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2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration (MBA)

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The Master of Business Administration program provides

  • Convenient, flexible, and accessible delivery modes: online, mixed mode/hybrid, and evening.
  • Understanding of the fundamental disciplines and skills essential to decision making: behavioral science, economics, communication, and quantitative methods.
  • Knowledge of the functional areas of business: accounting, finance, organizational behavior, marketing, and operations management.
  • Understanding of the environment external to business and the integration of activities within the firm and of the firm within society.
  • If desired, in-depth competency in specialized areas of business through concentration areas: Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Health Care Management, International Business, Supply and Chain and Operations Management, Marketing and Innovation Management, and Organizational Leadership.

Modes of Delivery

  • The Traditional MBA mode of delivery includes on campus classes held in the evening 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.
  • 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 a semester on Fridays and Saturdays and enhance the quality of the learning experience. Students typically enroll in two courses in the fall, winter, and one course in spring and summer terms. Netplus program follows the traditional academic calendar.

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. 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.

Applications for admission are available from the School of Management Office, its website, 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 from all colleges and universities attended.
  3. A professional resume including work experience and extracurricular activities.
  4. Two letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic).
  5. Scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or GMAT/GRE waiver.
  6. Statement of Purpose.

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

  1. Official documents demonstrating English proficiency.
  2. Notarized Affidavit of Financial Support.
  3. 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.

Application Deadlines

Priority application deadlines are:

  • August 1 for fall entry
  • November 15 for winter entry
  • March 15 for spring entry
  • May 15 for summer entry

International applications are due:

  • May 1 for fall entry
  • 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:

School of Management
University of Michigan-Flint
1 Riverfront Center West
Flint, MI 48502-1950
(810) 762-3160

GMAT Waiver Policy

While official GMAT* scores are required for admission to all SOM graduate programs, an applicant may request a waiver if the applicant meets any of the following conditions:

  • any graduate degree from an institution with AACSB or ABET accreditation
  • minimum of 5 years of post-baccalaureate, progressively-responsible professional work or US military experience
  • graduates of a University of Michigan campus with 3.2 undergraduate GPA or higher
  • external certifications such as CFA, CFP, CPA, PMP, or similar

Waiver requests will be handled by the SOM graduate committee or spring/summer interim committees. The committee reserves the right to require the GMAT or GRE of any graduate program applicant, even if the applicant meets one of the conditions above. The admissions committee will consider the scores submitted, even if the applicant qualifies for a waiver.

*Other graduate school entrance standardized tests such as GRE, LSAT are also accepted; equivalent scores are considered for admission decision.

Transfer of Credit

Transfer credit is limited to a maximum of nine credits, completed in the last 7 years with a grade of B or better during enrollment as a graduate student at an AACSB accredited program, and must not be part of another degree. Exceptions to this rule are accepted only in unusual circumstances and then only by approval of the SOM Graduate Programs Committee.  See Transfer of Credit  in the Graduate Study  section for additional information on University of Michigan-Flint policies regarding the transfer of graduate credit to its master’s degree programs. 

Course Waivers

Course waivers are considered only at the time of admission to the MBA Program and limited to foundation courses only.  Equivalency is determined by AACSB-International accreditation status of the institution, or by the School of Management Graduate Programs Committee. Grades in equivalent courses are also considered.  Waivers reduce the number of credits required to complete the MBA degree. However, completion of a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours (33 for a MBA with a concentration) at the University of Michigan-Flint is required to graduate.

Time Limit for Degree Completion

All requirements must be completed within seven calendar years of initial enrollment in the program.

MBA Dual Degree Programs

MBA/MSA Dual Degree Program

The MBA/MSA dual degree program leads to two degrees: a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Accounting. Through cross-recognition of courses between the MBA and the MSA programs, the dual master’s program requires 15 fewer credits than if the degrees were completed independently.

MBA/MSLOD Dual Degree Program

The MBA/MSLOD dual degree program leads to two degrees: a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Dynamics.  Through cross-recognition of courses between the MBA and MS programs, the dual master’s program requires 15 fewer credits than if the degrees were completed independently.

Other Dual Programs

Please refer to the Graduate Programs section of this catalog for information on MBA/CIS, MBA/PA, MBA/OTD, MBA/DNP, and MBA/DPT programs.  Detailed program information is available online at https://www.umflint.edu/graduateprograms/


Thirty-three to forty-five credit hours of graduate-level coursework, as follows:

Core Courses (24 credits)

Elective/Concentration Courses (8-9 credits)


An overall grade point average of at least 3.0 is required for program completion. A grade point average less than 3.0 constitutes a sufficient basis for probationary status and, if the grade point average is not improved, dismissal from the program. Students with probationary status must make progress toward “good standing.” Failure to do so may result in required reduction in the maximum courses the student may enroll in or other actions. Courses with grades of D or lower must be retaken.  A course in which a grade below B is received may be retaken once for credit. In such cases, both the original grade and the grade received when the course is retaken appear on the transcript and are used in determining the student’s grade point average.

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