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 new 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 overall 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 mid-level 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.

This 30 credit hour program is organized to be completed part-time is as few as 22 months. Students may also have the option to complete it in a shorter time frame if they attend full-time. Our blended format allows for students to complete the majority of the program online while attending only occasionally for the residency portion of the SOM courses.

All health care administration courses are offered 100% online. The four business courses in this program are offered in a blended format of online education with two weekend (Friday & Saturday) on-campus residency sessions per semester. Students have the flexibility desired in a graduate program while still being engaged in a traditional classroom setting. This gives students networking opportunities not found in most online programs.

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.


Curriculum/Degree Requirements:
To fulfill the requirements for the MS Health Care Management degree, students must successfully complete the following 30 credit hours of course work:

Management Courses (12 credits)

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

Health Care Administration Courses (18 credits)

  • HCR 509 - Health Care Strategic Planning (Required Capstone) (3)
  • HCR 564 - Healthcare Marketing Strategies (3)
  • PHS 567 - Health Information Management (3)
  • HCR 577 - Financial Management in Health Care (3)
  • HCR 578 - Healthcare Quality Management (3)
  • HCR 587 - Legal Issues in Healthcare (3)

Graduate Certificate in Business: Students completing the M.S. in Health Care Management degree program are eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Business from the School of Management. To receive the Graduate Certificate, students must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in the following four courses: ACC521; FIN551; MGT541; and SCM512. When applying for graduation for the M.S. degree, students will also apply to receive the Graduate Certificate in Business from the School of Management.

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

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


To be considered for admission, submit the following 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. 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 apply for admission by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.