The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business stresses action-based learning, a concept designed to teach students to ask pertinent questions, identify important problems and become effective leaders. At Michigan Ross, students will find more opportunities to learn business by doing business, than at any other MBA program. The Michigan Ross MBA offers students a chance to manage one of six student-led investment funds overseeing millions of dollars, and to go beyond hypothetical situations and simulations and manage a real business. This MBA program opens doors to the world’s most desirable employers such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google to name a few.

In addition, all Michigan Ross students receive free access to a full library of coding courses through Michigan Online, offering courses on the coding languages like SQL, Python, and R. Not to mention there’s an established dual degree opportunity to connect your Ross education with the University of Michigan School of Information. A diverse set of co-curricular and student club experiences are also available for students interested in beefing up their information management skills.

University of Michigan Ross was ranked No. 10 in Best Business Schools and No. 6 in Part-time MBA, in the Business school Program Rankings 2020. In a 2019 ranking  from Poets&Quants, the Michigan Ross Executive MBA program rose two spots to place #3 among U.S. programs. In the 2018 ranking by the Financial Times this month, Michigan Ross was placed #4 among all business schools in the USA.

Students can complete a full-time, part-time, online, global or executive MBA. Part-time degrees can be completed in the evenings or on weekends, and the EMBA courses meet only one weekend a month.

Full time MBA tution fees cost around US$71,048. Scholarships ranging from US$10,000 to full tuition are also available for applicable students. As per employment data of the recent graduating class, 89% of graduates switched careers and received full time job offers with a average base salary of  US$137,170 and an average signing bonus of US$35,000.

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Application Deadlines

Round 1: September 30, 2019

Round 2: January 6, 2020

Round 3: March 30, 2020

Application Fee: $200

Admissions Facts

 Acceptance rate (full-time): 27.0%

Average age of new entrants: 30

 Requiring standardized test: GMAT/GRE

 Average GMAT score: 720

 Average GRE Verbal/Quant score: 158

Require work experience: Yes

 Average work experience: 5 years

Application Essays

Season: 2020

1. Short Answer Questions

Select one prompt from each group. Respond to your selected prompts using 100 words or fewer (<100 words each; 300 words total).

Group 1

  • I want people to know that I:
  • I made a difference when I:

Group 2

  • I was humbled when:
  • I am out of my comfort zone when:

Group 3

  • I was aware that I was different when:
  • I find it challenging when people:

2. Essay Question


  • Michigan Ross is a place where people from all backgrounds with different career goals can thrive. Please share your short-term career goal. Why is this career goal right for you? (300 words)

3. Optional

This section should only be used to convey information not addressed elsewhere in your application, for example, completion of supplemental coursework, employment gaps, academic issues, etc. Feel free to use bullet points where appropriate.

Letter of Recommendation

Season: 2020

Michigan Ross uses the GMAC Common Recommendation Form, and only one recommendation is required. You should select a recommender who can discuss your professional performance and work style. A current or former supervisor is an ideal choice. Other alternatives include a client, project manager, or professional mentor.

Your recommender should be able to answer the following questions about you:

  1. Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. (50 words).
  2. How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?) (500 words)
  3. Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (500 words)

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