Dates and Deadlines

Application deadlines are as follows:

Round 1: November 1, 2018

Round 2: January 2, 2019

Round 3: February 1, 2019

This is the final deadline for consideration of international applications. 

Round 4: March 1, 2019

Round 5: May 1, 2019

Early application is encouraged.



The Master of Management program is aimed for non-business majors who are graduating this year or completed their undergraduate studies less than two years ago. In order to be considered eligible for the MM Class of 2020, candidates must have graduated Spring 2017 or more recent. 

Students with a business minor are eligible for the Master of Management program. 

Please feel free to contact the MM admissions officer at if you have questions regarding your eligibility.

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To apply to Michigan Ross, we ask that you submit a variety of materials for us to best assess your qualifications for our MM Program. Below is a list of the application components we require. Each piece of the application plays an integral role in the overall admission evaluation. 

  • Successful completion of the prerequisite requirement
  • GMAT or GRE results
  • Undergraduate transcripts
  • One-page professional resume
  • Essays
  • Two recommendation forms
  • Non-refundable application fee of $75 for domestic students or $100 for international students
  • International applicants only: TOEFL results, dated within two years of your application to Ross.  IELTS results are not accepted.
  • Interview, by invitation only and after all of your other materials have been submitted

Please note that all materials need to be received by the posted deadline for the round in which you apply.

Application Requirements and Criteria

The Admissions Committee seeks to bring together talented students from a broad range of academic backgrounds and professional aspirations. The Admissions Committee will review each application component to learn more about you. We encourage you to consider the impact of each application component.  

application requirements

gmat or gre results

A GMAT or GRE score is accepted as a measure of intellectual ability and must be submitted for your application to be evaluated. Most MM applicants choose to submit a GRE score, but preference is not given to either exam. 

  • GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years from your test date. 
  • Ross GMAT reporting code is SN1-J6-34; our GRE reporting code is 1839. Reporting codes are valid for several Ross graduate programs.
  • There is no minimum score requirement. 
  • If your official score report is not available when you submit your application, unofficial GMAT or GRE score reports will be considered. Your official score report must be available prior to starting the program. 

Transcripts must be submitted from every undergraduate or post-graduate institution you have attended. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to your application and are sufficient for evaluation. If you are admitted to the program, final official transcripts will be required from every institution attended prior to starting the program. If you are in the process of completing your undergraduate degree, the final transcript will need to confirm your graduation and completion of degree. 


Your resume plays an integral role in the MM application; do not overlook its importance. In addition to any professional endeavors, be sure to detail your leadership, extracurricular, and volunteer experiences. Your resume should be formatted to fit on one page. 


Four short-answer essays are required. The essay prompts can be read be read in the tab below. If there is anything about your application you think the admissions committee may question, use the "Optional Essay" to explain the situation.

To differentiate yourself, tell personal stories and let your personality shine through your writing. 

Letters of recommendation

You must have two recommendations on file to be considered for admission. Forms are generated through the online application system and are the only type of recommendation accepted. Choose individuals who know you well and can speak specifically about your aptitude for success in graduate school. The questions that are posed to your recommenders can be read be read in the tab below.

  • When you submit your recommender and their contact information within your application, you initiate distribution of their reference form via email. This can be done before submitting your entire application, giving your recommenders time to complete your form while you complete other components of the application. 
Interview (by invitation only)

Invitations to interview will be extended once all application materials are received and the admissions committee has reviewed your full application. We will offer in-person interviews to applicants who are completing their undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan or are located near the Ann Arbor area. All other applicants will complete their interview via a live video conference. Candidates interviewing in person are not evaluated differently than candidates interviewed via a live video conference.

Interviews are expected to last up to 30 minutes. Members of the admissions committee and MM program staff will conduct your interview; there may be be one or two members present. You can expect to be asked behavioral-type questions as well as questions related to your professional and personal interests. No tricks or tests; the admissions committee wants to learn more about your academic, personal, and professional experiences. 


The application review is holistic. Not one aspect of your application is weighed more heavily than another. When reviewing your application components, the admissions committee learns more about: 

  • your intellectual ability as measured by your undergraduate academic record and GMAT or GRE scores
  • your leadership, initiative, and impact as evidenced through personal & professional achievements and extracurricular activities referenced in your resume, recommendation letters, and personal essays
  • your interpersonal and teamwork skills as demonstrated through recommendation letters and essays
  • your goals and rationale for pursuing the Master of Management as demonstrated through essays
  • your professional presence as viewed through interview (by invitation only)
  • your English language proficiency as measured by your TOEFL score (if applicable, international students only)

Essay Questions

  1. What has lead you to pursue a graduate degree in business? (200 word maximum. Content beyond 200 words will not be reviewed.)

  2. How will the Master of Management program support you in achieving your short- and long- term career goals? (200 word maximum. Content beyond 200 words will not be reviewed.)

  3. Michigan Ross deeply values student engagement beyond the classroom. Please describe two or three ways in which you plan to be involved as a contributing member of the Michigan Ross community. (200 word maximum. Content beyond 200 words will not be reviewed.)

  4. Choose one (1) short answer prompt from the list below. (200 word maximum. Content beyond 200 words will not be reviewed.)

  • An academic challenge I faced as a college student is/was...
  • My best friend would describe me as...
  • My client at work would describe me as...
  • I am most proud of...
  • My mentor is... because...
  • A time that I went above and beyond expectations was...
  • An academic or professional goal that I set for myself is/was...
  • My greatest responsibility is/has been...
  • If I could have lunch with anyone, it would be... because...

Recommendation Questions

IMPORTANT: This is not the official letter of recommendation, but rather a list of the questions that will be sent to the individuals you identify as your recommenders in the online application. These questions are provided to help you determine whom to request to write your recommendation letters. The actual recommendation letter and ratings form must be submitted online by your recommenders. Once you register your recommenders on the application, an email will be sent to them with instructions on how to access the recommendation form and submit it electronically.

  1. How long and in what context have you known the applicant? What is the peer group you are using for your comparison?

  2. Please describe the applicant’s strengths. Provide detailed examples where these strengths were exhibited.

  3. Please comment on the applicant’s areas of development (weaknesses). What efforts has the applicant made to show improvement?

  4. How has the applicant contributed above and beyond her/his expected responsibilities?

  5. Optional: Please feel free to provide any other information you think is relevant to our evaluation.

Prerequisite Requirement

Quantitative Prerequisite

Much of the coursework in the Master of Management program has a quantitative emphasis. Thus it is important that students are comfortable with mathematical and statistical concepts. In order to demonstrate competency in this area, students must have successfully completed either a precalculus or statistics course during their time as an undergrad with a grade of "B-" or higher.

Pre-calculus (Math 105 for UM undergrads) – This course presents the concepts of pre-calculus from four points of view: geometric (graphs); numeric (tables); symbolic (formulas); and written (verbal descriptions). The emphasis is on the mathematical modeling of real-life problems using linear; polynomial; exponential; logarithmic; and trigonometric functions. (Taking a higher level math course for which pre-calculus or Math 105 is a prerequisite will meet this requirement).

Statistics (Statistics 250 for UM undergrads) - This class covers applied statistical methodology from an analysis-of-data viewpoint.Topics covered include frequency distributions; measure of location; mean; median; mode; measures of dispersion; variance; graphic presentation; elementary probability; populations and samples; sampling distributions; one sample univariate inference problems, and two sample problems; categorical data; regression and correlation; and analysis of variance. Use of computers in data analysis is also explored.

Non-University of Michigan Courses – The math or statistics prerequisite must be taken at an accredited institution of higher education. The course should be equivalent to pre-calculus or introduction to statistics. Please contact the MM program office at to make sure the course meets our requirements.


Additional Requirements for International Applicants

Undergraduate Degree

International applicants are required to submit copies of both an academic record and diploma (or other document indicating the date and conferral of your 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:

  • years of attendance at the academic institution
  • courses taken
  • grades received
  • dated degree, diploma, or certificate

International students who have not attended school within the United States must also submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Arrange for test results to be reported to us directly by the Educational Testing Service.

  • We require the Internet-based test (IBT) version of the TOEFL exam.
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 100 is required to be considered for admission.
  • The University of Michigan's TOEFL code number is 1839.
  • The TOEFL exam should be taken prior to application submission.
  • We will not accept scores from tests taken more than two years before your date of application.
  • To register for tests, contact:

TOEFL Waiver: 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.

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