Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Health Care Management Program Apart?

Collaboratively offered through our Department of Public Health and Health Sciences (PHHS) and the School of Management (SOM), the innovative Master of Science in Health Care Management looks to continue a strong growth of health care offerings by the University of Michigan-Flint.

Students who graduate from this program will not only complete a master’s degree, but will also complete an SOM business certificate as well.

Responding to Health Care Needs

The demand for health care services is increasingly driven by an overall aging population. Our workforce must be responsive by adequately training our current and future leaders. Health care administrators and managers will use this degree to earn the management education necessary for professional success, personal advancement, and to support patient well-being.

Proven Outcomes

Through this program, students will learn not only state-of-the-art practical underpinnings of health care management, but also how to implement proven foundational concepts and frameworks through simulated “real world” applications and exercises. The MS in Health Care Management will allow students to work effectively as self-aware, reflective change agents, armed with a deeper understanding of organizational dynamics. Graduates of this program will have the knowledge to improve patient and organizational outcomes while employing leadership practices that will lead their organizations to success in their respective health care segments of the economy. 

Built for the Working Professional

This program is designed for managers from private and non-profit hospital and health care sectors for whom leadership and organizational knowledge and skills are necessary components of professional success and personal advancement. Only 30 credits, this program is organized to be completed part-time in as few as 22 months. Students also have the option to complete it in a shorter time frame if they attend full-time.

Offered 100% online in both the health care administration and business courses, the program also offers mixed-mode completion via the Net+ residency option for the business courses. Net+ is a blended format of online business education with two weekend (Friday & Saturday) on-campus residency sessions per semester.

Earn a Business Certificate

To complete the School of Management business certificate, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the four business courses. When applying for graduation for the MS degree, students will also apply to receive the Graduate Certificate in Business from the School of Management. These business courses can transfer directly into the MBA should a student wish to continue his or her education.

Health Care Legacy

The University of Michigan has a storied history of outstanding health care degrees. From Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor to the Doctor of Physical Therapy in Flint, our programs are among the nation’s best in preparing successful physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and other medical leaders. The faculty of the MS in Health Care Management look to continue that same rich legacy by offering this progressive and responsive degree.


Degree Requirements
Thirty credits, with a minimum grade of B- (2.7) in each course, as follows:

A. Management Courses (12 credits)

  • ACC 521 - Accounting for Managers (3)
  • FIN 551 - Business Economics (3)
  • MGT 541 - Organizational Behavior (3)
  • SCM 512 - Applied Business Analytics (3)

B. Health Care Administration Courses (18 credits)

  • HCR 509 - Applications of Strategic Management in Health Care Systems (3)
  • HCR 564 - Healthcare Marketing Strategies (3)
  • HCR 577 - Applications of Financial Management in Health Care (3)
  • HCR 578 - Performance Management in Health Care Organizations (3)
  • HCR 587 - Legal Issues in Health Care (3)
  • PHS 567 - Health Information Management for Administrators (3)

Transfer of Credit
With approval, students may transfer in, or elect as a graduate non-candidate for degree (NCFD), up to six (6) credits of relevant graduate-level coursework.

More information can be found in the university catalog here.



  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • A minimum of two years of management experience in a health care setting
    • Supervisor, manager, coordinator, lead, leader, etc. roles are examples. 

In recent years, the federal government has emphasized the need for universities and colleges to be in compliance with the distance education laws of each individual state. If you are an out-of-state student intending to enroll in an online program, please visit the State Authorization page to verify the status of UM-Flint with your state.


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
  • Two letters of recommendation:
    • If timeframe of degree completion was greater than 5 years, one professional letter and one letter from employer are required.
    • If timeframe of degree completion was 5 years or less, one academic and one professional letter are required.
  • Statement of Purpose: a typewritten document of 500 words or less that includes:
    • Your understanding of and interest in health care management.
    • How you anticipate a Master of Science in Health Care Management degree will help you in future professional settings.
    • How you plan to use health care management courses in your career.
    • Why you want to attend the University of Michigan-Flint.
    • Any special circumstances applicable to your application.
  • A current résumé
  • International students must submit additional documentation. Visit the International Students page for details. The Health Care Management program is an online program with mandatory on-campus meetings. Students admitted to this program are not eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa). Students with all other visa types are eligible.

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

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