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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, we will consider applicants who hold a three-year undergraduate degree from India.
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.
No. You must choose between formats.
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.
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.
The Admissions Committee looks for the same qualifications for both formats.
The GMAT or GRE is a required component of our application and candidates are encouraged to submit a test score. However, we offer limited test waiver opportunities (see below). Candidates with eight or more years of professional post-collegiate work experience may submit the Executive Assessment (EA) instead of the GMAT or GRE.
The Michigan Ross Part-Time MBA Programs (Weekend MBA and Online MBA) offer limited waiver opportunities for candidates who meet the following criteria:
Please read our Application Requirements page to learn more.
We do not have minimum cutoff scores and/or grade point averages. You are, however, always compared to the current pool of applicants. Please note that you must have eight or more years of post-collegiate professional work experience to submit the Executive Assessment (EA) in lieu of the GMAT or GRE.
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.
We recommend taking the GMAT/GRE/EA test 30 days before the application deadline to provide ample time for you to receive your unofficial score from the testing agency and provide it to Ross. Unofficial scores are accepted for the application. If admitted, official scores must be sent to Ross from the testing agency.
Unofficial scores are accepted for the application. We ask that you provide unofficial scores via the online application (input your scores or upload a copy of your unofficial score report). If admitted, official scores must be sent to Ross from the testing agency.
Ross will keep GMAT/GRE/EA 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/EA no later than one month prior to the application deadline, and preferably earlier. You can self-report test scores on the application.
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.
TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores taken within two years of the application deadline are valid.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Masters in Business Administration, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
No, these campuses, which also have business schools, are completely separate.
No, we do not accept transfer credits.
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.
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.
Our faculty teach across all programs.
Core courses must be taken in the online format. Students may choose to take elective courses on campus if they wish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. The Multidisciplinary Action Project (MAP) course is a core requirement.
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.
Yes, Part-Time MBA students may join student clubs.