Admissions FAQs

Find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions
we get about our Weekend MBA program.

Do you offer a joint degree program?

No, Weekend MBA students follow a predetermined set of courses which does not include a dual-degree option.

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.

What will my degree read?

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

Do you offer an Executive MBA program?

Yes, the Ross School of Business offers an Executive MBA (EMBA) 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 to 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.

Can I use the services provided by the Career Development Office?

Yes. All MBA students can attend recruiting presentations and Career Development Office (CDO) workshops, access iMpact, and use CDO handouts, mock interviews, career consulting, and other services. Part-time MBA students can participate in the on-campus interview process for full-time recruiting during the fall term prior to graduation. 

Do Weekend MBA students participate in MAP?

Yes. The Multidisciplinary Action Project (MAP) course is a core requirement in the first year of the Weekend program and takes place during the winter term. We ask that you save one week of vacation time in case your MAP sponsor would like you to travel as part of your project. Not all projects will require travel, but it is recommended you set aside the time just in case.

Can Weekend MBA students join clubs in Ann Arbor?

Yes, Weekend MBA students may join student clubs. The latest list of clubs can be found online.

Can I waive out of courses?

Course waivers are not an option in the Weekend MBA program.

Can I take courses before the program begins?


Can I transfer from one program to another?

Students may elect to transition from the cohort-based Weekend MBA program to the flexible Online MBA program if they require additional flexibility. It is not possible for students in the Weekend program to transfer into the Full-Time MBA or Executive MBA programs. We recommend you apply to the Ross MBA program format that best suits your goals, needs, and schedule. 

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

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

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

As much as possible, the course material and other content are similar between all programs.

Will we have the same professors as students in the Full-Time MBA program?

Yes, the same professors teach across all programs.

Can I take an occasional week-day class?

No, Weekend students take a predetermined set of courses with one cohort of peers.

Is the completion of a college-level calculus course a prerequisite to admission to the Weekend 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.

What should I do if I need an early decision on my application?

For the Weekend MBA program, admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and will be provided six to eight weeks from the time a completed application is received. Please time your application to the program accordingly. If you are in a unique situation, please contact our office.

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

No. You must choose between formats.


Can I reapply if I was not accepted previously?

Yes. Reapplication procedures are streamlined if you reapply within one year. 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 prior application.

Can I make an appointment to talk with someone about the Weekend 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.

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 following year. You are welcome to re-use 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 prior application.


Is there a minimum required GMAT/GRE/EA 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. 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.

Is the TOEFL required for nonnative 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 many days before the application deadline should I take the GMAT/GRE/EA?

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.

Do I need to submit official GMAT/GRE/EA scores on the application?

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Can I have my application fee waived?

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.

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.

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 offer classes outside of Ann Arbor?

No, all on-campus weekends take place in Ann Arbor.

How long does it take to complete the Weekend MBA program?

The Weekend program requires 60 credits and is completed in two years; students take classes two weekends per month. 

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

The Weekend program is a lockstep, preformatted curriculum, so the credit load is predetermined. Credit totals range from nine to 12 per term.

How are the semesters divided up during the two years?

The spring/summer term runs May-August; the fall term runs September-December; and the winter term runs January-April.

Do you accept transfer credits?

No, we do not accept transfer credits.

Do you have to be employed to participate in the Weekend MBA program?

No. Current employment is not a prerequisite for admission, but full-time work experience is considered as part of the admission process. It is generally assumed that students will continue to work full-time while in the program.

Do I need an undergraduate business degree or business background to be admitted?

No. 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.

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 your undergraduate degree) under their belt prior to entering the MBA program, but almost all incoming Ross students have worked for at least more than two years. The average part-time MBA student enters with five to seven years of work experience.

That said, work experience is evaluated not in terms of quantity, but in terms of quality. The committee will examine the impact you have had on your organization, the leadership qualities you have demonstrated, and the range of stories and experiences you will be able to share with your 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.

Quantitative Readiness Course (QRC)

Is there a cost associated with taking the QRC?

The QRC is free. You are under no obligation to apply to the program if you take the course.

What does the QRC include?

  • The QRC consists of six learning modules with 4-6 topics per module. Each module has practice questions as well as a practice quiz at the end. The quizzes do not count towards the final assessment of your performance in the course.
  • There is a final exam consisting of approximately 25 questions that serves as the final assessment of your performance in the course. The exam takes three hours and you may use notes you have taken during the course.

How much effort does the course require?

We estimate that the average student will need to put in 20-30 hours of work in order to score well on the final exam.

How do I enroll in the course?

To enroll in the QRC, complete this form. Within seven days, you will receive an email from with a link to the University of Michigan Guest Invitation page.

How long do I have to take the course?

You have 60 days to complete the course once you have been given access to the course site. After that date, your name will be removed from the list.

What score do I need to achieve in the course in order to qualify for a GRE/GMAT test waiver?

To qualify for a GMAT or GRE waiver, you must receive an absolute score of 80% or better on the final exam.

When will I receive the results of the final exam?

You will receive your score immediately after taking the final exam.

What if I fail the course or do not complete it within the 60 days? Can I take it again?

If you fail the course or do not complete it within 60 days, you must wait 60 days before repeating the course.

If I start the class and do not complete it, will it negatively impact my application?

No. This is just one way for you to complete your application. If you start the class and feel that the GRE/GMAT test is a better option for you, you are welcome to submit a score instead.

Will I receive an email confirming my final exam score?

Yes. You will receive an email within three business days from with your score. The email will also include next steps if you choose to proceed with an application.

If I pass the course, how do I use it for a GRE/GMAT test waiver?

On your application to the program, under test waiver options check the box that says “I have earned an 80% or better in the Ross QRC.” The admissions team will then verify that you have passed the course and will proceed with your application review.

Will it help my application if I take the QRC and submit a GMAT or GRE score?

The QRC course is a great refresher/preparation tool as you get ready to begin your MBA studies. Taking both the QRC and a standardized test for your application would provide the committee with the most comprehensive view of your candidacy, and potentially ease your transition into the start of school, but it is certainly not required.

How long is my QRC score valid?

Scores are valid for 18 months from completion date of the exam.

Will I receive academic credit for this course if I enroll at Michigan Ross?

No. The QRC is not a credit-bearing course and you will not earn any academic credit toward your degree by completing it.

Who should I contact if I have questions or problems while I am taking the course?

You may email We will answer you within three business days.

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