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Early Deadline

December 7, 2020

Final Deadline

 January 25, 2021

How to Complete Your Weekend MBA Application

1. Order Your Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts

You must have a U.S. bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, or the international 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.

2. Take the GMAT or GRE

We accept both GMAT and GRE test scores. You are only required to submit one. Scores are valid for five years, from the date you took the test. 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.  We will accept scores received from taking the at-home versions of the GMAT or GRE test. GRE School Code: 1839; GMAT Reporting Code: SN1-J6-92.

We do not waive the standardized test score for any reason.

3. Update Your Resume

Your resume should include up-to-date academic 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.

4. Write Your Essays

Part 1: Short-answer questions

Select one prompt from each group of the two groups below. Respond to each selected prompt in 100 words or less (<100 words each; 200 words total). Every word counts here — the tight word count is intentional to force you to focus. 

I want people to know that I:
I made a difference when I:
I was aware that I was different when:
I am out of my comfort zone when:
I was humbled when:
I was challenged when: 

Part 2: Career Goal Essay

Michigan Ross is a place where people from all backgrounds with different career goals can thrive. What is your short-term career goal and why? (200 words)

Optional statement: Is there something in your resume or application that could use some explanation? You might want to discuss the completion of supplemental coursework, employment gaps, academic issues, etc.  Feel free to use bullet points where appropriate.  

5. Choose Your Recommender

Michigan Ross uses the GMAC Common Recommendation Form, and we require only one recommendation. You should select a recommender who can discuss your professional performance and work style. A current supervisor is an ideal choice. However, if a former supervisor or an alternative is used (such as a client, project manager, or professional mentor), you can mention this in your optional statement. Your recommender should be able to answer the following questions about you:

  • Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant's role in your organization. (50 words)
  • How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (For example, what are the applicant's principal strengths?) (500 words) 
  • Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (500 words)

IMPORTANT: This is NOT the official recommendation, but rather a list of the questions that will be sent to the individual you identify as your recommender in the online application. The actual recommendation and ratings form must be submitted online by your recommender. Your application is not considered complete until we receive your recommendation.

6. Pay the $200 Application Fee

The nonrefundable $200 application fee is waived for:

Active members and veterans of the U.S Military - please provide a copy of military orders or a DD-214.

Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America volunteers who have served within the past five years - please provide proof of membership that includes the name of the organization and dates of service.

Currently enrolled students in a University of Michigan graduate degree program

Citizens of a country on the UN's list of least-developed countries - verified at time of application.

Students who submitted an application to the Ross MBA within the past five years.

Application fee waiver requests can be made by emailing and including "Application Fee Waiver Request" in the subject line. We do not waive application fees for any other reason.

7. Prepare for Your Interview

Interviews are conducted by invitation only, after all of your other materials have been submitted.

8. Provide Proof of English Proficiency (TOEFL. IELTS, or PTE)

If your native language is not English, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Pearson Test of English (PTE), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. The TOEFL, PTE, 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.

We will accept a PTE or IELTS exam score as an alternative to the TOEFL. To have scores sent electronically to Ross, select "University of Michigan-Ann Arbor" as the recipient.  

International applicants for the part-time programs are exempt from the English language requirement if:

  • You earned your undergraduate degree at an accredited institution where the sole language of instruction was English,


  • You have been living, working, and conducting daily business in an English-speaking country for two or more years.

9. Additional Considerations

Professional Background: A traditional business background not required. We do require at least 12 months of full-time work experience (post completion of your undergraduate degree), but highly recommend at least 24 months. 

Evaluations: Your individual evaluation occurs within the context of the larger applicant pool. No “formula” or “cutoff” determines a candidate’s outcome. There are also no prerequisite courses for admission.

Math Competency: Due to the analytical rigor of the program, it’s 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 can brush up with our online Quantitative Skills Resources and you may wish to take our optional Quantitative Skills Workshop, offered immediately prior to Orientation in early May

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What Makes a Strong Applicant?

Applicants are evaluated holistically, with many different factors considered. That being said, you’re probably a competitive candidate for Ross if the following sound familiar:

You Know Why You Want a Ross MBA

You’re someone with a precise “why” behind the “what.” Your personal essays outline clear goals for your MBA and explain why Ross is the right program for 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 and showcase your ability to collaborate. 

You’re a High Achiever

You’re always ready to rise to the challenge and exceed expectations. Your GMAT/GRE score and academic record tell the story of someone who knows how to think clearly and critically — and who can keep up with the rigor of Ross.

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