To apply to the Ross School of Business, we ask that you submit a variety of materials for us to best assess your qualifications. Below is a list of the application components we require. Each piece of the application plays an integral role in the overall admission evaluation; no single piece of the application is weighted more heavily than another. Please note that ALL materials need to be received by the posted deadline for the round in which you apply.

  • One-to-two page resume that highlights your work experience, education, academic focus, honors you've received, accomplishments, and organizations to which you belong. Your resume may also include specific skills such as languages, personal interests, and significant activities.
  • GMAT or GRE results (valid for 5 years from the date you took the test to the deadline date when you apply). Ross' GRE reporting code is 1839; there is no code required for the GMAT.
  • If your native language is not English, TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE results (valid for 2 years from the date you took the test to the deadline date when you apply). Ross' TOEFL reporting code is 1839. Applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college/university or hold a degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement. Those who have worked in the U.S. full-time for two or more years in the past five years, may also waive the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement.
  • Official undergraduate and post-graduate transcripts. Transcripts bearing the official seal and signature of the issuing institution in a sealed envelope should be delivered to Global MBA Admissions, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, 701 Tappan, ER3604, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1234 by the application deadline. Ross requires one copy of both your academic record and the diploma or other document indicating the date and conferral of your degree, years of attendance, courses taken and grades received. If the original language of your academic record is not English, a literal translation must be submitted.
  • One letter of recommendation (must be submitted online) from a person who has been directly responsible for assessing your professional performance. The recommendation should come from a current employer or direct supervisor.
  • Essay responses to the required essay questions should be individually uploaded in the required format (minimum 11-point font and 1.5 line spacing). Responses should be limited to the word maximums indicated.
  • Sponsorship Application for Global MBA Admission (available in the Program Partners section of our website) may be uploaded in the Additional Information section of the online application or sent to Global MBA Admissions.
  • Nonrefundable U.S. $200 application fee.
  • Interview (arranged after application is submitted).

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 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, essays, and interview.
  • Clear goals and rationale for pursuing an MBA as demonstrated through essays and interview.
  • Fit with the Ross approach to management education as demonstrated through essays and interview.
Additional items:

  • Traditional business background not required. Applicants from non-business fields such as medicine, law, and public administration are welcome to apply.
  • No “formula” or “cutoff” determines a candidate’s outcome.
  • There are no prerequisite courses for admission, however, 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.

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