Michigan Ross Announces Plans to Offer a Part-time MBA: Online format

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New Program Aims to Drive Evolution in Elite Business School Education

Ann Arbor, Mich., August 21, 2018 The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan today announced that it will offer an MBA for working professionals to be delivered mostly online. The Part-time MBA: Online is a new addition to the Ross MBA program options, which include full-time, evening, weekend, executive, and global formats. The first class of online MBA students will enroll in the fall of 2019.

“At Michigan Ross, we are deeply committed to preparing students for success in the ever-changing world of business,” said Scott DeRue, the Edward J. Frey Dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. “We’re delivering the same high-quality Michigan Ross education using a flexible design that brings together innovations in digital education with our deep commitment to action-based learning.”

The online program will feature a mix of learning opportunities to provide a holistic, thorough, and personalized business education experience, including:

  • Courses that include both self-guided study and live, online class sessions led by a Ross professor
  • Elective course options, allowing students to customize their studies based on professional goals
  • Three in-person residencies on the Ross campus focused on leadership, business transformation, and innovation

“We are dedicated to providing a broader base of working professionals with a high-quality Michigan Ross education, plus the flexibility, academic rigor, and support they need to succeed in business today and in the future,” said Wally Hopp, associate dean for Part-Time MBA. “With the addition of the Online MBA, Michigan Ross will continue to lead and define the future of business education.”

The deadline for individuals who wish to enroll is May 20, 2019. Admissions standards will be as rigorous as the other Ross Part-Time MBA programs; current Ross professors will provide instruction, guidance, and group activities; and the signature Ross action-based learning experience, Multidisciplinary Action Project (MAP), will be required.  

Michigan Ross has been a long-time pioneer of real-world learning opportunities. More than 12,000 students have participated in MAP projects held in more than 98 countries. In 2017, Ross took the learning by doing concept a step further with the creation of the Living Business Leadership Experience course that allows students to assume leadership roles in an existing company or nonprofit organization on a long-term basis.

For more information, visit michiganross.umich.edu/programs/online-mba.

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About Michigan Ross

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a vibrant and distinctive learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today's dynamic global economy. The Ross School of Business’ mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.

Ross is consistently ranked among the world's leading business schools––its full-time MBA program was recently ranked #7 by U.S. News and World Report, and Ross Part-Time programs have been ranked #6. Academic degree programs include the BBA, MBA, Part-Time MBA (Evening, Weekend, and Online formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Management, and PhD. In addition, the school delivers open-enrollment and custom executive education programs targeting general management, leadership development, and strategic human resource management.