BBA Admission FAQs:
Courses, Degree Structure, and Special Programs
Q: Could I finish the Ross BBA in fewer than three years?
The BBA core courses are sequenced to build skills, and most are offered only
once a year; as a result, it takes three years to complete the program. (Exception: Currently, there are no core courses during the final semester
of the program, and students who have completed all the degree requirements may
graduate in December instead of April. However, this is subject to
change.) View the
core curriculum and the general
Q: Could I study abroad while in the program?
Yes. The Ross School offers several
summer programs. Also, you may participate in any of the numerous summer programs offered by
other centers and programs at U-M
, as well as those of other colleges and universities.
Finally, leaves of absence during the regular academic year may be approved for truly unique educational
opportunities; students are usually required to have at least a 3.0 GPA and to
step out of the BBA Program for an entire year. Leaves of absence are not
permitted for general, one-term study-abroad programs.
Q: Will my AP, IB, A-level, or transfer credits (including dual enrollment) count toward the
Ross BBA degree?
The Ross BBA requires a total of 120 credits, 75 of which must be earned
after you formally begin the BBA Program. This means that the most you can
count toward your BBA degree from all sources prior to beginning the BBA program
is 45 credits, including the minimum of 27 college credits required for
admission. (Exception: If you pursue a dual degree, you can count any
and all test or transferable college credits toward the additional credit
requirements necessary to complete the dual degree.)
The University of Michigan does not consider whether dual enrollment credits
earned by an incoming student were utilized toward his or her high school graduation
requirements. For more information, please see the University of Michigan Office of
Undergraduate Admissions' page regarding
Q: Could I use AP, IB, A-level, or transfer credits (including dual enrollment) to meet any
specific BBA degree requirements?
AP credits count toward the 120 required for graduation but not any specific
degree requirements. IB, A-level, and transfer credits count toward the
requirements, as appropriate, and the 120 required for graduation. Once your first semester in the program begins, you may
transfer only a total of 9 credits from other institutions. Business
courses at other institutions do not transfer to the Ross School. Review
Q: What courses will I take in the BBA program?
Most semesters, you will take several credits of required BBA core courses,
as well as additional credits in the liberal arts or business electives.
core curriculum and the general
Q: What are the courses like?
Ross BBA courses are challenging, frequently involve numbers and data, and
typically include team-based, action-oriented projects. The
median grade in all BBA core courses is a B. Our
peer counselors can offer first-hand perspectives on the program and
Q: Are internships a part of the program?
Most of our students take part in an internship the summer after their junior year, and
Ross Career Services offers
support to students in all three years of the program. Internships are not required,
however, and students do not receive academic credit for them.
Q: Why don't you offer majors?
We want you to be grounded in every functional area of business -- and
so do our corporate recruiters. However, you can still
emphasis through your elective business courses.
Q: Will earning a BBA make me more competitive for admission to an
Not in and of itself. Better MBA programs typically recruit students who have
acquired several years of work experience, regardless of whether those students
hold a BBA. Also, the Ross BBA allows students to compete for
top-tier jobs right out of college. Many graduates do not find it
necessary to earn an MBA.
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