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Why Ross?

We connect the learning process to real business through an action-based approach that gives executives the tools and experience to lead change and innovation. Programming is offered at our home campus in Ann Arbor, Mich. and in Los Angeles. The Financial Times ranks the Michigan Ross EMBA No. 2 in general management and No. 4 in corporate strategy.

General Management Curriculum with a Focus on Strategy

The rigorous EMBA curriculum approaches general management from a strategic level. Coursework is customized to accommodate students' significant expertise. EMBA candidates have an average of 10-15 years of experience with more than five years of supervisory experience.

Personalized Leadership Development

At Michigan Ross, we emphasize development of personal leadership styles, goals, and competencies. Students hone key skills required of top executives: working with boards, the media, and investors, as well as managing teams and relationships.

Action-based Learning

The Executive Multidisciplinary Action Projects (ExecMAP) course is a real-time, in-company consulting experience in which student teams confront and resolve actual business issues faced by a corporate sponsor. Many EMBAs use ExecMAP to gain exposure to international businesses or entrepreneurial ventures.

One Weekend per Month

Our once-a-month format means Ross EMBA students spend more time working and less time traveling. The classroom experience is complemented by the convenience and connectivity of distance learning.

Two Campuses, One MBA

The Michigan Ross EMBA is delivered in Los Angeles as well as Ann Arbor. Students benefit from expansive networking opportunities through integrated residencies and shared online learning communities.



  • "The once-a-month format is a huge differentiator."

    Earning an MBA while staying on top of work and family commitments seemed like a tall order to Ryan Majkrzak, MBA '13, but Ross’ once-a-month format made it possible.


  • "I was able to apply Ross tools to my work right away."

    Matt Denninger, MBA '13, is a senior marketing manager for Advanced Energy Industries Inc.'s solar energy business. He says the tools he's gained at Ross already have enabled him to apply strategic change within his company.


  • "I'm gaining the business skills I need to manage change in healthcare."

    Betty Chu, MBA '13, is a physician and medical staff president. She says she knew that to be a successful leader and change agent, she had to expand her education beyond medicine.


  • "Faculty are very focused on practical, real-world application."

    Preston Young, MBA '13, says the Ross EMBA program is teaching him to see management and leadership strategy from entirely new angles.


  • "I'm tackling our toughest issues with confidence now."

    Tessa Myers, MBA '13, says she's at a point in her career where she's striving to contribute more value to the organization and take on more strategic responsibility over larger areas.


  • "My new position came as a direct result of the program."

    Prasanna Kumar, MBA '11, says he pursued an EMBA program to give him the skills and credibility to take his career further. In just a short time, the Ross experience delivered.

  • "Every part of the curriculum touched on an important aspect of my work."

    Luke Nachtrab, MBA ’11, describes how he looked at 25 of the top EMBA programs and chose Ross because of its strong emphasis on strategy and general management.


  • "I got a comprehensive set of tools I've been able to apply immediately in my work."

    The general management curriculum gave Larry Pemble, MBA ’11, knowledge he says he’s putting to use across his organization.


  • "I'm a stronger consultant to my clients and better business owner."

    Keisha Strong, MBA ’11, says the Ross EMBA is helping her make real world impact. As a consultant, she’s helping clients leverage her new knowledge for global expansion.

  • "The FBI is run like a business."

    FBI agent Jeff Brown, MBA '11, knows how to tackle bad guys. But the Ross EMBA Program has taught him to tackle finance, accounting, and other business fundamentals.

  • "Ross gave me great problem-solving tools."

    Mike Carscaddon, MBA '08, has nailed a solid foundation in international operations at Habitat for Humanity International. The Ross EMBA Program gave him the data-driven outlook needed for his nonprofit.

  • "The monthly format was ideal."

    John Chang, MBA '09, became a doctor in order to help people. But a contentious meeting with hospital administrators made him realize his profession is evolving — physicians now need a head for business.

  • "Ross made me a more effective leader."

    As a doctor and professor, Edith Mensah-Osman, MBA '11, is leveraging her MBA to lead the business side of research.
    She calls the Ross EMBA Program the best gift she's ever given herself.