Ross School of Business (University of Michigan)

About #

City: Ann Arbor
State: Michigan
Country: United States

Michigan Ross School of Business Believes that ‘Business is the most powerful force on the planet for positive change.’ Ross emphasises Action Based Learning with the Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) Program. The values guiding Ross’ students and faculty are to connect and Collaborate, Learn and Grow, to Do great things, to take ownership and to be inclusive to every member of the community.

Ranking #

#21 Financial Time 2021 Global MBA Ranking

#20  QS Global MBA Rankings 2021

#6 USNews – Part-time MBA

#5 USNews – Executive MBA

MBA Program Overview #

The MBA program at Ross is defined by real world and hands-on experience. Students learn the skills to start their own businesses, to earn experience in consulting, to manage a student led investment fund and to lead and manage in real business situations. Students graduating from Ross have the experience and skills necessary to lead in ever changing professional situations.

Year One Description #

The first year at Ross will be full of core courses which prepare students to succeed in the program. Students are welcome to take 10 required credits through another school within the University of Michigan. At the end of their first year students can bid on a MAP project which they can focus on during their second year.

Fall Semester Mandatory Classes:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Applied Business Statistics
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Leading People and Organizations

Spring Semester

  • Managerial Accounting
  • Operations Management
  • MAP

Year Two Description #

The second year at Ross is filled with electives. Students can tailor their course load to better fit their interests and needs. Student who wish to specialize, can choose from four different concentrations and specializations:

  • Business and Sustainability Concentration
  • Data and Business Analytics Concentration
  • Healthcare Management Concentration
  • Specialization in Management Science

    Featured Professors #

    Damian Beil

    Professor Beil is the Donald C. Cook Professor of Business Administration, Professor of Technology and Operations, and Chair of Technology and Operations. His research interests include mathematical models to analyze complex problems in sourcing. He is an associate editor for numerous journals including Management Science, Operations Research, and Naval Research Logistics. His BA is in Mathematics from New College and a PhD in Operations Research from MIT.

    Francine Lafontaine

    Professor Lafontaine is the Interim Dean, and William Davidson Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy. Her research interests include vertical relationships, franchising, and Inter-firm contracting. She is well published with her articles appearing in the journal of political economy and the journal of law among others. She earned her PhD from the University of British Columbia.

Unique Aspects #

STEM designation

Interested students can specialize in an area of STEM to further boost their professional and academic careers. STEM specializations include Quantitative Management and Business Analytics in marketing, supply chain, finance, technology or in entrepreneurship. These are 14-credit specializations which allow students the flexibility to focus on their studies to best suit their personal and professional goals.

21 Centres, Institutes, and Initiatives

Flexibility in curriculum extends beyond the classroom. Students can pursue their passions at any one of Ross’ Centres, Institutions and Initiatives. These opportunities include finding solutions for global challenges, developing the proper character to succeed in todays world, and to find sustainable private sector solutions for low and middle income countries.

Student Life #

Students at Ross live in beautiful Ann Arbor, where learning, business and agriculture collide. At Ross there are over 70 student-led clubs which students can attend, giving them a chance to network and build relationships with likeminded people and fellow students.

Application Process #

Applicant Requirements

At least two years work experience.


Unofficial transcripts may be submitted. Official transcripts are required one an official offer has been extended.


Ross accepts either the GMAT, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, PCAT, or DAT. THe highest test score will be considered.

Essay Description

Applicants must respond to one prompt from two given groups of potential prompts for the short answer portion. Each 100 words or less. A longer 200 word career goal essay is also required.

Group 1: 

I want people to know that I:

I made a difference when I:

I was aware that I was different when:

Group 2

I am out of my comfort zone when:

I was humbled when:

I was challenged when:  

Essay 3: What is your short-term career goal and why? (200 words)


Only one recommendation is required. The professional recommender should answer the following:

Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. (50 words)

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)

Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (500 words)


One page in length. Should include professional, academic and volunteer experience and hobbies and interests.


Interviews are conducted after an invite only by a Ross alumni or current student. Traits to emphasize: Leadership, Dirven, Down to Earth, Diverse Perspectives

Application Fee: $200

GMAT/GRE Stats #

Average GMAT score: 710

GMAT Total Range: 660-750 (middle 80%)

GRE Median Quant Score: 153-167

GRE Median Verbal Score:153-167

Costs #

  • MI Resident: $66, 048
  • non-MI Resident: $71,048
  • Books: $1,716
  • Room & Board: $16,502
  • Extra Expenses: $6,350
  • Extra Fees: $214(Per semester)
  • ($500 international students)

Class Profile #

  • Program length: 2 years
  • Total Enrollment: 358
  • Average Age: 
  • Women: 43%
  • US Minorities: 36%
  • International Students: 18%
  • Average Work Experience: 5.3 years
  • Countries Represented: 28
  • Average GPA: 3.34

Undergraduate Degrees

  • Social Sciences 2%
  • Business 26%
  • Computer Science 6%
  • Economics 13%
  • Engineering 13%
  • Gov. Intl Studies 9%
  • Humanities 10%
  • Math and Physical Science 16%

Previous Work Experience 

  • Financial Services 20.6%
  • Tech and New Media 8.5%
  • Govt. 7.3%
  • Consulting 6.9%
  • NGO and Non Profit 5.3%

Employment Reports: Class of 2020 #

  • Received an offer: 90.3% 3 months after graduation 
  • Median Salary:

Consulting $160,000

Financial Services $150,000

Manufacturing $123,000

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