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.

BUILD YOUR IN-DEPTH COMPETENCY

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
CHOOSE YOUR FORMAT

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.

PROJECT-BASED LEARNING

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.

Campus learning labs

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

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.

DIVERSITY MAKES A DIFFERENCE

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.

NETPLUS! MBA

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.

TRADITIONAL MBA

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.

DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMS
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.

Accreditation

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.

Courses

Requirements

Thirty to forty-five credit hours of graduate-level coursework, as follows:

Foundation courses (12 credits)

  • ACC 521 - Accounting for Managers (3)
  • FIN 551 - Business Economics (3)
  • MGT 541 - Organizational Behavior (3)
  • SCM 512 - Applied Quantitative Analysis (3)

Core Courses (24 credits)

Functional

  • FIN 561 - Financial Management (3)
  • MKT 531 - Marketing Management (3)
  • SCM 571 - Operations Management (3)

External Environment/Managerial Support/Intergrative

  • INB 585 - Global Dimensions of Management (3)
  • MGT 501 - Organizational Communication and Negotiation (3)
  • MGT 552 - Nonmarket Strategy (3)
  • MGT 581 - Management Information Systems (3)

Capstone

  • MGT 589 - Strategic Management (3)

Elective/Concentration Courses (6-9 credits)

General MBA Six credits of electives from any of the concentration courses or:

  • FIN 562 - Advanced Corporate Finance: Application and Financial Strategy (3)
  • MGT 542 - Strategic Human Resource Management (3)
  • MGT 545 - Innovation Management/Entrepreneurship (3)
  • MGT 549 - Contemporary Issues in Leadership (3)
  • MGT 591 - Applied Research Project (3)
  • MGT 595 - Business Internship Experience (1-3)
  • MGT 599 - Special Topics in Management (3)
  • SCM 513 - Spreadsheet Modeling (3)
  • SCM 573 - Topics in Quality Management (3)

Accounting Concentration Nine credits:

  • ACC 535 - Financial Reporting Special Topics (3)
  • ACC 545 - Seminar in Management Accounting (3)

One from:

  • ACC 530 - Intermediate Financial Reporting (3)
  • ACC 538 - Advanced Financial Reporting (3)
  • ACC 550 - Individual Federal Income Taxation (3)
  • ACC 555 - Advanced Federal Income Taxation Theory and Research (3)
  • ACC 562 - Forensic Accounting (3)
  • ACC 565 - Seminar in Contemporary Accounting Systems and Control (3)
  • ACC 575 - Auditing and Assurance Services (3)
  • ACC 580 - Advanced Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting and Financial Reporting (3)
  • FIN 567 - Financial Statement Analysis (3)
  • PUB 523 - Accounting in Government and Non-Profit Organizations (3)

Computer Information Systems Concentration Nine credits; three from:

  • CIS 520 - Knowledge Management in Information Systems (3)
  • CIS 530 - Information Storage and Retrieval (3)
  • CIS 550 - Decision Support Systems (3)
  • CSC 549 - Ethics and Security Management (3)
  • CSC 580 - Advanced Software Engineering (3)

Finance Concentration Nine credits; three from:

  • FIN 564 - Investments Analysis and Portfolio Management (3)
  • FIN 565 - Financial Engineering and Risk Management (3)
  • FIN 566 - International and Global Financial Management (3)
  • FIN 567 - Financial Statement Analysis (3)
  • FIN 568 - Financial Markets and Institutions (3)

Health Care Management Concentration Nine credits; three from:

  • ANE 720 - Ethical Issues in Nurse Anesthesia (1-3)
  • HCR 505 - Health Policy (3)
  • HCR 509 - Healthcare Strategic Planning (3)
  • HCR 511 - Economic Applications in Health Administration (3)
  • HCR 525 - Contemporary Issues in Health Care Management (3)
  • HCR 577 - Financial Management in Health Care (3)
  • HCR 587 - Legal Issues in Health Care (3)

International Business Concentration Nine credits; three from:

  • FIN 566 - International and Global Financial Management (3)
  • INB 580 - Faculty-Led International Business Study Abroad (3)
  • INB 586 - International Business Law (3)
  • INB 588 - Global Strategy (3)
  • MKT 536 - International and Global Marketing Management (3)

Lean Manufacturing Concentration Nine credits, offered through Kettering University:

  • MFGO 619
  • MFGO 633
  • MFGO 635

Marketing and Innovation Management Concentration Nine credits:

  • MKT 538 - New Product Design and Development (3)
  • MGT 547 - Strategic Innovation Management (3)

One from:

  • MKT 532 - Marketing Strategy (3)
  • MKT 537 - Digital Marketing (3)
  • MGT 545 - Innovation Management/Entrepreneurship (3)

Organizational Leadership Concentration Nine credits:

  • MGT 546 - Advanced Negotiation: Theory and Practice (3)
  • MGT 548 - Leading Organizational Change (3)
  • MGT 549 - Contemporary Issues in Leadership (3)

Additional information on the Master of Business Administration including course descriptions can be found in the catalog

Note

All requirements must be completed within seven calendar years of initial enrollment in the program.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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
  • 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, October 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.