Frequently Asked Questions

How do I attend class?
All courses will be online asynchronous and completed in seven-week sessions, which means you study and work when it is convenient for you, while meeting overall course requirements.

How is AODC different from other UM-Flint programs?
AODC offers the same rigorous curricular standards and degree requirements as other UM-Flint programs in a format that is built for busy professionals and transfer students. The same admission standards apply for AODC, with the additional requirement of transferring 25+ college credits.

AODC students are supported along the way with an academic advisor focused on their needs.

What kind of degree will I earn in AODC?
AODC students will earn a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS). Students will choose two certificates to earn with their degree: Cybersecurity Fundamentals, Data Analytics & Interpretation, and Digital Communication.

Are scholarships available to AODC students?
Yes! With generous support from the Mott Foundation, newly admitted AODC students could qualify for a scholarship of up to $8,000 in their first year of enrollment, increasing the accessibility of this innovative degree pathway.

I’m nervous about being an online student. Are there support services for students like me?
Yes! We have a wide range of resources for you to use. The Office of Online and Digital Education offers support seven days a week, plus ongoing online workshops where you can get your questions answered.

When can I start?
The very first seven-week term of AODC kicks off in Fall 2022. Students can be admitted to the university six times per year. There are two admission points in every Fall and Winter semester and students can also start in Spring and Summer semesters.

What is a part of term?
Part of term is the designation used to identify the smaller seven-week courses within a larger semester. There will be two parts of the term inside of each of the Fall and Winter semesters.

After a student is admitted, who will be their advisor?
When students are admitted to AODC, they will automatically be assigned to Stephanie Martiny for personalized advising.

Are there any additional requirements to complete the program?
All students enrolled in AODC are part of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). CAS degree requirements and UM-Flint graduation requirements include the following:

  • You must satisy the General Education program requirements.
  • You must maintain a cumulative grade point average of a C (2.0) or better in the program and the total work at the University of Michigan-Flint.
  • You must complete at least 30 credits at the University of Michigan-Flint, including the last 30 credits.
  • You must complete at least 33 credits in courses numbered 300 and higher, including at least 30 taken at the University of Michigan-Flint.

How long are the certificates?
Certificates integrated into the BIS Degree Completion Pathway consist of 12 credits of coursework. Certificates will be posted to your transcript as a separate credential at the time of graduation.

Money is tight right now. Are there any scholarships or other financial aid options for a student like me?
Yes! Helping you to afford your education is a priority at UM-Flint. We have several options for students, from grants to loans, and scholarships. The Office of Financial Aid will discuss with you other options for aid and information for filling out the FAFSA.