Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Program Apart?

You didn’t get to your current leadership position by being idle. Amplify your leadership ability and go further by analyzing the forces that motivate people and organizations to change, as well as exploring what causes resistance to change.

Weekend Net+

This structure blends online education with two weekend (Friday & Saturday) on-campus sessions per semester. Students have the flexibility desired in a graduate program while still being engaged in a traditional classroom setting. The majority of course work is done online while integrating two campus sessions per semester. This gives students networking opportunities not found in most online programs.

These very interactive classroom experiences include professor lectures, group discussion/debates, in-class negotiations, group presentations, simulations, guest speakers, and much more. Additional advantages include:

  • Opportunities to collaborate with other graduate students while on-campus
  • Campus residency sessions that supplement online coursework and allow for face-to-face interactions
  • This format makes it convenient for students from a wide geographic area to pursue the MSLOD
  • Campus sessions planned out two years in advance to allow scheduling ease
Managing Diverse Talent

Leaders come from many backgrounds and manage people with a multitude of cultural, educational, and age differences. This program will help you explore cultural diversity, talent management, and ethical leadership approaches. Program coursework prompts students to consider why and how these attributes affect decision-making and leadership behavior.

Change Management

How do power, conflict, and group dynamics affect leadership and decision making? Understand how policies impact human behavior within organizations. Examine tools for managing and leading change while assessing current organizational practices.

Communication, Negotiation & Conflict

Learn advanced processes vital to improving negotiation and organizational communication. Our professors take you on a learning path from theory to practice with an emphasis on preparation, motivation, process, and outcomes of negotiation. They dive into the complexities involved in multiparty and cross-cultural negotiations, as well as mediation processes and conflict management.

Leading Across Professional Disciplines

We recognize leaders manage across many professions. This degree is appropriate for supervisors in a wide variety of career paths such as engineering, tech, health care, non-profit, business, education, arts, and more.

Recognized for Excellence

The School of Management has recently been named as one of the best business schools nationally by the Princeton Review and in Michigan by College Choice Rankings. Furthermore, students interested in Dual MBA/MSLOD program will be pleased to hear our MBA program was selected as a CEO Magazine Tier One Ranking. The dual program will be offered starting fall 2018.

AACSB-International Accreditation

The School of Management is accredited by AACSB-International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Member institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review system. AACSB accreditation is considered to be the hallmark of excellence in management education. Through AACSB accreditation, we prepare students to contribute to their organization, the larger society, and to grow personally and professionally throughout their careers. aacsb.edu



A. Foundation Courses (9 Credit Hours)

MGT 501 - Organizational Communication and Negotiation (3)
MGT 541 - Organizational Behavior (3)
MGT 582 - Strategy, Organization Theory, and Design (3)

B. Advanced Courses (21 Credit Hours)

MGT 505 - Talent Management (3)
MGT 544 - Ethical Leadership (3)
MGT 546 - Advanced Negotiation: Theory and Practice (3)
MGT 547 - Strategic Innovation Management (3)
MGT 548 - Leading Organizational Change (3)
MGT 549 -Leadership in Organizations (3)
MGT 583 - International Management (3)

All requirements must be completed within four calendar years of initial enrollment in the program.

An overall grade point average of at least 3.0 is required for program completion. A grade point average of less than 3.0 constitutes a sufficient basis for probationary status and, if the grade point average is not improved, dismissal from the program. Students with probationary status must make progress toward “good standing.” Failure to do so may result in required reduction in the maximum courses the student may enroll in or other actions. Courses with a grade of D or less must be retaken. Courses in which a grade below B is received may be retaken once for credit. In such cases, both the original grade and the grade received when the course is retaken appear on the transcript and are used in determining the student’s grade point average.

Transfer credit is limited to no more than nine credits and must have been completed in the last 4 years with a grade of B or better in graduate courses while enrolled as a graduate student at an AACSB accredited program, and must not be part of another degree. Exceptions to this rule are accepted only in unusual circumstances and then only by approval of the SOM Graduate Programs Committee.

Additional information on the Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Dynamics course descriptions can be found in the catalog


  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum of two years of supervisory experience described through a résumé
  • GMAT waiver*, GMAT score of 500 or better or equivalent GRE score

*GMAT waivers available. Learn more here


To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other matierals 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
  • GMAT waiver*, GMAT score of 500 or better or equivalent GRE scores
  • Statement of Purpose: a one-page, typed response to the question, “What are your leadership goals and how will the MSLOD contribute to accomplishing these goals?”
  • Résumé: A minimum two years of supervisory experience is required. Include work experience and extracurricular activities.
  • Two letters of recommendation, can be professional and/or academic. One supervisor recommendation is required. Please utilize recommendation form provided within the online application.
  • International Students: Submit additional documentation. Visit here for details. This 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.

*GMAT waivers available. Learn more here

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester Early Deadline: May 1*
  • Fall Semester Final Deadline: August 1
  • Winter Semester: November 15 (Winter 2021 deadline extended to December 1, 2020)
  • Spring Semester: March 15 (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only) 
  • Summer Semester: May 15 (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only)

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