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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 18 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 application:

Consortium Membership - 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, the Annual Orientation Program & Career Forum (OP) prior to beginning their MBAs, and access to nearly 6,000 Consortium alumni across member schools.

The Consortium Fellowship - full tuition scholarships
Ross continues to offer the most Consortium Fellowship awards of all 18 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.

Common Application
One application allows you to apply to up to six Consortium schools.

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

The Ross 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.

Application Deadlines

  • Round 1 Deadline: October 15, 2014
  • Final deadline January 5, 2015

Admissions Contacts:

Consortium Applicant FAQs 

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 applying.

When will I be notified of my admissions/membership/fellowship decisions?

  • Round 1 Ross Consortium admissions decisions will be released in mid-December 2014.  Round 1 admitted candidates who rank Ross first will be notified of their fellowship decision at that time.
  • Round 2 Ross Consortium admissions decisions will be released on March 2015.  Round 2 admitted candidates will be notified of their Consortium membership and Ross Consortium fellowship decisions at the same time. Round 1 admitted candidates who do not rank Ross first will be notified of their fellowship decision at this time as well.

What are the school specific essays I will be required to write if I apply to Ross through the Consortium?

  • 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:
  1. What are you most proud of professionally and why? What did you learn from that experience? What advice would you give to others based on that experience?
  2. ​What are you most proud of personally and why? What did you learn about yourself? How did it affect your perspective?

What is the Ross School of Business interview policy for Consortium applicants?

  • Admission to the Consortium is determined by the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management staff. The Ross Admissions committee has little bearing on actual Consortium membership
  • 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.

The 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.

When are invitations for Ross Admissions interviews extended?

  • After reviewing applications, the Admissions Committee extends interview invitations at its discretion. Interview invitations and interview periods will be 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?

  • Interviewers do not see the rankings while reading your application or conducting interviews. After admissions decisions have been made, the committee used 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.
  • Ross 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.  If your first choice school offers you a fellowship but you decide not to attend, your second choice school cannot offer you a Consortium Fellowship.  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?

  • No. 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.