigan-Flint.

Other Dual Programs

Please refer to the Graduate Programs section of this catalog for information on MBA/DrAP, MBA/DNP, and MBA/DPT programs.

Detailed program information is available online athttp://www.umflint.edu/som/graduate-programs

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Admission to the MBA program is open to qualified graduates with a bachelor’s degree in the arts, sciences, engineering, or business administration from a regionally accredited college or university.

Admission is based on criteria that have been shown to predict success in graduate business programs, including prior academic performance, Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results, and work experience.


To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores sent directly to the University of Michigan-Flint
  • Statement of Purpose: a one-page, typed response to the  following question: “What are your career objectives and how will an MBA contribute to accomplishing these objectives?”
  • Résumé, including work experience and extra-curricular activities
  • Two letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic)
  • International students must submit additional documentation. Visit the International Students page for details.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester Early Deadline: May 1*
  • Fall Semester Final Deadline: August 1
  • Winter Semester: November 15
  • Spring Semester: March 15 (NetPlus! only)
  • Summer Semester: May 15 (NetPlus! only)

*You must apply for admission by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted here. The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester, September 1 for the winter semester, and January 1 for the spring term.

Please note: For international students, the NetPlus! program is only appropriate as the sole program of study if the student will be in the U.S. on a non-student (F-1, J-1) visa type or if they plan to enroll in at least 3 credits of a course that is “in residence” in every major semester.