Dates & Deadlines

  Application Due Decisions Released
Round 1 October 1, 2018 December 19, 2018
Round 2 January 7, 2019 March 15, 2019
Round 3 March 18, 2019 May 10, 2019

Applications are due as of 11:59 PM EST on the due dates noted above



You must have the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree from an accredited institution 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.


We will accept both the GMAT and GRE. Scores are valid for five years from the date you took the test to the date of the application deadline. 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.


Your resume should include up-to-date educational 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.


Part 1: Short Answer Questions

Select one prompt from each group of the three groups below. Respond to each selected prompt in 100 words or fewer (<100 words each; 300 words total).

Group 1

  • I want people to know that I:
  • I made a difference when I:

Group 2

  • I was humbled when:
  • I am out of my comfort zone when:

Group 3

  • I was aware that I was different when:
  • I find it challenging when people:

Part 2: Essay

Michigan Ross is a place where people from all backgrounds with different career goals can thrive. Please share your short-term career goal. Why is this career goal the right choice for you?  (300 words)

Optional Statement

This section should only be used to convey information not addressed elsewhere in your application, for example, completion of supplemental coursework, employment gaps, academic issues, etc. Feel free to use bullet points where appropriate. 


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 or former supervisor is an ideal choice. Other alternatives include a client, project manager, or professional mentor. Your recommender should be able to answer the following questions about you:

  1. Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant's role in your organization. (50 words).
  2. How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (E.g. what are the applicant's principal strengths?) (500 words)
  3. 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.


Interviews are conducted by invitation only. You may choose to interview on campus or with a Ross alum in your local area. Skype interviews are available if neither of those options work for you. 

If you choose to interview on campus, you'll have the chance to take part in a full day of activities, including sitting in on a class, hearing from a panel of current students, networking with representatives from centers and institutes, participating in the team exercise, and lunch with Admissions staff and current students.


Although it is not required, we highly recommend that you take part in the Team Exercise.

All applicants invited to interview will also be invited to participate in the exercise, which will be held on campus in Ann Arbor and in a small number of international locations.  

Learn more about the team exercise:

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The application fee is waived if:

  • You are a current or former member of the U.S. military.
  • You have served in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps or Teach for America within three years of the application deadline.

We do not waive application fees for any other reason. Please email to request an application fee waiver prior to submitting your application.


The Admissions Committee seeks to bring together talented students from a broad range of academic and professional backgrounds. Applications are reviewed holistically; no single factor – e.g., GPA, GMAT/ GRE score, or years of work experience — determines the outcome. Applications are reviewed with three broad criteria in mind.

Intellectual ability

We will review your undergraduate record, graduate record (if applicable), GMAT &/or GRE score(s), and TOEFL score (if applicable) to assess:

  • your ability to succeed academically
  • the degree to which you have challenged yourself throughout your education
  • your quantitative background – we expect all incoming students to have a working knowledge of college-level math
  • your English language ability

Professional and personal achievements

The Admissions Committee will review your resume, recommendation letter, and interview (if invited) to assess:

  • your career path and progression
  • your contributions, achievements and impact
  • your potential to succeed in your desired career path

Interpersonal, communication, and teamwork skills

Through a one-on-one interview (by invitation only) and the Team Exercise (optional) we will evaluate:

  • your ability to communicate and present yourself well in a professional setting
  • your ability to engage in a team-setting and work collaboratively

International Applicants


International applicants are encouraged to apply in rounds one or two to provide enough time for visa processing.


International applicants must hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American bachelor’s degree prior to applying. Students holding three-year degrees in educational systems in which three-year degrees are the norm are eligible to apply. In addition to submitting academic transcripts, international applicants must submit a diploma or other document indicating the date and conferral of the undergraduate degree. If the original language of the academic record and diploma is not English, a certified English translation must accompany the original document. The translation should be literal rather than interpretive. If a certified copy of the original transcript is submitted, it must be certified by the institution from which the degree was received. Documents notarized by a notary public are not acceptable. Credentials must include the following information:

  • Institution name
  • Student name
  • Years of attendance
  • Courses taken
  • Grades received
  • The degree, diploma, or certificate awarded and date of the award

You may submit a photocopy of the original with your application. If admitted, you will be required to submit official documentation to World Education Services for authentication.


If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate competence in English by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE). The TOEFL or PTE 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 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 who have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution where the sole language of instruction was English are exempt from the TOEFL requirement.

Underrepresented Student Applicants

Admission through the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management

Ross has been a member of the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management (CGSM), an alliance of leading American business schools and corporations, since 1983. The mission of The Consortium is to enhance diversity in business education and leadership by helping to reduce the serious underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans in both its member schools’ enrollments and the ranks of management.

We encourage all prospective MBA students with a demonstrated commitment to increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in business to apply to the Ross Full-time MBA program through The Consortium, via the Consortium website

If you apply as a Consortium candidate, you are not required to complete the Ross MBA application. Review the Consortium Prospective Student Page for more information.


Ross Consortium - Affectionately known as the “Consortium Fam,” members of the Ross Consortium help prospective students navigate the Consortium admissions process. They also form a strong network, sharing information about job opportunities, study groups, and more.

  • Interview Day - Ross hosts a Consortium Interview Day for prospective students. It combines admissions interviews with programming that demonstrates how the Consortium experience at Ross differs from other schools.
  • Webinars - In an effort to help students prepare for the application and interview process, the Office of Admissions partners with the Ross Consortium to host periodic webinars, often recorded for replay. Watch a recent webinar on application tips

For more information or to answer any questions about Ross Consortium activities, contact Ross Admissions, 734-763-5796.


Ross collaborates with other organizations that encourage students from diverse backgrounds and under-served communities to pursue graduate management studies, including Management Leadership for Tomorrow, the Riordan Fellows Program, and Toigo Foundation

Ross also participates in conferences that seek to address underrepresentation in business including:

We encourage you to visit the Diversity Matters at Michigan website, which serves as a comprehensive portal to diversity resources at the University of Michigan.



If you reapply within one year of your original application, you can submit an abridged application as follows:

  • Complete an application form and pay the application fee.
  • Submit an updated resume.
  • Submit one recommendation letter. You may choose your original recommender, but the recommender must complete a new recommendation that reflects your performance and achievements since your original application was submitted.
  • Submit a letter to update us on your achievements and goals since your original application. Please upload the letter with your updated resume.
  • If you retook the GMAT, GRE or TOEFL, send or upload an updated score report. You do not need to submit new score reports unless your scores are expired.
  • You do not need to resubmit transcripts that you submitted with your last application. We will still have these on file.
  • OPTIONAL: You may choose to answer one or more of our current essay questions.

If you reapply after more than one year from your original application, you will need to submit a completely new application.

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