Dec 11, 2018  
2012-2013 Catalog 
2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduate Study

The Office of Graduate Programs
251 Frances Willson Thompson Library
(810) 762-3171
Fax: (810) 766-6789

Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs & Dean of Graduate Programs: Vahid Lotfi, Ph.D.
Administrative Specialist: Mary Deibis
Director of Graduate Admissions: Brad Maki
Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions: Jon Davidson
Recruiter and Academic Advisor: Erin Carrasco
International Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator: James Logan
Student Administration Assistant: Kathy Bloink
Student Administration Assistant: Patty Tracy
Coordinator of K-16 Projects: Robert Hahn

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

The University of Michigan-Flint offers twenty-eight graduate degree and certificate programs: 

College of Arts and Sciences

Rackham School of Graduate Studies

School of Education and Human Services

School of Health Professions and Studies

School of Management

Additionally, there are approved joint and dual degree programs available:

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.


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.  Note: Current Rackham School of Graduate Studies policy does not allow admission of students with three-year bachelor’s degrees. Therefore, this policy does not apply to Rackham programs at UM-Flint.

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 in all entry terms (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer) while others limit admission to certain terms. Please check for application deadline and 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).

How to Apply

Each graduate program at the University of Michigan-Flint has its own policies and procedures for admission. To apply, you must submit an application (either online or with a paper application), pay the application fee, and submit all supporting materials (transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) required by the program to which you wish to apply by the application deadline. Please go to the appropriate graduate program section in this Catalog to access admission and application information for your intended program of study.

Application Forms

Application forms are available from the Office of Graduate Programs and are available online at 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

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, even if you are currently a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and regardless of how long you have resided or been educated in the U.S.*, you must demonstrate English proficiency by providing evidence through one of the following methods:

 Some programs also accept the following in lieu of one of the methods above:

  • Programs not associated with the Rackham Graduate School:  Successfully complete ELS 112 at an ELS Language Center with a minimum score of 80 on the MELICET.
  • Physical Therapy Transitional or Certificate Programs:  Provide a copy of your FCCPT Comprehensive Credential Evaluation Certificate.

Some programs may have English proficiency requirements that exceed the minimum requirements listed here.  Check the program’s admission requirements.

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

*If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and wish to waive this requirement, you may make your case to the director of your program of application. The director, in turn, must make the case to the Dean of Graduate Programs. You must provide sufficient evidence that you have the requisite English proficiency. Please note that some programs or departments may prohibit exceptions to the requirements.

**The university reserves the right to require an applicant to provide other evidence of English proficiency if independent sources cannot verify that the language of instruction was exclusively English.

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 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 MHP 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 a “S,” “U,” or “N” 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.

Satisfactory (S) and Unsatisfactory (U) grades: The department or program designates courses for which S/U grading is used.  A student may, however, with permission from the advisor and the course instructor, elect S/U grading in a course that would otherwise be letter graded. Instructors cannot assign letter grades to students electing courses designated as S/U. A grade of “S” indicates that the instructor considers the student to have performed satisfactorily at the graduate level, and is counted toward the credit hour requirements of the degree program. A grade of “S” is considered to be a grade of “B” or better. A grade of “U” is assigned when a graduate student’s level of performance is not acceptable, and is not counted toward a student’s required credit hours. Grades of “S” and “U” are not converted into numbers, and are not factored into the Grade Point Average or Michigan Honor Points.

Incomplete (I) grade:  A student may receive a grade of Incomplete (“I”) if the instructor approves an extension for completing unfinished work.  The instructor must agree to this arrangement and determine a deadline for finishing the assigned work before a grade is assigned.  The notation of “I” remains a permanent part of the academic record. When coursework is completed to the satisfaction of the instructor, the grade will appear on the transcript as, for example, “IB+.”  The grade point average is based only on hours of coursework completed.  A student who fails to complete the coursework will have a W (Rackham students after two years) or E (non-Rackham students after one year) added to the I grade.

Multi-Term Course (Y) grade:  Departments may designate a graduate course as a multi-term sequence. The instructor may report a “Y” grade at the end of the first term to indicate that the work is still in progress. When a final grade is reported, the grade will be posted for both terms and the “Y” notation will be removed.

No Credit / No Value (N) grade:  The grade “N” signifies neither credit nor grade point value. The use of this grading system in a course is announced at the beginning of the course.  This grade is not often used for graduate courses, and some academic units may prohibit its use.

A grade once reported (with the exception of I or Y) may be changed only to correct a demonstrable error.  It is the policy of the University of Michigan-Flint that grades may be changed up to one calendar year after the end of the semester in which the grade was originally submitted.  Rackham students are excluded from this policy.

Transfer of Credit

In order to recognize graduate credits earned in other accredited institutions of higher education, and in other schools and colleges of the University of Michigan, the University of Michigan-Flint has policies that provide for the transfer of graduate credit to its master’s degree programs. Credit may be transferred in accordance with these policies only if it is to be used to meet master’s degree requirements. (This policy does not govern transfer of credit into doctoral programs at UM-Flint; doctoral programs set their own policies.)

Course credits must be transferred in total or not at all. The transferred credit appears on the UM-Flint graduate record but the associated grades received for this credit do not appear and are not computed in the student’s cumulative GPA (with the exception of credits earned through the Michigan Intercollegiate Graduate Studies program). Credit from all quarter-system schools will be transferred according to the standard ratio of two semester hours for three quarter hours or two-thirds of a semester hour for each quarter hour.

For Rackham programs, please see the Rackham School of Graduate Studies Programs  section of this Catalog for the policy.  For all other UM-Flint master’s degree programs, the policy is as follows:

UM-Flint differentiates between two types of course credit that may be transferred to its non-Rackham programs:

  1. Graduate credits completed in residence at another accredited institution (other than the University of Michigan); or 
  2. Non-UM-Flint graduate credits completed in another University of Michigan school or college, e.g., Rackham School of Graduate Studies (any campus), University of Michigan-Dearborn, Ross School of Business, etc.

Outside Institution Transfer of Credit Policy:  Up to (9) semester hours required for a master’s degree program may be transferred from any combination of the above institutions to a student’s UM-Flint graduate record. Graduate programs may elect to allow less than 9 semester hours or prohibit transfer credits.* Such credit may be transferred only for approved graduate-level courses and if all of the conditions below are met.  (Please note there are variations on the number of credits a program may allow for transfer; check each program’s section in this Catalog for a specific limit on transfer credit.)

University of Michigan System Transfer of Credit Policy:  Up to one-half (1/2) the minimum number of credit hours required for a master’s degree program may be transferred to a student’s UM-Flint graduate record from both category one and two sources combined. Such credit may be transferred only for approved graduate-level courses and if all of the conditions below are met.

Conditions That Must Be Met To Transfer Credit:

  • Student must be in a current master’s degree program.
  • Student must have submitted official final undergraduate transcripts/credentials.
  • Submission to the Office of Graduate Programs of the completed transfer of credit form signed by the student and the department or program graduate chair signifying approval along with a current official final transcript from the institution you wish to transfer the credit.

Courses Cannot Be Transferred for Credit If:

  • Already applied in whole or in part, in any way, toward any undergraduate degree, graduate degree, or a certificate.
  • Credit(s) will be applied in whole or in part, in any way, towards any other current or future U-M degree or certificate.
  • Taken more than five years before first enrollment in the present UM-Flint master’s program.
  • A grade below “B” was earned.
  • Graduate-level work was not done.

Courses taken while enrolled as an undergraduate may be reviewed for transfer to the student’s graduate record if:

  • The courses have been approved for graduate credit by the graduate school of the institution.
  • The Registrar or Senior Auditor of the granting institution certifies that the courses were not used in whole or in part, in any way, to meet requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Courses taken while enrolled as an undergraduate are not acceptable for graduate credit if:

  • The courses were taken at an exclusively undergraduate institution.
  • The courses were taken for undergraduate credit.

*UM-Flint-approved articulation agreements with other institutions may increase the number of credits allowed for transfer.

Criteria for Full-Time Enrollment

In general, graduate students are considered “full time” for reporting, financial aid, and general enrollment certification with the following registration:

Fall or Winter – 8 credits   (4-7 credits is half-time)

Spring or Summer – 4 credits (2-3 credits is half-time)


Criteria for “full-time” enrollment for tuition/fee assessment and for international students maintaining student visas differ.  See for more information.

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. UM-Flint offers some pre-approved dual degree programs and also provides opportunities for students to initiate dual degree programs on their own. See Dual Degree Programs  for details.


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: 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: Information is also available under “Undergraduate 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


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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

While most departments do not have a deadline to apply to take a graduate course under Lifelong Learning status, it is highly recommended that you apply with sufficient time to get instructor permission, submit any required supporting documents, register for the course(s), and take care of any university business (ID card, parking pass, tuition payments, etc.) associated with your course(s).  Check with the department or program that offers the course regarding deadlines.

Graduate Guest Admission


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 read 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.

Rackham students from UM-Ann Arbor or UM-Dearborn

Rackham students from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan-Dearborn may elect a course(s) on the Flint campus using the Rackham 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 they wish 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 for detailed information.