Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The University of Michigan-Flint’s Master of Public Administration program has its own rich legacy bolstered by that of the University of Michigan’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.

Five Concentrations Available
UM-Flint’s MPA program is designed to be easily completed part-time to suit the schedule of working professionals. Students may opt to complete the program in person or online, using our Hyperflex format in which classes meet simultaneously in person and virtually. This option is available for the General Program, the Nonprofit and Social Entrepreneurship concentration, and the Social and Public Policy concentration: 

  • Nonprofit Administration & Social Entrepreneurship* **
  • Criminal Justice Administration** 
  • General Program* ** 
  • Health Care Administration** 
  • Social & Public Policy**

*100% online option via Hyperflex courses
**Hyperflex as well as on-ground-only courses available

The General Program allows students to gain deeper insight into public administration more broadly. It is ideal for many public service professionals, especially those seeking to work in governmental organizations at the local, state, or federal level. 

The core is supplemented by additional courses in various areas of administration or with one of four concentrations:

Nonprofit Administration & Social Entrepreneurship – 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 – 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.

Health Care 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 & Public Policy – 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.

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Admission Requirements

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 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. This program is an on-campus program. Admitted students are eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa).
    International students cannot complete this program online in their home country.

Application Deadlines
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 

*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.