Learn at your own pace.

Connect with companies, your professors, and classmates. Get real-world professional experience. Develop your signature leadership style.

With the Online MBA, you’ll undertake a variety of learning assignments and challenges over the course of your degree. You’ll do self-paced studying, synchronized class sessions with your peers and professors, in-person competitions and workshops, and a consulting project for a real company. It’s a thorough, all-encompassing educational experience that will guide you in maximizing your personal and professional potential.


Curriculum Details

57 credit hours

27 credits: Core curriculum (coursework in the fundamental areas of business)

18 credits: Electives

9 credits: Three in-person residencies on leadership, innovation, and transformation

3 credits: Action-based learning project (MAP)

The Online format is self paced but was designed to be completed in three years. It is possible to accelerate or slow down the pace to fit your schedule and timeline. It would be very unlikely you could finish in less than two and a half years.


Curriculum Overview

The curriculum consists of  57 credits and includes self-guided modules, live class sessions, and in-person leadership development residences.

SELF-GUIDED LEARNING MODULES

Short instructional videos identify and explain key concepts. Students can work at their own pace on these modules, as long as they have completed certain designated modules in time for the synchronous learning event.

REAL-TIME CLASS SESSIONS

Live online events with faculty and students for case discussions, group work, and presentations. A typical 2.25-credit course has four of these synchronous events.

ON-CAMPUS RESIDENCIES

Three on-campus residencies, covering the topics of business innovation, business transformation, and business leadership, are required of all program participants. Residencies are three credits each.

Core Courses (27 credit hours)
Dive deep into business fundamentals.

Financial Accounting (2.25)

Managerial Accounting (2.25)

Microeconomics (2.25)

Corporate Strategy (2.25)

Applied Business Statistics (2.25)

Competing in Global Business  (2.25)

Financial Management (2.25)

Marketing Management (2.25)

Leading People and Organizations (2.25)

Technology Management (2.25)

Operations Management (2.25)

Business Law and Ethics (2.25)

Electives (18 Credit Hours)
Customize your educational plan with classes suited to your goals and interests.

Below is a sample of elective opportunities.  Additional electives will be added.

Strategies for Growth

Valuation

Strategic Marketing Planning

Entrepreneurship

Bargaining and Influencing Skills

Supply Chain Management

On-Campus Residencies (9 Credit Hours)
Intensive, on-campus residencies focus on business leadership, transformation, and innovation

Among the biggest benefits of the Michigan Ross Online MBA are the residential learning experiences on campus. During three separate residencies, you’ll participate in highly personalized training from our world-class research institutions: The Sanger Leadership Center, the Center for Positive Organizations, and The Zell Lurie Institute.

Residencies are divided into three overarching themes: Business Leadership, Business Transformation, and Business Innovation. Through hands-on activities, workshops, and competitions, you’ll take your personal and professional development to new levels while interacting with classmates and faculty.


Logistics

  • For the ultimate convenience, residencies take place Thursday through mid-day Sunday at the Ross campus located at the University of Michigan.
  • Residencies are available each term beginning Winter 2020 Semester.
  • Food and lodging are included in the cost of the program. 
  • Students bear travel costs to and from Ann Arbor.


Details About Residencies

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP RESIDENCY

All business relies on effective leadership. In this residency, offered in partnership with the Sanger Leadership Center, students learn that leadership doesn’t just take place at the top – it happens at all levels of an organization. This intensive session guides students in examining their own leadership capabilities and learning tools and techniques to make them more effective leaders in all phases of their careers. Students learn how to enhance their leadership style via the Michigan Model of Leadership, and they also take on an exciting 24-hour executive-level crisis simulation during the Leadership Crisis Challenge.

BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION RESIDENCY

Improving an existing enterprise is a ubiquitous management challenge. This hands-on exercise gives students the opportunity to systematically evaluate a business, identify areas of leverage, and develop strategies for better executing on a mission. Offered in partnership with the Tauber Institute and the Center for Positive Organizations, students learn the systems assessment techniques and positive organizational tools to create meaningful, lasting growth and change.

BUSINESS INNOVATION RESIDENCY

Launching a new enterprise, business unit, product or service is fundamental to business success. In this team competition organized by the Zell Lurie Institute, students develop a systematic framework for thinking about innovation by working with a collaborative corporate partner, conducting real research, formulating and testing hypotheses in real time, and engaging in customer discovery and design thinking.

 

 

Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) (3 Credit Hours)
Apply your studies to a real-world project for a corporation, small business, or nonprofit.

Every Ross MBA includes work in our signature Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) course, which epitomizes the Ross dedication to hands-on learning. Work virtually with a global team to solve a real world challenge for a company.

You will work with a sponsor -- a large corporation, startup, or nonprofit -- to find a creative solution to a critical organizational challenge. Each project requires you to collaborate with a team of peers and a faculty advisor. At the conclusion of the project, you deliver your analysis and recommendations to the sponsor and Ross faculty.

Some projects require teams to create a business strategy, solve a market entry problem, or perform complex financial modeling. Others ask you to generate product launch plans, propose operations improvements, or draft new customer relationship regimens.

To sponsors, MAP delivers real, data-driven solutions. To you, MAP delivers a transformative educational experience that brings coursework to life.

Optional On-Campus Courses

Once students in the Online MBA have completed their core coursework via distance learning, they are eligible to attend elective courses on campus in Ann Arbor with other Michigan Ross MBA students.

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