Minor in Business Applicants

WHAT ARE THE ESSAY QUESTIONS FOR THE MINOR IN BUSINESS APPLICATION?

1) Why are you applying to the Minor in Business? Considering your own interests and passions, what led you to conclude that the Minor in Business combined with your current major is the optimal educational path for you? (300-500 words)

2) Please introduce yourself to your future Ross classmates. (100-150 words)

WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES?

All applicants to the Minor in Business must complete the following requirements by the end of the winter term in the year they apply. We will access and evaluate minor applicants' U-M transcripts after winter term grades have been posted. Any transfer or test credits you wish to have considered must appear on our U-M transcript by the end of the winter term.

  • MATH 105, 115, or 120

    • College credit for Pre-Calculus, Calculus I, Calculus II, or Calculus III is required.

    • Includes AP credit for Math 120

    • Includes IB, A-level, or transfer credit for an exact U-M course equivalent (not departmental credit, e.g., Math 101X)

    • Students who have upper level Calculus MATH courses or Honors Calculus will meet this requirement.

  • First-Year Writing Requirement as approved through the LSA Sweetland Center for Writing or ENGR 100

    • Includes transfer credit for any course approved as First-Year Writing at U-M (not departmental credit, e.g., English 101X or ENGCMPTC 101X)

HOW CAN I GET HELP WITH MY APPLICATION AND ESSAYS?

Current U-M Ann Arbor students should attend the Minor in Business Information Sessions in fall and winter for information and advice. During these sessions we provide an overview of the application and tips for applying. Please know that Ross admissions staff, including the Pre-Business Counselors (PBCs), do not review application essays. (That would defeat the purpose!) U-M academic advisers, instructors, and writing tutors typically do not review application essays, either.

HOW MANY SPACES ARE AVAILABLE AND WHAT ARE MY CHANCES?

Admission is selective. Please see our Minor in Business profile for more information on admission statistics.

WHEN IS THE MINOR IN BUSINESS APPLICATION DUE?

The Minor in Business Application will become available in Mid-April. To be considered for admission, Minor in Business Applications must be submitted by May 31.

WHAT INFORMATION SHOULD I SHARE IN MY RESUME?

This resume should be tailored toward your interest in the Minor in Business program, rather than in internship or job opportunity. We are interested in getting to know your strengths, your leadership potential, and how you may already be engaging within your intended career path of interest.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE SECOND ESSAY PROMPT?

This is your chance to share your identity or passions with the Admissions Review Committee. Consider what would make you a unique member of the Minor in Business program and show us who you are as an individual.

HOW CREATIVE CAN I BE IN THE SECOND ESSAY PROMPT?

Creativity can always be a risk, just like using a negative tone or sarcasm can be a risk. Thus, remember your audience and do not let the creative aspect overshadow your true message.

CAN I APPLY TO THE MIB PROGRAM AS A FRESHMAN IF I HAVE MET ALL THE PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS?

To be eligible to apply for the Minor in Business, you must:

  1. Complete the prerequisites by the end of the winter term in which you are applying.

  2. Have junior standing or above (55 CTP +) by the end of winter term in which you are applying.

It is important to note that while students with junior standing that are first-year students can apply, we strongly encourage you to apply at the end of your sophomore year. Preference is given to applicants with two years of collegiate level coursework.

 

CAN I APPLY TO THE MIB PROGRAM AS A JUNIOR AT UM?

While eligible third-year students can apply, we strongly encourage you to apply at the end of your sophomore year. Preference is given to applicants with two years of collegiate level coursework. The Minor in Business is not intended to extend your academic career at U of M.

CAN I APPLY TO BOTH THE BBA AND MIB PROGRAM AT THE SAME TIME?

We strongly encourage students to research and understand the benefits of each program in order to decide what they are looking to obtain from a business education. The Ross BBA and Minor in Business are very different programs, catered toward different audiences. Decisions from each program are additionally released at different times throughout the summer.

DO I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL I AM ENROLLED IN THE MIB PROGRAM TO TAKE ROSS COURSES OR CAN I TAKE THEM PRIOR TO ADMISSION?

All Ross elective courses, including those offered in the MiB curriculum, are open to all U-M students. If you choose to take a minor course and are later admitted to the MiB, this course will go on to fulfill Minor in Business course requirements.

DO I HAVE TO SUBMIT MY U-M TRANSCRIPT WITH MY APPLICATION?

No. For current U-M Ann Arbor students, we have access to your transcript already and will review it after winter-term grades have been posted.

WHAT COURSES LOOK GOOD TO THE ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE?

For current U-M Ann Arbor students, we want to see how well you perform at U-M Ann Arbor. We strongly recommend you:

  • Take a full load each term (usually 14-16 credits).

  • Take courses that are both interesting and challenging to you. We appreciate all fields of study, as long as you challenge yourself.

  • Take at least one rigorous quantitative courses, to meet the Math requirement of 105, 115, 120, or an upper-level MATH course