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GMAT, GRE, GPA, TOEFL & IELTS

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

A: The GMAT is a required component of our application but Ross accepts the GRE as an alternative to the GMAT. 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. 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. What is the minimum GMAT required for admission to the MSCM Program?

A: There is no minimum score requirement. Students are, however, always compared to the current pool of applicants. The average middle 80 percent of students admitted into the Ross MSCM Program score between 650-740. Please keep in mind that your GMAT score is only one of a number of criteria we review in determining admission. If your scores are below our average or do not fall within this range, we still encourage you to apply. You may, however, want to consider retaking the GMAT to improve your score.

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

A: Academic institutions generally receive scores within 10 business days after the test is given. It has been known to take longer, so allow plenty of time. To have scores automatically sent to Ross select the University of Michigan school name in your GMAT profile. If you are uncertain as to whether we will receive your official scores by the deadline, you can fax your unofficial score report to our office at 734-763-7804 or send it via mail to 701 Tappan St., Room E2540, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1234.

Q. What is the minimum GRE score required for admission to the MSCM Program?

A: There is no minimum GRE score requirement. Students are, however, always compared to the current pool of applicants. Currently, 80 percent of applicants admitted to the MSCM program have a GRE score of 1300 (per old score range) or greater with a higher percentage on the quantitative portion of the exam. Average quantitative score is above 700 (per old score range) or above 155 (per new score range). Please keep in mind that your GRE score is only one of a number of criteria we review in determining admission. If your score is below the average or does not fall within this range, we still encourage you to apply. You may, however, want to consider retaking the GRE to improve your score. The institutional code to have GRE scores automatically sent to Ross is 1839.

Q. What is the GPA requirement for applying to the MSCM Program?

A: There is no minimum GPA requirement. Most admitted students have GPAs of 3.3 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 prefer the Internet-based test (IBT) version of the exam. Ross accepts an IELTS score as an alternative to the TOEFL.

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

A: For the TOEFL exam, a score of 600 or higher on the paper-based test (PBT), 250 or higher on the computer-based test (CBT), or 100 or higher on the internet-based test (IBT) is required for admission. If your score is below these numbers, we encourage you to consider retaking the exam. The code to have scores automatically sent to Ross is 1839.

For the IELTS exam, we require a score of 7 or higher.

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

A: International applicants who have earned a degree from a U.S. school or an institution abroad where the curriculum is exclusively in English are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. Those who have worked in the U.S. full time for two or more years in the past five years are also exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.

Q. How long are TOEFL/IELTS scores valid?

A: Scores may be submitted from tests taken no more than two years prior to the application deadline date. For example, if you are applying to meet the August 2013 application deadline, your TOEFL test date must be between Aug. 1, 2011 and Aug. 1, 2013.