We Followed Five Ross Weekend MBA Students to See How They Balance Work, Family, and School

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Life comes at you fast.

No one knows this better than the Michigan Ross Weekend MBAs, who balance both their careers and education at the same time. The two-year, part-time program includes in-person classes every other weekend, online learning assignments and virtual team meetings, and of course, plenty of homework.

So how do they manage the rigorous Ross curriculum with full-time jobs and families? Five Weekend MBA students let us follow them around and see their lives in action. We discovered they aren’t just dealing with their busy days––they’re thriving. Check out their tips and tricks for making the most of their Ross Weekend MBA.

“Figure out what’s most important for you, and plan accordingly.”

Careful planning and relying on her support network allows Jenny Liu, MBA ‘18, to study every night, work every day, and still spend time with her young daughter.

 

“I always knew the WMBA would be a valuable experience.”

Whether he’s using class lessons to save a client $15 million, or learning from the diverse perspectives of his classmates, Arjuna Murthy, MBA ‘18, says his degree has paid off.

 

“There are so many opportunities to expand your network.”

Claire Morgan, MBA ‘17, describes the benefits of being part of the Michigan Ross and University of Michigan communities.

 

“Part-time students have all of the same resources as full-time students.”

Robert Brewer, MBA ‘17, used the Michigan Ross Career Development Office to make a smooth transition into a new career. 

 

Get involved outside of the classroom.”

Chris Beghtel, MBA ’17, made the most of his Ross experience by participating in case competitions, joining student clubs, and attending guest lectures from corporate executives.