Why UM-Flint

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


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


To accommodate busy working professionals, UM-Flint’s WebPlus Online/Weekend MPA program provides a flexible, part-time format (over two years, 36 credits) that blends online coursework with monthly classes on the UM-Flint campus the second Saturday of each month.


Educational Administration courses are taught by expert faculty who bring working knowledge and experiences to their instruction. You’ll learn the real-world applications of your classroom lessons from professors who are committed to mentoring and supporting you throughout your educational journey and beyond.


The Educational Administration program’s in-depth curriculum is rigorous, challenging, and well-rounded. Courses develop your broad base of knowledge as well as a specialized understanding that prepare you to succeed as a leader in educational administration. Course and project work provides you with an informed perspective on the range of challenges and responsibilities facing P-12 education today.


You’ll complete the program with a small cohort of 20-30 fellow students who share your passion for educational excellence. This cohort structure enables you to develop a strong support network for personal and professional development.


The Educational Administration program provides excellent preparation for students who plan to pursue higher degrees, including the Education Specialist and Doctor of Education at UM-Flint.

  • 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.


Required Courses/Course Sequence

Fall (First Year) 6 credits

  • PUB 500 - Politics, Policy, and Public Administration (3)
  • PUB 567 - The Principalship (3)

Winter (First Year) 7 credits

  • PUB 550 - Leadership Theory and Practice (1-3)
  • EDL 510 - Leadership Theory and Practice (1-3)


  • PUB 563 - Introduction to School Law (3)
  • EDL 520 - Introduction to School Law (3)


  • PUB 582 - Schools and Communities (3)
  • EDE 502 - Schools and Communities (3)

Spring/Summer (First Year) 7 credits

  • PUB 550 - Leadership Theory and Practice (1-3)
  • EDL 510 - Leadership Theory and Practice (1-3)


  • PUB 566 - Curriculum Development (3)
  • EDL 529 - Curriculum Development (3)


  • PUB 594 - Grantwriting and Administration (3)
  • EDL 545 - Grantwriting and Administration (3)

Fall (Second Year) 6 credits

  • PUB 508 - Evaluation of Services and Programs (3)


  • PUB 564 - School Finance and Business Administration (3)
  • EDL 525 - School Finance and Business Administration (3)

Winter (Second Year) 7 credits

  • PUB 550 - Leadership Theory and Practice (1-3)
  • EDL 510 - Leadership Theory and Practice (1-3)


  • PUB 568 - Instructional Practice and Evaluation (3)
  • EDL 540 - Instructional Practice and Evaluation (3)


  • PUB 592 - Clinical Practice in School Administration (3)
  • EDL 660 - Clinical Practice in School Administration (3)

Spring/Summer (Second Year) 3 credits

  • PUB 501 - Administrative Organization and Behavior (3)

Minimum Credits for the Degree: 36 credits

Additional information on the Educational Administration (MPA) including course descriptions can be found in the catalog




To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to FlintGradOffice@umich.edu or delivered to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Statement of Purpose describing your reasons for pursuing the degree
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals knowledgeable of your potential for advanced academic study
  • Copy of Teaching Certificate
  • International Students: Submit additional documentation. Visit umflint.edu/international for details. This program is an online program with mandatory on-campus meetings one Saturday per month. Students admitted to this program are not eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa). Students with all other visa types are eligible.

Application Dates

Submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Programs by 5 p.m. on the day of the application deadline. This program offers rolling admission with monthly application reviews. To be considered for admission, all application materials must be submitted on or before:

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall (early review*) - May 1
  • Fall (final review) - August 1 

*You must have a complete application by the early deadline to guarantee application eligibility for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.