Applying to Ross through The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management
Since 1983, the Stephen M.
Ross School of Business has been a member of
The Consortium for Graduate Study in
Management (CGSM), an alliance of 17 leading American business schools and some of our
country's top corporations. The mission of CGSM is to enhance diversity in business education and
leadership by helping to reduce the serious underrepresentation of African
Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in both our member schools'
enrollments and the ranks of management. All applicants to the Consortium, regardless of race or ethnicity, must be able
to demonstrate commitment to this mission.
Benefits to Applying Through The Consortium
There are four key benefits to applying through The Consortium's common
- jumpstart your network and professional recruiting
Ross has consistently had the largest number of Consortium
members. Consortium members gain many
benefits, including access to over
70 corporate partners,
Orientation Program & Career Forum (OP) prior to beginning their MBAs, and
access to nearly 6,000 Consortium alumni across member schools.
Consortium Fellowship - full tuition scholarships
Ross continues to offer the most Consortium Fellowship
awards of all 17 Consortium schools, and overall last year, Consortium member schools offered
hundreds of fellowships covering tuition and mandatory fees for two years of full-time
study. Applicants who are admitted through The Consortium process and become
Consortium members are considered for these prestigious fellowships. Individual
schools may also award other merit based scholarships and financial aid.
One application allows you to apply to up to six
Tiered Application Fee
Using The Consortium common
application significantly reduces your application fee costs. You may apply to
up to two member schools for $150, three schools for $200, four schools for
$240, five for $275, and six for $300.
The Consortium Application
School of Business at the University of Michigan strongly encourages
eligible prospective candidates to apply to the Ross MBA Program using
The Consortium's application.
Apply here. Note: If you
apply as a Consortium candidate, you are not required to complete the Ross
review the Consortium
for more information.
deadline October 15, 2013
deadline January 5, 2014
Is it better to
apply for the early deadline or for the final deadline?
- It does not
matter to Ross which deadline you choose. You should plan to apply
when you are confident that your application is at its strongest.
- The round
does not impact how we evaluate your application and
does not impact your opportunity for admission to Ross, Consortium
membership, Consortium fellowship, or general Ross scholarship.
May I apply
through the Consortium application as a joint degree candidate in conjunction
with one of Michigan's other graduate/professional schools?
- Yes. The
Consortium application meets the application requirement for the Ross MBA
program, but applicants still need to adhere to all of the application
requirements for the other graduate/professional school to which you are
When will I be
notified of my admissions/membership/fellowship decisions?
Round 1 Ross Consortium admissions
decisions will be released on December 20, 2013. Round 1 admitted
will be notified of their Consortium membership status in March. Round 1 candidates who rank Ross first will be notified of their
fellowship decision on December 20, and others will be notified of their
Ross fellowship status in March.
Round 2 Ross Consortium admissions
decisions will be released on March 14, 2014. Round 2 admitted
will be notified of their Consortium membership and Ross Consortium fellowship
decisions at the same time.
school specific essays I will be required to write if I apply to Ross through the
- In addition
to the essays required by the Consortium for all candidates, there are
required school specific questions for each member school to which you apply
through the Consortium. The Ross-specific questions are:
- Introduce yourself to your future Ross classmates in 100 words or less. (Maximum 100 words)
- In your first core Consortium essay, you describe your short and long
term goals post-MBA and you note how your professional experience shaped
these goals and influenced your decision to pursue an MBA degree.
to that information, as you have researched MBA programs, what actions have
you taken to learn more about Ross and what has led you to believe that Ross
is the right MBA program for you? (Maximum 150 words)
- Describe a time in your career when you were frustrated or disappointed.
What advice would you give to a colleague who was dealing with a similar
situation? (Maximum 400 words)
What is the Ross
School of Business interview policy for Consortium applicants?
Since the 2011 - 2012 application cycle, a Consortium-specific interview is no longer
part of the Consortium application process.
Ross-specific Interviews will be conducted by invitation only. If the
Admissions Committee invites you to interview, you will receive the
invitation and scheduling information via email.
interview provides the Admissions Committee with more information about you.
It is not an indication of the outcome of your application. Interviews
are typically conducted by members of
the Alumni Admissions Committee or members of our Admissions Student
Committee. Interviews may be conducted in person on- or off-campus, by
Skype, or, in exceptional circumstances, by telephone.
invitations for Ross Admissions interviews extended?
reviewing applications, the Admissions Committee extends interview
invitations at its discretion. Interview invitations and interview periods
conducted in one main wave in each round.
Do I have to
complete my Ross Admissions interview on campus?
We highly encourage all applicants to visit campus for their interviews,
but candidates may also interview off-campus in cities around the United
States and internationally. If you are visiting campus, you may also
utilize that time to
schedule a formal visit.
How are the
Consortium rankings used by Ross?
The admissions process
is blind to the rankings, and admissions committee members do not see the
rankings while reading your application or conducting interviews.
After admissions decisions have been made, the committee uses
the rankings in the Consortium fellowship award process.
How does the
fellowship award process work?
- The ranking
process is intended to allow you to determine which schools will be the
first to have the opportunity to offer you a Consortium fellowship. To
be considered for a fellowship, you first must be approved for membership to
the Consortium by the Consortium. You can only
be considered for fellowship by schools that admit you.
- If you are
admitted at your first choice school, that program will have the first
opportunity to offer you a fellowship. If your highest-ranked school does
not admit you or opts not to offer you a fellowship, the school you ranked
next highest who has admitted you gets the next opportunity to offer the
fellowship, and so on. Admission to a program by no means guarantees a
fellowship offer, and it is wise to plan your finances in a manner which
allows you to pursue your MBA either way.
applicants who are not offered a Consortium fellowship are still considered
for other scholarship awards at Ross.
- Please note
that the Consortium policy is that you cannot change your ranking
after you have submitted your application. As this can have major
implications for your fellowship options and eventual selection of an MBA
program, you are encouraged to visit schools, speak with students and
alumni, and overall assess the fit of each program for your personal needs
prior to applying to and ranking schools.
May I apply to
one of Ross' other MBA programs through the Consortium application, such as the
Evening, Weekend, or Executive MBA programs?
Candidates may only use the Consortium application to apply to Ross'
full-time MBA program. In addition, only full-time MBA applicants may be
considered for Consortium membership and fellowship opportunities.