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MBAn applicants must have a strong curiosity and passion for quantitative study. Students with a degree that indicates quantitative aptitude are preferred, but those with other backgrounds who have significant quantitative interest and ability are also encouraged to apply. Examples of quantitative degrees include (but are not limited to) accounting, actuarial science, bioinformatics, business, computer science, economics, engineering, information, statistics, and mathematics.
Candidates are required to satisfy the equivalent of three prerequisite courses prior to starting the Master of Business Analytics Program:
For a course to meet our prerequisite requirements:
Admitted students should also be familiar with Python or R before starting the program.
*Courses offered online due to the COVID-19 pandemic will fulfill prerequisite requirements. These courses must have been taken between March 2020 and July 2021.
You must have a U.S. bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, or the equivalent, by the time of application. You may submit an unofficial copy of your transcripts (and degree documents, if applicable) with your application. If accepted, official transcripts will be required.
Applicants who have earned or will earn their undergraduate degree from a non-U.S. institution are required to submit a Course-by-Course WES Evaluation Report. Please be sure to secure your completed WES Evaluation Report in advance of submitting your program application. Please select and send your WES Evaluation Report to the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan - One-Year Master's Programs. We also ask that your personal copy of the WES Evaluation Report is scanned and uploaded into the program application.
The GMAT/GRE requirement is waived for any student who at the time of application has a cumulative (not major) GPA of 3.30 or above from their undergraduate degree granting institution (applicants who are required to submit a WES evaluation will be evaluated for qualification on the basis of their WES GPA). Please note that the Admissions Committee does reserve the right to request test scores if they feel it is necessary to better evaluate an application.
Students required to provide an exam score can provide either GMAT or GRE scores, which are valid for five years after you take 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. The Michigan Ross GMAT reporting code is SN1-J6-34; our GRE reporting code is 1839. Reporting codes are valid for several Ross graduate programs.
Your resume should include up-to-date educational information and professional experience. Please include dates. These should correspond with the dates you provide in your application. You may include community/professional service activities as well as hobbies/interests. We recommend that your resume be no longer than one page.
An academic challenge I faced as a college student is/was…
The greatest lesson I have learned thus far is…
My best friend or colleague would describe me as…
I am most proud of…
My mentor is... because…
My greatest responsibility is/has been…
A time I helped resolve a group conflict was…
I feel at my best when…
If there is any other information that you believe is important to our assessment of your candidacy, feel free to add it to your application. (If in written form, limit your response to 500 words.)
Michigan Ross uses a program-specific reference form, and we require a submission from two references. Select individuals who can discuss your academic performance, professional performance, and/or work style. References from a personal or family source will not be accepted.
Interviews are conducted by invitation only. Virtual interviews are available as an alternative. Candidates interviewing in person are not evaluated differently than candidates interviewed via live video conference.
Interviews are expected to last up to 30 minutes. The interview provides the Admissions Committee with more information about you and is not an indication of the outcome of your application.
The application fee is $75 USD for domestic applicants and $100 USD for international applicants.
The application fee is waived if:
We do not waive application fees for any other reason.
Please email email@example.com to request an application fee waiver prior to submitting your application.
Undergraduate Degrees and Transcripts
International applicants are required to submit copies of both an academic record and diploma (or other document indicating the date and conferral of your degree). Copies of documents are acceptable at the time of application; official documents will be requested if you are admitted to the program. If you will earn or have earned your undergraduate degree from a non-U.S. institution, you are required to submit a WES Evaluation Report.
We accept most three-year bachelor’s degrees, as long as they are equivalent to a four-year U.S. degree.
Credentials must include:
If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate competence in English by taking either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.
The minimum qualifying scores are:
The TOEFL or IELTS exam must be taken no more than two years prior to the application deadline date.
For the TOEFL exam, we require the internet-based test (iBT) version of the exam. The Michigan Ross TOEFL score reporting code is 1839.
To have IELTS exam scores sent electronically to Ross, select “University of Michigan – Ann Arbor” as the recipient.
Exemptions: International applicants who studied at an accredited institution where English was the sole language of instruction for the entirety of their undergraduate degree are exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement.
The Admissions Committee will grant an admission deferral request only in cases of medical emergency or military assignment that preclude starting the program in the original term of admission. If a deferral is granted, students must pay their enrollment deposit to secure a seat in the following year's class; deferrals are for a maximum of one year and can only be given once per student.
If more than one year has passed since your original application was submitted, you need to submit a completely new application.
However, if less than a year has passed since your original application was submitted, you can submit an abridged application as follows:
Complete an application form and pay the application fee.
Submit an updated resume.
Submit one letter of recommendation. 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 retake 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.
Create an account to start your application to the MBAn Program, or log in to manage an application in progress or add recommenders.
Each application round has a corresponding week in which decisions will be shared with applicants who applied in that round (please see decision dates above). Please note that your evaluation will not start until all application documents have been received. This includes recommendation forms, transcripts, and exam scores.