Michigan Ross Highlighted As ‘One of the Real Visionaries in Business and Management Education Today’


“[Scott DeRue] happens to be one of the real visionaries in business and management education today.”

That’s the sentiment John Byrne, Editor in Chief of Poets&Quants, shared with the audience at the recent CentreCourt MBA Festival in New York City, where he sat down for a wide-ranging discussion with Scott DeRue, the Edward J Frey Dean of Michigan Ross.

At the event, the two discussed the distinctive features of the Ross MBA, the future of business education, the current state of the global MBA marketplace, and the value of the MBA degree.

Video of the event was recently released by Poets&Quants; you can watch below.



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To kick off the discussion, Byrne highlighted distinct features of the Ross Full-Time MBA program, starting with experiential learning and MAP, which sends student teams to work with sponsor companies and organizations around the world on 7-week-long consulting projects.

“At other schools experiential learning is a side project in a course,” Byrne said. “Often times it’s an elective. No one is stopping the academic clock to go off for two months and do something meaningful like this.”

Also during the discussion, DeRue pointed out that the ROI calculations students are doing when deciding to get an MBA are shifting.

“In what world is learning a two-year experience?” DeRue said. “It doesn’t start when you get to business school and it certainly better not end when you graduate.”

DeRue called out the AlumniAdvantage program at Michigan Ross which, among other benefits, offers all alumni tuition-free access to Ross Executive Education programs for life.

“One of the things that really differentiates Michigan Ross in the world of business schools is community and culture. We’re making a commitment to our students and alumni — not just when they’re students, but forever. That changes things.”

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