Students in the Wintergarden

How to Apply: Business Minor

The Business Minor application is available online in winter term and is due March 31.

We highly recommend that you submit your application several days before the deadline to give yourself peace of mind. We will send you a confirmation email within 24 hours of receiving your application.


Your Application Checklist

1. Make sure you meet the academic requirements. 

All applicants to the Business Minor must complete the following requirements by the end of the winter term in the year they apply. We access and evaluate applicants' U-M transcripts after winter term grades have been posted. Any transfer or test credits you wish to have considered must appear on your U-M transcript by the end of the winter term.


MATH 105 credit or above

  • College credit for Pre-Calculus, Calculus I, Calculus II, or an upper-level MATH course is required
  • Includes AP credit for MATH 120
  • Includes IB, A-level, or college-level transfer credit
  • Departmental credit will count for MATH 101X and above.
  • Students who have upper-level Calculus MATH courses or Honors Calculus will meet this requirement.
  • "Placement" / "Recommendation" into MATH 115 by the University of Michigan Mathematics Placement Test will not alone meet this requirement. Applicants must actually complete the course or have credit from one of the above listed items.

First-Year Writing Requirement as approved through the LSA Sweetland Center for Writing, UARTS 150, ARTDES 129, or ENGR 100

Includes transfer credit for any course approved as First-Year Writing at U-M (not departmental credit, e.g., ENGLISH 101X or ENGCMPTC 101X).


You must also complete ECON 101, Principles of Economics, by graduation. See the curriculum for details.

2. Confirm your eligibility.

You must have junior standing (55 CTP +) at a degree-seeking institution by the end of the winter term in which you are applying. We strongly encourage you to apply in the winter term of your sophomore year. 

Applying as a first-year student is generally not encouraged. However, we do consider first-year students with 55 CTP + and studio or practicum requirements, such as those with the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance; Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design; Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning; Dental Hygiene Program; and School of Nursing. 

Students from all schools and majors are encouraged to apply. We strive to ensure that the Business Minor reflects all aspects of the university. 

Keep in mind that the Business Minor has only one admission cycle each year. 

3. Complete the essays and your resume. 

Provide responses to both of the following essay prompts. The Business Minor attracts many students with similar academic records of success — these essays are your chance to stand out from the crowd. We truly enjoy reading them. 

  1. Please introduce yourself to your future Ross classmates. (100-150 words)
  2. Why are you applying to the Business Minor? Considering your own interests and passions, what led you to conclude that the Business Minor combined with your current major is the optimal educational path for you? (300-500 words)

Make sure you have uploaded the correct essays and resume. Resumes must be in a Word doc or PDF format. We will not accept websites or other portfolios in lieu of a resume.

If you have a unique personal circumstance, such as a major illness or personal tragedy (whether related to COVID-19 or not), that has had a significant effect on your application credentials, please utilize the optional essay in the Minor admission application to describe your situation. If a similar situation arises after the submission of your Minor application, we will allow you to submit this optional essay to our email account. If a similar situation arises after the submission of your application, we will allow you to submit this optional essay to our email account.

Optional Essay Prompt

Briefly describe any unique personal circumstances, such as a major illness or personal tragedy, that have had a significant effect on your application credentials. Additionally, please describe any gaps in your academic record (e.g., lower course grade). If these circumstances are on-going, how will you manage them if admitted to the Business Minor?

4. Submit your application on time.


Once it is available, you can save your work and return to it as often as you like. Make sure you have uploaded the correct essays, resume, and submit only your completed application. Once you submit your application, you may not alter or add to it in any way.


You may submit your application as early as Feb. 15. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on March 31. There are no exceptions.

We strongly recommend you submit the application several days before the deadline to avoid last-minute problems. You will receive a confirmation email when we receive your application.

Look for Your Admissions Decision

You will receive our admission decision via email by late June. Be sure to check your email (including spam filters and inboxes) throughout the month of June.

If admitted, a Ross Academic Advisor will reach out to you via your umich email to introduce themselves and provide additional information about orientation and registration for minor coursework.

Important Dates

Late December: Application opens
February 15: Application submissions accepted
March 31: Application due
Late June: Decisions released

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