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Round 1

DEADLINE: September 30, 2019

DECISION: December 18, 2019

Round 2

DEADLINE: January 6, 2020

DECISION: March 18, 2020

Round 3

PRIORITY DEADLINE*: March 30, 2020


*NOTE: We are accepting applications through May 29. For international applicants, please apply by May 6. After this date we cannot guarantee timely visa processing. Decisions on applications received after the Priority Deadline will be released on a rolling basis.

Your Application Checklist

1. Choose your deadline.

The most amazing application in the world won’t help you if you miss the deadline. While we understand your desire to perfect your materials, time management is a skill that’s critical in both business and applying to B-school. 

Applications are due by 11:59 PM EST on the due dates noted above.

2. Order your transcripts.

You must have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from an accredited institution by the time of application. You can submit an unofficial copy of all of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts (and degree documents, if applicable) with your application, but official transcripts will be required if you’re accepted. 

3. Take the GMAT or GRE.

You can provide either GMAT or GRE scores, which are valid for five years after you took the exam. You may self-report your score on the application or upload unofficial score reports. If accepted, official reports will be required. If you take the GMAT or GRE more than once, we will use your highest total score and the corresponding breakout scores in evaluating your application. We do not mix and match scores.

We recognize that some applicants may have difficulty taking the GMAT or GRE due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If this is the case, we encourage you to submit an application to the Full-Time MBA program without your exam scores. We will review the application materials that you provide; however, we will be unable to admit you to the program without your exam scores. You may send us your unofficial score report to be added to your application after you take the next available exam by emailing The Admissions Committee will be alerted of your test score submission. If you cannot take the required exams before the application deadline, we will move your application to be considered for admission to the Fall 2021 admit term. 

In order the submit the application without a test score, you will need to do the following when completing our online application.

  1. Answer "Yes" to the question, Have you taken the GMAT or GRE? 
  2. Enter "00" for the GMAT Total score, and "0" for the percentile. TOTAL: 00/0%

4. Update your resume.

Make sure your resume provides current educational information and professional experience, including dates. These dates should match your application. Including community service activities and your hobbies/interests is encouraged, as it helps us get to know you better. Your resume should be no longer than one page.

5. Write your essays.

Part 1: Short-answer questions

Select one prompt from each group of the three groups below. Respond to each selected prompt in 100 words or less (<100 words each; 300 words total). Every word counts here — the tight word count is intentional to force you to focus. 

Group 1
I want people to know that I:
I made a difference when I:

Group 2
I was humbled when:
I am out of my comfort zone when:

Group 3
I was aware that I was different when:
I was challenged when:

​Part 2: Career Goal Essay

Michigan Ross is a place where people from all backgrounds with different career goals can thrive. Please share your short-term career goal. Why is this career goal right for you?  (300 words)

Admissions Blog: 
How the Admissions Director Would Answer the Michigan Ross MBA Essay Questions

Optional statement
Is there something in your resume or application that could use some explanation? This is your chance to elaborate. You might want to discuss completion of supplemental coursework, employment gaps, academic issues, etc. 

6. Choose your recommender.

Michigan Ross uses the GMAC Common Recommendation Form, and we require only one recommendation. Select a recommender who can discuss your professional performance and work style; a current or former supervisor is ideal. Alternatives include a client, project manager, or professional mentor. Your recommender should be able to answer the following questions:

  • Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant's role in your organization. (50 words)
  • How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (E.g., what are the applicant's principal strengths?) (500 words)
  • Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (500 words)

IMPORTANT: This is NOT the official recommendation, but rather a list of the questions that will be sent to the individual you identify as your recommender in the application. The actual recommendation and ratings form must be submitted online by your recommender. Your application is not considered complete until we receive your recommendation.

7. Prepare for your interview.

Interviews are conducted by invitation only. You may interview on campus or with a Ross alum in your local area. Skype interviews are available as an alternative. 

If you interview on campus, you can take part in a full day of activities, including sitting in on a class, hearing from a panel of current students, networking with representatives from centers and institutes, participating in the team exercise, and eating lunch with Admissions staff and current students.

Admissions Blog: Interview mythbusters and other things you need to know

8. Pay the $200 application fee.

The nonrefundable $200 application fee is waived for:

Active members and veterans of the U.S Military - please provide a copy of military orders or a DD-214.

Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America volunteers who have served within the past three years - please provide proof of membership that includes the name of the organization and dates of service.

Currently enrolled students in a University of Michigan graduate degree program

Citizens of a country on the UN's list of least-developed countries - verified at time of application.

Application fee waiver requests can be made by emailing rossadmissions@umich.eduand including "Application Fee Waiver Request" in the subject line. We do not waive application fees for any other reason.

9. Participate in the Team Exercise (optional).

The team exercise is up to you, but we highly recommend it for a few reasons:

  1. It allows you to get to know potential classmates.
  2. It allows us to gauge your interpersonal and communication skills.
  3. It provides another way to assess your “fit” with Michigan Ross.

The team exercise is offered in Ann Arbor on all interview days for invited candidates.

The Admissions team tentatively plans to host the team exercise for Round 1 candidates in India and China and for Round 2 candidates in Tokyo and Sao Paulo.

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The Bar Is High.
Here’s How You Rise Above the Rest.

The Admissions Committee looks for talented students from a broad range of academic and professional backgrounds. Applications are reviewed holistically; no single factor — e.g., GPA, GMAT/GRE score, or years of work experience — determines the outcome. If you’re right for Ross, you’ll probably identify with the following: 

You’ve Accomplished a Lot

The Admissions Committee is looking for professional and personal achievements in your resume, recommendation letter, and interview (if invited). Your achievements indicate: 

  • Your career path and progression
  • Your contributions and impact
  • Your potential to succeed in your desired career
You Work Well with Others

The interview (invitation only) and Team Exercise (optional) help us to get a feel for your interpersonal, communication, and teamwork skills. We look at how you present yourself in a professional setting and how you engage and work collaboratively with others.

You've Got the Score

Your undergraduate record, graduate record (if applicable), GMAT and/or GRE score(s), and TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS score (if applicable) help show us:

  • Your ability to succeed academically
  • The degree to which you have challenged yourself
  • Your quantitative background college-level math should not be a problem for you
  • Your English language ability


Additional Things You Should Know

International Applicants

Application Deadlines

While you are welcome to apply in Round 3, international applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their materials in Rounds 1 or 2 to allow sufficient time for visa processing. 

Undergraduate Degree

You must hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American bachelor’s degree prior to applying. A three-year degree is acceptable from regions that typically do not offer four-year degrees. In addition to your transcripts, you must also provide a diploma or similar document indicating the date the degree was earned. If these are not in English, you must provide a certified, literal (not interpretive) English translation along with the documents. If a copy of the original transcript is submitted, it must be certified by the institution from which the degree was received. Documents notarized by a notary public are not acceptable. Credentials must include the following: 

  • Institution name
  • Your name
  • Years of attendance
  • Courses taken
  • Grades receive
  • The degree, diploma, or certificate awarded and date of the award
  • You may submit a photocopy of the original document with your application. If admitted, you will be required to submit official documentation to World Education Services for authentication.

English Proficiency

If your native language is not English, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Pearson Test of English (PTE), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. The TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS exam must be taken no more than two years prior to the application deadline date.

You must take the internet-based test (iBT) version of the TOEFL exam. Michigan Ross' TOEFL score reporting code is 1839.

We will accept a PTE or IELTS exam score as an alternative to the TOEFL. To have scores sent electronically to Ross, select "University of Michigan-Ann Arbor" as the recipient.

If you have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution where the sole language of instruction was English, you are exempt from the English proficiency requirement.

Underrepresented Student Applicants

Admission Through the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management

Ross is a member of the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management (CGSM), which aims to enhance diversity in business education and leadership by helping to reduce the serious underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans in member schools and the ranks of management.

If you are committed to increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in business, you are encouraged to apply to the Ross Full-Time MBA Program through the Consortium, via the Consortium website.

If you apply as a Consortium candidate, you are not required to complete the Ross MBA application. Review the Consortium Prospective Student Page for more information.

Ross Consortium: Members of the Ross Consortium help you navigate the admissions process. They become part of your network, sharing information about job opportunities, study groups, and more.

Interview Day: There is a special Consortium Interview Day for prospective students. This combines admissions interviews with programming that demonstrates how the Consortium experience at Ross differs from other schools.

Webinars: Watch special webinars hosted by the Ross Consortium in conjunction with the Ross Office of Admissions.

For more information or to answer any questions about Ross Consortium activities, contact Ross Admissions, 734-763-5796.

Other Partnerships

Ross collaborates with other organizations that encourage students from diverse backgrounds and underserved communities to pursue graduate management studies, including Management Leadership for Tomorrow, the Riordan Fellows Program, and Toigo Foundation.

Ross also participates in conferences that seek to address underrepresentation in business, including:

National Black MBA Association

National Society of Hispanic MBAs

We encourage you to visit Diversity Matters at Michigan, which serves as a comprehensive portal to diversity resources at the University of Michigan.


Welcome back! It’s been awhile. If it’s been less than a year since you originally applied, you can submit an abridged application as follows:

  • Complete an application form and pay the application fee.
  • Submit an updated resume.
  • Submit one recommendation letter. You may choose your original recommender, but the recommender must complete a new recommendation that reflects your performance and achievements since your original application was submitted.
  • Submit a letter to update us on your achievements and goals since your original application. Upload the letter with your updated resume.
  • If you retook the GMAT, GRE, or TOEFL, send or upload an updated score report. You do not need to submit new score reports unless your scores expired.
  • You do not need to send transcripts that were submitted with your last application. We still have these on file.
  • OPTIONAL: You may choose to answer one or more of our current essay questions.

If it has been more than one year from your original application, you need to submit a completely new application.

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