Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Business Administration (MBA) Program Apart?

  • The force that drives UM-Flint’s MBA program is team-based project work, an approach to learning that draws directly from today’s most successful business approaches to innovation, implementation, risk management, decision-making, and more.
  • UM-Flint’s MBA program allows you to develop more in-depth competency in specialized areas through concentrations in Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Health Care Management, International Business, Lean Manufacturing, Organizational Leadership, and Marketing.
  • The UM-Flint MBA is offered in two delivery formats to fit your lifestyle:
  1. Traditional: on-campus, 20- to 32-month program with classes in the evening
  2. NetPlus!: mixed-mode, 15- to 24-month program that blends online learning with on-campus sessions every six weeks on Friday and Saturday

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. 

  • Dual degree programs available:
  • MBA/MSA in Accounting
  • MBA/MS in Computer Science and Information Systems
  • MBA/MS in Lean Manufacturing (with Kettering University)
  • MBA/Doctor of Anesthesia Practice
  • MBA/Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MBA/Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Customized program plans allow you to complete the program at your desired pace.
  • UM-Flint’s Innovation Incubator [IN] and “Michigan Family Business Center” (MFBC) are designed to serve as cooperative efforts among commercial enterprises, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions to create robust networks and resources that enhance entrepreneurial leadership skills.
  • As part of the world renowned University of Michigan system, UM-Flint can tap additional resources, expertise, and contacts at our sister campuses in Ann Arbor and Dearborn to assist our students, their research, and other initiatives.
In-Depth: MBA Program Options


The NetPlus! MBA program is a mixed-mode format that combines online flexibility with traditional classroom activities. The NetPlus! format is designed to make the MBA program conveniently accessible to busy professionals from a wide geographic area.  Weekend campus sessions, called residencies, are held every six weeks on Friday & Saturday. Semesters in the NetPlus! MBA are 12 weeks in length, including Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer semesters. The NetPlus! MBA program follows the NetPlus! MBA calendar, not the traditional University academic calendar. 

While 60% of the NetPlus! coursework is completed online through Blackboard, our course management system, 40% is completed through required attendance at campus residency sessions twice a semester, once every six weeks. These residency sessions are what make the NetPlus! MBA unique.  During residency sessions, students participate in classroom activities with faculty and fellow MBA students. Classroom activities include: lectures, class discussion and debates, guest speakers, and group presentations, and much more. The campus residency sessions provide our students with the classroom interactions and professional networking opportunities lacking in most online MBA programs.    

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


Traditional MBA courses are offered in the evenings, 7:00 – 9:45pm.  Students will engage professors and classmates on a weekly basis.  The Traditional MBA courses will meet one night a week in the Fall and Winter semesters and two nights a week in the Spring and Summer semesters with courses offered Monday through Thursday, no weekend courses.  On some occasions, online courses may be offered.  The Traditional MBA program will follow the traditional University academic calendar.

*Program length varies based on General MBA versus MBA with a concentration as well as foundation course waivers an individual may qualify for.


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. (www.aacsb.edu)


Admission Requirements

Admission to the MBA program is open to qualified graduates with a bachelor’s degree in the arts, sciences, engineering, or business administration from an 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?”
  • Resume, 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

Traditional MBA Program

  • Fall Semester Early Deadline: May 1*
  • Fall Semester Final Deadline: August 1
  • Winter Semester: November 15

NetPlus! MBA Program

  • Fall Semester Early Deadline: May 1*
  • Fall Semester Final Deadline: August 1
  • Winter Semester: November 15
  • Spring Semester: March 15
  • Summer Semester: May 15

*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.


Business Administration (Master of Business Administration)


  1. Completion of 30-45 credit hours of graduate-level coursework, as follows:
    1. Foundation courses (12 credits).
      ACC 521 - Accounting for Managers.  
      FIN 551 - Business Economics. 
      MGT 541 - Organizational Behavior.  
      SCM 512 - Applied Quantitative Analysis.  
    2. MBA core courses (24 credits).
      FIN 561 - Financial Management. 
      MKT 531 - Marketing Management. 
      SCM 571 - Operations Management. 
      External Environment/Managerial Support/Integrative
      INB 585 - Global Dimensions of Management. 
      MGT 501 - Organizational Communication and Negotiation. 
      MGT 552 - Nonmarket Strategy. 
      MGT 581 - Management Information Systems. 
      MGT 589 - Strategic Management.  
    3. Elective/concentration courses.
      General MBA (6 credits of electives).
      Electives from any of the concentration courses or FIN 562 , MGT 542 , MGT 545 , MGT 549 , MGT 591 , MGT 595 , MGT 599 , SCM 513 , SCM 573 .
      MBA with concentration (9 credits of concentration electives).
      Accounting Concentration
                 a. ACC 535 , ACC 545 .
                 b. One from: ACC 550 ACC 530 ACC 555 , ACC 580 ACC 575 ACC 538 ACC 565 ACC 562 FIN 567 , PUB 523 .
      Computer Information Systems Concentration
      Three from: CIS 520  , CIS 530 , CIS 550 , CSC 549 CSC 580 .
      Finance Concentration
      Three from: FIN 564 , FIN 565 , FIN 566 , FIN 567 , FIN 568 .
      Health Care Management Concentration
      Three from: ANE 720 HCR 505 , HCR 509 HCR 511 , HCR 525 , HCR 577 HCR 587 .
      International Business Concentration
      Three from: FIN 566 INB 580 INB 586 , INB 588 , MKT 536 .
      Lean Manufacturing Concentration
      MFGO 619, 633, 635. (These courses are offered through Kettering University.)
      Marketing and Innovation Management Concentration
      MKT 538  MGT 547 , one from: MKT 532 , MKT 537 , or MGT 545 .
      Organizational Leadership Concentration
      MGT 546 , MGT 548 , MGT 549 .
  2. All requirements must be completed within seven calendar years of initial enrollment in the program.
  3. An overall grade point average of at least 3.0 is required for program completion. A grade point average of less than 3.0 constitutes a sufficient basis for probationary status and, if the grade point average is not improved, dismissal from the program. Students with probationary status must make progress toward “good standing.” Failure to do so may result in required reduction in the maximum courses the student may enroll in or other actions. Courses in which a grade below B is received may be retaken once for credit. In such cases, both the original grade and the grade received when the course is retaken appear on the transcript and are used in determining the student’s grade point average.
  4. Transfer credit is limited to no more than nine credits and must have been completed in the last 7 years with a grade of B or better in graduate courses while enrolled as a graduate student at an AACSB accredited program, and must not be part of another degree. Exceptions to this rule are accepted only in unusual circumstances and then only by approval of the SOM Graduate Programs Committee.
  5. Course waivers are considered only at the time of admission to the MBA Program and limited to foundation courses only.  Equivalency is determined by AACSB-International accreditation status of the institution, or by the School of Management Graduate Programs Committee. Grades in equivalent courses are also considered.  Waivers reduce the number of credits required to complete the MBA degree. However, completion of a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours (33 for a MBA with a concentration) at the University of Michigan-Flint is required to graduate.


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