Dates & Deadlines

Application is rolling and early application is encouraged. 


Submission By

Program Start

Strongly encouraged 

November 1, 2019

Summer 2020

FINAL - International applicants

March 1, 2020

Summer 2020

FINAL - Domestic applicants

May 1, 2020

Summer 2020


The Ross MSCM program does not offer part-time study, and it cannot be extended beyond one year. Because the program is only offered full-time, students are rarely permitted simultaneous enrollment in another graduate or certificate program; requests to do so must be approved by the MSCM Program Director. No previous coursework can be transferred into the MSCM program.



Application Requirements

Transcripts and WES Evaluation

Transcripts must be submitted from every undergraduate or post-graduate 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'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. 

GMAT or GRE Scores

A GMAT or GRE score is accepted as a measure of intellectual ability and must be submitted for your application to be evaluated. Preference is not given to either exam. 

  • GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years from your test date. 
  • Ross' GMAT reporting code is SN1-J6-34; our GRE reporting code is 1839; reporting codes are valid for several Ross graduate programs. 
  • There is no minimum score requirement; the average GMAT score of admitted students can be found on our Class Profile page.
  • If your official score report is not available when you submit your application, unofficial GMAT or GRE score reports will be considered; your official score report must be available prior to starting the program. 

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 Specialized Master's Program Office will review your request form and respond via email.

Current Resume

Your resume plays an integral role in the MSCM application; please do not overlook its importance. In addition to your professional endeavors, be sure to detail your leadership, extracurricular and volunteer experience.

We recommend that your resume be no longer than one page. 


MSCM applicants are required to submit responses to four (4), short essay prompts. If there is anything about your application you think the admissions committee may question, use the "optional essay" to explain the situation. To differentiate yourself, tell personal stories and let your personality shine through in your writing.

1. What has lead you to pursue a graduate degree in business? (200 word maximum)

2. How will the Master of Supply Chain Management program support you in achieving your short- and long-term career goals? (200 word maximum)

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. (200 word maximum)

4. Choose one (1) short answer prompt from the list below. (200 word maximum)

  • 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 Essay:

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.)


You must have two (2) 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 who you well and can speak specifically about your aptitude for success in graduate school. 

  • Professional and/or academic recommenders are acceptable. 
  • When you submit your recommender and their contact information within your application, you initiate distribution of their recommendation form via email. This can be done before submitting your entire application, giving your recommenders time to complete your form while you complete other components of the application. 
  • Applications will not be considered until both recommendation forms are on file. 



Interviews are conducted by invitation only. If the admissions committee invites you to interview, you will receive the invitation and scheduling information via email. Interviews may be held in person or via live video conference based on your geographical location; 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.

Nonrefundable 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.

Additional Requirements for International Students

Undergraduate Degree 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


If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate competence by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

  • A minimum score of 100 is required to have your application evaluated.
  • The University of Michigan’s TOEFL score reporting code is 1839.
  • TOEFL scores are valid for two years from your test date.
  • We do not accept IELTS scores.

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


The application review is holistic. Not one aspect of your application is weighed more heavily than another. When reviewing your application components, the admissions committee learns more about:

  • Your intellectual ability as measured by your undergraduate record and GMAT or GRE scores. 
  • Your leadership, initiative, and impact as evidenced through personal & professional achievements and extracurricular activities referenced in your resume, recommendations, and essays.
  • Your interpersonal and teamwork skills as demonstrated through recommendations and essays.
  • Your goals and rationale for pursuing the Master of Supply Chain Management program as demonstrated through essays. 
  • Your professional presence as observed through interview (by invitation only)
  • Your English language proficiency as measured by your TOEFL score (if applicable, international students only) and interview (by invitation only)

Admission Deferrals

The admission committee will grant an admission deferral request only in cases of medical emergency or military assignment that precludes 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.


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.

Admission Decisions

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 both recommendation forms, transcripts, and exam scores.

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