Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Public 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


In addition to the General Program, UM-Flint’s MPA program offers five concentrations in:

  • Nonprofit Administration and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Educational Administration
  • Health Care Administration
  • Social and Public Policy

The MPA program is interdisciplinary, aimed to meet the educational needs of students who have earned specialized, technical, or liberal arts degrees and who are seeking to expand or update their knowledge of administration.


UM-Flint’s MPA program is ideally completed part-time to suit the schedule of working professionals. The Educational Administration concentration is offered in a mixed-mode format, with once-per-month Saturday classes combined with online learning. Many courses of the General concentration are offered in a similarly blended format. Courses in Criminal Justice, Health Care, and Nonprofit Agencies are offered primarily on-campus in the evenings with some mixed-mode and online options.


UM-Flint’s interdisciplinary MPA program consists of faculty and courses from political science, economics, health care, education, criminal justice, sociology, and psychology, offering a rich and varied knowledge base.


UM-Flint faculty make themselves available to students outside the normal class schedule, with flexible office hours and online availability. Furthermore, many faculty members are also working practitioners. This real-world knowledge blends into the classroom and students' learning experiences. Our professors come from many professional fields including:

Criminal court systems Health care Higher education Human Resources
Law Local and state government Research School administration

Whether you are currently employed in a public organization or interested in starting a graduate degree before obtaining concurrent work experience, you will receive the balanced, advanced education necessary to become a capable, decisive leader. The MPA at UM-Flint has a proven track record for advancing graduates through their careers. 


Nonprofit Administration and Social Entrepreneurship (MPA)

The concentration in Nonprofit Administration and Social Entrepreneurship is designed to meet the needs of current and future public administrators working in the nonprofit and socially aware for-profit sectors. The concentration also will serve, and is appropriate for, those with bachelor’s degrees but no current or previous relevant employment.

Criminal Justice Administration Concentration

The primary objective of the concentration in Criminal Justice Administration is to provide advanced education in administration and policy analysis to persons already employed in agencies in the criminal justice system. The educational needs of those with a specialized, technical, or liberal arts degree, and others with limited or outdated training in administration are addressed. Designed to serve those seeking to update knowledge to deal with the more complex and numerous tasks facing professionals in the criminal justice system, the concentration includes study of contemporary developments in criminal justice administration, most notably the interdependence between preprosecutorial and post-prosecutorial agencies and functions and the close relationship between
administration and policy.

Educational Administration

The program concentration in Educational Administration equips the educational administrator with concepts and tools, and provides an informed perspective on the range of problems and responsibilities confronting education today. The Michigan Board of Education has reinstated licensure for school administrators. The standards are published on the website of the State of Michigan Department of Education. The MPA curriculum is aligned with the State Board of Education standards, along with those of the Educational Leadership Constituent Council.

General MPA

The MPA general program is designed to provide advanced education in administration for persons employed in the public or nonprofit sectors, as well as for those seeking entry into careers in administration. This interdisciplinary program addresses the educational needs of those seeking to expand or update their administrative education. The program is comprised of faculty and courses in political science, economics, health care, education, criminal justice, sociology, and psychology.

Health Care Administration Concentration

The program concentration in Health Care Administration offered in collaboration with the Department of Health Sciences and Administration provides advanced education in administration and policy analysis primarily to persons employed within the health care field. It addresses the educational needs of those with specialized, technical, or liberal arts degrees, as well as others with limited or outdated education or training in administration. Focusing on contemporary developments in health care administration, the program concentration prepares students to deal with the complex tasks and challenges of today’s health care system.

Social and Public Policy Concentration

The Social and Public Policy Concentration of the MPA Program is designed to provide students a deep and broad understanding of public policy in a variety of areas.  Given the growing complexity of United States and international policy, this concentration prepares students to better understand policy trends and to engage in thoughtful policy analysis and policy drafting.



Knowledge Base

Applicants should have completed:     

  • A course in government or public sector administration or relevant experience
  • A course in microeconomic principles
  • A course in statistics

Students lacking any of the knowledge base courses at the time of application will fulfill these requirement(s) as part of their MPA degree.

Probationary Admission

For those who do not meet these requirements, please review the Probationary Admission option. Probationary admission may be an option for students who:

  • Show strong academic potential, but their GPA falls below the 3.0 requirement.
  • Have had extenuating circumstances that have negatively affected their cumulative GPA.
  • Can show how conditions have changed and they are now poised to maintain a “B” average or higher in the MPA program.

Students can articulate these factors through the Statement of Purpose listed under the Applying tab. Factors will be reviewed by the admissions committee upon application to the program. Should you be admitted on probationary or Lifelong Learning status, your registration will be limited to four credits or less for the first two semesters in order to establish a strong GPA.


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.

Admission to the MPA Program is based on a holistic review of an applicant's academic and professional history. Applicants are required to submit a completed application, the applicable processing fee, and providing the following documentation:

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts for prior coursework at any and all institutions of higher education attended
  • Statement of Purpose detailing the reasons for seeking further study in the MPA program and that addresses any deficiencies in the applicant's educational background
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably at least one from a professional reference and one from an academic reference
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • International students must submit additional documentation. Visit the International Students page for details.

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:

  • Fall (early review*) – May 1
  • Fall (final review) – August 1
  • Winter – November 15
  • Spring – March 15
  • Summer – May 15

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

International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted here. The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester, October 1 for the winter semester, and January 1 for the spring term.

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