Admissions Information

Can I transfer into the MBAn Program?

No. The only graduate-level students eligible to apply to our MBAn Program are those who will not duplicate course content between previous or current coursework and the MBAn curriculum. Regardless of program studied, no coursework can be transferred into our program.

How important is it to have extracurricular activity detailed in the application?

We are looking for individuals with strong leadership skills and the potential for success. We assess this by looking at previous and current activity. Please include all extracurricular, leadership, and volunteer work on your resume.

Who should I choose as my recommenders?

You must have two online application-generated reference forms on file to be considered for admission. Choose individuals who know you well and can speak specifically about your aptitude for success in graduate school. Professional and/or academic references are acceptable. References from a personal or family source will not be accepted. Applications will not be considered complete until both reference forms are on file.

Are certain parts of the application more important than others?

We review applications comprehensively, and every component is crucial to your evaluation. It's important to clearly explain your interest in business analytics and how your background makes you an ideal candidate. We also hope you demonstrate clear career goals and understand why the Michigan Ross MBAn is the best fit for you.

When should I apply to the MBAn Program?

Application deadlines run on round-based cycles. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as admission is highly competitive. Please note the final deadlines for students requiring a visa, and be sure to review the Application Requirements page for details and specific application deadline dates.

To be considered for an application deadline, the admissions office must receive all of your materials by the deadline. If all application materials are not in by the deadline, the application will be pushed to the next deadline.

Is an interview required for admission?

Interviews are conducted by invitation only. If the Admissions Committee invites you to interview, you will receive the invitation and scheduling information via email. The interview provides the Admissions Committee with more information about you and is not an indication of the outcome of your application. If you are not invited for an interview, that is not indicative of your final admissions decision. 

Can I apply to the MBAn Program while completing my undergraduate degree?

You can apply while your undergraduate degree is still in progress. However, prior to the start of the MBAn Program, your undergraduate degree must be complete and your transcript must be final. Our student body is very diverse, with a variety of educational and professional backgrounds and experiences.

What undergraduate degree is required to apply?

A U.S. bachelor’s degree, or equivalent U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, is required for application. We accept most three-year bachelor’s degrees as long as they are equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree. You can visit World Education Services WES to see how your degree is valued in the United States.

Are there any pre-reqs for the MBAn Program?

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.

Do most applicants write the optional essay?

It varies. The optional essay is primarily offered to give applicants a place to provide the Admissions Committee with pertinent information that has not been addressed in the other areas of the application. For example, if there are gaps in your resume, the optional essay could be used to explain them. However, it is important to note that the application review is holistic, and that all components of your application will be reviewed when making an admission decision.

Can I have my application fee waived?

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, if you have served in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps or Teach for America within three years of the application deadline, or if you are a citizen of a country on the United Nation's list of least-developed countries. We do not waive application fees for any other reason. Please email proof of membership to prior to submitting your application.

Can I submit a letter of recommendation from my reference instead of the online form?

No. You must have two recommendation forms on file to be considered for admission. Forms are generated through the online application system and are the only type of recommendation accepted. Choose individuals who know you well and can speak specifically about your aptitude for success in graduate school.

I submitted my application. When will I know if I've been admitted?

Each application round has a corresponding week in which decisions will be shared with applicants who applied in that round. You can find decision dates on our Application Requirements page. Please note that your evaluation will not start until all application documents have been received. This includes both recommendation forms, transcripts, and exam scores.

I was waitlisted for the MBAn Program. What does this mean?

Waitlisted students may have an opportunity for admission if space is available. It is common to remain on the waiting list for several months, and we ask you to be patient. If you have new information regarding updated grades or test scores, you may send one update per admission cycle via email:

I have a bachelor's degree from an international institution. Are my transcripts required to be evaluated?

Applicants who have earned or who will earn their undergraduate degree from a non-U.S. institution are required to submit a U.S. 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 Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan – 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.

Are final transcripts required when applying?

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.

Can I apply to multiple programs at Michigan Ross?

No. Applying to the MBAn Program and another program at Michigan Ross is not possible and will negatively impact your application.

Can I apply to multiple programs at the University of Michigan?

Yes. You may enroll in dual-degree programs after being accepted to both Michigan Ross and the other school or college in which you are interested. Separate applications to each school are required. Acceptance to either school is not contingent upon the other. Learn more about Student-Initiated Dual Degrees here.

Does Michigan Ross grant deferrals?

The Admission 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.

Can I reapply to the MBAn Program if I wasn't admitted in a previous year?

Yes. Michigan Ross retains your application documents for one application cycle. If you choose to reapply to the program one start term after your original application, you will only be required to submit a new application form, one recommendation form, and an updated resume with a cover letter explaining why you are an improved candidate. Applicants reapplying more than one year from their original start term will be required to resubmit all application components. To reapply, please use your original login and password to access the online application.

I was not accepted into the Michigan Ross MBAn Program. Can I appeal?

MBAn admission decisions are final and non-negotiable. However, if you have information you think is crucial to your evaluation that was not included in your original submission, you may appeal the decision of the Admissions Committee by writing to the director of the MBAn Program. Letters can be emailed to us:

Can I transfer from the MBAn Program into the MBA Program?

No, students cannot transfer into any of the Michigan Ross MBA programs.

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

We do not require work experience prior to entering the MBAn Program. The program is designed for recent college graduates, and we assess an applicant's quality of experiences, and natural leadership qualities. We want to know what each candidate will be able to contribute to the Michigan Ross community and to their peers in the classroom. In addition, candidates should have superb academic credentials and possess the maturity and self-confidence to handle the intensity of the program.

What type of undergraduate major are you looking for in the admissions process?

Students with a degree that indicates quantitative aptitude are preferred, but those with other backgrounds who have significant quantitative interest and ability are encouraged to apply. Examples of quantitative degrees include (but are not limited to) accounting, actuarial science, bioinformatics, business, computer science, economics, engineering, information, statistics, and mathematics.

General Information

How do I check my Michigan residency status?

Contact the residency office at (734) 764-1400. Residency information is also available online at

How can I contact the MBAn office?

You can reach us by email at or by phone at (734) 615-5695.

Can I take classes outside of Michigan Ross?

One of the core courses in the MBAn Program is taken at the University of Michigan School of Information. You can also take classes in the University of Michigan Law School, Ford School of Public Policy, and several other areas. A maximum of six credit hours taken outside of Michigan Ross can be counted toward your MBAn degree. These courses must be taken at U-M while enrolled in the program; we cannot transfer any external courses into the program.

When does the MBAn Program start, and how long does it run?

The Ross MBAn Program is a 10-month, summer start, cohort-style program. The program is only offered full time and it does not offer part-time study. The program cannot be extended beyond one academic year. All classes are conducted in person on our Ann Arbor campus.

Is the Michigan Ross MBAn STEM-designated?

Yes. Eligible graduates holding a student visa may access an Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension for up to 36 months, helping international students gain additional real-world skills and experience in the United States.

GPA & Test Requirements

What is the minimum TOEFL score required for applying to the MBAn Program?

Applicants whose native language is not English must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 100 or higher (ibt). Scores below 100 will not be considered. The University of Michigan TOEFL score reporting code is 1839. MyBest Score will not be accepted.

Do you accept the IELTS or PTE instead of the TOEFL exam?

We do accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS; minimum qualifying score of 7.0) in lieu of the TOEFL. We do not accept Pearson Tests of English (PTE) scores. MyBest Score will not be accepted.

How long are TOEFL scores valid?

TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the date of the exam. Your application submission must occur within this two-year time period.

Are there instances in which I wouldn't be required to take the TOEFL?

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.

How long will it take for my GMAT scores to be sent to Michigan Ross after I take the test?

Academic institutions generally receive official scores within 10 business days after the test is taken. Additionally, you must upload your unofficial score report with your online application.

Is the GMAT required for admission?

The GRE/GMAT 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.

How is my GPA rounded relative to a GMAT/GRE waiver?

If you have a 3.295 or higher, the GMAT/GRE test requirement is waived.

How long are GMAT scores valid?

GMAT test scores are valid for five years from the date you took the test. Michigan Ross keeps submitted GMAT scores on file for two years.

What is the GPA requirement for applying to the MBAn Program?

We do not have a minimum GPA requirement, but most students (middle 80%) admitted to our one-year master's programs have a GPA of between 3.2 and 3.8, with an overall average of 3.5.

What is the minimum GMAT score for applying to the MBAn Program?

There is no minimum score requirement, but most students (middle 80%) admitted to our one-year master's programs have a GMAT score of between 650 and 730, with an overall average of 685.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

What are the available loan opportunities for students in the MBAn Program?

The Michigan Ross Office of Financial Aid will work with admitted students in identifying loan options to fit their needs.

How do most students finance the MBAn Program?

Students in the Ross MBAn Program will primarily fund their degree through loans and personal savings.

I am an international student requiring a visa; do I need to show proof of financial resources when I apply?

You do not need to show proof of financial resources upon application to the program. However, if you are admitted, confirmation of financial resources will be required.

What scholarship opportunities exist for students in the MBAn Program?

The Ross Master of Business Analytics Program awards a number of scholarships to students admitted to the program. Scholarships are given based on exceptional academic ability, scholastic achievements, expected contribution to our community, and the availability of funds. All admitted students are considered for scholarships and no separate application is required. Award amounts vary by available funding and the number of applicants, but typically range from $5,000 to $15,000 per year.

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