Apply with Confidence.

Admission is rolling and applications are reviewed as submitted.
Early application is encouraged. 

Early Submission

November 1, 2020

International Applicants

Final Deadline for International Applicants: February 1, 2021

Domestic Applicants

Final Deadline for Domestic Applicants: May 1, 2021

Due to COVID-19 related disruptions and to accommodate our incoming students, the MSCM program's start term has shifted from Summer to Fall term for the 2021-22 academic year. Please contact our program office at with any questions related to this change.

Your Application Checklist

1. Submit your transcripts or WES evaluation.

You must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, or the equivalent, by the time of application. You may submit an unofficial copy of your transcripts (and degree documents, if applicable) with your application. If accepted, official transcripts will be required.

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's 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.

2. Take the GMAT or GRE.

You can provide either GMAT or GRE scores, which are valid for five years after you take the exam. You 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. Ross’ GMAT reporting code is SN1-J6-34; our GRE reporting code is 1839; reporting codes are valid for several Ross graduate programs.

We believe that affording the GMAT should not be a barrier to applying to graduate school. For students demonstrating a financial need, a GMAT fee waiver may be awarded. Please complete a GMAT Fee Waiver Request Form to be considered for a waiver. Once submitted, the One-Year Master's Program Office will review your request form and respond via email.

3. 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.

4. Write your essays.

Write an essay for each of the following questions (max. 200 words each):

  1. What has led you to pursue a graduate degree in business?

  2. How will the Master of Supply Chain Management program support you in achieving your short- and long-term career goals?

  3. Michigan Ross deeply values student engagement beyond the classroom. Please describe two or three ways in which you plan to be involved as a contributing member of the Michigan Ross community.

  4. Choose one (1) short answer prompt from the list below:

An academic challenge I faced as a college student is/was ...

My best friend would describe me as ...

My client at work would describe me as ...​

I am most proud of ...

My mentor is ... because ...

A time that I went above and beyond expectations was ...

My greatest responsibility is/has been ...

If I could have lunch with anyone, it would be ... because ...

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.)

5. Choose your recommenders.

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

6. Prepare for your interview.

Interviews are conducted by invitation only. You may be asked to interview on campus or via video conference. Candidates interviewing in person are not evaluated differently than candidates interviewed via live video conference.

Interviews are expected to last up to 30 minutes. The interview provides the admissions committee with more information about you and is not an indication of the outcome of your application.

7. 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.

We do not waive application fees for any other reason. Please email to request an application fee waiver prior to submitting your application.

8. 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.

If the original language of the academic record and diploma is not English, a certified English translation must accompany the original document. The translation should be literal rather than interpretive. If a certified copy of the original transcript is submitted, it must be certified by the institution from which the degree was received. Documents notarized by a notary public are not acceptable.

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. Ross’ TOEFL score reporting code is 1839.

To have IELTS 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 four years or more are exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement. If you studied in this environment for less than four years, you are not exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS, even if a degree was earned.

What You Need for a Standout Application

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

You Know How to Make an Impact

Your professional achievements, extracurricular involvements, recommendation letter, and personal essays highlight how you’ve made meaningful contributions that drive results.

You Know Why You Want a Ross MSCM

You’re someone with a precise “why” behind the “what.” Your personal essays outline clear goals for your MSCM, and explain why 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.


Welcome back! If it’s been less than a year since you originally applied, 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 retook 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.

If it has been more than one year from your original application, you need to submit a completely new application.

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We’ll Let You Know

Admission decisions are typically released within six weeks of submission.
However, this time can vary from one to eight weeks, depending on the volume of applications being considered when you apply.
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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