New Degree Programs Beginning This Fall at UM-Flint 

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A UM-Flint mechanical engineering student utilizing a wind tunnel.
A UM-Flint mechanical engineering student utilizing a wind tunnel.

The University of Michigan-Flint prides itself on its responsiveness to the ever-changing needs of communities, residents, and society. As part of the University of Michigan system, with deep roots in Flint and throughout mid-Michigan, UM-Flint is uniquely qualified to apply world-class resources and expertise to solving problems and improving lives locally and throughout the world. 

That commitment takes many forms. It includes efforts like that of the Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment to identify the locations of lead water pipes in the city of Flint. It includes connecting UM-Flint students across all disciplines with opportunities to serve and learn from organizations and businesses through internships and other partner relationships. It also includes the development of new academic degree programs that meet the demands and desires of society and students.

“We continuously evaluate our academic portfolio,” said UM-Flint Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Douglas Knerr. “The new degrees beginning this fall address real needs by enhancing the analytical, technical, and problem solving skills of students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. I appreciate the talent and thoughtfulness of our faculty who developed these new programs to help students expand their options and impact.”

The University of Michigan-Flint is enrolling students for the following new programs for the 2017-18 academic year beginning September 5th.

UM-Flint’s New Undergraduate Programs

UM-Flint now offers a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT).
UM-Flint now offers a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT).

Respiratory Therapy (BSRT)

UM-Flint’s School of Health of Health Professions and Studies will begin offering an online degree completion program in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT). Part of the Department of Public Health & Health Sciences, the program is designed to provide a comprehensive education in advanced respiratory care for those with an associate degree in respiratory therapy from an accredited institution. Successful degree completion prepares students to sit for specialty credentialing exams administered by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC). 

Substance Use Treatment & Intervention (BS) 

The School of Education and Human Services is launching a new major in Substance Use Treatment & Intervention (BS). The program builds on the success of the Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention minor, which has become one of the most popular minors at UM-Flint, attracting students from diverse academic disciplines including social work, criminal justice, psychology, business, education, and health care.

“There is so much need for treatment,” said Ryan Ashley, Substance Abuse Treatment Program Coordinator. “Research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the demand for substance use and behavioral disorder counselors is expected to increase 22% nationwide through 2024, which is faster than the average for all other occupations.”

UM-Flint’s New Graduate Programs 

According to Brad Maki, UM-Flint Director of Graduate Admissions, “The development of new graduate programs at UM-Flint is collaborative in nature. The faculty continually takes the pulse of its respective fields of study and responds to the needs of its constituents.”

That unending process has yielded the following new graduate degree programs.

Mechanical Engineering (MSE)

Mechanical engineering is the most diversified engineering discipline. That means careers in manufacturing, aerospace, power generation, automotive, energy, HVAC, and biomedical can all be enhanced through an advanced degree in mechanical engineering. Designed to meet the needs of working professionals, UM-Flint’s Master of Science in Engineering program features a full or part-time course schedule with on-campus classes offered in the evening. 

Leadership & Organizational Dynamics (MS)

The globally recognized School of Management at the University of Michigan-Flint is excited about its new program, the Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Dynamics. Courses will dive into managing change and diverse talent, negotiation and conflict resolution practices, and processes for improving organizational communication. The structure of the program blends online education with two weekend (Friday & Saturday) on-campus sessions per semester.

Liberal Studies (MA)/Graduate Certificate in Business 

Offered through the world-renowned University of Michigan Rackham School of Graduate Studies, this unique dual program offers graduates the chance to earn a master of arts in liberal studies and a graduate certificate in business at the same time. The pairing aims to prepare individuals for leadership through engagement with liberal learning and the advanced problem-solving, decision-making, and management skills required for successful civic and work lives.  

UM-Flint now offers a Master of Arts in Inclusive Education.
UM-Flint now offers a Master of Arts in Inclusive Education.

Inclusive Education (MA)

UM-Flint’s School of Education and Human Services continues to advance its growing reputation as leader in the creation and implementation of innovative educational practices with its new Inclusive Education (MA) program. Its primary goal is to move proven research methods into practicing educators’ classrooms to create a truly inclusive environment. Additionally, the part-time, 100% online format gives teachers the convenience to attend while working.

Mathematics Education for Elementary & Early Childhood Educators (MA) 

Teaching mathematics to younger students provides its own challenges and rewards. The UM-Flint faculty responsible for the design and administration of the new Mathematics Education for Elementary & Early Childhood Educators (MA) couldn’t wait till September to begin working with math educators; the program will begin in July. In addition to mathematical topics, the curriculum includes the study of learning trajectories and pedagogical best practices for teaching mathematics.

Post-Master’s Nursing Certificate in Adult Gerontology Acute Care

Since the official establishment of UM-Flint’s School of Nursing in 2016 (it was previously a department), it continues to expand in both capacity and program offerings. Beginning this fall, it will offer a nursing certificate in Adult Gerontology Acute Care. The demand for acute care providers in the adult population is increasing at veterans’ medical centers, emergency departments, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, and other settings.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – Nurse Educator concentration

 Beginning in the winter semester (starting January 3, 2018), the School of Nursing will offer a new MSN concentration designed to develop the next generation of nurse educators. In conjunction with faculty members from the School of Education and Human Services, nursing faculty assist students with obtaining practical teaching experience and knowledge in this specialty. Graduates will be qualified for faculty positions, staff nurse educator positions, and other teaching roles.

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