Do I have to be employed?

No, but full-time work experience is considered as part of the admission process, and it is generally assumed that students will be working full time while in the program.

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.

Can I take courses before the program begins?


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?

Students must have at least 12 months of full time work experience (post-completion of an undergraduate degree) under their belt prior to entering the MBA program, but almost all incoming Ross students have worked for at least 2+ years. The average part-time MBA student enters with 5-7 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.

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.

Is the completion of a college-level calculus course a prerequisite to admission to the Online MBA program?

Ross has no prerequisite courses for admission to the MBA program. 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 will want to utilize our Quantitative Skills Resources prior to the start of classes.

Application Details

Can I apply to multiple MBA formats at the same time (Weekend, Executive, Online, Full Time)?

No. You must choose between formats. 

Can I apply more than once for the same program start year?

Applicants may apply to Part-Time MBA programs whose start dates are at least 6 months apart.

Example: If you apply for Fall 2020 and get denied, you cannot apply to a Ross program with a start date earlier than February 2021. 

If you apply for Winter 2021 and get denied, you cannot apply to a Ross program with a start date earlier than June 2021. 

I was not accepted to the MBA Program. Can I appeal or reapply for the same program start year?

Unfortunately, there is no appeals process for denied applicants. Denied applicants are encouraged to re-apply for the next eligible program. You are welcome to reuse portions of your prior year's application (such as GMAT/GRE scores or transcripts) for your new application. Please contact the admissions office if you would like us to transfer materials forward from a previous application.


Is it easier to be admitted into the Online format than the Weekend formats?

The Admissions Committee looks for the same qualifications for both formats.

Do you require GMAT or GRE?

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.

We DO NOT WAIVE the standardized test score for any reason. We will accept scores received from taking the at-home versions of GMAT or GRE test. 

Is there a minimum required GMAT?GRE score and/or GPA?

We do not have minimum cutoff scores and/or grade point averages. You are, however, always compared to the current pool of applicants.

What is the average GMAT/GRE and GPA?

Average GMAT scores for students admitted to the part-time MBA programs are typically in the range of 650-670 on the GMAT and 158-160 on the GRE. The average GPA is typically 3.3-3.4.

How many days before the application deadline should I take the GMAT/GRE?

We recommend taking the GMAT/GRE test 30 days before the application deadline. Thirty days would allow enough time for the official report to reach the Office of Admissions by the application deadline.

If I am scheduled to take the GMAT/GRE less than 30 days prior to the application deadline, will you accept a copy of the preliminary report?

If you are doubtful that the official GMAT/GRE score report will arrive by the deadline date, you can upload your unofficial score via your online application, fax your unofficial score report to our office at 734-763-7804, or send it to Office of Admission, 700 East University, Kresge Hall, First Floor East, Suite K1521.

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.

Is the TOEFL required for non-native English speakers?

Non-native English speakers are required to submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Test of English (PTE) score as part of the application. Exemptions from submitting a language proficiency score are given if you earned your undergraduate degree at an accredited institution where the sole language of instruction was English or if you have been living, working, and conducting daily business in an English speaking country for two or more years.

How long are TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores Valid?

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

Is an interview required for admission?

Yes, an interview is required for admission, and is by invitation only. If the Admissions Committee invites you to interview, you will receive the invitation and scheduling information via email. The interview provides the Admissions Committee with more information about you. It is not an indication of the outcome of your application. Interviews are typically conducted by the managing director.

What if I cannot furnish my official transcripts by the application deadline?

The Office of Admissions can use unofficial transcripts for evaluation purposes. If admitted, your admission would be conditional upon receipt of your official transcripts. These would need to be received by the Office of Admissions prior to the start of classes.

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.

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Does Ross grant deferrals?

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

Can I make an appointment to talk with someone about the Online MBA program?

Prospective part-time MBA students can schedule a phone consultation with an admissions representative. Please visit our Events Page and look for the events titled Phone Consultations to schedule an appointment.

Program Details

How does the Online MBA program compare to the Full-Time MBA program in terms of degree requirements?

As much as possible, course material and other content are similar between all Ross MBA programs. Students will take the same required core courses and complete the same number of credit hours (57). The underlying difference is the format/timing in which the course material is delivered.

How long does it take to complete the Part-Time Online MBA Program?

The Online format is self paced, but was designed to be completed in three to four years. It is possible to accelerate or slow down the pace to fit your schedule and timeline. It would be very unlikely you could finish in less than two and a half years.

What will my degree read?

Masters in Business Administration, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Is The Ross School of Business affiliated with The University Of Michigan campuses In Dearborn and Flint?

No, these campuses, which also have business schools, are completely separate.

Do you accept transfer credits?

No, we do not accept transfer credits.

How are the semesters divided up?

We operate on a semester schedule : Fall = September through December, Winter = January through April, Spring/Summer = May through August. Each 2.25 credit hour course will run for a “half semester” of 6 or 7 weeks. Therefore you could take two course in a full semester, but focus on one course at a time.

Fall A: September through the end of October

Fall B: End of October through the end of December

Winter A: January through the end of February

Winter B: March through the end of April

Spring: May through the end of June

Summer: July through the end of August.


How many credits/classes can I take in one semester?

As an Online MBA student, your maximum credit load is 12 credits in the first full term. If you are in good academic standing (3.0 or higher), you may increase your limit to 18 credits in subsequent terms if approved by the Ross Registrar's Office. However, it is important to remember that this program is very rigorous and we strongly discourage students from taking a full load of classes while working full time. The typical Online MBA students take between 4.5-7.5 credit hours per term. 

Will we have the same professors as students in the Full-Time and Weekend programs?

Our faculty teach across all programs.

Can I take on campus classes?

Core courses must be taken in the online format. Students may choose to take elective courses on campus if they wish.

Can I transfer from one program to another?

It is not possible for students in the Online program to transfer into the Full Time MBA, Weekend MBA, or Executive MBA programs. We recommend you apply to the Ross MBA program format that best suits your goals, needs, and schedule.

Will I have the opportunity to interact with other students?

Most importantly, your three residential experiences will allow you to engage with both your colleagues in the Online MBA program, as well as students in our other MBA formats.  In the leadership development residency, for example, you will be partnered with students from our other MBA programs, as well as graduate students from around the university. You may also decide to take advantage of other opportunities on your own time. Throughout the year we host many student-led conferences and case competitions that would give you the opportunity to further engage with Ross students if you are interested in a deeper in-person engagement. However, we are also very aware of the need for you to mingle with your peers where you are.  Our digital platform will give you the chance to get to know your classmates online outside of the academic experience.

Do you offer an Executive MBA Program?

Yes, the Ross School of Business offers an Executive MBA Program structured to meet the needs of individuals in senior management roles, focusing on leadership skills needed to be successful at the executive level. Specifically, the program targets participants who have had generally 15-20 years of work experience, with significant experience in a managerial/supervisory capacity. The collective professional experience of EMBA participants enriches the learning experience both in and outside the classroom.

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 Part Time students, whose work assignments may necessitate breaks in enrollment, it is critical to pay attention to this university requirement.

Program Resources

Can I use the services provided by the Career Services Department?

Yes, all MBA students can attend recruiting presentations, Career Services workshops, access iMpact, and use Career Services handouts, seminar videotapes, mock interviews, career consulting, and other services. On campus recruiting opportunities may vary based on citizenship/residency.

Do Part-Time MBA students participate in MAP?

Yes. The Multidisciplinary Action Project (MAP) course is a core requirement.

Will MAP include any opportunities to work with organizations outside of the U.S.?

While our list of MAP projects for the Online MBA program is not finalized, many of our MAP projects do traditionally involve non-U.S.-based companies.

Can Part-TIme students join clubs in Ann Arbor?

Yes, Part-Time MBA students may join student clubs. 

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