Many students in our Executive MBA Program are sponsored by their employers, to the benefit of both. Companies nurture and retain their best people while preparing them to strengthen the organization; students have the cost of their MBA education reduced or covered in full by their employers.

For Organizations
Develop your top talent and improve your organization.

The Michigan Ross EMBA program provides a rigorous general management education that emphasizes strategy and leadership development. Sponsoring the tuition of your high-potential leaders helps your organization retain its best talent while preparing them to strengthen your organization. The ROI you experience is immediate and ongoing.

  • High-potential leaders with an intimate knowledge of their organization are valuable employees worthy of investing in. Pairing that knowledge with the skills, mindset, leadership presence, and perspective that Michigan Ross provides can make them invaluable.

  • The impact of the Ross Executive MBA is not limited to those who earn it. EMBA graduates not only improve their own performance, but also the performance of others, creating a benefit that cascades throughout the organization. They ask better questions, envision better solutions, and lead more disciplined and effective strategies.

  • The Ross Executive MBA Program is only 21-months, but organizations reap the benefits from the beginning of the program. Students immerse in the core business areas starting at day one, increasing their overall understanding of the business from a strategic standpoint and enabling them to become stronger contributors. Leadership training tailored for executive increases students' confidence and ability to influence others.

  • Our unique once-a-month schedule minimizes time spent away from your organization.  Students complete coursework and projects virtually between on-campus residencies, enabling them to continue their progress without compromising their professional obligations.

For Students
Seek sponsorship of your Ross Executive MBA from your employer.

We encourage you to explore opportunities with your employer for sponsoring your degree.  Remember, sponsorship is a business decision for your organization. An investment on their part in your education must be seen as a long-term benefit to the organization. Present your request with this in mind. We are happy to work with you to present the best case.


Formulate an answer to this question: “Why should my company sponsor me in Michigan Ross' Executive MBA Program?” Include aspects of company growth and the need for strong leadership in a challenging economy. You also may want to emphasize the long learning curve for senior executives hired outside the firm.

  • Research your organization’s internal policies regarding educational sponsorship requests.

  • Include a realistic schedule of the time you will be away from the office for orientation, regular residencies, and other extended residencies during the program. Our once-a-month format minimizes disruption to your schedule; we can help you describe the time commitments to your organization.

Commit to the Organization

Losing you after you acquire your degree may be one of management's primary concerns. Demonstrate your commitment to the organization by outlining how the Ross EMBA Program has a format designed to accommodate busy executives. Also specify how much your colleagues will benefit from new knowledge, frameworks, tools, and best practices that you will bring back to the organization. Be creative and emphasize your willingness to do whatever it takes to participate in the program, e.g., using vacation time or forgoing a bonus or raise.


Since sponsorship is a business decision for your company, design and communicate your approach to complement the goals and policies of your organization. As you prepare to begin the EMBA Program, make sure to continue the communication — with your organization’s leadership, your direct management, and your colleagues and peers. When they know what to expect, they will be prepared to accommodate your needs.

Get Endorsed

Determine who will make the decision about your sponsorship and work your way toward this person, starting with your closest mentor. If each person can endorse you to the next in line, you are more likely to succeed in your request. Once the ultimate decision-maker has approved you for sponsorship, make sure to get it in writing.

Follow Up

Gaining approval to enroll in the EMBA Program is only the beginning. Make sure to follow up on every detail required by your organization and the program. Make the process as seamless as possible for your staff and superiors. It’s your education, your responsibility, and your future.

Contact Us
Ross School of Business

Alumni Career Services
(734) 764-1372


Career Services
(734) 764-1373


Ross IT
734-615-3000 (option 1)


Ann Arbor Office

Seoul Office

Tokyo Office

Ross Executive Education
+1 734-763-1000

Front Desk
Ann Arbor - 734.647.3400
Los Angeles - 310.617.4750

Nicole Watson
Technology & Operations

Ana Austin

Ann Arbor Office

Administrative Office


Heather Byrne, Managing Director

Joyce Buchanan, Executive Secretary

Tesenga Smith

Emily Frye

Paul Kirsch
Managing Director


Lillian Chen, Research Area Specialist

Ross Registrar's Office

Stewart Thornhill
Executive Director



Stephen M. Ross School of Business
University of Michigan
701 Tappan Street, R5342
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234

Phone: 734-647-4027">