The Ross Full-Time MBA curriculum instills the confidence, frameworks, and intellectual dexterity you need to succeed.

We will challenge you. How you respond, and what you choose to tackle, will set the course for your MBA education.

Will you search for a base of the pyramid banking strategy in rural India? Hone your trading skills on our Tozzi trading floor? Develop a business model for a healthcare clinic in Uganda? Discover your leadership potential by participating in the Leadership Crisis Challenge? Or develop investment strategies to manage our student-led funds?

REAL | Ross Experiences in Action Based Learning

No other school can equal our students’ hands-on opportunities to start, advise, lead, and invest in real-world businesses. We call this Ross Experiences in Action-Based Learning — REAL.


Learn by doing
Hands-on experience characterizes and defines our MBA Program.

MAP team Miami Dolphins

MAP and so much more: Ross leads the field of action-based learning in business education.

As a key part of our MBA Program, first-year students immerse themselves in the business world for seven weeks as they work exclusively with a corporate, entrepreneurial, or nonprofit organization to solve a pressing challenge in our MAP course.

Projects take place across the U.S. and around the world

Featured courses

Integrated Product Development (TO 548)
A Tauber Institute sponsored elective open to all graduate students. Students form teams of four, each with mixed disciplinary backgrounds spanning business, engineering, and art/architecture.

A product category is announced, and each team acts as an independent firm competing in that market. Each team must independently work through an integrated exercise of market research, product design, product development and manufacture, pricing, forecasting, inventory policy, and competition with their product against other firms in both a web-based competition and a physical trade show.

New Venture Creation (ES 615)
In this capstone course, you learn and apply powerful frameworks and methodologies that are useful not only for planning and launching entrepreneurial ventures, but for corporate new-business development and new-market entry as well.

Real-world lessons from entrepreneurs and investors are supplemented by a semester-long project in which each four- to five-student team researches and develops a business plan and investor presentation for a different startup business concept, with the professor's coaching.

Big Data Management Tools (TO 640)
This course teaches the basic tools in acquisition, management, and visualization of large data sets.

You will learn how to store, manage, and query databases via SQL; quickly construct insightful visualizations of multi-attribute data using Tableau; and use the Python programming language to manage data as well as connect to APIs to efficiently acquire public data. After this course, you will be able to efficiently construct large data sets from multiple sources, and form initial hypotheses based on visualization. This class will include a lab in which you work on an assigned list of tasks. A final project will enable you to integratively apply all the covered tools to a real-world context. 

Business Leadership in Changing Times (MO 611)
Develop a useful approach for recognizing and dealing with rapid change and difficult times in business.

This course focuses on the early recognition of, methods of coping with, ways of learning from, and prevention of critically disruptive situations. One part of the course involves identifying and understanding the more frequent disruptions that business executives encounter. This is accomplished through readings of current literature and case simulations. Teams of students reconstruct outstanding cases based on reading, experience, and creative thinking.

Manage a Student-run Fund

​Zell Lurie Commerialization Fund

Wolverine Venture Fund

Social Venture Fund

Maize & Blue Fund

Go Global
Gain international business experience outside the U.S.

Study Abroad

Before you can make a difference in the world, you need to see the world.

Participate in a semester exchange with one of 15 partner schools in Europe, Asia, or Central and South America.

Learn more about study abroad opportunities

Semester Exchange

During your second year, you have the opportunity to study abroad at one of 15 partner schools in cities as diverse as Shanghai and Buenos Aires. Our exchange partnerships allow you to learn about business from a different perspective; experience another culture; and network with students, faculty, and professionals from around the world. You can choose to participate in half- (winter A only) or full-semester (winter) exchange programs.

Short-Term Study Abroad

Short-term courses allow you to study abroad in Israel, Germany, or China for two weeks during May. Packed with intensive study and exploration, your experience includes daily lectures delivered in English by faculty at our distinguished host institutions. You also take day trips to nearby cities and historic or culturally important sites to augment classroom work.

international business immersion BA 685

How do you make remittance funded healthcare in Haiti more efficient? Can you develop a sustainable business plan for a clinic system in rural Uganda? How about turning a medical research facility in the DR Congo into a magnet for foreign investment? Ross students take on challenges like these – and more – every year.

See also:


William Davidson Institute

Global Initiatives

Lead Through Complexity
Learn how to solve multi-faceted problems and find solutions.

Analytic Rigor

Core courses establish a foundation you will build on throughout your Ross MBA experience. MAP will take you from the classroom into the field to tackle complex, unstructured problems. Electives allow you to push further and develop specialist knowledge and skills. Analytic rigor is demanded throughout; learn to make evidence-based recommendations, have clear logic to defend your solutions, and expect others to have the same.

See also:

Zell Lurie Institute Funds

Private Equity Finance ES 624

Venture Capital Finance ES 623

Marketing Research Design and Analysis MKT 618

Marketing Engineering MKT 630

Corporate Financial Reporting ACC 564

Strategic Sourcing TO 624

Energy Markets and Energy Politics BE 527

Leadership Challenges

You've got 24 hours to save a company: What do you do? That's what happens in the Sanger Leadership Center's Crisis Challenge, an intensive experience in which you and a team of your peers will assume the role of senior management facing a devastating crisis. After you find your solutions, you face a judging panel of faculty and members of the business community. But you should be well prepared; Ross' curriculum offers many ways to study and practice leadership – including several other opportunities from the Sanger Leadership Center.

See also:

Leading People & Organizations MO 503

Leading Creativity & Innovation MO 563

Business Leadership in Changing Times MO 611

Bargaining and Influence Skills – Negotiation Strategy in a Global Economy MO 512

Leading with Values MO 620

Personalize Your Education
Tailor your MBA to your passions and career path.

Follow your passion by customizing your MBA experience through electives, focused learning opportunities, and joint study options beyond Ross.

At Ross

The Ross MBA Program allows you to explore a few electives while taking your first year core, and then completely customize your second year, to pursue your individual interests. 

We also offer focused learning opportunities:

Fast Track in Finance

Healthcare Concentration

Real Estate Development Certificate

Sustainability Concentration

Data and Business Analytics Concentration

Centers and Institutes at Ross play an integral role in the experience of many students; their specialist resources and faculty may take you to Africa to evaluate healthcare delivery models, enlist your interests and talents in planning the Positive Business Conference, or invite you to take a seat managing the student-led $6.2 million venture capital fund, or beyond.

Ross Centers, Institutes & Initiatives

Across the University of Michigan

100 of the University of Michigan's graduate programs rank in the top 10 (U.S. News & World Report). You have the opportunity to take up to 10 of your 57 required credits at any of the graduate programs offered by the University of Michigan.

If you are equally passionate about another subject beyond business, Ross offers 23 established dual degrees, including in engineering, education, social work, public policy, public health and law.

Dual Degrees

Curriculum by Term

Year One (MBA 1)
Build a strong foundation with core courses and the Business + Impact Challenge.

No matter your background, the first year Full-Time MBA curriculum will give you a broad-based, rigorous, and analytical business foundation that will last a lifetime.


Business + Impact Challenge

Your experience at Ross begins with an intensive two-day challenge that tests your leadership skills.

Learn more about Business + Impact Challenge

Required courses

Fall A

Fall B


The term starts with two courses that expand your foundation in business, along with the flexibility to pursue one or two electives.

For the second half, you focus exclusively on our signature MAP course – the highlight of a Ross MBA education for many, and certainly an experience that will stick with you for a lifetime.


Winter A

Winter B

  • MAP: tackle a pressing business challenge at a startup, nonprofit, or corporation with your team and develop recommendations presented to executives at the end of an intensive seven weeks.
    Learn more about MAP

Curriculum graphic Full-time MBA

Year Two (MBA 2)
Customize your education through electives. Complete your degree and prepare yourself to re-enter the working world.


You’ve completed the Impact Challenge, you’ve finished your core courses and MAP, and you’ve completed an intense summer internship. Now, customize your academic experience: go deeper into specific areas and set yourself up for career success.

You may want to broaden your MBA to explore leadership, social enterprise, emerging markets, or operations. Perhaps you are interested in entrepreneurial management or environmentally sustainable business.

Whatever your passion, Ross will help you pursue it.


As you move to complete your degree, step outside your comfort zone.

Take electives in complementary areas outside your area of focus, study abroad, or take on a leadership role.

Study abroad

During your final term at Ross, you have the opportunity to study abroad at one of 15 partner schools. You can choose to participate in half- (winter A only) or full-semester (winter) exchange programs in South America, China, or Europe and experience a different perspective; immerse yourself in a new culture; and network with a circle of students, faculty and professionals. Learn more

Ross Full-Time MBA students must complete 57 credits, taken over two years, to graduate. Up to 10 credits of the 57 can be taken outside Ross, at another school within U-M.

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