We Are Michigan Ross and Our Programs Are Among The Best in the World

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The start of a new school year brings with it hope and optimism for the future, while also inviting us to look back, reflect on our successes and lessons learned, and chart our path forward.

For Michigan Ross, our path forward is built on a commitment to excellence and investments in people—including one of our most talented group of students in a generation, our well-respected and influential faculty, and the most supportive alumni in the world.

A School On The Rise

This past year has included many evolutions, successes, and new introductions for our school and community, making Michigan Ross a school that is truly on the rise.

Our Full-Time MBA Program rose in many major rankings that evaluate U.S. business schools — rising 4 spots in U.S. News & World Report (to #7), rising 3 spots in Forbes, rising 2 spots in Poets & Quants, rising 1 spot in Businessweek, and rising 9 spots in The Economist.

It’s not just our Full-Time MBA, all Michigan Ross programs are among the very best in the world. Nine of our specialty disciplines are ranked in the Top 10 by U.S. News & World Report. Only one other school, Stanford, has more specialty areas ranked in the Top 10.

The specialty rankings in which Ross placed in the Top 10 include: accounting (#4), entrepreneurship (#7), nonprofit (#5), finance (#10), international (#5), management (#3), marketing (#4), production/operations (#3), and supply chain (#6).

Here’s How Michigan Ross Performed in Every Major Ranking in 2017

Why is this breadth of excellence important? To be successful in business, leaders must possess skills across multiple functions and be able to work across silos to create new business models and new sources of value. And for students, no matter what area you want to focus on, Michigan Ross is recognized as a leader in that space. Ross is where you’ll develop lifelong networks that span across areas of specialty, which will further accelerate your careers.

Add these highly respected programs to the 97 U-M graduate programs ranked in the Top 10 by U.S. News & World Report, you can see why Michigan is consistently considered among the very best universities in the world, and the best public university in the nation, according to QS World University Rankings. In fact, this past year was the sixth time U-M held such a title. And we’re only getting stronger.

Our People Are Exceptional

Michigan Ross is special because our people are special. Whether it is our students, our faculty and staff, or our alumni, we attract the very best people to Michigan Ross. Our community consists of people who have the character and capabilities to be leaders who make a positive difference in the world — leaders who create a better world through business and education. Our people define who we are, and the newest members we are attracting and welcoming into our community are exceptional.

This past year, more than 11,800 talented students applied to Michigan Ross.

Our BBA program received the highest number of applications ever, with more than 6,400 potential students applying for a spot in the BBA Class of 2022.

With 86 students, more people than ever before are entering our Master of Management program, which has sustained a compound annual growth rate of 17 percent over the last five years.

Our Full-time MBA Program set an all-time high Michigan Ross record for the average GMAT score for the incoming class, 720.

Our other one-year master programs (MAcc and MSCM) have had incredible years, too.

Our Master of Supply Chain Management program was ranked #2 in the world by Gartner, INC, and our Master of Accounting has a class made up of 52 percent women.

In addition, our Executive MBA class welcomed it’s largest incoming class ever at 124 students — split between our Ann Arbor campus and our Los Angeles campus.

Our goal at Michigan Ross is to attract and recruit the best talent from across the globe, and the students starting our programs this fall are setting all-time records as the smartest and most diverse we’ve ever had.

Read More About The Quality of Michigan Ross Students

Adding to that strong, diverse community is an accomplished faculty made up of highly sought-after thought leaders. From 2017-2018, Michigan Ross faculty held editorships at influential research journals around the world, published more than 250 articles and books, and were involved in more than $9.8 million of sponsored research.

Read More About Our Influential Faculty

The positive momentum behind Michigan Ross is strong. We are on a mission to become the go-to source for business solutions to the global challenges of our generation, to become the world’s most powerful career accelerator, and to become the most distinctive source of leadership talent across the globe. We are Michigan Ross!


WE ARE MICHIGAN ROSS is a series of stories that brings together the facts, figures, people, and ideas that make the Michigan Ross community unlike any other.

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