Start Your Journey

Applying to business school can be complicated, but this guide walks you through the steps you’ll need to take.

If you have questions we haven’t answered here, check out our FAQs or get in touch with the PhD Program Office.

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    Your Application

    As you work on your application, here are a few things you’ll need to do and a few things to consider.

    You’ll Need To:

    Read the directions and start your application

    Letters of recommendation, resume or CV, academic statement of purpose, and transcripts are some of the things you’ll need.


    Attend a recruiting event

    You can follow up with our PhD Program Office after attending an event.

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    Application requirements and criteria


    Explore Job Placement

    Download a Viewbook

    Application Deadline

    Dec. 15, 2021

    Highlight Your Research Interests

    The PhD is more about research than coursework. Be sure to clearly identify your research interests and how they will complement existing Ross faculty research.



    Ross PhD students are fully funded for five years including a generous stipend, full tuition, and healthcare. Conference travel and research funding are also available to all students.


    Choose Michigan Ross

    The Michigan Ross PhD Program prepares tomorrow’s leaders for the top business schools in the world. Our mentorship philosophy partners you with some of the world’s best business academics at a leading research university. The Michigan Ross experience allows you to generate impactful research, innovate in teaching, and collaborate across disciplines.
    PhD '96

    Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University

    One of today’s foremost scholars in the strategy field, Gautam Ahuja not only graduated from Michigan Ross, he also taught here for 16 years.
    Ross PhD Graduates Place Well

    85% receive tenure track faculty positions

    Ross is Driven by Research

    Ross Faculty are among the leading researchers in their areas of study

    Ross Takes Teaching Seriously

    The Ross Teacher Development Program prepares PhD students for the classroom

    Learn with
    the Best

    As a PhD student at Ross, you’ll work side-by-side with world-class faculty. Our professors are impactful teachers and top researchers who nurture students and give them the resources to succeed. You’ll work formally and informally with renowned thought leaders in a collegial atmosphere.

    Wally Hopp

    • C.K. Prahalad Distinguished University Professor of Business and Engineering
    • Professor of Technology and Operations
    • Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering
    Wallace J. Hopp's research focuses on the design, control and management of operations systems, with emphasis on manufacturing and supply chain...
    Faculty-in-Training Program

    Our Faculty in Training (FIT) program helps our students gain experience in the most important elements of faculty life -- research, teaching, and service.

    Responsible Research

    Our eight-module Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship series helps our students understand how to ethically navigate in the complicated world of research.


    Our Institute for Faculty in Training (IFIT) helps students develop outstanding academic writing and presentation skills. 

    & Careers

    The Ross PhD is one of the top doctoral programs offered at the University of Michigan, and it has one of the highest rates of academic placement.

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    PhD Careers

    In the past five years, 100 percent of Ross PhD graduates secured placements in academic or industry settings while 85 percent received tenure track assistant professor positions at top universities from around the world.

    Three-Minute Thesis

    The Three-Minute Thesis competition helps our students focus their research so that they can explain it succinctly to academics outside their field of study.

    PhD Forum

    The PhD Forum is a student organization that provides social support for students and lends a student voice to the management of the PhD program.

    Chris Myers joins Harvard

    Yao Cui goes to Cornell 

    Taylor Begley accepts at the London School of Business