Admissions FAQs

What is the minimum TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS exam score required for international students who apply to the MBA program?

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.

What is the GPA requirement for applying to the Full-time MBA Program?

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 average GPA in the class.

How long will it take for my scores to be sent to Ross after I take the test?

If admitted, we will require an official score report. We recommend that you allow for at least four weeks for Ross to receive your GMAT or GRE scores from the testing agency. Ross' GRE reporting code is 1839.

Are there instances in which I wouldn't be required to take the TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS exam?

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.

How long are TOEFL/PTE/IELTS scores valid?

TOEFL/PTE/IELTS exam scores taken within two years of the application deadline are valid.

Can I reapply to the MBA Program if I wasn't previously accepted?

Yes. You can apply for admission to the next available admitting term. In addition, for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle, we are waiving the application fee for reapplicants. Reapplication procedures are streamlined if you reapply within one application cycle of your originally submitted application. If you reapply after that time, you must submit a completely new application and supporting documents. Please visit our application requirements page for procedures and tips on reapplying.

What is the minimum GMAT/GRE required for admission to the Full-time MBA program?

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.


Does Ross prefer one of the standardized tests over another? Which tests may I submit?

A standardized test score is a required component of our application. You can submit the GMAT, 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.

How do I check my Michigan residency status?

Contact the Residency office at 734-764-1400. Residency information also is available online at

My friend received a call informing her that she had been accepted. I haven't received a call. Does that mean I wasn't accepted?

No, this does not automatically mean that you have not been accepted. When possible, the Admissions Committee will try to call or email admitted applicants to inform them of the decision, but we cannot guarantee that all applicants will be contacted. You will be able to view your decision online beginning at 12:00 PM EST on the notification date that corresponds with the round in which you applied.

What should I do if I need an early decision on my application?

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

I was not accepted to the MBA Program. Can I appeal?

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

Does Ross grant deferrals?

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.

What if I have to step out of the program for a year?

The University requires that students stay actively registered. Should you not register for a course within any 12-month time frame, you would have to go through a reapplication process, including paying the application fee. In rare instances where a student has stepped out because of engagement with a program that is in direct support of the school's mission, this fee may be waived.

How can I contact the Office of 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

Can I make an appointment to talk with someone in the Office of Admissions?

Most applicant questions are addressed on the Ross Full-Time MBA website. 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:

Can I schedule an appointment with a professor?

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

How many credits can a student take outside of the MBA Program?

Up to 10 of the required 57 credits in the Ross Full-Time MBA Program may be taken through other graduate programs at the Ann Arbor campus.

Do you offer an Executive MBA Program?

Ross offers an Executive MBA Program for candidates with progressive management and supervisory experience. Candidates typically have 10 or more years of experience. Refer to the Executive MBA Program website for further details.

How long are test scores valid?

Ross will accept all active test scores at the time of your application and this will vary by standardized test. For the GMAT/GRE, 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 exam of your choice no later than one month prior to the application deadline, and preferably earlier. You can self-report test scores on the application.

Should I apply using The Consortium application?

The Consortium application option is intended for U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have demonstrated support of The Consortium's mission of promoting underrepresented minorities in business education and in the ranks of management. If this applies to you, the Consortium application is a good option.

Can I apply to the Ross MBA Program as a college senior? Does Ross admit students straight out of undergrad?

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 2 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 Director.


How much work experience do I need before I can apply?

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 2 years. The average Ross student enters the MBA program with 5 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.

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.

Do you offer a hard-copy application?

No, we no longer accept hard-copy applications. You can only apply using our online application.

Can I have my application fee waived?

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 five 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.
  • Students who submitted an application to the Ross full-time MBA within the past five years.

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

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.

  • We recognize that you may not wish to inform your current supervisor about your plans to pursue an MBA. If that is the case, 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 do not tend 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 it 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.

Do I need to schedule an interview?

We encourage you to apply in one of the first 3 rounds depending on when you are able to put together the strongest application. Your chances of admission and scholarship award will be similar in these rounds. For international students, we do not recommend waiting until round 4 due to visa processing timelines. 

What happens to applications that arrive after the deadline?

Applications must arrive in our office by the deadline to be considered during a particular period. Applications that arrive after a deadline are processed in the order they were received and may be moved to the next decision round. See our application requirements page for deadlines.

Am I required to complete a college-level calculus course?

No; 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. If you have basic math knowledge but need a refresher, you may want to take our Quantitative Skills Workshop prior to the start of classes.

Do I need an undergraduate business degree or business classes to be admitted?

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.

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.

In which round should I apply? How important is it to apply in Round One?

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. We do not recommend waiting until round 3 because most of the class will have been filled by that time, and your chances of admission will be lower.

Can I transfer into the MBA Program?

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.

I already have an MBA. Can I still apply to the Ross MBA Program?

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.

Can I apply to both the Full-Time MBA and Part-Time MBA programs for the same term?

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

Standardized Test Waiver Request for 2020-2021 Admissions Cycle

Will submitting an application without a test score hurt my chances of admission?

No. If your test waiver request is approved and you submit an application without a test score, 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. Candidates are encouraged to review our class profile, which reflects the middle 80% of GMAT and GRE test scores in the current class.

Will I still be eligible for scholarship if I waive the test?

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

Will waiving a test affect my chances when I'm recruiting for full-time employment?

Some employers, particularly in industries like finance and consulting, may request a GMAT or GRE score as part of their screening process.

If I’m granted a waiver, would my previously submitted test score be removed from my application or kept on file?

If you are approved for a waiver, previously submitted test scores will not be considered as part of your application.

I applied in Round 1. Can I apply for a waiver?

Because this policy change is being made in the middle of Round 1, all Round 1 applicants will be admitted or waitlisted; no applicants will be denied on December 4. Any waitlisted applicant may request a test waiver after decisions are released. Waitlisted applicants will be sent more details at that time.  

If I plan to apply through the Consortium, can I still apply for a test waiver?

You are able to apply directly to the Consortium if you received a test waiver from Ross. Once you receive that test waiver confirmation, please share that with the Consortium prior to the deadline so that they can process your application as ‘complete’ and so that your application will be sent to Ross in a timely manner.

If I am approved for a waiver for Round 2, is it ok if I wait to apply until Round 3 or 4?

If you are approved for a waiver, you can apply for any round in the current application cycle. The waiver is not applicable for future application cycles.

If I am not approved for a waiver, can I submit another request for a later application round or appeal the decision?

Decisions are final and cannot be appealed. You can only apply for a waiver once per application cycle.

Is being denied a test waiver an indication that I might not be admitted when I apply?

No, the test waiver review process is independent of the admissions process. Even if you are not granted a test waiver, it is still possible to be admitted with the score you submit as we do not have a "cutoff" or "minimum" score for admission.

Can I submit my application before receiving a response about my waiver request?

If you have not received a response about your waiver request, you would need to submit your application assuming the test is required.

How long does it take to receive a decision for my waiver request?

Waiver requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis. It typically takes 10-15 business days to receive a decision, but we will be operating under these cutoffs:    

  • Round 2 Final Waiver Request Deadline: December 10; Notification on or before December 18 
  • Round 3 Final Waiver Request Deadline: March 1; Notification on or before March 12 
  • Round 4 Final Waiver Request Deadline: May 3; Notification on or before May 14

Should I apply for the GMAT/GRE and TOEFL waivers using separate request forms?

No. You are only eligible to apply for a waiver once per academic cycle. If you would like to apply for a waiver for both tests you should indicate so on your initial waiver request form.

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