Why UM-Flint

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

  • UM-Flint’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree, offered through the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, is designed to prepare administrators to analyze problems and solve them effectively.
  • 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.
  • In addition to the General Program, four concentrations are available:
  • The program requires 36-37 credit hours, and 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.
  • UM-Flint faculty make themselves available to students outside the normal class schedule, with flexible office hours and online availability.
  • 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.
  • Alumni include top administrators in health care, government, education, and nonprofits as well as notable elected state and city leaders and legislators.
  • UM-Flint is part of the world-renowned University of Michigan system. Students are able to tap into resources from our sister campuses in Dearborn and Ann Arbor.
  • Whether 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.


Admission Requirements

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

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.


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.


General MPA
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Criminal Justice Administration Concentration
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The primary objective of the concentration in Criminal Justice Administration is to provide advanced education in administration and policy analysis to persons already employed in agencies in the criminal justice system. The educational needs of those with specialized, technical, or liberal arts degrees, 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.

Administration of Nonprofit Agencies Concentration
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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.

Health Care Administration Concentration
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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.