Jul 21, 2019  
2009-2010 Catalog 
    
2009-2010 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduate Study


The Office of Graduate Programs
251 Frances Willson Thompson Library
(810) 762-3171
Fax: (810) 766-6789
Email: gp@umflint.edu
http://www.umflint.edu/graduateprograms

Interim Associate Provost & Dean: Christine Waters, M.A., M.F.A.
Administrative Specialist: Mary Deibis
Director of Graduate Admissions: Brad Maki
Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions: Jon Davidson
Recruiter and Academic Advisor: Erin Carrasco
Student Administration Assistant: Kathy Bloink
Student Administration Assistant: Patty Tracy
Coordinator of K-12 Projects: Robert Hahn

The Office of Graduate Programs coordinates graduate programs offered by the University of Michigan-Flint.

The University of Michigan-Flint offers fifteen graduate degree programs: the Master of Arts in Arts Administration (MA) , the Master of Arts in English Language and Literature (MA)  , Master of Arts in Social Sciences (MA) , the Master of Science in Biochemistry (MS) , the Master of Science in Biology (MS) , the Master of Science in Chemistry (MS) , and the Master of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems (MS)  through the College of Arts and Sciences; the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS)  and the Master of Public Administration (MPA)  through the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies; the Master of Arts in Education (MA)  through the School of Education and Human Services; the Master of Science in Anesthesia (MS) , the Master of Science in Health Education (MS) , the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Physical Therapy Post-Professional Transitional Program (Doctor of Physical Therapy) Physical Therapy Post-Professional Transitional/Clinical Concentration (Doctor of Physical Therapy) , and the Doctor of Nursing Practice  through the School of Health Professions and Studies; and the Master of Business Administration (MBA)  through the School of Management.  UM-Flint also offers a Physical Therapy Post-Professional Clinical Certificates/Credentialed APTA Residency(pending APTA approval)  through the School of Health Professions and Studies.

Students who have been admitted into other University of Michigan graduate programs and are in good standing may register for graduate courses at the University of Michigan-Flint, but are advised to seek assistance as to procedures from their respective campuses.

Information on graduate degree programs offered by the University of Michigan-Flint is available in the Office of Graduate Programs.

Admission

Students who have earned the bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university in the United States, or its equivalent in another country, are considered for admission without regard to sex, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, handicap, or Vietnam-era veteran status. See the appropriate section below for admission requirements specific to the various degree programs.

An applicant who holds a degree from outside the United States that is not the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree may be granted conditional admission to a degree program upon the recommendation of the director of the graduate program and the concurring opinion of the Dean of Graduate Programs. Such an admission decision will be based on a careful evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications, acceptable evidence of the institution’s competence in the student’s principal areas of preparation, and other relevant factors. If granted conditional admission, the student may be required to complete a number of hours of graduate or upper-level undergraduate qualifying course work.

Application Deadlines

Each graduate program at UM-Flint has deadlines for applying for admission. Deadlines vary by program as well as by semester. Some programs admit students to all entry terms (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer) while others limit admission to only one or two semesters (Fall and/or Winter and/or Spring). Please check your program of study for its admission terms.

International students may be required to apply earlier than the deadline posted by the program. The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester, September 1 for the winter semester, and January 1 for the spring term. International students should apply by the earlier deadline (program deadline or the international deadline).

Please refer to umflint.edu/graduateprograms for application deadlines.

Application Forms

Application forms are available from the Office of Graduate Programs and are available online at umflint.edu/graduateprograms. Inquiries should be addressed to:

University of Michigan-Flint
Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library
303 E Kearsley St
Flint, MI 48502-1950

or prospective students may telephone (810) 762-3171 or email gp@umflint.edu.

Application Fees

Submission of an application requires payment of a $55.00 application fee. The application fee can be paid by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or Discover) or by a check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank. We do not accept checks that are drawn on a bank outside of the United States.

The application fee is nonrefundable and cannot be credited toward tuition or any other fees. Applications received without fees will not be evaluated. All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

English Proficiency

If English is not your native language, you must demonstrate English proficiency.by providing evidence through one of the following methods:

If you do not meet the minimum requirements for English proficiency, you might consider enrolling first in the English Language Program (ELP).  For more information, please visit www.umflint.edu/elp.

Financial Certification Requirements for International Students

All international students seeking an F-1 visa must submit an Affidavit of Financial Support form. This affidavit must be accompanied by one of the following: a) original, currently dated bank statement; or b) an original, currently dated letter with a bank official’s signature; or c) detailed letter of sponsorship from a government, employer, or other organization sponsoring the student indicating the exact dollar amount for expenses in U.S. funds.

The bank statement must show the required available funds as specified on the affidavit. The Affidavit of Financial Support is valid for one year. If the applicant is in the U.S., the bank statement must be dated no more than 6 months prior to the month of the term of admission; if the applicant is outside the U.S., the bank statement must be dated no more than one year prior to the month of the term of admission.

Grading Scale

The following grading system is used by University of Michigan-Flint graduate programs. 

  Letter Grade Honor Points
    A+ 9
    A 8
    A- 7
    B+ 6
    B 5
    B- 4
    C+ 3
    C 2
    C- 1
    D 0
    E 0

These numbers are used to calculate Michigan Honor Points (MHP) and the Grade Point Average (GPA).  Michigan Honor Points (MHP) are calculated by multiplying the number of credit hours for which the course was elected by the number of points earned on the grading scale. For example, a grade of B+ for a 3 credit hour course produces 3 (credit hours) x 6 (points for a grade of B+), or 18 honor points. The grade point average (GPA) is calculated by dividing Michigan Honor Points earned for a term or more by the number of semester hours (or credit hours) for the courses. A total of 91 MHP for 13 course credit hours produces a GPA of 7.00.

No honor points are generated by earning of either a “P” or a “F” grade, and such grades are not calculated in a graduate student’s grade point average.  A cumulative grade point average of “B” (5.00) is required for all graduate courses taken for credit and applied toward the degree.  Check your program of study for any variances to this system.

Dual Degree Programs

The University of Michigan-Flint provides arrangements for students to pursue two degrees simultaneously. Dual degree programs lead to two different degree citations on the transcript and two separate diplomas. The purpose of a dual degree program is to allow students to undertake complementary programs of graduate study simultaneously through streamlined curricular arrangements that allow double-counting of courses (see next section). Students should contact the graduate program(s) directly for more detailed information and additional program-specific requirements.

To pursue a dual degree, a student must apply and receive admission to both graduate programs. Admission in one program does not guarantee admission into another.

For students pursuing a dual degree in two Rackham programs at UM-Flint, a Readmission, Change of Field, Dual Degree form must be completed after at least one term of coursework has been completed and the student is in good academic standing.

For students pursuing a dual degree program in two non-Rackham programs or a combination of a Rackham program and non-Rackham program, a separate Graduate Application for Admission and all required supporting documents is required for admission into each program.

Double Counting Credit Hours for Dual Degree Programs

Students in dual degree programs may double-count a limited number of credit hours toward the requirements of both degrees. Double counting of credit hours for two certificate programs is not allowed. To request double counting, a student must complete a Dual Degree Course Election Form no later than one term prior to completing the second degree. The following general guidelines apply:

  • To preserve the integrity of each degree, at least half of the minimum required credit hours for each degree must be earned in the program under a UM-Flint registration and counted solely for that degree. For example, a student enrolled in a 36-hour master’s degree program may not apply more than a combination of 18 transfer and/or double-counted credit hours toward the UM-Flint program.
  • A degree program may overlap with only one other program for the purpose of double-counting credit hours. In other words, credit hours may never be counted for three or more purposes. If a student seeks a third certificate or program, it must stand alone.
  • When double-counting with a certificate program, one sixth of the minimum required hours for the Master’s/Professional degree alone can be double-counted.
  • Departments and programs may limit the double-counting of credit hours below the maximum, but may not allow double-counting above the limit. Some programs may not allow double-counting of credit hours.
  • For students who are pursuing a doctoral degree and wish to use some credits earned in the doctoral program toward a master’s degree in another field, faculty in the master’s program will review the credits earned for the doctoral program to decide how many may apply toward the master’s degree. No course with “doctoral,” “dissertation,” or “preliminary” in the title may be counted toward a master’s degree.

The maximum number of credit hours that may be double-counted for a dual degree program may be determined by adding the minimum number of hours required for each program and dividing by six. For example: 

Minimum credit hours required for Degree A 

30

Minimum credit hours required for Degree B

36

Total

66

Maximum number that may be double-counted

11

 

 

 

Any fraction resulting from these calculations must be rounded down to the nearest whole number of credit hours. Credit hours for a single course may not be split; a course must be double-counted in its entirety or not at all.

Double counting is allowed in cases where a student graduates from one degree program before completing the second degree. In these cases, the courses to be double counted must have been taken no more than five years prior to the completion of the second program. Appropriate signatures from both programs must be obtained on the Dual Degree Course Election Form.

Process: To request double counting, a student must complete a Dual Degree Course Election Form no later than one term prior to completing the second degree. Students requesting double counting need to have the form signed by faculty of both programs. The form is to be forwarded to the Dean of Graduate Programs for approval. Once approved, the dean would forward the form to the Office of the Registrar for processing of the degree audits.  Students pursuing at least one Rackham program use the Rackham Dual Degree Course Form; students pursuing two non-Rackham programs use the Dual Degree Course Election Form.

Thesis

Students enrolled in a graduate program for which a thesis is a degree requirement will be charged a $25.00 thesis fee the semester the thesis/practicum is elected. Students should contact their academic program for specific thesis guidelines.

Financial Aid

Graduate scholarship, fellowship, grant, and research assistantship information may be viewed online at: http://www.umflint.edu/graduateprograms/financial_aid.htm. Information is also available under “Financial Aid” in the “General Information” section of this Catalog.

Tuition and Fees

Please refer to the following Web site for tuition and fee rates: http://www.umflint.edu/studentaccounts/tuition_fees.htm. Information is also available under “Admissions” in the “General Information” section of this Catalog.

Residency Classification

Please refer to the “Information on Residency Classification for Admission and Tuition Purposes” in the “General Information” section of this Catalog.

Graduate Lifelong Learning Admission

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The purpose of graduate Lifelong Learning status is to permit and facilitate access to UM-Flint graduate courses to students not formally admitted to a UM-Flint graduate degree program.

General Policies

  • Students must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited institution and wish to take graduate courses without being formally admitted to a UM-Flint degree program.  Proof of degree is required.*
  • Instructor and/or program director approval is required for each course the student wishes to elect.
  • Prerequisites, grading standards, class assignments, and attendance requirements of a course apply to all students in that course.
  • Colleges, departments, schools, and programs determine rules of access to their courses and may limit enrollment of graduate Lifelong Learning students in certain courses.
  • Graduate Lifelong Learning students are not eligible for most sources of financial aid.
  • Graduate Lifelong Learning students who wish to be admitted to a UM-Flint graduate degree program in the future must apply for that program using the Graduate Application for Admission in accordance with established application deadlines. Courses taken as a graduate Lifelong Learning student do not guarantee admission to a program.
  • In general, up to six (6) graduate credit hours elected as a graduate Lifelong Learning student may apply toward a UM-Flint graduate degree. In certain circumstances, some programs may accept up to nine (9) credits. The student must receive admission to a degree program, and the program director must determine that the courses are acceptable.
  • Graduate Lifelong Learning admission is for one term only. Students who wish to enroll in a future term as a graduate Lifelong Learning student must submit another Application for Graduate Lifelong Learning or Guest Admission and receive course approvals.

*Students who are in their final semester of their undergraduate studies at UM-Flint who wish to elect a graduate course for the following semester as a graduate Lifelong Learning student must submit a memo from their academic advisor stating when all degree requirements for their baccalaureate degree will be completed as well as a signed Statement of Understanding.

How to Apply

Complete the Application for Graduate Lifelong Learning or Guest Admission (available at http://www.umflint.edu/graduateprograms/lifelong_apply.htm) and submit it together with the following supporting documents to the University of Michigan-Flint, Office of Graduate Programs, 303 E. Kearsley St., Flint, MI  48502-1950:

  • A transcript or diploma with bachelor’s or master’s degree posted.
  • Instructor and/or program director approval for each course you wish to elect.  The instructor either signs the application or e-mails the approval to the Office of Graduate Programs. The approval must include the name of the course, course number, and the term for which the course is approved for election. Or, the student may have the instructor sign a drop/add (registration) form and submit a copy of it to the Office of Graduate Programs.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English (this includes U.S. citizens and permanent residents whose native language is not English) must demonstrate English proficiency.  Visit http://www.umflint.edu/graduateprograms/English_requirements.htm for more information.
  • Applicants who are in their final semester of their undergraduate studies who wish to elect a graduate course for the following semester as a graduate Lifelong Learning student must submit a memo from their academic advisor stating when all degree requirements for their baccalaureate degree will be completed as well as a signed Statement of Understanding.
  • International students must submit certification of financial resources adequate to provide for all expenses while attending the University of Michigan-Flint. Visit http://www.umflint.edu/graduateprograms/international_financial.htm for more information.

 

Graduate Guest Admission

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Graduate students at other colleges and universities can be permitted to take UM-Flint graduate courses without being formally admitted to a graduate degree program.  There are three ways a graduate student at another institution can take graduate courses as a guest student at UM-Flint.  Please choose the section that best applies to you.

Michigan Intercollegiate Graduate Study (MIGS)

The University of Michigan participates in the Michigan Intercollegiate Graduate Study (MIGS) program. The MIGS Program creates exchange possibilities for graduate students currently enrolled in Michigan universities. Students in good standing at one institution may take advantage of course and research opportunities offered at another institution, provided that such opportunities are not available on the home campus. Students in master’s or specialist degree programs may enroll for six hours at a host institution while doctoral students may enroll for up to nine hours.

Guests from UM-Ann Arbor or UM-Dearborn

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and University of Michigan-Dearborn Rackham students may elect a course(s) on the Flint campus using the Rackahm Graduate Guest application for UM-Flint.  Students must obtain permission from their program chair on their home campus as well as approval from the program director of the course they wish to take on the Flint campus.  Upon completion of course work at the Flint campus, the student will request an academic transcript from the Flint campus to be sent to the appropriate office at Ann Arbor or Dearborn for the credit to be evaluated.  Students must obtain, complete, and submit a UM-Flint Rackham Graduate Guest Application each semester they wish to enroll at the Flint campus.

General guest student status

Students who have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited institution, are currently graduate students attending another institution and wish to take graduate courses not necessarily leading to a UM-Flint degree, and who cannot participate in the MIGS or Rackham guest programs (described above) are considered general graduate guest students.

General Policies

  • A transcript, diploma, or other proof of a bachelor’s or master’s degree earned at an accredited institution is required for admission.
  • Guest students must obtain instructor and/or program director approval for each course he/she wishes to elect.
  • Guest students must also obtain approval from their advisor in the program in which they are currently enrolled or admitted.
  • Prerequisites, grading standards, class assignments, and attendance requirements of a course apply to all students in that course, including guest students.
  • Colleges, departments, schools, and programs determine rules of access to their courses and may limit enrollment of guest students in certain courses.
  • Graduate guest students are not eligible for most sources of financial aid from UM-Flint. 
  • Guest admission is for one term only. Students who wish to enroll in a future term as a guest student must submit another application.

How to Apply

The process for applying depends on the type of guest admission you seek.  Please visit http://www.umflint.edu/graduateprograms/guest_apply.htm for detailed information.

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