Dates & Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and early application is encouraged. Application decisions are typically made six to eight weeks from the date of completion.

FALL 2019

Application due Program Start
May 20, 2019 Fall 2019

NOTE: We may consider candidates on a limited basis after May 20, 2019. If you'd like to be considered, please contact us at or 734.615.6529.

Application Requirements

All Undergraduate And Graduate Transcripts

You must have a U.S. 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.

GMAT Or GRE Scores

We will accept both the GMAT and GRE. Scores are valid for five years from the date you took the test to the date of the application deadline. 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.

Note: We DO not waive the standardized test score for any reason. 

Current 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.

Essay Questions

Part 1: Short Answer Questions

Select one prompt from each group. Respond to your selected prompts using 100 words or fewer (<100 words each; 300 words total).

Group 1

  • I want people to know that I:
  • I made a difference when I:


Group 2

  • I was humbled when:

  • I am out of my comfort zone when:


Group 3

  • I was aware that I am different when:

  • I find it challenging when people:


Part 2: Essay

Michigan Ross is a place where people from all backgrounds with different career goals can thrive. Please share your short-term career goal. Why is this the right choice for you? (300 words)



Optional Statement

This section should only be used to convey information not addressed elsewhere in your application, for example, completion of supplemental coursework, employment gaps, academic issues, etc. Feel free to use bullet points where appropriate.

Letter Of Recommendation

Michigan Ross uses the GMAC Common Recommendation Form, and we require only one recommendation. You should select a recommender who can discuss your professional performance and work style.  A current or former supervisor is an ideal choice. Other alternatives include a client, project manager, or professional mentor. Your recommender should be able to answer the following questions about you:

  1. Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant's role in your organization. (50 words)
  2. How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (E.g. what are the applicant's principal strengths?) (500 words)
  3. Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (500 words)

IMPORTANT: This is NOT the official recommendation, but rather a list of the questions that will be sent to the individual you identify as your recommender in the online application. The actual recommendation and ratings form must be submitted online by your recommender. Your application is not considered complete until we receive your recommendation.


Interviews are conducted by invitation only, after all of your other materials have been submitted.

Non-Refundable $200 application fee

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.


English Proficiency (TOEFL or PTE)

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

We will accept a PTE score as an alternative to the TOEFL.

To have scores sent electronically to Ross, select “University of Michigan – Ann Arbor” as the recipient.

International applicants for the part-time programs are exempt from the English language requirement if:

  • You earned your undergraduate degree at an accredited institution where the sole language of instruction was English


  • You have been living, working, and conducting daily business in an English-speaking country for two or more years


In order to build a strong and diverse class, we look for applicants who possess a number of key characteristics:

  • Strong intellectual ability as measured by GMAT/GRE and academic record.

  • Leadership, initiative, and impact as evidenced through professional achievements, extracurricular activities, recommendation letters, and personal essays.

  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills as demonstrated through recommendation letters and essays.

  • Clear goals and rationale for pursuing an MBA as demonstrated through essays.

  • Fit with the Ross approach to management education as demonstrated through essays.

Additional Information

  • Traditional business background not required.

  • Individual evaluation occurs within context of larger applicant pool.

  • No “formula” or “cutoff” determines a candidate’s outcome.

  • There are no prerequisite courses for admission.

  • We require at least 12 months of full time work experience (post completion of your undergraduate degree), but highly recommend at least 24 months.

  • Due to the analytical rigor of the program, it is expected that students have a working knowledge of college-level mathematics, including basic calculus. If you have not had this coursework, we recommend that you take a course that emphasizes business mathematics prior to beginning the program.

  • International Student Eligibility: Because the Online MBA program includes three residential components, non-U.S. citizens must currently be living and working in the U.S. on a visa type that allows them to attend a part-time degree program (such as H1, E2, or L1) in order to participate. We are not able to offer student/tourist visas to international students (who are not residing in the U.S. already) to attend the required residential experiences.

Contact Us
Ross School of Business

Alumni Career Services 
(734) 764-1373


Ross IT
734-615-3000 (option 1)

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Ann Arbor Office

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Tokyo Office

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Front Desk
Ann Arbor - 734.647.3400
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Natalie Summers
Technology & Operations

Lisa Frye

Ann Arbor Office

Administrative Office


Ross School of Business 734.615.5002

Joyce Buchanan, Executive Secretary

Tesenga Smith

Emily Frye

Paul Kirsch
Managing Director


Lillian Chen, Research Area Specialist

Ross Registrar's Office

701 Tappan Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

(734) 615-5002

Stewart Thornhill
Executive Director



Stephen M. Ross School of Business
University of Michigan
701 Tappan Street, R5342
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234

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