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Admission to the program is highly selective. Applicants to the Global MBA Program must be sponsored. Companies interested in sponsoring employees must submit a sponsorship application prior to or along with their nominee’s individual application. The sponsorship application is available in the Program Partners page.


We welcome applicants who have earned the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree. We accept applications from graduates of accredited colleges and universities from all areas of concentration: liberal arts, social sciences, physical sciences, engineering, business and many others. Courses in management are not required for application; however, you are expected to have the capacity to handle the intensity of our learning environment and should have solid analytical, quantitative, and communicative skills.

After a thorough review of all application documents and an interview, the sponsoring company and the candidate will be notified of the admission decision.

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Dates & Deadlines

For the Class of 2018, which will begin in February 2017:

Dates & Deadlines
  Application Due Decisions Released
Early Round October 31, 2016 Within 2 weeks of interview
Regular Round November 28, 2016 By December 25, 2016
Extended Round January 2, 2017 Within 2 weeks of interview


You are strongly encouraged to apply in the Regular Admission round, especially if you require a visa to travel to China, Japan, or Korea. All application requirements must be submitted by the due date. Incomplete applications will be moved to the extended round. Applicants wanting to strengthen their application with improved test scores may take additional tests through Dec. 19. Admission decisions for the applicants who are taking additional tests will be delayed until official test scores are reported to the school.

Interviews are arranged by the Global MBA Program Office upon receipt of a complete application. Interviews are arranged in-person, by video-conference, or telephone. If offered admission, acceptance must be confirmed within one week of notification of the offer. Those admitted in the Early Round are required to submit a $1,000 non-refundable deposit.


To apply to the Ross School of Business, we ask that you submit a variety of materials for us to best assess your qualifications. Below is a list of the application components we require. Each piece of the application plays an integral role in the overall admission evaluation; no single piece of the application is weighted more heavily than another. Please note that ALL materials need to be received by the posted deadline for the round in which you apply.

  • One- to two-page resume that highlights your work experience, education, academic focus, honors you’ve received, accomplishments, and organizations to which you belong. Your resume may also include specific skills such as languages, personal interests, and significant activities.
  • GMAT or GRE results (valid for five years from the date you took the test to the deadline date when you apply). Ross' GRE reporting code is 1839; there is no code required for the GMAT.
  • If your native language is not English, TOEFL results (valid for two years from the date you took the test to the deadline date when you apply). Ross’ TOEFL reporting code is 1839. 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. Those who have worked in the U.S. full-time for two or more years in the past five years, may also waive the TOEFL requirement.
  • Official undergraduate and post-graduate transcripts. Transcripts bearing the official seal and signature of the issuing institution in a sealed envelope should be delivered to Global MBA Admissions, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, 700 East University, K2520, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1234 by the application deadline. Ross requires one copy of both your academic record and the diploma or other document indicating the date and conferral of your degree, years of attendance, courses taken and grades received. If the original language of your academic record is not English, a literal translation must be submitted.
  • One letter of recommendation (must be submitted online) from a person who has been directly responsible for assessing your professional performance, preferably, a current employer or direct supervisor.
  • Essay responses to the required essay questions should be individually uploaded in the required format (minimum 11-point font and 1.5 line spacing). Responses should be limited to the word maximums indicated.
  • Sponsorship Application for Global MBA Admission (available in the Program Partners section of our website) may be uploaded in the Additional Information section of the online application or sent to Global MBA Admissions.
  • Nonrefundable U.S. $200 application fee.
  • Interview (arranged after application is submitted).
  1. What are you most proud of outside of your professional life? How does it shape who you are today? (up to 400 words)
  2. What is your desired career path and why? (up to 250 words)


IMPORTANT: This is NOT the official letter of recommendation, but rather a list of the questions that will be sent to the individual you identify as your recommender in the online application. These questions are provided to help you determine whom to request to write your recommendation letter. The actual recommendation letter and ratings form must be submitted online by your recommender.

Once you register your recommender on the application, an email will be sent with instructions on how to access the recommendation form and submit it electronically.

  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 in similar roles (ie, what are the applicant's principal strengths)? (500 words)
  3. Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (500 words).


In order to build a strong and diverse class, we look for applicants who possess a number of key characteristics:

  • Strong intellectual ability as measured by GMAT and academic record.
  • Leadership, initiative, and impact as evidenced through professional achievements, extracurricular activities, recommendation letters, and personal essays.
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills as demonstrated through recommendation letters, essays, and interview.
  • Clear goals and rationale for pursuing an MBA as demonstrated through essays and interview.
  • Fit with the Ross approach to management education as demonstrated through essays and interview.



  • Traditional business background not required. Applicants from non-business fields such as medicine, law, and public administration are welcome to apply.
  • No “formula” or “cutoff” determines a candidate’s outcome.
  • There are no prerequisite courses for admission, 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.


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.
  • Provide one recommendation. You may choose your original recommender, but your recommender must complete a new recommendation that reflects your performance and achievements since your original application was submitted.
  • Include a detailed cover letter that describes what you have been doing since you last applied and why your application is stronger now. You can use the cover letter to update us on your goals, highlight your accomplishments, and discuss your reasons for seeking an MBA from Ross. Please upload the letter with your updated resume.
  • You may choose to answer one or more of our current essay questions -- this is optional.
  • You do not need to submit new GMAT, GRE, or TOEFL score reports unless your scores are expired. If you choose to retake any of these tests, be sure to send or upload a score report.
  • You do not need to resubmit transcripts that you submitted with your last application. We will still have these on file.

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