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School of Management - Graduate

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3180 William S. White Building
Phone: (810) 762-3163
Fax: (810) 762-3282

Dean: John A. Helmuth

Associate Dean: Yener Kandogan

BBA/MBA Programs Director: D. Nicol Taylor-Vargo

The University of Michigan-Flint offers one graduate degree through the School of Management: the Master of Business Administration (MBA). This program is offered in two delivery modes: the Traditional program  (evening classroom sessions) and the mixed-mode NetPlus! program (online and weekend classroom sessions).

School of Management business programs are accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (http://www.aacsb.edu).

Mission of the School

As part of the internationally recognized University of Michigan system, our mission is to provide high-quality management education to prepare our students for intellectual growth, productive careers, and professional development. We are committed to excellence in teaching, learning, intellectual contributions and creative endeavors.

We use our professional skills to provide service to the university, professional organizations, alumni, and the community as we engage them to enrich our intellectual pursuits and instructional activities.

We deliver our programs to a diverse group of graduate and undergraduate students primarily in Michigan and the surrounding region using a variety of learning/teaching approaches that focus on skills, abilities, technology and knowledge vital to organizations. We will also expand these programs to reach out to the national and international community in order to link our students and faculty to the global marketplace.

Admission to the MBA Program

Admission to the MBA program is open to qualified graduates of accredited colleges and universities of the United States and elsewhere, whether the bachelor’s degree is in the arts, sciences, engineering or business administration.

Applications for admission are available from the School of Management MBA Program Office, the MBA website, http://mba.umflint.edu, or from the Office of Graduate Programs. Admission to the program is not granted until the following materials are submitted and reviewed:

  1. Completed application for graduate admission.
  2. Official transcripts of all colleges and universities attended.
  3. A professional resume including work experience and extracurricular activities.
  4. Three letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic).
  5. Scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
  6. Statement of purpose.

Applicants should have a strong quantitative aptitude and at least one year of formal college preparation in mathematics including a course in either finite mathematics or calculus.

In addition, international students are required to submit the following:

  1. A transcript evaluation by a nationally-recognized credentialing agency.
  2. Official TOEFL scores.
  3. Notarized affidavit of financial support.
  4. Bank statement.

In evaluating applications, consideration is given to these indicators of aptitude and preparedness for graduate study in management. The School of Management weighs these materials in making admission decisions, in conjunction with relevant business and managerial experience. Admission decisions are guided by a desire to draw participants from diverse organizations and backgrounds, balancing class composition to ensure wide ranging experiences and perspectives.

Priority application deadlines are August 1 (Traditional and Netplus!) for fall entry, November 1 (Netplus1) and December 1 (Traditional) for winter entry, February 1 (Netplus!) for sping entry,  and May 1 (NetPlus!) for summer entry. International applications are due May 1 for fall entry, and September 1 for winter entry. Completed files received by the deadline receive priority in review; files completed after the deadline are reviewed if seats remain.

Completed applications should be received by the Office of Graduate Programs by the published deadlines. For additional information consult:

D. Nicol Taylor-Vargo
BBA/MBA Programs Director
School of Management
University of Michigan-Flint
303 East Kearsley Street
Flint, MI 48502-1950
(810) 762-3163

The MBA Program Provides:

  1. Convenient accessible delivery in two tracks: (1) Traditional MBA evening classes and (2) NetPlus! MBA, a mixed-mode combination of online learning and weekend residencies. Visit http://www.umflint.edu/graduateprograms/business.htm for detailed information on both modes.
  2. Understanding of the fundamental disciplines and skills essential to decision making: behavioral science, economics, communication, and quantitative methods.
  3. Knowledge of the functional areas of business: accounting, finance, organizational behavior, marketing, and operations management.
  4. Understanding of the environment external to business and the integration of activities within the firm and of the firm within society.
  5. If desired, in-depth competency in specialized areas of business through concentration areas: accounting, computer information systems, finance, health care management, international business, marketing, lean manufacturing, and organizational leadership.

Modes of Delivery

  1. The Traditional MBA mode of delivery includes on campus classes held in the evenings once a week per course. Students typically enroll in two courses in the fall and winter terms, and one course in the spring or summer term. International students in the Traditional MBA program are required to be full-time students and take at least 6 credit hours of course work in the fall and winter terms. Traditional MBA students who wish to get a concentration may be required to take the concentration courses in the Netplus! MBA mode of delivery. Normal completion time is 20-32 months.
  2. The NetPlus! MBA mode of delivery blends the personal interaction of traditional classroom activities with the anytime, anywhere convenience of modern online learning. Weekend campus sessions are held twice in a semester on Fridays and Saturdays and enhance the quality of the learning experience. Students typically enroll in two courses in the fall, winter, spring and summer terms (12-week terms). Normal completion time is 15-24 months.

Program Assessment

The School of Management participates in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcomes is available at http://www.umflint.edu/assessment/.


Grades are assigned by letters, some with + and – suffixes. Grades of P (pass) and F (fail) do not affect the grade point average. Cumulative grade point averages are computed by dividing the total number of honor points earned by the total number of credit hours attempted. In computing grade point averages, the following scale of grade equivalents is used by the School of Management MBA program.

  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

A grade of I (incomplete) is recorded as a failing grade if all work is not satisfactorily completed by the end of the fifth week of the next official semester.

Recognition of Superior Scholarship

A graduate student who earns a 8.0 grade point average or higher is recommended for the degree “with honors.” In computing averages, all courses completed at the University of Michigan-Flint are included.

Academic Rules and Regulations

See the School of Management  section of this Catalog for academic rules and regulations pertaining to graduate programs offered by the School.

MSMO/MBS Dual Degree Program

Dean: John A. Helmuth

Associate Dean: Yener Kandogan

BBA/MBA Programs: D. Nicol Taylor-Vargo

The MSMO/MBA dual degree program offered through Kettering University and the University of Michigan-Flint provides a broad foundation of business knowledge and specialized expertise of lean production systems. Students in the dual degree program take fewer courses (12 semester credit hours) than if they had completed both programs separately.

The programs are offered jointly and are completed in sequence (one degree following the other). Graduates earn two master’s degrees, a Master of Science in Manufacturing Operations (MSMO) from Kettering University, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a Lean Manufacturing Concentration from the University of Michigan-Flint.

Detailed program information is available online at http://mba.umflint.edu.

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