After completing your core courses, during your third (September-December) and fourth (January-April) terms, you are free to pursue a wide range of elective courses. Ross offers you the flexibility to focus studies on a specific area or broaden studies over a variety of disciplines. During your elective terms, you also need to fulfill the World Economy and Law/Ethics requirements (see above). With the exception of those two courses, you are free to select from more than 110 electives offerings at the Ross school or across the University.
In addition to the traditional MBA electives available, the Global MBA Program offers unique opportunities through the STRATEGY 598 Benchmarking courses. Two courses are offered — one during the session in Silicon Valley and the other in New York during the fall term. In each location, students visit about 6 companies, from diverse industries over a two-day period. These courses are exclusive to the Global MBA Program and provide ample opportunities to meet top executives at major U.S. companies.
Action-Based Learning Opportunities
Ross pioneered the concept of action-based learning in business education. A custom designed benchmarking course offers Global MBA students a first-hand opportunity to meet key business leaders in the US, in both Silicon Valley and New York City. The Global MBA MAP is a key part of our MBA Program where 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. During the elective terms, you have an opportunity to select from a host of other Ross action-based learning courses.
Business Leadership in Changing Times MO 611
Could you announce a significant shift in company strategy to investors in a case simulation? How about in front of a C-Level executive from the very company you are studying? The CEO and other C-level executives of Fortune 500 companies make regular appearances in this class. Your performance will be closely scrutinized and rigorously critiqued – but the opportunity is unique.
Action Learning Project in Operations, Procurement, and Supply Chain TO 582
In this 14-week project, taught in cooperation with A.T. Kearney, students address a major operations or supply chain problem within a company. You’ll benefit from guest lectures by A.T. Kearney and Fortune 500 company executives.
Social Intrapreneurship: Leading Social Innovation in Organizations MO 637
Drawing on the latest advances in social research, network analysis, and information technology, this course builds a toolkit for leading social innovation within organizations. Live case studies with guest intrapreneurs from companies of all sizes help you to apply the principles in practice.
Entrepreneurial Turnaround Management ES 735
You'll examine turnaround management techniques, led by an experienced practitioner. This hands-on course evaluates analysis techniques, prioritization of tasks, communication strategies, strategic repositioning, financial restructuring, and the psychological aspects of troubled situations.
Marketing Engineering MKT 630
Professions such as marketing manager, account manager, and market researcher are evolving rapidly in the new technology-intense marketing environment. The new marketing needs people with marketing engineering skills, and this course develops those skills.
Strategies For Growth STRAT 672
This course develops a framework for determining the direction of growth: market penetration, globalization, vertical integration, related diversification and unrelated diversification, and the mode of growth. You will also explore the organizational challenges in implementing the growth strategy.
Integrated Product Development Course TO 548
Partner with students in the College of Engineering and School of Art and Design to research, design, manufacture, and market a fully functional, customer-ready prototype of an actual product. Then compete against classmates in a trade show.
Zell Lurie Institute Funds
FOCUSED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Ross students inhabit a world of powerful, relevant ideas, both in and out of the classroom, through focused learning opportunities in the school’s leading institutes and centers. The very opposite of ivory towers, these institute and centers are committed to practice, experience, and hands-on learning.
ACROSS THE UNIVERSITY
100 of the University of Michigan’s graduate programs rank in the top 10 (U.S. News & World Report, 2014). 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.
INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
The Center for International Business Excellence and Research (CIBER) arranges semester-long study abroad programs with partnering business schools worldwide, including opportunities in Asia, Australia, Latin America, and Europe. Students participating in an exchange are able to earn up to 15 credit hours toward their Michigan Ross degree.
DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM
If you are equally passionate about another subject beyond business, Ross offers 23 established dual degrees (link to dual degree page), including in engineering, education, social work, public policy, public health and law.