lifelong learning students

Continue Learning at Your Convenience

The purpose of graduate Lifelong Learning status is to permit and facilitate access to UM-Flint graduate courses to students not formally admitted to a UM-Flint graduate degree program. For more information on this category.

General Policies

  • Students who have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited institution and wish to take graduate courses without being formally admitted to a UM-Flint degree program are considered graduate Lifelong Learning students.
  • Graduate Lifelong Learning students must provide proof of bachelor’s degree.*
  • Instructor and/or program director approval is required for each course the student wishes to elect.
  • Prerequisites, grading standards, class assignments, and attendance requirements of a course apply to all students in that course, including graduate Lifelong Learning and guest students.
  • Colleges, departments, schools, and programs determine rules of access to their courses and may limit enrollment of graduate Lifelong Learning and guest students in certain courses.
  • Graduate Lifelong Learning students are not eligible for most sources of financial aid.
  • Graduate Lifelong Learning students who wish to be admitted to a UM-Flint graduate degree program in the future must apply for that program using the Graduate Application for Admission in accordance with established application deadlines. Courses taken as a graduate Lifelong Learning student do not guarantee admission to a program.
  • In general, up to six (6) graduate credit hours elected as a graduate Lifelong Learning student may apply toward a UM-Flint graduate degree. In certain circumstances, some programs may accept up to nine (9) credits. The student must receive admission to a degree program, and the program director must determine that the courses are acceptable.
  • Graduate Lifelong Learning admission is for one term only. Students who wish to enroll in a future term as a graduate Lifelong Learning student must submit another Application for Graduate Lifelong Learning or Guest Admission and receive course approvals.

*A student in his/her final semester of undergraduate study at UM-Flint who wishes to elect a graduate course for the following semester as a graduate Lifelong Learning student must submit a memo from his/her academic advisor stating when all degree requirements for the baccalaureate degree will be completed as well as a signed Statement of Understanding.

Applying for Lifelong Learning Admission & Guest Admission
Complete the Application for Graduate Lifelong Learning or Guest Admission and submit it together with the following supporting documents to the University of Michigan-Flint, Office of Graduate Programs, 303 E. Kearsley St., Flint, MI  48502-1950:

  • A transcript or diploma with bachelor’s or master’s degree posted.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English (this includes U.S. citizens and permanent residents whose native language is not English) must demonstrate English proficiency.
  • Applicants who are in their final semester of their undergraduate studies who wish to elect a graduate course for the following semester as a graduate Lifelong Learning student must submit a memo from their academic advisor stating when all degree requirements for their baccalaureate degree will be completed as well as a signed Statement of Understanding.

Once admitted to the university, you must contact the academic department or program that offers the course to get a departmental override. Once the override is issued, you may register for the course(s).

Deadline to Apply
While most departments do not have a deadline to apply to take a graduate course under Lifelong Learning status, it is highly recommended that you apply with sufficient time to get instructor permission, submit any required supporting documents, register for the course(s), and take care of any university business (ID card, parking pass, tuition payments, etc.) associated with your course(s).

  • School of Management Courses
    Lifelong Learning students wishing to take courses beginning with the prefix MGT or ACC must apply by the following deadlines:
    • Fall: August 15
      Winter: November 15
      Spring: February 15
      Summer: May 15

The purpose of the deadlines is so that you may attend new student orientation, which includes information important to your success in MGT classes.

Physical Therapy Bridge to U.S. Credentialing Program
Students who have a physical therapy degree who wish to fulfill the educational requirements to obtain PT licensure in the United States and wish to take graduate courses without being formally admitted to UM-Flint degree or certificate program are considered Lifelong Learning students and should fill out an Application for Physical Therapy Bridge to U.S. Credentialing Program. Also required:

  • One of the following: A transcript with physical therapy degree posted (If the degree is not posted on the transcript, a copy of the certificate of graduation or diploma indicating conferral of the degree and the date it was conferred is also required.) OR a copy of your Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) Report of Evaluation of Education Credentials
  • Proof of English proficiency if your native language is not English

The Physical Therapy Department will be provided with your application materials and make a decision on your admission.