Frequently Asked Questions
Executive MBA Program
Office of Admissions
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
University of Michigan
701 Tappan Street, E2540
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 763-7804 FAX
How does the Executive MBA program differ from Michigan's
Full-time MBA Program?
Is there a difference between the Ann Arbor and Los Angeles cohorts?
What areas does your curriculum emphasize?
How long does the program take to complete?
What is the format of the program?
What happens when we are not in residency?
How much time should I expect to set aside for homework during the week?
How many students per class?
Will I be expected to work alone, or will I be assigned to work with a group of my peers?
Where do classes meet?
Where do I stay while in residence?
Can I choose a major for my Executive MBA?
Will my degree be the same as if I attended the Full-time MBA Program?
Who are the faculty teaching in the EMBA?
Is the Michigan EMBA Program accredited?
Do you hold information sessions?
Is an interview required?
What can I expect in the interview?
Can I sit in on a class?
Can I apply to the Executive MBA and another Michigan program during the same year?
Do I have to take the GMAT?
Do international candidates have to take the TOEFL?
When will I be notified of a decision regarding my admission?
A: The Executive MBA program is customized to meet the needs of individuals in senior management roles, focusing on leadership skills needed to be successful at the executive level. Specifically, the program targets participants who have 10-15 years of work experience, with significant experience in a managerial/supervisory capacity. The collective professional experience of EMBA participants enriches the learning experience both in and outside the classroom.
The participants’ average age for the last several entering classes has been 38, with about 10 years in a managerial/supervisory capacity. Participants come from a broad variety of organizations, including Fortune 500 firms, as well as regional and entrepreneurial businesses. While the core curriculum is similar to that in the Full-time MBA Program, the overall EMBA curriculum is more strategic in focus and designed to help participants make an immediate impact at work, while taking advantage of the participant's professional experiences. Both programs include Michigan's signature field study, the Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) course, which partners students with organizations across the world.
The day MBA program is a two-year, full-time program targeting individuals who have had approximately four to five years of work experience, typically at the analyst level; the average age of students is 28. Candidates are looking at their MBA experience as a way to "jump-start" their career as well as to explore different career options. Whereas the EMBA program is a "lock-step" program where all participants take the same classes at the same time, the full-time program allows for a focus area (i.e. consulting, finance, marketing).
A: Whether in Los Angeles or Ann Arbor, students experience the same Michigan Ross EMBA. Both locations offer the same strong, general management curriculum, renowned Michigan Ross faculty, and high-quality learning and networking experiences during on-campus residencies. Both Ann Arbor and Los Angeles follow the same schedule format. Students in both locations benefit from selected shared residencies and integrated networking opportunities.
A: The curriculum at Michigan's Ross emphasizes general management, strategy, and leadership development. It is highly applied and geared toward providing the skills and toolsets needed by individuals to lead organizations. Participants seeking advancement to the highest levels in their organizations need to have a broad-based education as opposed to functional expertise. As such, the EMBA curriculum provides a rigorous general management education that focuses on a strategic approach to business issues and problem solving as a successful leader. Being able to identify the "big picture" and implement winning strategy is critical to our approach.
Parallel to the traditional courses is a professional development track in which participants outline goals as well as identify strengths and areas for growth during the first year. In the second year, a number of different workshops will be organized around these identified goals. Recent topics include dealing with media in crisis situations, delivering powerful presentations, and managing senior staff groups.
ExecMAP and the electives unit near the end of the 21-month program provide opportunities to customize your learning based on your unique goals and interests.
A: The Executive MBA Program at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business is a 21-month program. Courses begin in August and conclude 21 months later in April/May.
A: Participants in the EMBA Program attend an extended residency at the beginning of each academic year, and return to campus approximately once per month for an all-day Friday/Saturday residency. There is a major field project course (ExecMAP) held near the end of the program. During the weeks when participants are not in residence, the program takes advantage of a number of different distance learning technologies to augment the traditional face-to-face classroom teaching as well as provide opportunities for virtual team meetings. To view a sample 21-month calendar, click here.
A: Participants are provided with the necessary materials and technologies to facilitate their distance learning efforts. With three courses typically taught concurrently, each month is organized to allow for one full week of online learning per class. Lectures are provided via podcasts, which may offer a number of different learning opportunities ranging from streaming video to interactive cases. The EMBA Program also supports a software platform allowing a broad range of features to supplement virtual teams, including document exchange as well as voice conferencing.
A: On average, students should anticipate spending between 15 to 20 hours per week on homework, including meeting times and time spent reviewing online materials. This time may vary depending on course material and individual habits.
A: We target a class of 35 to 60 students to begin each Fall.
A: Students will be assigned to a group that will include five or six of their peers. Although not all class work will be assigned as a group task, we recognize that many decisions made in the work environment are done so with a group of colleagues. Teams are formed with the intention of bringing together a diverse group of individuals across function and industry. Groups will change at least three times in the program to maximize your interaction with other classmates and to form the basis of a lifetime network.
A: Students in Ann Arbor will attend classes at Michigan Ross, in facilities designed specifically for the needs of executive education.
Students in Los Angeles will attend classes at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, where trained staff will provide an educational environment that mirrors the Ann Arbor experience.
A: Students in Ann Arbor will stay at Michigan Ross' Executive Residence, a first-class hotel that offers easy, refined living. Hotel rooms are located on the top three floors of the Executive Residence and Wyly Hall, with classrooms on the lower levels.
Students in Los Angeles will stay at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, where first-class amenities, fine dining, and top-rated service ensure students can focus on learning during residencies, not on logistics.
A: As this is a "lock step" program, participants take the same classes at the same time with the same cohort. However, there are a number of opportunities to customize the experience based on individual interests. This may range from course assignments in which participants and/or teams can study specific industries and/or organizations, to the ExecMAP field projects in which participants are able to select from a variety of projects in different industries and functional areas. At the midpoint of the second year, students also take two of three electives spanning marketing, finance, and entrepreneurship. For more information, click here.
A: Yes, there is only one Master of Business Administration degree granted by the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
A: Faculty are drawn from the same pool of professors teaching in the full-time program. Faculty in the EMBA are more often senior faculty members with significant research, teaching and consulting experience.
A: Yes, the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is fully accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
A: Yes, multiple recruiting events are scheduled
each year. For the current schedule,
click here. If you are
unable to attend one of the scheduled sessions, we would be happy to meet with
you on an individual basis either in person, by phone or Skype, or online.
A: Yes. Interviews are scheduled Monday - Friday during regular business hours. Applicants are encouraged to schedule their interviews on Fridays when classes are in residency. Friday interviewees are also invited to attend a class, have lunch with current students, and tour the facilities during their visit. To schedule an interview, please contact us at (734) 647-3400/Ann Arbor or (310) 617-4750/Los Angeles.
A: Interviews are approximately one hour in length and are conducted by one or two members of the admissions committee. Dress is business formal. During the interview, you should be prepared to discuss your professional history, current level of responsibility, and personal and professional reasons for pursuing an Executive MBA at Ross. The interview is also an opportunity to discuss any questions you may have about the program.
Q: Can I sit in on a class?
A: Yes. Applicants are welcome to sit in on a class. Class visits are offered on Fridays and are typically scheduled in conjunction with on-campus interviews.
A: Individuals are unable to apply to more than one program at Michigan Ross in any given admission cycle.
A: Applicants to the Ross Executive MBA Program are not required to take the GMAT.
A: The TOEFL is required for non-native English speakers. International applicants who have worked in the U.S. full time for two or more years in the last five years, or who hold a degree from an institution in which English is the exclusive language of instruction, may waive the TOEFL requirement. However, any waiver of the TOEFL requirement is at the discretion of the admissions committee. Candidates should obtain a score of 600 or higher on the paper-based version or 100 or higher on the Internet-based version; candidates must also take the writing test included in the examination unless the writing test is not given at the particular test site. For information on the TOEFL test, visit www.toefl.org. The code to have scores automatically sent to Ross is 9585. Scores are valid no more than two years prior to an application deadline date.
Michigan Ross will accept an IELTS score as an alternative to the TOEFL. IELTS scores of 7 or higher are highly preferred.
A: Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and are generally communicated within four to six weeks of submission of a completed application.
A: Tuition and fees are set at the beginning of each program year. Once your tuition is set, it won't change during your 21 months in the program. Tuition and fees for the 21-month EMBA Program that began in Fall 2012 were $131,000 for Michigan residents and $136,000 for nonresidents. Fees for the classes entering in Fall 2013 will be announced in July 2013. See the Registrar's Office for University of Michigan residency requirements. Tuition and fees for the Ann Arbor and Los Angeles cohorts will be the same. For more information, click here.
A: At Michigan Ross, we believe in providing a comprehensive, all-inclusive, immersive experience for EMBA students. We believe this is the best way to foster a high-quality environment for learning, collaboration, and relationship-building among executives in the program. In our program, you won't find hidden costs or unexpected changes to tuition.
Tuition and fees in the Michigan Ross EMBA Program cover:
- All tuition for courses, workshops, special speakers, and events
- All books, electronic resources, and course materials
- Technology, software, and communications needs
- Lodging in Michigan Ross' Executive Residence (Ann Arbor) or the Beverly Wilshire (Los Angeles)
- All dining, including all breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks/coffee breaks, and occasional group dining excursions
Because the program
is designed for intense group interaction, it is expected that participants stay
in the Ann Arbor or Los Angeles executive residence location during scheduled sessions. Participants
are eligible to stay in EMBA
facilities on the Thursday night prior to Friday morning classes and,
depending on distance traveled, on the Saturday night after classes.
Lodging and meals are covered for the duration of extended on-campus residencies.
Tuition and fees do not cover your travel expenses. EMBA students are required to pay for all transportation to and from Ann Arbor and/or Los Angeles.
Travel required for ExecMAP is covered by sponsoring organizations and/or the EMBA program.
A: No, corporate financial sponsorship is not required, although a "statement of corporate support" indicating support of your participation in the EMBA Program and recognition of the time commitment is required. Sponsorship may come from your direct supervisor, human resources director, or higher management representative. Candidates who are self-employed may waive this requirement.