Deciding to Apply

We encourage you to apply in either round 1 or round 2, depending on when you are able to put together the strongest application. Your chances of admission and scholarship award will be similar in both rounds. Chances of admission and scholarship in round 3 vary from year to year.

We do not require a specific number of years of work experience prior to entering the Ross MBA program, but almost all incoming Ross students have worked for at least two years. The average Ross student enters the MBA program with five 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.

You must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree at the time of your application. Recent graduates are eligible to apply, but historically students with more than two years of work experience have been most successful in the full-time MBA program. Recent graduates are evaluated on the same criteria as all applicants. For more on what the admissions committee is looking for, review these tips from our admissions team.

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.

Yes, we will consider applicants who hold a three-year undergraduate degree from India.

We do accept applications from individuals who have an MBA. However, you must explain through your application why you feel you need another MBA degree.

No, previous coursework will not transfer into our MBA Program. In addition, students admitted to Ross may not be simultaneously enrolled in two graduate programs unless enrolled in an approved dual-degree program.

No, you must choose between programs and may only apply to one program in any given cycle.

Yes. You can apply for admission to the next available admitting term. If you apply within one application cycle, your application is streamlined so that submitting a new test score, recommendation letter, and essays are optional and the application fee is waived. If you reapply after one application cycle, you must submit a completely new application and supporting documents. Please visit our application requirements page for procedures and tips on reapplying.

Application Requirements

There is no minimum GPA requirement; we encourage you to apply to our program regardless of your GPA. Your GPA is only one factor we review in determining your eligibility and academic readiness for the MBA program. Please refer to our class profile for our current class GPA.

You can submit the GMAT, GMAT Focus Edition (beginning Q4 2023), GRE, MCAT, LSAT, PCAT, or DAT. Your performance on any of these exams 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. You may also submit alternative evidence of your academic readiness - see Application Requirements.

There is no minimum score requirement for either exam. See the full-time MBA class profile to find the average and ranges for the current MBA class.

Your standardized test score is only one of a number of factors we review in determining admission. We encourage you to apply to our program regardless of your score performance. However, if you feel your score has room for improvement, you may want to consider retaking the exam.

We strongly recommend a TOEFL score of 100 or higher on the internet-based test (iBT). Michigan Ross' TOEFL score reporting code is 1839. Ross will accept the PTE or IELTS as an alternative to the TOEFL, and we strongly recommend a PTE score of 70 or higher, or IELTS exam score of 7 or higher.

International applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution where the sole language of instruction was English are exempt from the TOEFL/PTE/IELTS requirement. You may also submit alternative evidence of your English proficiency - see Application Requirements.

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.

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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.

Submitting an Application Without a Test Score

No. We will review the evidence of academic readiness that you submit in the absence of a test score to determine your fit with the academic rigor at Ross. If you are able to demonstrate your quantitative and analytical skills through the essay you submit, your chances of admission will not be negatively impacted. However, test scores do provide an additional, relevant data point for the admissions committee to consider in reviewing your application holistically.

Approximately 80% of the current class was admitted with a test score. Candidates are encouraged to review our class profile, which reflects the middle 80% of GMAT and GRE test scores in the current class.

Yes. However, a test score will give the admissions committee an additional relevant data point to consider.

Some employers, particularly in industries like finance and consulting, may request a GMAT or GRE score as part of their screening process. However, several students that did not submit a test score secured internship positions across a variety of industries, including consulting and banking.

You are able to apply directly to the Consortium without a test scoreIf you are applying through the Consortium, please click on the box labeled "I Am Not Adding Any Standardized Tests" in the standardized test section of the application and submit the school-specific essay for Ross about not submitting a test score.

If you are waitlisted, you may submit a test score and we will consider it along with all of the other application documents you submitted. If you are denied, you cannot have your application reconsidered, but may reapply the next year.

Interviews and Decisions

Interviews are by invitation only. You will receive an email from if you are invited to interview.

Applications received after the application deadline will be considered for the next round. Applications cannot be submitted after the Round 3 deadline.

Unfortunately, requests for admissions decisions before our decision notification dates will not be granted.

Unfortunately, there is no appeals process for denied applicants. Denied applicants are encouraged to re-apply for a subsequent admissions cycle.

Deferral requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and are rarely granted. Requests to defer admission should be submitted in writing to A detailed explanation of the request and appropriate documentation are required.

Contact Michigan Ross Full-Time MBA Admissions

Telephone: 734-763-5796 Fax: 734-763-7804


Mailing address: 700 East University, Kresge Hall, 1st Floor, Suite K1521, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234

Most applicant questions are addressed on the Ross Full-Time MBA website, but you can connect with Admissions during our Full-Time MBA Admissions Office Hours. We recommend watching this virtual information session, which addresses a number of frequently asked questions about the Ross MBA. To learn more about the program and application process, we encourage you to:

The Office of Admissions does not schedule appointments with professors or instructors. Please contact the appropriate faculty department.

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.

On-Campus Visits

Flight Information: Book your ticket to Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). The airport is a 30-minute drive from the University of Michigan campus. Options for travel to Ann Arbor from the airport include:
Taxis from the airport to Ann Arbor typically cost ~$50-$60.
Uber/Lyft rides from the airport to Ann Arbor typically cost ~$40 - $50.
The Michigan Flyer/Air/Ride is available for $22 round trip with advance purchase.

Parking: Visitor parking is available via metered parking on the east (East University Street) and west sides (Tappan Ave.) of the building or the city of Ann Arbor's Forest Avenue Parking Structure located at 650 S Forest Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. 

Taxis, Uber and Lyft, and the local bus system are also available.

Check-in will be located at the Admissions Office (700 E. University, Kresge Hall, Room 1521) beginning at 10:30 am ET.

Classes are offered Monday through Thursday and are not open to prospective students at this time due to capacity constraints. There will be opportunities to interact with faculty during the interview process of the admissions cycle.

Admissions does not provide individualized feedback at any point of the application process; admissions-related questions will be addressed during the admissions Q&A session included in the campus visit programming.

YES! Partners are a valued part of the Ross community. We encourage your partner to attend to learn about our community and to be a part of your decision process. When you register, you can select an additional ticket for your partner.

Casual attire is appropriate for your visit.

We will not be offering programming on a date outside of our scheduled campus visit dates. However, you may use our virtual resources to take a self-guided tour of campus as well as connect with a student ambassador. We also encourage you to connect with us virtually at our weekly admissions events.

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