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. In addition to the General Program which offers a broad education in public service, the University of Michigan-Flint’s MPA program offers five concentrations in:

  • 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

Different Paths, Same Destination
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.

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

Supportive, Experienced Faculty
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
  • Nonprofit administration
  • Law
  • Local and state government
  • Research
  • School administration

Getting Results
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.

Academic Advising

At UM-Flint, we are proud to have many dedicated advisors who are the experts students can rely upon to help guide their educational journey. Book an appointment today.

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.

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 
  • 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.