DO YOU HAVE TO BE EMPLOYED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PART-TIME MBA - WEEKEND PROGRAM?
No, current employment is not a pre-requisite for admission, but full-time work experience is considered as part of the admission process. It is generally assumed that students will continue to work full time while in the program.
DO I NEED AN UNDERGRADUATE BUSINESS DEGREE OR BUSINESS BACKGROUND TO BE ADMITTED?
No. We welcome applications from a wide variety of backgrounds and do not look for or favor specific undergraduate majors. Business classes are not required before entering the MBA Program.
HOW MUCH WORK EXPERIENCE DO I NEED BEFORE I CAN APPLY?
Student must have at least 12 months of full time work experience (post-completion of your undergraduate degree) under their belt prior to entering the MBA program, but almost all incoming Ross students have worked for at least 2+ years. The average Part Time MBA student enters with 5-7 years of work experience.
That said, we evaluate work experience not in terms of quantity, but in terms of quality. We examine the impact you have had on your organization and the leadership qualities you have demonstrated. We consider the range of stories and experiences you will be able to share with our classmates. If you have limited work experience, you should demonstrate on your application why it is the right time to pursue an MBA, and what you will be able to contribute to the Ross community.
CAN I TAKE COURSES BEFORE THE PROGRAM BEGINS?
IS THE COMPLETION OF A COLLEGE-LEVEL CALCULUS COURSE A PREREQUISITE TO ADMISSION?
Ross has no prerequisite courses for admission to the MBA program. However, due to the analytical rigor of the program, it is expected that you have a working knowledge of college-level mathematics, including basic calculus. If you have not had this coursework, we recommend that you take a course that emphasizes business mathematics prior to beginning the program.
IS A THREE-YEAR UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE FROM INDIA ACCEPTABLE TO APPLY?
Yes, we will consider applicants who hold a three-year undergraduate degree from India.
CAN I APPLY AS A COLLEGE SENIOR? DOES ROSS ADMIT STUDENTS STRAIGHT OUT OF UNDERGRAD?
No, we do not accept students immediately following their undergraduate education. You must have completed your U.S. bachelor’s degree (or international equivalent) at the time of your application. Students with 12 months or more of full time work experience are eligible to apply, but applicants with less than 1-2 years of work experience are very rarely admitted.
WHAT TYPE OF WORK EXPERIENCE ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS?
We seek diversity in the professional backgrounds of our admitted students, just as we do in other parts of our applicants' profiles. No one industry or field is favored over another. We are more interested in your contribution to the group or organization.
CAN I APPLY TO MULTIPLE MBA FORMATS (WEEKEND, EXECUTIVE, EVENING, ONLINE, FULL-TIME)?
No. You must choose between formats and may only apply to one program during any given application cycle.
CAN I REAPPLY IF I WAS NOT ACCEPTED PREVIOUSLY?
Yes. Reapplication procedures are streamlined if you reapply within one year.
CAN I HAVE MY APPLICATION FEE WAIVED?
The application fee is waived for applicants who have served in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America within three years of applying. It is also waived for current or former members of the U.S. military. We do not waive application fees for any other reason. You should request a fee waiver prior to submitting your application by creating a new support ticket and attaching proof of service in one of the above organizations. Please indicate the program to which you will be applying.
WHICH PART-TIME MBA FORMAT HAS THE HIGHEST ADMISSION RATE?
The Admissions Committee looks for the same qualifications in all formats.
DO YOU REQUIRE THE GMAT OR GRE?
Yes. The GMAT or GRE is a required component of our application. Your performance on either exam will be used as part of our assessment of your academic ability, and you are at no advantage or disadvantage by taking one exam instead of the other. We DO NOT WAIVE the standardized test score for any reason, ever.
IS THERE A MINIMUM REQUIRED GMAT/GRE SCORE AND/OR GPA?
We do not have minimum cut off scores and/or grade point averages. You are, however, always compared to the current pool of applicants.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE GMAT/GRE AND GPA?
Average GMAT scores for students admitted to the Part-Time MBA programs are typically in the range of 650-670 on the GMAT and 158-160 on the GRE. The average GPA is typically 3.3-3.4.
HOW MANY DAYS BEFORE THE APPLICATION DEADLINE SHOULD I TAKE THE GMAT/GRE?
We recommend taking the GMAT/GRE test 30 days before the application deadline. Thirty days would allow enough time for the official report to reach the Office of Admissions by the application deadline.
IF I AM SCHEDULED TO TAKE THE GMAT/GRE LESS THAN 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE APPLICATION DEADLINE, WILL YOU ACCEPT A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY REPORT?
If you are doubtful that the official GMAT/GRE score report will arrive by the deadline date, you can upload your unofficial score via your online application, fax your unofficial score report to our office at 734-763-7804, or send it to Office of Admission, 700 East University, Kresge Hall, First Floor East, Suite K1521.
HOW LONG ARE GMAT/GRE SCORES VALID?
Ross will keep GMAT/GRE scores on file for two years. Test scores are valid for five years from the date you took the test to the deadline date when you apply; scores more than five years old are not acceptable. We encourage you to take the GMAT/GRE no later than one month prior to the application deadline, and preferably earlier. You can self-report test scores on the application.
IS THE TOEFL REQUIRED FOR NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS?
Non-native English speakers are required to submit a TOEFL or Pearson Test of English (PTE) score as part of the application. Exemptions from submitting a language proficiency score are given if you earned your undergraduate degree at an accredited institution where the sole language of instruction was English or if you have been living, working, and conducting daily business in an English speaking country for two or more years.
HOW LONG ARE TOEFL/PTE SCORES VALID?
TOEFL/PTE scores taken within two years of the application deadline are valid.
IS AN INTERVIEW REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION?
Yes, an interview is required for admission, and is by invitation only. If the Admissions Committee invites you to interview, you will receive the invitation and scheduling information via email. The interview provides the Admissions Committee with more information about you. It is not an indication of the outcome of your application. Interviews are typically conducted by the managing director.
ARE OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED?
The Office of Admissions can use unofficial transcripts for evaluation purposes. However, if you are offered admission, you will be required to submit your official transcripts to the Office of Admissions prior to the start of classes.
WHO SHOULD I CHOOSE AS MY RECOMMENDER?
You should choose a recommender who can comment in depth on your professional performance and work product and provide relevant examples-- preferably your direct supervisor.
- If for some reason, you do not wish to inform your current supervisor about your plans to pursue a Part-Time MBA, you should choose an alternative recommender such as a former manager, client, or a supervisor from an extracurricular organization. If you do not choose your current supervisor as a recommender, you should explain the reasons for your alternate choice in the optional essay.
- Since we use the recommendation to learn about you as a working professional, recommendations from former professors tend not to be effective.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY RECOMMENDER HAS NOT RECEIVED MY ONLINE INVITATION TO RECOMMEND ME?
This tends to be a problem with a recommender's email account spam or junk email filter settings. The emailed invitation is either blocked or automatically filtered into a junk mail folder. You can check the status of your recommendations, resend a recommendation request, and even update a recommender if the recommendation is not yet started via the Personal Activity page. You can access this under the "Apply Online" section of your online application homepage by clicking on the Review Your Submitted Application/Manage Your Recommendations link.
HOW DO I SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION (E.G. TRANSCRIPTS, RECOMMENDATION) IF I'M UNABLE TO UPLOAD THEM WITH MY ONLINE APPLICATION?
If there was a problem submitting transcripts or a recommendation via the online application, you can scan these items and attach them to a support ticket. Please include your name and date of birth in the email, and let us know that supplemental information is being sent because it could not be submitted online.