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Master of Management Admissions FAQ

General Questions [+]

Q: I am interested in the Master of Management (MM) Program at the Ross School of Business. Can I make an appointment to talk with someone in admissions?

A: Prospective students can schedule counseling appointments with the director of the MM Program via email at

Q: How can I learn more about the MM Program?

A: As this is a new program, we will be updating this site frequently. For specific questions, you may reach us at

Q: When does the MM Program start?

A: The MM Program is a full-time program that begins each summer in July. The first class will start in July 2014.

Q: How long is the MM Program?

A: The MM Program takes 10 months to complete, starting in July and running through the following April.

Q: Does the MM Program offer specialization tracks?

A: We do not offer a particular specialization or concentration track. Our MM Program is designed to give students a broad foundation of business in addition to their undergraduate coursework. Students take at least two three-credit electives from selected upper-level courses offered in our undergraduate BBA Program.

Q: Can MM students take MBA courses?

A: No. The MM Program is a lock-step, cohort-based curriculum. Students will be able to select at least two upper-level BBA electives from an approved list of courses.

Q: How can I contact the MM Program Office?


Mailing address: Master of Management Program Office, 701 Tappan St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234

Q: How do I check my Michigan residency status?

A: Contact the residency office at 734-764-1400. Residency information also is available online at

Applying [+]

Q: What are the requirements for applying to the MM Program?

A: All Ross MM applicants must be in the process of completing or have completed the equivalent of an accredited four-year U.S. bachelor's degree in virtually any field of study within the two years prior to beginning the MM Program. Successful candidates will have a strong academic background in their chosen area of undergraduate study. Candidates with a business or business-related major or business minor are not eligible to apply. As part of the application process, you will be evaluated on your qualitative and quantitative potential for success in the program. Candidates must have completed the equivalent of Math 105 offered at the University of Michigan; see details below. Personal essays and letters of recommendation are used as critical indicators. Candidates may be asked to interview with MM Program staff. See the Requirements page for more information.

Q: Am I required to complete a college-level calculus course?

A: No; however, due to the analytical rigor of the program, it is expected that students have a working knowledge of college-level mathematics. Students must have completed the equivalent of Math 105 offered at the University of Michigan. This course presents the concepts of pre-calculus from four points of view: geometric (graphs), numeric (tables), symbolic (formulas), and written (verbal descriptions). The emphasis is on the mathematical modeling of real-life problems using linear, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions.

Q: How do I transfer into the MM Program?

A: We will not admit individuals who have already earned an MM or equivalent degree from another institution, whether accredited or unaccredited. No previous course work will transfer into our MM Program. In addition, students admitted to Michigan's Ross School of Business may not be simultaneously enrolled in two graduate programs.

Q: Can I apply to the MM Program directly after receiving my undergraduate degree?

A: Yes, most of our students come directly out of an undergraduate degree program.

Q: Is a three-year undergraduate degree from India acceptable to apply?

A: Yes, we will consider applicants who hold a three-year undergraduate degree from India.

Q: Do I need to have work experience to apply to the Ross MM?

A: No, we do not require work experience. However, if you have had some work experience, whether through a part-time job or a summer internship, please include that information in your application so that it may be considered during our review.

The majority of candidates applying to the MM Program are doing so for admission immediately after completing undergraduate coursework. As such, work experience will often be limited to summer internships or other non-full-time experience. Other candidates may have one year of post-undergraduate work experience. We seek diversity in the professional backgrounds of our admitted students, just as we do in other parts of our applicants' profiles. No one industry or field is favored over another. We are more interested in the applicant's contribution to the group or organization and how he/she may have made a difference.

Candidates with two or more years of full-time work experience are encouraged to apply to one of our other graduate degree programs. Class profiles, program descriptions, and admission requirements for each of those programs can be found here

Q: Do you offer a hardcopy application?

A: No, we do not accept hardcopy applications. You can only apply using our online application.

Q: When should I apply for admission?

A: Candidates are encouraged to apply as early in the admission cycle as possible.

The early application deadline is Nov. 4, 2013. The second deadline, and the deadline for international students,* is Feb. 3, 2014. The third deadline, and final for domestic students, is May 1, 2014.

*All international candidates should apply by the Feb. 3, 2014, deadline to ensure sufficient time for visa processing.

Q: Can I have my application fee waived?

A: The application fee is only waived if an applicant is a former member of the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America within three years of applying, or a former member of the U.S. Military who has been on active duty within three years of applying. We do not waive application fees for any other reason. Please email to request an application fee waiver prior to submitting your application.

Q: Who may write my letters of recommendation?

A: We require two letters of recommendation. We suggest you request recommendations from persons who have been directly responsible for assessing your academic performance and/or professional experience. Examples might include faculty members who can speak of your achievements and accomplishments, a previous manager or internship supervisor, or someone with whom you have worked in a volunteer capacity through a student club or organization. The recommendation forms are completed online by your recommenders. It is important that recommendations provide details and/or examples to support opinions about an applicant. For example, the statement "Julie is a great student" does not provide as much insight as a concrete example of how well Julie performed in-class assignments and outside of class when faced with certain responsibilities and challenges. Recommendations that state strong feelings (either positive or negative) without examples are not helpful.

Q: What should I do if my recommender has not received my online invitation to recommend me?

A: This tends to be a problem with a recommender's email account spam or junk email filter settings. The emailed invitation is either blocked or automatically filtered into a junk mail folder. An applicant can check the status of their recommendations, resend a recommendation request, and even update a recommender if the recommendation is not yet started via an applicant's personal activity page. This can be accessed under the "Apply Online" section of your online application homepage and by clicking on the "Review Your Submitted Application/Manage Your Recommendations" link.

Q: What type of information should be included in my personal statement?

A: Your personal statement provides you the opportunity to tell us about yourself and your background.  You should address why you are interested in the Master of Management program at the Ross School, your objectives during your time in the program, and your career goals after graduation.  Your personal statement is your opportunity to expand on your resume, discuss your previous work / internship experiences and how these experiences have impacted you. 

Q: Do most applicants write the optional essay?

A: It varies. The essay is primarily offered to give applicants a place to tell the admissions committee pertinent information that has not been addressed in the other areas of the application. For example, if there are gaps in your resume, the optional essay could be used to explain them.

Q: How important is it to have extracurricular activities detailed in the application?

A: We are looking for individuals who will be highly involved at Ross and later as alumni. One way for us to gauge future involvement is by looking at past and recent involvement.

Q: How do I submit supplemental information (e.g., transcripts or a letter of recommendation) if I am unable to upload it with my online application?

A: There are two ways to submit supplemental information. Be sure to indicate your name and contact information in a note and let us know that this is supplemental to your application.

  1. Email it to
  2. Mail it to our office at Master of Management Program Office, 701 Tappan St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234

If there was a problem submitting transcripts or a recommendation via the online application, you can scan these items and attach in an email to Please include your name and date of birth in the email, and let us know this is supplemental to your application.

Q: What are the relevant application deadlines?

A: Admission to the Ross MM Program is for the summer term only. Application deadlines are Nov. 4, 2013, Feb. 3, 2014, and May 1, 2014. International students must apply by Feb. 3, 2014, to ensure sufficient time for visa processing. Admission is competitive, so we strongly encourage you to apply early. Your application and all supporting materials must be on file in the Office of Admissions before your application can be considered complete and ready for review.

Q: What happens to applications that arrive after the deadline?

A: Applications must arrive in our office by the deadline to be considered during a particular period. Applications that arrive after a deadline are processed in the order they were received and may be moved to the next decision period.

Q: Is an interview required?

A: An interview is not required as part of the admissions process.  However, the Admissions Office may contact applicants and/or their recommenders if additional information is needed. 

Q: When will I be notified of the Admission Committees decision?


Application Deadline Notified no later than
November 4, 2013 January 21, 2014
February 3, 2014 April 21, 2014
February 4, 2014 - May 1, 2014 (Rolling) Decisions will be made on a rolling basis
May 1, 2014 May 21, 2014

Q: I was not accepted to the MM Program. Can I appeal?

A: Except in some rare cases, decisions are final. However, you may appeal the decision by putting the request in writing to the Master of Management Program managing director. The appeal must include additional information that you feel would have an impact on your application (e.g., a promotion, job change, etc.). No applications will be reviewed if new information is not included with the appeal. Letters can be sent to: Master of Management Program Office, 701 Tappan St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234 or to

Q: Does Ross grant deferrals?

A: Deferral requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and are rarely granted. Requests to defer admission to the MM Program should be submitted in writing to the MM Program managing director. A detailed explanation of the request and appropriate documentation are required.

Q: Are certain parts of the application more important than others?

A: All parts are important, especially when competing against many other excellent applicants. It is important to show you have a clear sense of your skills, explain why the MM Program makes sense for you, and define your goals for the future.

Q: Do pass/fail undergraduate courses taken at the University of Michigan count against me?

A: When you submit your undergraduate transcript, you should ask the Registrar to include documentation showing the grade behind a pass/fail. It is also acceptable if students ask faculty or departments to send letters to attest to the actual grades.

Academics [+]

Q: What is the typical academic schedule?

A: MM is a lock-step program, which includes core courses taken as a cohort in the summer (July-August), fall, and winter terms.

Q: Can I waive out of required courses based on placement exams or previous course enrollment?

A: No. The MM Program's curriculum cannot be altered.

Q: Can I customize the MM Program through electives?

A: Yes. Students select at least two three-credit courses from approved, upper-level undergraduate business electives.

Careers [+]

Q: Where can I find current placement statistics?

A: You can find current placement statistics for graduates of other Ross School programs in our Placement Report. As a new program starting July 2014, placement data for Master of Management graduates is not yet available. You can find a list of companies that recruit at Ross by following this link.

Housing and Student Life [+]

Q: Where can I find information about housing options?

A: For information about available housing, including single student housing, family housing, and off-campus housing, visit To receive an off-campus housing information packet, call University Housing at (734) 763-3205.

Q: What is student life and culture like at Michigan’s Ross School of Business?

A: Ross offers an extraordinary environment for students. Michigan’s Ross School of Business is a small and close-knit community within one of the world’s greatest universities. This produces a rare combination of human scale and personal attention with first-rate faculty and facilities. Among Ross’ own facilities are state-of-the-art computer resources and our own extensive Kresge Business Library.

The Ross School of Business is a true community, tucked into a corner of the University of Michigan campus. Beyond the curriculum, our highly active student organizations create great social and professional opportunities, and the school hosts speakers and events of special interests to students. Beyond the Ross School of Business, the University of Michigan — rated as the best campus cultural environment in the United States — offers a wonderful array of options for leisure time, from big-time athletics and recreational facilities to museums and lectures.

And when you go home at night, you walk through a pleasant and safe college town — a town synonymous with higher education but with the options of a major city.

Q: Where can I find information about student clubs and organizations?

A: You can learn more about the student clubs and organizations at the Ross School of Business by visiting the Clubs & Organizations page.

Q: Where can I find information about Ann Arbor?

A: You can find links to many Ann Arbor resources by visiting

Financial Aid [+]

Students in the Master of Management program will fund their degree primarily through personal savings, personal loans, or Federally guaranteed loans. At this time scholarships are not available for Master of Management students.

GPA and Test Requirements [+]

Q: Do you require the GMAT? Can I take the GRE instead?

A: The GMAT or GRE is a required component of our application. Your performance on either exam will be used as part of our assessment of your academic ability, and you are at no advantage or disadvantage by taking one exam instead of the other.

Q: What is the minimum GMAT/GRE required for admission to the MM program?

A: We do not have a minimum score requirement for either exam. As a new program, we cannot provide a specific range or average test range for admitted candidates. Based on our other degree programs at Ross, we anticipate that for students admitted for the July 2014 start, the middle 80 percent GMAT score will range between 650 and 720. No GRE range or average is available at this time.

Please keep in mind that your standardized test scores are only one of a number of criteria we review in determining admission. If you are concerned about your test performance, you may want to consider retaking your selected exam to improve your score after additional practice and preparation.

Q: How long are GMAT/GRE scores valid?

A: Ross will keep GMAT/GRE scores on file for two years. Test scores are valid for five years from the date you took the test to the deadline date when you apply; scores more than five years old are not acceptable. We encourage you to take the GMAT/GRE no later than one month prior to the application deadline, and preferably earlier. If you take the test close to an application deadline, you should include an unofficial score report with your application.

Q: How long will it take for my scores to be sent to Ross after I take the test?

A: We recommend that you allow for at least a month for Ross to receive your GMAT or GRE scores. Ross' GRE reporting code is 1839. If you are uncertain as to whether we will receive your official scores by the deadline, you can upload your unofficial score via your online application, or mail it to Master of Management Program Office, 701 Tappan St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234.

Q: What is the GPA requirement for applying to the MM Program?

A: We do not have a minimum GPA requirement, although we expect that most admitted students will have GPAs of 3.2 and above.

Q: What English proficiency exams does Ross accept?

A: If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate competence in English by taking a TOEFL exam or the IELTS exam. For the TOEFL exam, we require the Internet-based test (IBT) version of the exam.

Q: What is the minimum TOEFL or IELTS score required for international students who apply to the MM Program?

A: We strongly recommend a TOEFL score of 100 or higher on the Internet-based test (IBT). Ross' TOEFL score reporting code is 1839. Ross will accept an IELTS score as an alternative to the TOEFL, and we strongly recommend a score of 7 or higher.

Q: Are there instances in which I wouldn’t be required to take the TOEFL or IELTS?

A: Applicants whose native language is not English and who have earned a degree from a U.S. school or an institution abroad where the curriculum is exclusively taught in English are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.

Q: How long are TOEFL/IELTS scores valid?

A: You may submit scores from tests taken no more than two years prior to the application deadline.