Ross School of Business – University of Michigan

Contact Information
Stephen M. Ross School of Business University of Michigan 701 Tappan Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Detailed Information

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (Ross) offers these departments and concentrations: accounting, consulting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, general management, health care administration, human resources management, international business, leadership, manufacturing and technology management, marketing, production/operations management, organizational behavior, portfolio management, public policy, real estate, supply chain management/logistics, quantitative analysis/statistics and operations research, and technology. Its tuition is full-time: $66,048 per year (in-state); full-time: $71,048 per year (out-of-state); part-time: $64,109 per year (in-state); part-time: $69,015 per year (out-of-state); executive: $168,500 total program (in-state); and executive: $173,500 total program (out-of-state). At graduation, 79.50 percent of graduates of the full-time program are employed.

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. Students can complete a full-time, part-time, 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. There are also master’s degree programs in accounting, management, entrepreneurship and supply chain management, as well as a Ph.D. program.

Students can get involved in a handful of centers and institutes at the business school, including the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise and the Tauber Institute for Global Operations. There are more than 70 student-run clubs and organizations, as well as a women’s initiative that offers support and programming for female students at the Ross School of Business. Students can find housing on and off campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Notable alumni of the Ross School of Business include Stacey Stewart, U.S. president of United Way Worldwide, and Roger Frock, former general manager of FedEx.

Application Deadlines
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Program Details
Program Fees
$72,114per year
Average Starting Salary
Program Duration
Median GMAT Score
Average GRE Score
Average Incoming Class GPA
3.53out of 4
Class Size
International Cohort
Average Work Experience
Minimum Work Experience
FT Global MBA Ranking 2021-22
Application Essays
Essay Topics

Short Answer Questions
Select one prompt from each group of the two groups below. Respond to each selected prompt in 100 words or less (<100 words each; 200 words total). Every word counts here — the tight word count is intentional to force you to focus.


I want people to know that I:
I made a difference when I:
I was aware that I was different when:


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

Essay 2: Career Goal Essay
What is your short-term career goal and why? (200 words)

Letter of Recommendation

Recommender Questions
Please answer the following questions and provide specific examples where possible.
Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. (Maximum word count: 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)
Is there anything else we should know? (Optional)

Application Procedure

Application Procedures
Prospective students can apply to Ross in one of four admissions periods, which typically occur in mid-September, early January, late March, and early June. To be considered for admission to the MBA program, applicants must submit a current résumé, application form, essays, undergraduate and postgraduate transcripts, one letter of recommendation and a nonrefundable $200 application fee. The admissions committee also requires that applicants submit GMAT or GRE scores and, if applicable, scores from the TOEFL or IELTS exams. Michigan Ross is offering candidates to the Full-Time MBA 2020-2021 application cycle the ability to request a waiver for the standardized test requirement. Candidates may apply to waive academic proficiency tests (GMAT, GRE) and English proficiency tests (TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE).

The school notes that participation in a “team exercise” held either on campus in Ann Arbor or at one of several international locations is highly recommended. Interviews are required for admission to the program and are conducted on an invitation-only basis, typically by a member of the admissions staff or an alumnus.

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Data Forms
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Academic transcripts