Apply with Confidence 

All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on the date listed to be considered for the round.
Early application is encouraged. Cohorts will start Summer Term.

Round 1

Deadline: October 3, 2021
Decision: Week of November 22, 2021

Round 2

Deadline: December 5, 2021
Decision: Week of January 31, 2022

Round 3

Deadline: January 30, 2022
Decision: Week of March 14, 2022

Round 4

Final Deadline for International Applicants

Deadline: February 27, 2022
Decision: Week of April 4, 2022

Round 5

Final Deadline for Domestic Applicants

Deadline: April 3, 2022
Decision: Week of April 18, 2022

Your Application Checklist

1. Confirm your eligibility.

While there are no specific course prerequisites for the MBAn program, you must have earned, or expect to earn, a bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business, economics, or an equivalent quantitative major by the start of the program. Admitted students should also be familiar with Python or R before starting the program.

2. Submit your transcripts or WES evaluation.

Transcripts must be submitted from every undergraduate or postgraduate institution you’ve attended. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to your application and are sufficient for evaluation. If you are admitted to the program, final official transcripts will be required from every institution attended prior to starting the program.

Applicants who have earned or will earn their undergraduate degree from a non-U.S. institution are required to submit a Course-by-Course WES Evaluation Report. Please be sure to secure your completed WES Evaluation Report in advance of submitting your program application. Please select and send your WES Evaluation Report to the University of Michigan Ross School of Business - One-Year Master's Programs. We also ask that your personal copy of the WES Evaluation Report is scanned and uploaded into the program application.

3. Take the GMAT or GRE.

The GMAT/GRE requirement is waived for any student who at the time of application has a cumulative (not major) GPA of 3.30 or above from their undergraduate degree granting institution (applicants who are required to submit a WES evaluation will be evaluated for qualification on the basis of their WES GPA). Please note that the Admissions Committee does reserve the right to request test scores if they feel it is necessary to better evaluate an application.

If you would like to submit scores even if you meet the 3.3 cumulative GPA waiver you can do so. While filling out your application you will check “No” when asked to indicate if your GPA is 3.3 or higher. This will allow you to self-report your scores. If you choose to do this, you are required to have ETS send official scores.

Students required to provide an exam score can provide either GMAT or GRE scores, which are valid for five years after you take the exam. You may self-report your score on the application or upload unofficial score reports. If accepted, official reports will be required. If you take the GMAT or GRE more than once, we will use your highest total score and the corresponding breakout scores in evaluating your application. We do not mix and match scores. The Michigan Ross GMAT reporting code is SN1-J6-34; our GRE reporting code is 1839. Reporting codes are valid for several Ross graduate programs.

4. Update your resume.

Your resume should include up-to-date educational information and professional experience. Please include dates. These should correspond with the dates you provide in your application. You may include community/professional service activities as well as hobbies/interests. We recommend that your resume be no longer than one page.

5. Write your essays.

  1. How will the MBAn program support you in achieving your short- and long- term career goals? What led you to pursue a graduate degree in business? (200 word minimum. Content beyond 300 words will not be reviewed.)
  2. Michigan Ross deeply values student engagement beyond the classroom. Please describe two or three meaningful ways in which you have engaged in your communities. (200 word minimum. Content beyond 300 words will not be reviewed.)
  3. Choose one (1) short answer prompt from the list below. (200 word minimum. Content beyond 300 words will not be reviewed.)

An academic challenge I faced as a college student is/was…
The greatest lesson I have learned thus far is…
My best friend or colleague would describe me as…
I am most proud of…
My mentor is... because…
My greatest responsibility is/has been…
A time I helped resolve a group conflict was…
I feel at my best when…

Optional Information:
If there is any other information that you believe is important to our assessment of your candidacy, feel free to add it to your application. (If in written form, limit your response to 500 words.)

6. Choose your recommenders.

Michigan Ross uses a program-specific reference form, and we require a submission from two references. Select individuals who can discuss your academic performance, professional performance, and/or work style. References from a personal or family source will not be accepted.

7. Prepare for your interview.

Interviews are conducted by invitation only. Virtual interviews are available as an alternative. Candidates interviewing in person are not evaluated differently than candidates interviewed via live video conference.

Interviews are expected to last up to 20 minutes. The interview provides the Admissions Committee with more information about you and is not an indication of the outcome of your application.

8. Pay your application fee.

The application fee is $75 USD for domestic applicants and $100 USD for international applicants.

The application fee is waived if:

  • You are a current or former member of the U.S. military.
  • You have served in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America within three years of the application deadline.
  • You are a citizen of a country on the United Nations' list of least-developed countries

We do not waive application fees for any other reason.

Please email to request an application fee waiver prior to submitting your application. 


9. For international students

Undergraduate Degrees and Transcripts

International applicants are required to submit copies of both an academic record and diploma (or other document indicating the date and conferral of your degree). Copies of documents are acceptable at the time of application; official documents will be requested if you are admitted to the program. If you will earn or have earned your undergraduate degree from a non-U.S. institution, you are required to submit a WES Evaluation Report.

We accept most three-year bachelor’s degrees, as long as they are equivalent to a four-year U.S. degree.

Credentials must include:

  • Years of attendance at the academic institution
  • Courses taken
  • Grades received
  • Dated degree, diploma, or certificate

English-Language Proficiency

If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate competence in English by taking either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.

The minimum qualifying scores are:

  • TOEFL: 100
  • IELTS: 7.0

The TOEFL or IELTS exam must be taken no more than two years prior to the application deadline date.

For the TOEFL exam, we require the internet-based test (iBT) version of the exam. The Michigan Ross TOEFL score reporting code is 1839.

To have IELTS exam scores sent electronically to Ross, select “University of Michigan – Ann Arbor” as the recipient.

Exemptions: International applicants who studied at an accredited institution where English was the sole language of instruction for the entirety of their undergraduate degree are exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement.

What You Need for a Standout Application

We look for applicants who possess a number of key characteristics. If you're right for Michigan Ross, the following probably sounds a lot like you: 

You Know How to Make an Impact

Your professional achievements, extracurricular involvements, recommendation letters, or personal essays highlight how you've made meaningful contributions that drive results. 

You Know Why You Want a Michigan Ross MBAn

You're someone with a precise "why" behind the "what." Your personal essays outline clear goals for your MBAn and explain why Michigan Ross is the right program for you. 

You've Got the Score

Your undergraduate record, GMAT and/or GRE score(s), and TOEFL help show us:

  • Your ability to succeed academically
  • The degree to which you have challenged yourself
  • Your quantitative background — college-level math should not be a problem for you
  • Your English-language ability

Additional Things You Should Know

Admission Deferrals

The Admissions Committee will grant an admission deferral request only in cases of medical emergency or military assignment that preclude starting the program in the original term of admission. If a deferral is granted, students must pay their enrollment deposit to secure a seat in the following year's class; deferrals are for a maximum of one year and can only be given once per student.


If more than one year has passed since your original application was submitted, you need to submit a completely new application. 

However, if less than a year has passed since your original application was submitted, you can submit an abridged application as follows: 

Complete an application form and pay the application fee.

Submit an updated resume.

Submit one letter of recommendation. You may choose your original recommender, but the recommender must complete a new recommendation that reflects your performance and achievements since your original application was submitted.

Submit a letter to update us on your achievements and goals since your original application. Upload the letter with your updated resume.

If you retake the GMAT, GRE, or TOEFL, send or upload an updated score report. You do not need to submit new score reports unless your scores expired.

You do not need to send transcripts that were submitted with your last application. We still have these on file.

OPTIONAL: You may choose to answer one or more of our current essay questions.

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When to Expect a Decision

Each application round has a corresponding week in which decisions will be shared with applicants who applied in that round (please see decision dates above). Please note that your evaluation will not start until all application documents have been received. This includes recommendation forms, transcripts, and exam scores.

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