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In crafting the Ross class, the Admissions Committee seeks to bring together talented students from a broad range of academic and professional backgrounds to create a rich environment in which students challenge and learn from one another. We review each application holistically. No one factor – GPA, GMAT/ GRE score, or years of work experience — will make or break your application. We will use all the components of the application to get to know you as a person and as a professional. We will review your application with three broad criteria in mind.

Intellectual ability – The Ross emphasis on action-based learning means that our students are active participants in the classroom. So besides looking for people with successful academic track records, we want students who are excited about taking a role in their own learning. To gauge your potential to be successful at Ross academically, we will assess:

  • your ability to succeed academically
  • the degree to which you have challenged yourself throughout your education
  • your quantitative background – we expect that all incoming students will have a working knowledge of college-level mathematics
  • your English language abilities

Interpersonal, communication, and teamwork skills – Our culture at Ross is highly collaborative and student driven. Our students must be effective communicators, open-minded, culturally sensitive, and self-aware. We will evaluate:

  • your ability to work collaboratively
  • your potential to thrive in an extremely diverse environment
  • your ability to support classmates in their pursuits

The Ross Full-Time MBA curriculum instills the confidence, frameworks, and intellectual dexterity you need to succeed.
You will be challenged. How you respond, and what you choose to tackle, will set the course for your MBA education.

Will you search for a base of the pyramid banking strategy in rural India? Hone your trading skills on our Tozzi trading floor? Develop a business model for a healthcare clinic in Uganda? Discover your leadership potential by participating in the Leadership Crisis Challenge? Or develop investment strategies to manage our student-led funds?

Explore the Full-Time MBA curriculum to find out. See the curriculum by term.

  • Highlights
  • LEARN BY DOING Hands-on experience characterizes and defines our MBA Program.
  • GO GLOBAL Gain international business experience outside the U.S.
  • LEAD THROUGH COMPLEXITY Learn how to solve multi-faceted problems and find solutions.
  • PERSONALIZE YOUR EDUCATION Tailor your MBA to your passions and career path.

Ross Full-Time MBA students must complete 57 credits, taken over two years, to graduate. Up to 10 credits of the 57 can be taken outside Ross, at another school within U-M.

USA requirements for international students

Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

University requirements

Program requirements

ALL UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE TRANSCRIPTSYou must have the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree from an accredited institution by the time of application. You may upload an unofficial copy of your transcripts (and degree documents if applicable) for the application, but if accepted, official transcripts will be required.GMAT OR GRE SCORESWe will accept either test. 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, but 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.CURRENT RESUMEYour resume should include up-to-date educational information and professional experience. You may wish to include relevant community/professional service activities as well as a brief entry on hobbies/interests. We recommend that your resume be no longer than one page.ESSAYSComplete both required essays. (See essay questions below)RECOMMENDATIONSubmit information about one individual who will complete your recommendation form. We are most interested in hearing from someone who can describe how you work and interact in a professional setting. Thus, we advise you not to choose a former professor or academic advisor as your recommender. Rather, you should choose someone who is very familiar with your work. A current or former supervisor is an ideal choice. Other alternatives include a client, project manager, or professional mentor. Please note that your application is not complete until we receive your recommendation, so make your recommender aware of the due date. (See recommender questions below)INTERVIEWInterviews are conducted by invitation only. You may choose to interview on campus or with a Ross alum in your local area.NONREFUNDABLE $200 APPLICATION FEEThe application fee is waived if:You have served in the Peace Corps or Teach for America within three years of the application deadline.You are a current or former member of the U.S. military.We do not waive application fees for any other reason. Please email to request an application fee waiver prior to submitting your application.NOT REQUIRED, BUT STRONGLY RECOMMENDED:TEAM EXERCISEAlthough it is not required, we highly recommend that you take part in the Team Exercise.All applicants invited to interview will also be invited to participate in the exercise, which will be held on campus in Ann Arbor and in a small number of international locations. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 560 TOEFL iBT® test: 84


You are considered for scholarships when you apply to the Full-Time MBA Program, and you are notified of any award when you are admitted. This applies to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international students.

  • No separate application is required.

  • Awards are based on academic ability, professional and personal achievements, and potential to contribute to our community.

  • Scholarships range from $5,000 to full tuition.

The Ross Financial Aid office also posts various specific scholarship opportunities throughout the year. Target email notifications will be sent to you when scholarship opportunities are available.

My Scholarship Profile is a form on Wolverine Access where you can submit information about yourself to be used in identifying your eligibility for certain university scholarships. Completing your scholarship profile will not guarantee that you qualify for a specific scholarship, but it ensures that you will be in a pool for consideration.

In addition to these general scholarships, Ross also offers scholarships for admitted students interested in specific areas:

  • The Tauber Institute for Global Operations offers a number of scholarships to students in that program.

  • No separate application is required (although you must be admitted to the program).

  • All students are considered.

  • Award recipients are notified of selection after admission to the program.

  • The Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise offers MBA/MS students funding, awarded both before enrolling at UM (recruitment scholarships) and after joining the dual degree program (various achievement awards and fellowships).

  • For recruitment scholarships, you may apply once you have been admitted to either Ross or the School of Natural Resources and Environment, and have submitted a complete application to the other school. Award notifications are usually made within one month of application.

  • Achievement awards, summer internship support, and fellowships are available to MBA/MS students at various times throughout the three-year program, and most require separate applications.

We encourage you to review the U-M scholarship/fellowship opportunities as well as the private scholarship link, which includes a listing of free web-based scholarship search services.

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