Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Educational Administration (MPA) Program Apart?

  • UM-Flint’s WebPlus Online/Weekend Program in Educational Administration provides you an ideal path to an advanced degree, with a unique blend of face-to-face interaction and convenient online coursework. Classes meet on campus the second Saturday of each month.
  • Whether you seek advancement as an educator, administrator, or a school principal, this high-quality program equips you with the tools and concepts necessary for successful administration and an informed perspective on the range of situations confronting K-12 education.
  • The online/weekend format provides you flexibility and convenience.
  • A clinical experience is organized in your current school setting.
  • The Educational Administration program is a two-year, part-time program (39 credits).
  • The cohort structure of the Educational Administration program allows you to progress through the two-year program with the same group of 20-30 students, providing you the opportunity to build lasting personal and professional relationships.
  • Graduates of this program are awarded a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Michigan’s nationally recognized Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies.
  • The MPA in Educational Administration is approved by the Michigan Department of Education for Principal Preparation.
  • Upon graduation from the program, students are eligible to apply for the mandatory School Administrator Certificate.


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • A teaching certificate


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

Application Deadlines

The program has rolling admissions and reviews completed applications each month.  A new cohort begins each September.

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall (early deadline*) – May 1
  • Fall (final deadline) – August 1

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

The final deadline for international students is May 1 for the fall semester.


Educational Administration Concentration (Master of Public Administration)

The program concentration in Educational Administration equips the educational administrator with concepts and tools, and provides an informed perspective on the range of problems and responsibilities confronting education today. The Michigan Board of Education has reinstated licensure for school administrators. The standards are published on the website of the State of Michigan Department of Education. The MPA curriculum is aligned with the State Board of Education standards, along with those of the Educational Leadership Constituent Council.

Required Courses and Course Sequence     

Fall (First Year) 6 credits
PUB 500 - Politics, Policy, and Public Administration.  (3)
PUB 567 /EDL 531 - The Principalship.  (3)

Winter (First Year) 7 credits
PUB 550 /EDL 510 - Leadership Theory and Practice.  (1)
PUB 563 /EDL 520 - Introduction to School Law.  (3)
PUB 582 /EDE 502 - Schools and Communities.  (3)

Spring/Summer (First Year) 7 credits
PUB 550 /EDL 510 - Leadership Theory and Practice.  (1)
PUB 566 /EDL 529 - Curriculum Development.  (3)
PUB 594 /EDL 545 - Grantwriting and Administration in Public and Nonprofit Agency Settings.  (3)

Fall (Second Year) 6 credits
PUB 508 - Evaluation of Services and Programs.  (3)
PUB 564 /EDL 525 - School Finance and Business Administration.  (3)

Winter (Second Year) 7 credits
PUB 550 /EDL 510 - Leadership Theory and Practice.  (1)
PUB 568 /EDL 540 - Instructional Practice and Evaluation.  (3)
PUB 592 /EDL 660 - Clinical Practice in School Administration.  (3)

Spring/Summer (Second Year) 3 credits
PUB 501 - Administrative Organization and Behavior.  (3)

Total Credit Hours:  36

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