Online MBA In-Person Residencies

Learn how to guide an organization through change, challenge, and crisis alongside other Ross and University of Michigan students. Transform the way you think about business — and yourself as a leader.

Residency Details

You’ll attend three residencies (nine credits) over the course of the program. Residencies are currently available each term Thursday through mid-Sunday at the Michigan Ross campus in Ann Arbor or in major cities around the world. Lodging and some meals at the residencies are provided by Ross and are included in the cost of the program, though students bear additional meal costs and travel costs to and from the residency location.

Four Residency Options

Business Leadership Residency (3 credits)

In this residency, you’ll learn that effective leadership doesn’t just take place at the top — it happens at all levels of an organization. This intensive experience will encourage innovative thinking and require you to engage in positive team dynamics.

The goal is to help you hone your natural leadership capabilities with learning techniques that will help them become a more effective leader in all phases of their career. You will learn how to enhance your leadership style via the Michigan Model of Leadership.  You'll also experience an exciting, 24-hour executive-level crisis simulation during the Leadership Crisis Challenge.


Gabby Park, Ross MBA, describes the ins and outs of the Leadership Crisis Challenge

The Leadership Crisis Challenge

Partner with other Michigan Ross students and members of the U-M community to role-play the senior executive team of a company, leading through a high-stakes, high-pressure simulated crisis scenario over a 24-hour period. You’ll test your ability to strategize, think on your feet, and perform under pressure.

Read more about the Crisis Challenge

This residency is offered in partnership with the Sanger Leadership Center and the Center for Positive Organizations.

Business Transformation Residency  
(3 credits)

Improving an existing enterprise is a ubiquitous management challenge. The comprehensive Business Transformation Residency gives you the opportunity to systematically evaluate a business, diagnose issues and opportunities, deal with ambiguity, and develop strategies for success.

Through a complex simulation, you will develop hypotheses, make decisions, see consequences, reflect on outcomes, and ultimately refine your approach. You will present your strategy to a board of real business leaders, giving you the chance to get real-time feedback on your work and the results you achieved. Through it all, you will gain a deep knowledge of core business fundamentals and apply that knowledge across functional areas.

This residency, developed in partnership with the Tauber Institute for Global Operations, will prepare you for participation in the Multidisciplinary Action Projects course.


Business Innovation Residency (3 credits)

Launching a new enterprise, business unit, product, or service is fundamental to business success. The Online MBA Business Innovation Residency will introduce you to the world of entrepreneurship with a focus on academic fundamentals and action-based experiences that teach you what it takes to invest in and start a business.

You will participate in action-based workshops and work with real entrepreneurs as they explore these concepts.

This high-energy residency, offered in partnership with the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, also includes networking with local tech startups and other entrepreneurs. 

Global Business Strategy Residency (3 credits)
Various International Locations

Berlin Residency group photo
Online MBA Global Business Strategy Residency in Berlin

Mastering global business strategy is critical for success in a rapidly-changing world. It prepares leaders to navigate cross-cultural complexities in response to economic and political changes.

During this residency, you will explore global business strategy through action-based team projects and apply skills introduced in previous MBA courses. The residency is intended to provide a broad overview of the onsite economy and its place in the global economy. You will travel to the international location to experience firsthand the local business environment, deepening your understanding and ability to formulate strategies for successful investments within that country.

Prior to traveling, you will build a framework of knowledge about the country and how both foreign and domestic firms operate competitively, as well as begin to formulate ideas for your final project. You will also participate in social and cultural activities that require leadership skills and teamwork.

Additional Global Residencies

Residencies will be hosted each year in various global locations. Students with a U.S. visa can meet the Online MBA residency requirement by attending a combination of international residencies and/or residencies in Ann Arbor. Students without an eligible U.S. visa can meet the residency requirement by attending three international residencies.

Please contact our admissions team for more details.

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