Optimize your future with a business degree

About the School of Management

The School of Management (SOM) is located on the bricks of the Vehicle City on the 2nd floor of the Riverfront Center. Our business management school’s newly updated facility is technology-rich and includes a 24-hour finance lab with interactive investment and stock trend displays, a video recording classroom, and a video conference classroom that allows for live joint classes to be held with partnering international institutions or for hybrid “Hyperflex” courses.

We are recognized globally as a high-ranking business school and accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the top accrediting body for business schools around the world. Only 5.5% of business schools in the U.S. have earned AACSB accreditation. Why is accreditation important to students? Our full-time professors have PhDs and are world-recognized business leaders. As leaders in their fields, they regularly publish research in leading academic journals. Our business faculty engage and inspire passionate classroom discussions around their research and the latest business topics, adding value to the student’s classroom experience.

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Our mission at SOM is to deliver innovative high-quality educational programs; create intellectual contributions that impact business theory and practice; meaningfully engage our local and global communities, and demonstrate the highest integrity and ethics in all that we do.

Accelerated Online Business Degree

Earning the No. 1 ranked online Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Michigan just got easier. New for fall 2023, the UM-Flint BBA will be offered in the Accelerated Degree Completion format! That means accelerated, seven-week courses offered totally online asynchronously, meaning you don’t have to give up the other important aspects of your life to earn a world-renowned degree. Scholarships of $1,000 are available now!

Learn more about the Accelerated Online BBA.

Why a BBA Degree?

A Bachelor in Business Administration degree ensures that you are professionally prepared and career-ready for the rapidly evolving world of business. The BBA degree provides you with a larger scope of business knowledge than other degrees, which may focus more on the arts or sciences. Business is everywhere. Everything runs like a business. Some industries that need business professionals are sports, entertainment, hospitals and healthcare, government and schools, construction, technology, non-profits, real estate, and more. Organizations need people with a business background to run a variety of business-related functions like production and distribution, sales and marketing, purchasing, accounting and finance, research and development, and human resources management. A bachelor’s of business degree offers flexibility to pursue a variety of career opportunities at any point in your professional career.

A BBA degree stands out to employers. It shows that you have a credible business perception and have acquired the necessary professional skills to be an asset to the organization. As a BBA student, your chances of acquiring a more notable and higher-paying job are increased. You’ll find BBA professionals as respected leaders in all sectors of business and management.

UM-Flint’s undergraduate business degree provides a well-rounded business experience that helps guide students through all areas of business. Students find financial independence while earning their business degrees through accounting and finance courses. Every student learns crucial financial fundamentals that can be translated to their own expenses.

A business student will graduate with 63% of their degree being business credits. The other portion of the degree will be important non-business courses, either taken at UM-Flint or transferred from another institution. The required non-business courses prepare a student’s foundation in other core areas within our society. In the general education courses, you may find another passion and pursue this as a minor!

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“Choosing to attend UM-Flint for my bachelor’s degree is one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I learned so much here and have been able to broaden my horizons. I have met so many great people and even got to attend a conference in New York City my junior year.

UM-Flint made it possible to chase my dreams of becoming a CPA. I will be furthering my education here at UM-Flint through the MSA program starting this spring. I am excited for the road ahead and grateful that I am part of such a great university!”

Hannah Hodgkinson
Accounting 2021
Current MS in Accounting student

Why Earn Your Bachelor of Business Administration at UM-Flint?

What does earning your business degree from the University of Michigan mean? It means you’ll have opportunities inside and outside the classroom to excel and have the flexibility to take classes on or off campus. You can customize your Michigan BBA to fit your learning and lifestyle needs each semester by taking any class format. While you are sitting in a classroom or sitting at your computer, our faculty will supply you with business theory and practical application that will allow you to apply those theories throughout the program.

UM-Flint’s bachelor’s of business program is designed to engage students with a challenging curriculum while balancing business involvement. All students, on or off campus, can engage with campus life. There are opportunities to be part of a student organization, club sports, or Greek life. As a business student, you will have the opportunity to pursue an internship and utilize all of our business-specific career services and workshops. UM-Flint BBA students also have opportunities to study abroad for a whole semester or a short two-week faculty-led trip.

While students complete our rigorous curriculum, which consists of pre-business, core business, and major business courses, they will develop better communication skills, critical thinking skills, the ability to work effectively in teams, and the ability to exceed expectations in learning objectives. As human skills become vitally more important in today’s ever-changing business environment, we emphasize these human skills in all business classes.

After completing their University of Michigan business degree, our students go on to successful careers as Leaders and Best in all areas of business.

BBA Online

Attending class no longer means having to be on campus sitting in a classroom. The Bachelor of Business Administration degree is also available 100% online. We offer synchronous (students meet remotely at a regular time), asynchronous (students complete coursework without any regularly scheduled class meeting time) and accelerated (complete two seven-week asynchronous courses at a time) formats. Students will also have the option of hyperflex, which allows you to study in-person, online synchronously, or asynchronously. 

As a leading business school for more than two decades, our dedication to craft has earned us a prestigious No. 1 ranking in the state of Michigan, and top 60 ranking in the nation, from by the U.S. News & World Report for our online bachelor of business degree program. The School of Management has received other competitive rankings from The Best Schools for being in the Top 50 Most Affordable Online Degrees and one of the Top 30 Best Online Programs in Accounting.

Best Online Bachelor’s of Business Degree. Ranked #1 in Michigan. Source: U.S. News & World Report

Flexible Part-time Learning

All programs at the School of Management offer flexible class schedules. According to your need and preference, you may choose to complete your degree on a part-time or full-time basis, with our 100% online option, or add daytime, evening, or hybrid classes to your schedule.

New for fall 2023, UM-Flint business students have the option to complete their BBA in General Business in the Accelerated Online Degree Completion format. Earn your degree while taking two seven-week courses at a time in an online, asynchronous format. See if an AODC program is right for you.

Transfer Friendly

65% of the students accepted into UM-Flint’s business program pursue their bachelor’s degree after completing an associate degree or transferring from a community college or other university. The School of Management has transfer guides for all 29 Michigan community colleges to provide an easy transition to the bachelor’s or online bachelor’s business program. UM-Flint will accept 75+ transfer credits from regionally accredited institutions with a grade of “C”/2.0 or higher. Transfer students are eligible for transfer merit scholarships awarded by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions which would be awarded over two academic years for a total of $5,000 in financial aid.

The Michigan Transfer Pathway Guides outline transferable courses from all of the community colleges in Michigan so you can start on the path to your U-M business degree. Following a transfer pathway, students can complete most (or all) of their general education and pre-business requirements at a community college and transfer to UM-Flint to complete approximately two years of less or upper-level business courses.

Schedule an appointment with an advisor to make the transfer transition seamless.

Financial Assistance

There are numerous scholarships exclusively for business students on top of additional financial resources through UM-Flint Go Blue Guarantee, scholarships, grants, and resources. UM-Flint proudly provides additional scholarships or grants for veterans, parents, and minorities. To understand the different types of aid available, the Office of Financial Aid has resources and answers to all your questions!

The School of Management awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships to students during the 2020/2021 academic year.

I transferred from Mott Community College to UM-Flint at the beginning of 2019 to end off my senior year of undergrad. Transferring was scary because I wanted to make sure I brought over as many credits from Mott Community College as possible, and I wanted to make sure that I didn’t take courses that wouldn’t be accepted during the process. I worked closely with Erica Ogburn, my advisor at MCC, and Craig Gomolka as part of the Mott2UMF program. Without them, transferring would have been stressful. I am grateful that everything went smoothly. No money lost, no classes lost, and I had a clear plan to guide me through the process.

Kayla Laird
Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management, 2020

Kayla Laird

Joint BBA/MBA Degree

High-achieving students will have the opportunity to apply for the Joint BBA/MBA program in their junior year. This program will allow students to substitute senior-level BBA major courses with corresponding MBA concentration courses. Students also have the opportunity to waive four MBA foundation courses by earning B’s or better in the equivalent BBA courses.

BBA students in this program could waive/count up to seven courses toward their MBA, leaving only 8 courses to complete after graduating with their Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Business students in this program could earn their MBA for as few as 24 credits instead of the traditional 45 credits.

BBA Double Major

Stand out to employers with a BBA with majors in Finance & International Business or any combination of our eight business majors. For a few extra credits, you can diversify your brand to be a unique asset at any company.

There are many benefits of a double major:

  • Broader knowledge. Studying two majors earns you a level of knowledge within two disciplines that other students may not acquire. 
  • More potential career paths. By double majoring, you are more likely to be promoted to positions that require knowledge in multiple functional areas.
  • Double count courses toward your second major. Students wishing to pursue a double major should review the business major share courses guide. If two majors share the same course, you only have to take that course once. This reduces the number of courses needed to complete your second major. 

BBA Honors Program

Students can also apply to the Business Honors Program (BBA). Students with a 3.5 GPA from high school or transfer students qualify. The Honors Program has proven results. 100% of graduates are accepted into graduate and professional schools, and 97% acceptance rate into medical school (compared to 25% nationwide). Honor’s students pursue an integrated curriculum, plus have research opportunities, conference and presentation experience, and funds for an off-campus study experience up to $3,000.

Be Involved in Business

While students learn a lot in the classroom, the value of engagement outside the classroom is just as important. BBA students have opportunities to participate in study abroad trips, semester-long exchange programs, entrepreneurship competitions, internships, student organizations, and much more. Opportunities are available to those on campus and online.

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Business Focused Clubs & Student Organizations

The School of Management proudly supports and sponsors eight student organizations ─ one for each major ─ that are nationally recognized and have received awards. Student organization members gain real-life career experience, can participate in national conferences and competitions, and make professional connections not only within the Flint community but globally.

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Preparing College Graduates for Professional Success

The School of Management assists students with career readiness by hosting a variety of career development events like business career fairs, workshops, alumni speakers, the employer in residence, company tours, and more!

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Seek Innovation and Share your Ideas with the World!

The Hagerman Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is the heart of entrepreneurship within the School of Management and at UM-Flint. The Center offers activities to facilitate entrepreneurial and innovative skills to help graduates thrive and be successful such as an idea pitch competition “Zillion Solutions” for students to compete for thousands of dollars and meet other entrepreneurs in the Flint community.

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Explore your World while Studying in a Foreign Country

Faculty-led study abroad trips that are three weeks or shorter in the spring/summer semester. You will be able to immerse yourself in business and culture in a foreign country alongside an experienced professor and a group of peers. Study abroad trips count towards UM-Flint credit and are eligible for financial aid and scholarships.

We’re Here for Your Success

Academic Advising
The School of Management is proud to have multiple advisors who are the experts students can rely upon to help guide their educational journey. Explore all the possible pathways for your future, and learn more about our program today!

Professional Career Direction
Not only does the BBA program have a full-time Career Planning Counselor, but our students also have access to a strong alumni network of nearly 9,000 business alumni. Our alumni engage in career panels, mentoring, job shadowing, offer paid internships for SOM students at their companies, and more opportunities to kick start your career.

Largest Alumni Network in the World
As a student or graduate, you’ll have access to UM resources or to fellow Wolverines across the globe. During your program at UM-Flint, you’ll have multiple opportunities to connect with UM’s alumni network in a variety of disciplines either at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor events or events at UM-Flint. After you graduate, the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan continues to provide resources or portals for you to continue to connect with your peers or meet new alumni from the three campuses.

Expert Faculty
UM-Flint’s business faculty bring practical working knowledge into the learning environment and are experienced, tested, and respected global experts in their field. Like all University of Michigan instructors, they have a passion for education and years of experience teaching and researching current business issues. School of Management faculty are available to consult with students wishing to pursue careers in any of our eight major disciplines.

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University of Michigan-Flint School of Management endeavors to empower students from around the globe to achieve academic success and become highly skilled leaders who can shape the future landscape of business.

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