Applying During COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated June 2, 2020

We recognize that this year's full-time MBA applicants may have many questions about the program and our admissions process. Our team is committed to addressing those questions and supporting your applicant journey. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our admissions team at rossadmissions@umich.edu if you have any questions that are not answered below.

Round 3 Applications

Can I be invited to interview without test scores?

Yes, you may be invited to interview before we have received your test scores.

Can I be admitted without test scores?

No, we are not able to admit applicants without test scores. However, if you are unable to submit your scores before Round 3 decisions are released and you are considered to be a competitive applicant, you may be placed on the waitlist. Please provide your test scores as soon as you have them. We will accept test scores up until July 31, 2020 for candidates who remain in the waitlist.

I have valid test scores but plan to take the test again to try to improve my scores. If I submit my application without test scores, but my new scores are lower than my old ones, can I update my application with my old scores?

Yes. It is our policy to always consider your highest score. Simply email rossadmissions@umich.edu to provide us with your highest score.

International Students

How will student visas be affected?

We recognize that routine visa services in many countries worldwide have been disrupted. Given such, any admitted international student who is unable to start the Michigan Ross Full-Time MBA program in August due to a visa issue despite his or her best efforts will be considered for a deferral to next year’s MBA class.We are hopeful that visa services will resume in the near future.

General Admissions

I have valid test scores but plan to take the test again to try to improve my scores. If I submit my application without test scores, but my new scores are lower than my old ones, can I update my application with my old scores?

Yes. It is our policy to always consider your highest score. Simply email rossadmissions@umich.edu to provide us with your highest score.

Are you allowing deferrals?

Given the challenges that international students face in getting to campus by the fall due to visa office closures and travel restrictions, we are offering international students the option to request a deferral to Fall 2021 or Fall 2022. All international students should communicate their preference for starting in Fall 2020, 2021, or 2022 by next Monday, June 22, 2020 to the MBA Admissions Office. We will do our best to offer - but cannot guarantee - your preference for a one-year or two-year deferral. Any scholarships that were offered for this fall will be carried over until your start date.

Domestic students will not be considered for a deferral, though application fees will be waived for domestic admits who wish to apply again next year. Requests to defer based on circumstances including medical emergencies and required military service will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Can I visit the Michigan Ross campus to sit in on a class, take a tour, or attend an information session?

All admissions events are currently being held virtually, as our campus is closed to visitors and classes are now held remotely. To minimize disruption for current students, our live, remote learning classes are not open to visitors at this time. You can find more details about virtual admissions events, including information sessions and office hours here.  

 

When will Michigan Ross campus visits resume?

Due to the evolving nature of the pandemic, we do not know when campus visits will resume.

Does participating in a Michigan Ross admissions event affect my chance of admission?

No. While we encourage you to learn more about Michigan Ross, participating in a Michigan Ross admissions event has no impact on your admissions decision.

Who can I email with questions about MBA Admissions?

Please email rossadmissions@umich.edu with any questions you have regarding admissions. We appreciate your patience while we do our best to respond as soon as we can. In the meantime, for current updates on the admission process, please visit our website.

 

What are some other ways I can connect with Michigan Ross?

In addition to our virtual admissions events, we encourage you to connect with a student, view webinar recordings on topics like career support, or listen to our student-run podcast, Business Beyond Usual. You can also read up on articles from our Student Voices blog

 

Program Experience

Will there be any changes to programming in the fall?

At this time we are operating with the hope that come fall, everything will be back to business as usual. In case we are unable to return to campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are considering a variety of scenarios and alternative ways to offer programs.

Will MAP projects still take place next year? Are you planning on these being virtual or is travel a possibility?

Yes, MAP projects will take place next year. We continue to engage with companies around the world to identify and sponsor projects. Though we cannot yet comment on whether MAP 2021 will be virtual, we do anticipate that projects will span companies and organizations from around the world, and across industries.

Can you provide some examples of how Michigan Ross and companies are supporting student internships?

Full-time MBA students can now take part in the Michigan Ross Business Consultant Corps, an opportunity for rising MBA 2 students that provides 8-12 weeks of professional experience working directly with a company. Students work in teams to advise a startup, small business, or corporation to solve a real business challenge, and companies span a wide range of industries  — including technology, healthcare, and manufacturing.

Connect with Admissions

We encourage you to reach out to us at rossadmissions@umich.edu with any questions you may have. You can also stay in touch by signing up for our newsletter or by attending one of our virtual admissions events.

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