Online MBA In-Person Residencies

Learn how to guide an organization through change, challenge, and crisis alongside other Ross and University of Michigan students. Transform the way you think about business — and yourself as a leader.

Residency Details

Residencies are currently available each term Thursday through mid-Sunday at the Michigan Ross campus, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan Ross also plans to host a residency in Shanghai/Hangzhou, China in 2022. Future residencies will occur in major cities around the world. Lodging and some meals at the residencies are provided by Ross and are included in the cost of the program, though students bear additional meal costs and travel costs to and from the residency location.

Business Leadership Residency (3 credits)
Winter semester, Jan. 2021, Ann Arbor

In this residency, students will learn that effective leadership doesn’t just take place at the top — it happens at all levels of an organization. This intensive experience will encourage innovative thinking and require students to engage in positive team dynamics.

The goal is to help you hone your natural leadership capabilities with learning techniques that will help you become a more effective leader in all phases of your career. Students learn how to enhance their leadership style via the Michigan Model of Leadership, and they also take on an exciting, 24-hour executive-level crisis simulation during the Leadership Crisis Challenge.

This residency is offered in partnership with the Sanger Leadership Center and the Center for Positive Organizations. 


Gabby Park, Ross MBA, describes the ins and outs of the Leadership Crisis Challenge

More about the Leadership Crisis Challenge

Partner with other Michigan Ross students and members of the U-M community to role-play the senior executive team of a company, leading through a high-stakes, high-pressure simulated crisis scenario over a 24-hour period. You’ll test your ability to strategize, think on your feet, and perform under pressure.

Read more about the 2019 Crisis Challenge

Business Transformation Residency  (3 credits)
Fall semester, Sept. 2021, Ann Arbor

Improving an existing enterprise is a ubiquitous management challenge. The comprehensive Business Transformation Residency gives students the opportunity to systematically evaluate a business, diagnose issues and opportunities, deal with ambiguity, and develop strategies for success.

Through a complex, hands-on simulation, students will develop hypotheses, make decisions, see consequences, reflect on outcomes, and ultimately refine their approach. Students will present their strategy to a board with real business leaders, giving them the chance to get real-time feedback on their work and the results they achieved. Through it all, students will gain both a deep knowledge of core business fundamentals and apply that knowledge across functional areas.

This residency, developed in partnership with the Tauber Institute for Global Operations, will prepare students well for participation in the Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) course. 

Business Innovation Residency (3 credits)
Spring/summer semester, beginning in 2021

Launching a new enterprise, business unit, product, or service is fundamental to business success. The Online MBA Business Innovation Residency will introduce students to the world of entrepreneurship with both a focus on academic fundamentals and action-based experiences that teach students what it takes to invest in and start a business.

Students will participate in hands-on workshops and work with real entrepreneurs as they explore these concepts.

This high-energy residency, offered in partnership with the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, also includes networking with local tech startups and other entrepreneurs. 

Global Business Strategy Residency (3 credits)
Beginning 2022, Shanghai/Hangzhou, China

Mastering global business strategy is critical for success in a rapidly-changing world. It prepares leaders to navigate cross-cultural complexities in response to economic and political changes. 

During this residency, students will explore global business strategy through action-based team projects, and apply skills introduced in previous MBA courses. For example, students may draw on economics coursework to analyze the macroeconomic differences across China, India, Vietnam, and Singapore, and employ frameworks introduced in previous core strategy courses. Students will also put their organization behavior and leadership courses to use in cross-cultural teams.

The Global Business Strategy Residency is held in Shanghai/Hangzhou, China, a global hub for business. Students will be led by faculty who are experts in the region, and will gain the opportunity to meet with local business leaders and alumni.

This residency is offered in partnership with the Michigan Ross China Initiatives.

Additional Global Residencies

Residencies will be hosted in additional global locations starting in 2022. Students with a U.S. visa can meet the Online MBA residency requirement by attending a combination of international residencies and/or residencies in Ann Arbor. Students without an eligible U.S. visa can meet the residency requirement by attending three international residencies. Please contact our admissions team for more details.

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