Program Details

  • The Weekend MBA is a lock-step, two-year program, beginning in May.
  • Weekend classes are held twice a month on Fridays and Saturdays. You must complete 60 credits. 
  • Friday classes are held from 4 - 9:10 p.m., with a dinner break.
  • Saturday classes are held from 9 a.m. - 5:10 p.m., with three breaks.
  • You take all your classes at our Ann Arbor campus.
  • Roughly 30 percent of the coursework will involve distance learning, such as viewing lectures online.
  • You will complete the Multidisciplinary Action Project course, for which you commit to a full week of travel and/or on-site work in late February/early March of the first year.
  • You take all your classes with the same group of peers, encouraging the kind of effective communication and cooperation skills that recruiters prize. And you build a deep camaraderie and forge lasting personal and professional ties.

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Leadership Development
Learn to master complex problems and lead people to solutions

Our renowned Sanger Leadership Center helps you develop the skills to thrive in complex business organizations.

You will take part in the Sanger Innovation Jam, an action-based, two-day experience aimed at delivering innovative solutions to a Fortune 500 company.

You are also welcome to take part in other leadership programs, including the Crisis Challenge.

Knowledge Building
Year One: Build your foundation with MBA core courses

At the heart of the Weekend MBA format is a core curriculum that offers you extensive training in nine fundamental areas:

  • accounting
  • finance
  • business communication
  • business economics and public policy
  • business law
  • management and organizations
  • marketing
  • technology and operations
  • strategy

Your first year of coursework (May through April of the following year) establishes a basic understanding of the functional responsibilities of an organization. These core courses prepare you for the Ross MAP experience at the end of the first year.


Required Courses

Spring-Summer Term (May-August, 9 hours)

WMBA 501: Principles of Financial Accounting (2.25 cr)

WMBA 502: Applied Microeconomics (2.25 cr)

WMBA 503: Applied Business Statistics (2.25 cr)

WMBA 504: Marketing Management (2.25 cr)


Fall Term (September-December, 9 hours)

WMBA 505: Corporate Strategy (2.25 cr)

WMBA 506: Financial Management (2.25 cr)

WMBA 507: Managerial Accounting (2.25 cr)

WMBA 508: Operations Management (2.25 cr)


Winter Term (January-April, 12 hours)

WMBA 509: Human Behavior and Organization (2.25 cr)

WMBA 512: World Economy (2.25 cr)

WMBA 516: Adaptive and Persuasive Communication (1.50 cr)

WMBA 510: MAP (6.00 crs)

Action-Based Learning
Gain hands-on experience with MAP and our innovative C-Level Thinking course


The core of the Weekend format culminates with our signature Multidisciplinary Action Projects course, which epitomizes the Ross dedication to hands-on learning. You will work with a sponsoring company seeking a creative solution to a critical organizational challenge. Projects are hosted by incubators, startups, nonprofit organizations, and major corporations throughout the world.

Each project requires you to collaborate with a team of peers and a faculty advisor to confront the ambiguities of a real-world business challenge. You apply academic concepts, analytical skills, and creativity to frame and resolve that challenge. At the conclusion of the project, you deliver your analysis and recommendations to the sponsor and Ross faculty in a formal presentation and written report.

Types of projects will vary. 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.

MAP requires Weekend students to commit to a full week of travel and/or on-site work in late February/early March of the first year.

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C-Level Thinking

Offered only to Weekend MBA students, our C-Level Thinking course teaches you high-level strategy through direct interaction with business executives. The course equips you to deal with the unstructured and ambiguous situations you are sure to encounter as you rise to higher levels in your career.

Taken in your final term at Ross, the course brings together everything you’ve learned. Working in teams, with broad guidance from faculty members and executives, you will create a plan addressing a current development facing a sponsoring company. You’ll develop the habit of “meta thinking” and leave the course prepared to help guide a company’s direction.

Thematically Integrated Electives
Year Two: Integrate your learning and choose themed courses to support your individual career goals

In the second year of the Weekend MBA Program, you will choose from several course themes for a concentrated approach in your areas of interest. You will select from two themes in each of the first two terms:

  • Spring/summer term: Strategic Management or Entrepreneurship
  • Fall term: Financial Management or Operations Management

In each themed group, you’ll deepen the knowledge acquired in the core and examine a common case across several courses from different business disciplines. You might look at a growth challenge first through the lens of a financial analyst and then through the eyes of a brand manager. Or you might learn how an issue of corporate governance and transparency would be affected by a particular method of raising capital. In the final term, you will rejoin your classmates for the capstone term featuring the C-Level Thinking course. Year two in the Weekend program is all about the broad perspective required of business leaders.


Course Options

Spring-Summer Term (May-August, 9 hours)

Theme: Strategic Management

WMBA 601: Strategic Market Planning (2.25 cr)

WMBA 602: Strategies for Growth (2.25 cr)

WMBA 627: Mergers, Acquisitions, and Corporate Development (2.25 cr)

WMBA 519: Business Law & Ethics (2.25 cr)


Theme: Entrepreneurship

WMBA 606: Entrepreneurship (2.25 cr)

WMBA 607: Strategic Marketing for Entrepreneurs (2.25 cr)

WMBA 608 Venture Capital (2.25 cr)

WMBA 519: Business Law & Ethics (2.25 cr)


Fall Term (September-December, 9 hours)

Theme: Operations Management

WMBA 611: Supply Chain Management (2.25 cr)

WMBA 612: Bargaining & Influencing Skills (2.25 cr)

WMBA 623: Applied Business Analytics for Decision Making (2.25 cr)

WMBA 617: Project Management (2.25 cr)


Theme: Financial Management

WMBA 612: Bargaining & Influencing Skills (2.25 cr)

WMBA 603: Valuation (2.25 cr)

WMBA 613: Strategic Cost Management (2.25 cr)

WMBA 618: Capital Markets and Investment Strategy (2.25 cr)


Winter Term* (January-April, 12 hours)

WMBA 513: C-Level Thinking (3.0 cr)

WMBA 517: Strategic and Leadership Communication (1.5 cr)

WMBA 604: Leadership Development (2.25)

WMBA 621: Technology & Business Innovation (2.25 cr)

WMBA 631: Corporate Governance (1.5 cr)  

WMBA 625: Data Analysis (1.5 cr)