Custom Design for Sponsored Students

At Ross, we understand time is a valuable asset for you and your company. So we've designed the Global MBA Program to span 16 continuous months with no summer break. This way, we minimize the amount of time you are away from your job.

The rigorous Global MBA core is identical to the other MBA programs at Ross, but it is sequenced to meet the unique needs of corporate-sponsored students who will return to their companies after graduation.

The program begins with an introduction to written and oral managerial communications.

It continues with quantitative courses and gradually adds non-quantitative courses that require more classroom discussion and collaboration.

Students complete the required courses of the Ross MBA core in the first two terms — three months in Asia (with one month each in Korea, Japan, and China) and three months in Ann Arbor. Upon completing the core, students are free to pursue a wide variety of electives. The program concludes with the seven-week Multidisciplinary Action Projects requirement.

The broad-based management approach at Ross delivers an integrated view of business. Our focus on action-based learning brings you the tools and hands-on experience to lead change, drive innovation, and implement creative solutions. At Ross, you have the flexibility to focus studies on a specific area or broaden studies over a variety of disciplines.

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Highlights

Program Schedule
Details on the Global MBA 16-month format in Asia and Ann Arbor

The Global MBA Program begins each February with the Asia Session, consisting of one month each in Korea, Japan, and China. In June, students relocate to the Ross campus at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for the remaining thirteen months of the program.

Students complete the required Ross MBA core courses in the first two terms, consisting of the three months in Asia and the first three months in Ann Arbor. Upon completing the core, students are free to pursue a wide variety of electives at Ross during two four-month terms (fall and winter). The program concludes with the seven-week Multidisciplinary Action Projects requirement.

Global MBA Class of 2016 Schedule
Courses Offered Credit Location Class Date
Pre-MBA English Course* None Korea 2/1 - 2/21/15
Core Courses in Asia:      
Written Managerial Communications 1.50 Korea 2/23 – 2/27/2015
Communication Management 1.50 Korea 3/2 – 3/6/2015
Applied Business Statistics 2.25 Korea 3/9 – 3/20/2015
Principles of Financial Accounting 2.25 Japan 3/31 – 4/10/2015
Applied Microeconomics 2.25 Japan 4/13 – 4/23/2015
Financial Management 2.25 China 5/4 – 5/14/2015
Management Accounting 2.25 China 5/18 – 5/29/2015
Total: 14.25    
Core Courses in Ann Arbor      
Human Behavior and Organization 2.25 Ann Arbor 6/15 - 6/29/2015
Operations Management 2.25 Ann Arbor 7/6 – 7/17/2015
Corporate Strategy 2.25 Ann Arbor 7/20 - 7/31/2015
Marketing Management 2.25 Ann Arbor 8/3 – 8/14/2015
Total: 9.00    
Elective Courses      
Fall Term Electives 8-18 Ann Arbor 9/8 - 12/18/2015
Winter Term Electives 8-18 Ann Arbor 1/6 - 4/29/2016
Total: 16-36    
Multidisciplinary Action Projects      
Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) 7.5 US/Global 5/5 - 7/1/2016
Total:  7.5    
Post-MBA Research Project (optional 7- or 14-week format) None Ann Arbor 9/1 - 10/21/2016
or
9/1 - 12/16/2016
OVERALL TOTAL: 57-66.75
(Min. 57 required)
 

* Students who demonstrate proficiency in English during the application phase may place out of the course.

The Ross MBA Program requires successful completion of 57 graduate credit hours. Students must complete a minimum of 26.25 credit hours of coursework during the Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 terms, including an approved law or ethics course and the World Economy course (1.5 credit hours). Students may take a maximum of 18 credit hours during each of the Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 terms.

Core Courses
Strengthen your foundation with our MBA core courses

The Ross MBA curriculum prepares you to lead by offering a combination of rigorous fundamentals, practical experience, and the freedom to explore. We want you to leave with broader aspirations, the tools to achieve them, and the confidence to pursue them.

Business challenges are often complex. You must be able to see from many perspectives in order to assess your risks and opportunities.

The broad-based management approach at Ross delivers an integrated view of business. Our focus on action-based learning gives you the tools and hands-on experience to lead change, drive innovation, and implement creative solutions.

The first two terms give you a broad grounding in the fundamentals of:

  • accounting
  • business economics and public policy
  • finance
  • law, history, and communication
  • management and organizations
  • marketing
  • operations and management science
  • strategy
Additional Degree Requirements:

1. World Economy (STRATEGY 503 - 1.5 credits) core course which must be completed during the two elective terms.

2. Law/Ethics: This requirement can be met by waiver request or by taking ONE of a selection of courses at any time during the two elective terms. (Students who have earned a Juris Doctor degree are automatically waived from this requirement.) The following courses will satisfy the Law/Ethics requirement: BA 512, LHC/ES 504, LHC 506, LHC 507, LHC 508, LHC 509, LHC 511, LHC 512, LHC 513, LHC 514, LHC 515, LHC 516, LHC 517, or LHC 582.

In the final term, you put the curriculum to work in the Multidisciplinary Action Project course (see below), integrating your analytical tools with teamwork and leadership development on a strategic project inside an actual firm or organization.

Required Courses — Asia Session:

Written Managerial Communications BCOM 594

Communication Management BCOM 595

Applied Business Statistics TO 595

Principles of Financial Accounting FIN 591

Applied Microeconomics BE 591

Financial Management FIN 591

Management Accounting ACC 593

 

Required Courses — Ann Arbor Session:

Human Behavior and Organization MO 593

Operations Management TO 593

Corporate Strategy STRATEGY 591

Marketing Management MKT 591

Elective Courses
Integrate your education with your individual interests

After completing your core courses, during your third (September-December) and fourth (January-April) terms, you are free to pursue a wide range of elective courses. Ross offers you the flexibility to focus studies on a specific area or broaden studies over a variety of disciplines. During your elective terms, you also need to fulfill the World Economy and Law/Ethics requirements (see above). With the exception of those two courses, you are free to select from more than 110 electives offerings at the Ross school or across the University.

Benchmarking Trips

In addition to the traditional MBA electives available, the Global MBA Program offers unique opportunities through our Benchmarking Trips. Two trips are offered — one to New York and one to Silicon Valley. In each location, students visit about 10 companies, including financial institutions and IT companies, over a two-day period. These trips, exclusive to the Global MBA Program, provide opportunities to meet top executives at major U.S. companies.

Action-Based Learning Opportunities

Ross pioneered the concept of action-based learning in business education. A custom designed benchmarking course offers Global MBA students a first-hand opportunity to meet key business leaders in the US, in both Silicon Valley and New York City. The Global MBA MAP is a key part of our MBA Program where students immerse themselves in the business world for seven weeks as they work exclusively with a corporate, entrepreneurial, or nonprofit organization to solve a pressing challenge in our MAP course. Projects take place across the U.S. and around the world. During the elective terms, you have an opportunity to select from a host of other Ross action-based learning courses.

Featured courses:

Business Leadership in Changing Times MO 611
Could you announce a significant shift in company strategy to investors in a case simulation? How about in front of a C-Level executive from the very company you are studying? The CEO and other C-level executives of Fortune 500 companies make regular appearances in this class. Your performance will be closely scrutinized and rigorously critiqued – but the opportunity is unique.

Action Learning Project in Operations, Procurement, and Supply Chain TO 582
In this 14-week project, taught in cooperation with A.T. Kearney, students address a major operations or supply chain problem within a company. You’ll benefit from guest lectures by A.T. Kearney and Fortune 500 company executives.

Social Intrapreneurship: Leading Social Innovation in Organizations MO 637
Drawing on the latest advances in social research, network analysis, and information technology, this course builds a toolkit for leading social innovation within organizations. Live case studies with guest intrapreneurs from companies of all sizes help you to apply the principles in practice.

Entrepreneurial Turnaround Management ES 735
You'll examine turnaround management techniques, led by an experienced practitioner. This hands-on course evaluates analysis techniques, prioritization of tasks, communication strategies, strategic repositioning, financial restructuring, and the psychological aspects of troubled situations.

Marketing Engineering MKT 630
Professions such as marketing manager, account manager, and market researcher are evolving rapidly in the new technology-intense marketing environment. The new marketing needs people with marketing engineering skills, and this course develops those skills.

Strategies For Growth STRAT 672
This course develops a framework for determining the direction of growth: market penetration, globalization, vertical integration, related diversification and unrelated diversification, and the mode of growth. You will also explore the organizational challenges in implementing the growth strategy.

Integrated Product Development Course TO 548
Partner with students in the College of Engineering and School of Art and Design to research, design, manufacture, and market a fully functional, customer-ready prototype of an actual product. Then compete against classmates in a trade show.

See also:
Zell Lurie Institute Funds

FOCUSED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Ross students inhabit a world of powerful, relevant ideas, both in and out of the classroom, through focused learning opportunities in the school’s leading institutes and centers. The very opposite of ivory towers, these institute and centers are committed to practice, experience, and hands-on learning.

ACROSS THE UNIVERSITY

100 of the University of Michigan’s graduate programs rank in the top 10 (U.S. News & World Report, 2014). You have the opportunity to take up to 10 of your 57 required credits at any of the graduate programs offered by the University of Michigan.

INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM

The Center for International Business Excellence and Research (CIBER) arranges semester-long study abroad programs with partnering business schools worldwide, including opportunities in Asia, Australia, Latin America, and Europe. Students participating in an exchange are able to earn up to 15 credit hours toward their Michigan Ross degree.

DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM

If you are equally passionate about another subject beyond business, Ross offers 23 established dual degrees (link to dual degree page), including in engineering, education, social work, public policy, public health and law.

Multidisciplinary Action Project
Gain hands-on experience with our signature MAP course

Your Global MBA Program culminates with our renowned Multidisciplinary Action Projects course, which epitomizes Ross’ dedication to action-based learning. It’s a seven-week, hands-on project for a sponsoring company seeking a creative solution to a critical organizational challenge. Projects are hosted by incubators, startups, nongovernmental organizations, and multinational corporations throughout the world.

Each project requires you to collaborate with a team of peers and a faculty advisor to confront the ambiguities of a real-world business challenge. You apply academic concepts, problem-solving skills, and imagination to frame and resolve that challenge. At the conclusion of the project, you deliver your analysis and recommendations to the sponsor and Ross faculty in a formal presentation and written report.

As you delve into the MAP experience, you may be asked to:

  • develop a business strategy
  • target opportunities for growth
  • solve a market entry problem
  • develop new products
  • assess mergers, acquisitions, partnerships, and joint ventures
  • perform complex financial modeling
  • launch feasibility studies
  • generate product launch and distribution plans
  • propose operations improvements
  • perform risk analysis

To sponsors, MAP delivers real, data-driven solutions. To you, MAP delivers a transformative educational experience that brings coursework to life.

Learn more about MAP

 

Some Recent Project Sponsors

3A SA (Switzerland)
3M Co.
American Restaurants (Ukraine)
Dell
Delphi China
Dihon Pharmaceuticals (China)
Eastman Kodak Co.
Energy Conversion Devices
Ford Motor Co.
Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center
Hyundai de Mexico
JP Morgan Chase
Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc.
Panasonic Corp. of North America
POSCO (Korea)
Samsung Electronics Latin America (Brazil)
Valspar Corp.
Visteon Corp.

Tentative MAP Schedule (Class of 2015)
Date Event
March 2, 2015 Project proposals due to gmbamap@umich.edu
March 11 Proposals delivered to students for bidding
March 23 MAP Teams announced
May 7-8 MAP Bootcamp (students only)
May 11 Teams report to company
June 26 Final presentations to the faculty team
June 26 - July 3 Final presentations at sponsor site

 

Post-MBA Research Project
Continue your education with a focused, integrative effort

Once you complete your Ross Global MBA, you have the opportunity to complete a Post-MBA Research Project. This is a chance to enhance your education through a comprehensive research project integrating all that you have learned.

Available exclusively to Global MBA students, the project is offered for seven or 14 weeks. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, you'll apply the knowledge gained at Ross to a real situation faced by your employer. Then, you'll deliver a final report and present proposed solutions.

Tentative Research Project Schedule (Class of 2015)
Date Event
Through March 9, 2015 Student prepares research plan and approaches a professor of their choice for consent.
March 9, 2015 Students submit research plan, application with faculty consent, and $500 deposit to the GMBA office.
April-June 2015 Students individually apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) following guidelines from the University of Michigan International Center.
August 31, 2015 Students pay balance of project fee; total of $1,000 for the 7-week project and $2,000 for the 14-week project.
Sept-Oct/Dec, 2015 Students conduct research under the guidance of advising faculty.
Oct/Dec 2015 Upon approval of the research report by the advising faculty, GMBA awards a project completion certificate.