Why UM-Flint

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

Rackham

The University of Michigan-Flint’s Master of Public Administration program has its own rich legacy bolstered by that of the U-M’s Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. For those seeking to learn from and alongside the best administrative talent in the country, this is the graduate program for you. Learn more about the Rackham Graduate School here

FOUR CONCENTRATIONS AVAILABLE

In addition to the General Program, UM-Flint’s MPA program offers four concentrations in:

  • Administration of Nonprofit Agencies
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Educational Administration
  • Health Care Administration
DIFFERENT PATHS, SAME DESTINATION

The MPA program is interdisciplinary, aimed to meet the educational needs of students who have earned specialized, technical, or liberal arts degrees and who are seeking to expand or update their knowledge of administration.

FLEXIBILITY THAT FITS YOUR LIFE

UM-Flint’s MPA program is ideally completed part-time to suit the schedule of working professionals. The General Program and the Educational Administration concentration are offered in a blended format, with once-per-month Saturday classes combined with online learning. Classes in Criminal Justice, Health Care, and Nonprofit Agencies are offered primarily on-campus in the evenings with some mixed-mode courses.

A MULTI-PRONGED APPROACH

UM-Flint’s interdisciplinary MPA program is comprised of faculty and courses from political science, economics, health care, education, criminal justice, sociology, and psychology, offering a rich and varied knowledge base.

SUPPORTIVE FACULTY

UM-Flint faculty make themselves available to students outside the normal class schedule, with flexible office hours and online availability.

GETTING RESULTS

Whether you are currently employed in a public organization or interested in starting a graduate degree before obtaining concurrent work experience, you will receive the balanced, advanced education necessary to become a capable, decisive leader.

Courses

Public Administration (MPA)

The MPA program consists of 36-37 credit hours.  In addition to the general MPA, students may specialize in one of four concentrations:

  • Administration of Nonprofit Agencies  
  • Criminal Justice Administration  
  • Educational Administration  
  • Health Care Administration  

MPA General Program

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Admission

Requirements

Knowledge Base

Applicants should have completed:     

  • A course in government or public sector administration or relevant experience
  • A course in microeconomic principles
  • A course in statistics

It is preferred that applicants lacking any of the knowledge base courses fulfill the requirement(s) with MPA classes as part of their degree.

Applying

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. Application deadlines are as follows:     

  • Fall (early deadline*) – May 1
  • Fall (final deadline) – August 1
  • Winter – November 15
  • Spring – March 15
  • Summer – 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.

Concentrations

Administration of Nonprofit Agencies Concentration

The concentration in Administration of Nonprofit Agencies is designed to serve principally those who seek advancement in careers in the not-for-profit sector. The concentration also will serve, and is appropriate for, those with bachelor’s degrees but no current or previous relevant employment. The Nonprofit Administration option might be of particular interest to those with undergraduate
degrees in social work, sociology, economics, health care, political science, business, psychology, or communications.

Criminal Justice Administration Concentration

The primary objective of the concentration in Criminal Justice Administration is to provide advanced education in administration and policy anaylsis to persons already employed in agencies in the criminal justice system. The educational needs of those with a specialized, technical, or liberal arts degree, and others with limited or outdated training in administration are addressed. Designed to serve those seeking to update knowledge to deal with the more complex and numerous tasks facing professionals in the criminal justice system, the concentration includes study of contemporary developments in criminal justice administration, most notably the interdependence between preprosecutorial and post-prosecutorial agencies and functions and the close relationship between
administration and policy.

Educational 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.

General MPA

The MPA general program is designed to provide advanced education in administration for persons employed in the public or nonprofit sectors, as well as for those seeking entry into careers in administration. This interdisciplinary program addresses the educational needs of those with specialized, technical, or liberal arts degrees, and those seeking to expand or update their administrative education. The program is comprised of faculty and courses in political science, economics, health care, education, criminal justice, sociology, and psychology.

Health Care Administration Concentration

The program concentration in Health Care Administration offered in collaboration with the Department of Health Sciences and Administration provides advanced education in administration and policy analysis primarily to persons employed within the health care field. It addresses the educational needs of those with specialized, technical, or liberal arts degrees, as well as others with limited or outdated education or training in administration. Focusing on contemporary developments in health care administration, the program concentration prepares students to deal with the complex tasks and challenges of today’s health care system.