Apply with Confidence

Admission is rolling and applications are reviewed as submitted.
Early application is encouraged. Cohorts will start Summer Term.

Early Submission

November 1, 2020

International Applicants

Final Deadline for International Applicants: February 1, 2021

Domestic Applicants

Final Deadline for Domestic Applicants: March 1, 2021

Your Application Checklist 

We understand and empathize with applicants that may be experiencing difficulty assembling the materials required to complete their admissions package. If circumstances outside of your control prevent you from access to the final documents needed to complete your application or if your visa process is disrupted, we will accept your submission as partial fulfillment for the incoming 2021 cohort, so that you do not have to reapply or pay another application fee. Please contact if you have any questions or to discuss your individual situation. 

1. Satisfy the pre-req requirement.

A U.S. bachelor’s degree, or equivalent U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, is required for the application. We accept most three-year bachelor’s degrees as long as they are equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree. You can visit World Education Services (WES) to see how your degree is valued in the U.S. Please note that the MM program is designed for nonbusiness majors. Therefore, if you are earning, or have earned, an undergraduate business degree, you are not eligible for the MM program at Michigan Ross.  

Candidates are required to satisfy the equivalent of a prerequisite course prior to starting the Master of Management Program.
This course must be taken in a classroom setting, earning a C or better.
Pre-Calculus (MATH 105 at the University of Michigan)
Introduction to Statistics (STATS 250 at the University of Michigan)

2. Submit your transcripts or WES evaluation.

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 University of Michigan's Ross School of Business - 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.

3. Take the GMAT or GRE.


Due to the suspension of in-person GMAT/GRE testing, the GMAT/GRE admissions requirement for the Ross School One-Year Master’s Programs are being waived for students applying to begin our programs in Summer/Fall 2021. Please note that the Admissions Committee reserves the right to request test scores if they feel it is necessary to better evaluate an application. Other admissions requirements remain the same. The GMAT/GRE requirement for future years will be shared when that information becomes available. Please contact with any questions or concerns. 

You 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. Ross’ GMAT reporting code is SN1-J6-34; our GRE reporting code is 1839; reporting codes are valid for several Ross graduate programs.

4. Update your resume.

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.

5. Write your essays.

Write an essay for each of the following questions (max. 200 words each):

  1. What has led you to pursue a graduate degree in business?
  2. How will the Master of Management program support you in achieving your short- and long-term career goals?
  3. Michigan Ross deeply values student engagement beyond the classroom. Please describe two or three ways in which you plan to be involved as a contributing member of the Michigan Ross community.
  4. Choose one (1) short answer prompt from the list below:

An academic challenge I faced as a college student is/was ...
My best friend would describe me as ...
My client at work would describe me as ...​
I am most proud of ...
My mentor is ... because ...
A time that I went above and beyond expectations was ...
My greatest responsibility is/has been ...
If I could have lunch with anyone, it would be ... because ...

Optional Information:
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.)

6. Choose your recommenders.

Michigan Ross uses a program-specific reference form, and we require a submission from two references. Please note that reference letters will not be accepted. Select individuals who can discuss your academic performance, professional performance, and/or work style.  

7. Prepare for your interview.

Interviews are conducted by invitation only. You may interview on campus or with a Ross alum in your local area. Skype 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.

8. Pay your application fee.

The application fee is $75 USD for domestic applicants and $100 USD for international applicants.

The application fee is waived if:

You are a current or former member of the U.S. military.
You have served in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America within three years of the application deadline.

We do not waive application fees for any other reason.

Please email to request an application fee waiver prior to submitting your application

9. For international students.

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.

If the original language of the academic record and diploma is not English, a certified English translation must accompany the original document. The translation should be literal rather than interpretive. If a certified copy of the original transcript is submitted, it must be certified by the institution from which the degree was received. Documents notarized by a notary public are not acceptable.

Credentials must include:

  • Years of attendance at the academic institution
  • Courses taken
  • Grades received
  • Dated degree, diploma, or certificate

English-Language Proficiency

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:

  • TOEFL: 100
  • IELTS: 7.0

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. Ross’ TOEFL score reporting code is 1839.

To have IELTS 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 four years or more are exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement. If you studied in this environment for less than four years, you are not exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS, even if a degree was earned.

What You Need for a Standout Application

We look for applicants who possess a number of key characteristics.
If you’re right for Ross, the following probably sounds a lot like you:

You Know How to Make an Impact

Your professional achievements, extracurricular involvements, recommendation letter, and personal essays highlight how you’ve made meaningful contributions that drive results. 

You Know Why You Want a Ross MM

You’re someone with a precise “why” behind the “what.” Your personal essays outline clear goals for your MM, and explain why Ross is the right program for you.

You've Got the Score

Your undergraduate record, GMAT and/or GRE score(s), and TOEFL help show us:

  • Your ability to succeed academically
  • The degree to which you have challenged yourself
  • Your quantitative background — college-level math should not be a problem for you
  • Your English-language ability

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Admission decisions are typically released within six weeks of submission.

However, this time can vary from one to eight weeks, depending on the volume of applications being considered when you apply. Please note that your evaluation will not start until all application documents have been received. This includes recommendation forms, transcripts, and exam scores.

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