When your organization sponsors the Multidisciplinary Action Projects course, you get a team of top MBA students, guided by senior faculty, to tackle your pressing business challenge.

Our Weekend MBA students are smart, creative, and energetic; typically in their late 20s to early 30s; with diverse backgrounds and several years of practical experience. They will spend 12 weeks working on your project, from January to mid-April.

Proposal Opens: September 1, 2020     |      Proposal Closes: November 4, 2020     |      Project Timeline: Early January - Mid April
Project Duration: 12 Weeks     |      Program Capacity: 25 projects

The Benefits of Sponsorship

Get a fresh look at your business issue from an unbiased team.

Receive thorough, data-driven recommendations.

Gain exposure to the latest business tools and techniques practiced by faculty and top students.

Build relationships with Ross students, reinforcing recruiting strength with Ross.

Directly invest in the education and development of tomorrow's business leaders.

Considering MAP

If you are interested in sponsoring a project, the first thing to do is develop a project proposal.

MAP delivers the most value when you have pressing issues with no simple solution. The best projects:

  • Require a multidisciplinary approach.
  • Have no existing or obvious solution.
  • Can be successfully completed in seven weeks.
  • Have strong support from senior-level management.
  • Demand a set of actionable recommendations.

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  • Provide two dedicated and engaged project liaisons.
  • Provide relevant data, which may be proprietary, to the MAP team.
  • Arrange for the MAP team to interview key personnel appropriate to the project.
  • Provide workspace and appropriate business and communications equipment.
  • Sponsors are asked to invest in their project via a modest program fee which goes directly to support the program and the student experience. The amount is determined based on proposed project travel. Options include:

    Domestic (US),  3 days of travel - $9,000
    International (non-US), 1 week of travel - $25,000
    Virtual project or local travel only - $5,000
    Complex itineraries - a custom project fee will be set and agreed upon prior to project acceptance based on proposed travel
  • Virtual projects will be accepted in 2021 should current company policy or other restrictions prevent the possibility of a team site visit. Should proposed travel be canceled, an organization would be asked to contribute the greater of the virtual project fee or already incurred travel expenses.
  • Organizations have the ability to request assistance with the fee via the online proposal form.

Getting Started with MAP

If you have a potential project in mind, here are the next steps:

1. Developing a Project Proposal With Us

We’ll work with you to ensure that the proposal meets the objectives of the school as well as your organization. Program capacity is limited to 25  projects for Weekend MBA MAP. 

2. Review and approval: Ross faculty review all proposals.

We’ll get back in touch to provide an update on the status of your project within a month of the proposal deadline.

3. Bidding and team formation

MBA students bid to work on approved projects and are assigned, along with faculty mentors, according to their preferences and your stated needs.

4. Kickoff

Students immerse themselves in your project, traveling and working on site as required.


Office of Action-Based Learning   RossActionLearning@umich.edu​   734-615-2096

Fill out our MAP Interest Form and a member of the Ross Action-Based Learning team will contact you with more information and to discuss your ideas.