Why UM-Flint

In today’s competitive market, additional business training can set you apart and prepare you for a more rewarding leadership role. The highly-regarded School of Management at the University of Michigan-Flint designed its Graduate Certificate in Business for students who obtained a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than business.

This program offers two flexible formats to pursue courses, both of which are designed for busy working professionals. You’ll emerge from this program with a quality University of Michigan education which will prepare you with the financial, marketing, and management skills to become a valued and effective leader in your organization.

  • No GMAT exam required for admission
  • Prepares individuals with management and leadership potential to become leaders in their fields and professions
  • Courses are offered in two delivery formats to fit your lifestyle: Traditional, on-campus evening courses and NetPlus!: blended online courses with two weekend (Friday & Saturday) on-campus sessions per semester. NetPlus! offers online flexibility with an interactive on-campus classroom experience. 
  • You will be taking courses with MBA students, expanding your network, and experiencing the excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship of our MBA faculty.
  • All successfully completed certificate courses are transferrable to the UM-Flint MBA program if you apply and are admitted to same

Note: Beginning Fall 2016, fall and winter terms will be 15 weeks long with residencies on 3rd and 11th Fridays/Saturdays. Spring and summer terms will be 7 weeks long with residencies on 2nd and 6th Fridays/Saturdays. 

THE CLASSROOM TO THE BOARDROOM

The Graduate Certificate in Business classes are taught by our expert MBA faculty who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their instruction. From your faculty mentors, you’ll learn how these lessons transfer to the real-world applications of the boardroom and beyond. Your instructors will remain available and accessible to mentor and support you throughout your educational journey.

Accreditation

The School of Management is accredited by AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Member institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review system. AACSB accreditation is considered to be the hallmark of excellence in management education. (www.aacsb.edu)

Courses

Requirements (12 credits)

Four from:

  • ACC 521 - Accounting for Managers (3)
  • FIN 551 - Business Economics (3)
  • FIN 561 - Financial Management (3)
  • MGT 541 - Organizational Behavior (3)
  • MKT 531 - Marketing Management (3)
  • SCM 571 - Operations Management (3)

Students may not waive or transfer courses into certificate program.

Additional information on the Graduate Certificate in Business including course descriptions can be found in the catalog

Admission

Requirements

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Business program is open to qualified graduates with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in their bachelor's degree. The applicant must also have completed a college-level math, statistics, or quantitative course to be eligible for the program. The GMAT or GRE is not required for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Business. Students with a business bachelor's degree are encouraged to pursue the MBA program.

Applying

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
  • Statement of Purpose: a one-page, typed response to the following question: “What are your career objectives and how will a Graduate Certificate in Business contribute to accomplishing these goals?”
  • Résumé, including work experience and extra-curricular activities
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • International Students: Submit additional documentation. Visit umflint.edu/international for details. This program is a certificate program. Students admitted to this program are not eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa). Students with all other visa types are eligible.

Application Deadlines

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

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.