The Department

​​​​The Master of Science in Administration degree is an interdisciplinary program that was developed in the early 1970's to meet the educational needs and interests of administrators in both the public and nonprofit sectors. The primary focus of the degree program is applied action grounded in theory. The principal elements of this degree are knowledge, competencies, and practical processes needed for successful careers in administration.

The MSA is a degree for professional administrators seeking to develop a broad range of current management and leadership skills as opposed to the traditional, analytical approach of the MBA. ​

The MSA program is located in Rowe 222.  Our main office phone number is 989-774-6525.  The fax number is 989-774-2575.  We can also be reached at  

As it is an interdisciplinary program, faculty are drawn from many departments. The on-campus MSA program has approximately 200 students, both full and part-time. Many of the full-time students are international and come from a variety of countries including China, India, Russia, Ghana, Thailand, Taiwan, Venezuela, Chile, Turkey, and Nigeria. In addition, there are approximately 4,000 students taking classes through Off-Campus Programs. The MSA Director has academic oversight of both on-campus and off-campus MSA programs.

The MSA Program provides flexibility by offering a number of concentrations from which students can choose. All students are required to take an administrative core of courses (18 hours.) Concentration information can be found by clicking on Program Information on the right side of this page.

MSA Program Learning Objectives:

The following are outcomes expected from participation in the MSA degree program. Upon completion of the MSA degree program, learners will be able to:

1.  Apply administrative and managerial theories and research to problem solving, strategic planning, and decision-making contexts within complex organizations.

2.  Describe various theoretical approaches to understanding complex organizations and explain how they may be used to analyze organizational processes and/or behaviors.

3.  Demonstrate the ability to apply administrative theory, research, and writing techniques to solve complex administrative problems and conduct appraisals and evaluations of programs and projects that serve organizations.

4.  Utilize financial management and accounting concepts to effectively and efficiently analyze, evaluate, and enhance the budgeting, funds allocation, asset management, and financial planning processes of a wide range of organizations.

5.  Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of cultural influences, multiculturalism, and diversity issues on workplace values and working styles. Demonstrate ability to apply methods and tactics for establishing policies, procedures and programs that support organizational priorities within a global environment.

6.  Compile and synthesize information on an organizational issue and/or problem, conduct research on that issue/problem, and determine a strategy for the solution/resolution of the issue/problem. Be able to defend the solution/resolution, in oral and/or written forms, to personnel at multiple levels of the organization.​