Deciding to Apply

In which round should I apply? How important is it to apply in Round One?

We encourage you to apply in either round 1 or round 2 depending on when you are able to put together the strongest application. Your chances of admission and scholarship award will be similar in both rounds. Chances of admission and scholarship in round 3 vary from year to year.

How much work experience do I need before I can apply?

We do not require a specific number of years of work experience prior to entering the Ross MBA program, but almost all incoming Ross students have worked for at least 2 years. The average Ross student enters the MBA program with 5 years of work experience.

That said, we evaluate work experience not in terms of quantity, but in terms of quality. We examine the impact you have had on your organization and the leadership qualities you have demonstrated. We consider the range of stories and experiences you will be able to share with our classmates. If you have limited work experience, you should demonstrate on your application why it is the right time to pursue an MBA, and what you will be able to contribute to the Ross community.

Can I apply to the Ross MBA Program as a college senior? Does Ross admit students straight out of undergrad?

You must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree at the time of your application. Recent graduates are eligible to apply, but historically students with more than 2 years of work experience have been most successful in the full-time MBA program. Recent graduates are evaluated on the same criteria as all applicants. For more on what the admissions committee is looking for, review these tips from our Admissions Director.

Do I need an undergraduate business degree or business classes to be admitted?

We welcome applications from a wide variety of backgrounds and do not look for or favor specific undergraduate majors. Business classes are not required before entering the MBA Program.

Is a three-year undergraduate degree from India acceptable to apply?

Yes, we will consider applicants who hold a three-year undergraduate degree from India.

I already have an MBA. Can I still apply to the Ross MBA Program?

We do accept applications from individuals who have an MBA. However, you must explain through your application why you feel you need another MBA degree.

Can I transfer into the MBA Program?

No, previous coursework will not transfer into our MBA Program. In addition, students admitted to Ross may not be simultaneously enrolled in two graduate programs unless enrolled in an approved dual-degree program.

Can I apply to both the Full-Time MBA and Part-Time MBA programs?

No, you must choose between programs and may only apply to one program in any given cycle.

Can I reapply to the MBA Program if I was previously denied?

Yes. You can apply for admission to the next available admitting term. If you apply within one application cycle, your application is streamlined so that submitting a new test score, recommendation letter, and essays are optional and the application fee is waived. If you reapply after one application cycle, you must submit a completely new application and supporting documents. Please visit our application requirements page for procedures and tips on reapplying.

Application Requirements

What is the GPA requirement for applying to the Full-time MBA Program?

There is no minimum GPA requirement; we encourage you to apply to our program regardless of your GPA. Your GPA is only one factor we review in determining your eligibility and academic readiness for the MBA program. Please refer to our class profile for our current average GPA in the class.

Does Ross prefer one of the standardized tests over another? Which tests may I submit?

A standardized test score is a required component of our application. You can submit the GMAT, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, PCAT, or DAT. Your performance on any of these exams will be used as part of our assessment of your academic ability, and you are at no advantage or disadvantage by taking one exam instead of the other.

What is the minimum GMAT/GRE required for admission to the Full-time MBA program?

There is no minimum score requirement for either exam. See the full-time MBA class profile to find the average and ranges for the current MBA class.

Your standardized test score is only one of a number of factors we review in determining admission. We encourage you to apply to our program regardless of your score performance. However, if you feel your score has room for improvement, you may want to consider retaking the exam.

What is the minimum TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS exam score required for international students who apply to the MBA program?

We strongly recommend a TOEFL score of 100 or higher on the internet-based test (iBT). Michigan Ross' TOEFL score reporting code is 1839. Ross will accept the PTE or IELTS as an alternative to the TOEFL, and we strongly recommend a PTE score of 70 or higher, or IELTS exam score of 7 or higher.

Are there instances in which I wouldn't be required to take the TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS exam?

International applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution where the sole language of instruction was English are exempt from the TOEFL/PTE/IELTS requirement.

What type of work experience are you looking for in the admissions process?

We seek diversity in the professional backgrounds of our admitted students, just as we do in other parts of our applicants' profiles. No one industry or field is favored over another. We are more interested in your contribution to the group or organization.

What should I do if my recommender has not received my online invitation to recommend me?

This tends to be a problem with a recommender's email account spam or junk email filter settings. The emailed invitation is either blocked or automatically filtered into a junk mail folder. You can check the status of your recommendations, resend a recommendation request, and even update a recommender if the recommendation is not yet started via the Personal Activity page. You can access this under the "Apply Online" section of your online application homepage by clicking on the Review Your Submitted Application/Manage Your Recommendations link.

How do I submit supplemental information (e.g. transcripts, recommendation) if I'm unable to upload it with my online application?

If there was a problem submitting transcripts or a recommendation via the online application, you can scan these items and attach them to a support ticket. Please include your name and date of birth in the email, and let us know that supplemental information is being sent because it could not be submitted online.

Standardized Test Waiver Requests

Will submitting an application without a test score hurt my chances of admission?

No. If your test waiver request is approved and you submit an application without a test score, your chances of admission will not be negatively impacted. However, test scores do provide an additional, relevant data point for the admissions committee to consider in reviewing your application holistically. Candidates are encouraged to review our class profile, which reflects the middle 80% of GMAT and GRE test scores in the current class.

Will I still be eligible for scholarship if I waive the test?

Yes. However, a test score will give the admissions committee an additional relevant data point to consider.

Will waiving a test affect my chances when I'm recruiting for full-time employment?

Some employers, particularly in industries like finance and consulting, may request a GMAT or GRE score as part of their screening process.

If I’m granted a waiver, would my previously submitted test score be removed from my application or kept on file?

If you are approved for a waiver, previously submitted test scores will not be considered as part of your application.

If I plan to apply through the Consortium, can I still apply for a test waiver?

You are able to apply directly to the Consortium if you received a test waiver from Ross. Once you receive that test waiver confirmation, please share that with the Consortium prior to the deadline so that they can process your application as ‘complete’ and so that your application will be sent to Ross in a timely manner.

If I am approved for a waiver, does it matter which round I apply?

If you are approved for a waiver, you can apply for any round in the current application cycle. The waiver is not applicable for future application cycles.

If I am not approved for a waiver, can I submit another request for a later application round or appeal the decision?

Decisions are final and cannot be appealed. You can only apply for a waiver once per application cycle.

Is being denied a test waiver an indication that I might not be admitted when I apply?

No, the test waiver review process is independent of the admissions process. Even if you are not granted a test waiver, it is still possible to be admitted with the score you submit as we do not have a "cutoff" or "minimum" score for admission.

Can I submit my application before receiving a response about my waiver request?

If you have not received a response about your waiver request, you would need to submit your application assuming the test is required.

How long does it take to receive a decision for my waiver request?

Waiver requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis and it typically takes 15 business days to receive a decision.

Should I apply for the GMAT/GRE and TOEFL waivers using separate request forms?

No. You are only eligible to apply for a waiver once per academic cycle. If you would like to apply for a waiver for both tests you should indicate so on your initial waiver request form.

Am I eligible to apply for a waiver if I have not yet completed my undergraduate degree?

 No. You need to have a completed undergraduate degree to be eligible to apply for a standardized test waiver. We recommend that you consider applying for a one-year master’s degree program.

If I am approved for a test waiver, can I use it for my application for the Ross Part-Time MBA or a Ross One-Year Master’s Degree?

No. The test waiver only applies to the full-time MBA application.

Interviews and Decisions

Do I need to schedule an interview?

Interviews are by invitation only. You will receive an email from rossinterview@umich.edu if you are invited to interview.

Can I submit my application after the deadline?

Applications received after the application deadline will be considered for the next round. Applications cannot be submitted after the Round 3 deadline.

What should I do if I need an early decision on my application?

Unfortunately, requests for admissions decisions before our decision notification dates will not be granted.

I was not accepted to the MBA Program. Can I appeal?

Unfortunately, there is no appeals process for denied applicants. Denied applicants are encouraged to re-apply for a subsequent admissions cycle.

Does Ross grant deferrals?

Deferral requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and are rarely granted. Requests to defer admission should be submitted in writing to RossAdmissions@umich.edu. A detailed explanation of the request and appropriate documentation are required.

Contact Michigan Ross Full-Time MBA Admissions

How can I contact the Office of Admissions?

Telephone: 734-763-5796 Fax: 734-763-7804

Email: rossadmissions@umich.edu

Mailing address: 700 East University, Kresge Hall, 1st Floor, Suite K1521, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234

Can I make an appointment to talk with someone in the Office of Admissions?

Most applicant questions are addressed on the Ross Full-Time MBA website, but you can connect with Admissions during our Full-time MBA Admissions Office Hours. We recommend watching this virtual information session, which addresses a number of frequently asked questions about the Ross MBA. To learn more about the program and application process, we encourage you to:

Can I schedule an appointment with a professor?

The Office of Admissions does not schedule appointments with professors or instructors. Please contact the appropriate faculty department.

Does participating in a Michigan Ross admissions event affect my chance of admission?

No. While we encourage you to learn more about Michigan Ross, participating in a Michigan Ross admissions event has no impact on your admissions decision.

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