Frequently Asked Questions

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 though GPAs for our incoming students are typically in the 2.9 - 3.8 range. Your GPA is only one of a number of criteria we review in determining your admission. We encourage you to apply to our program regardless of your GPA.

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

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. If you are uncertain as to whether we will receive your official scores by the deadline, you can self-report your scores on your application or email us a copy of your unofficial score report at RossAdmissions@umich.edu.

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 to the next available admitting term. 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 80th percentile GMAT range for recent Ross students. Because our acceptance of the GRE is relatively new, we do not yet publish an average GRE score.

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

Do you require the GMAT? Can I take the GRE instead?

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.

How do I check my Michigan residency status?

Contact the Residency office at 734-764-1400. Residency information also is available online at www.umich.edu/~regoff/resreg.html.

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 RossAdmissions@umich.edu. 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. For Evening students, whose work assignments may necessitate breaks in enrollment, it is critical to pay attention to this university requirement.

How can I contact the Office of Admissions?

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

Email: rossadmissions@umich.edu

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. 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 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.

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 and have 12 months full time work experience at the time of your application. Recent graduates are eligible to apply, but applicants with less than 2 years of work experience are very rarely admitted.

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 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.edu 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?

Interviews are conducted by invitation only. You may choose to interview on campus or with a Ross alum in your local area. Skype interviews are available if neither of those options work for you.

If you choose to interview on campus, you'll have the chance to 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 lunch with Admissions staff and current students.

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.

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