Admissions - Stephen M. Ross School of Business
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Q: How long does it take to complete the Part-time Weekend MBA Program?

A: The Weekend format is completed in two years; students take classes two weekends per month. The program requires 60 credits and results in the Ross MBA valued around the world.

Q: How many credits/classes can I take in one semester?

A: The Weekend format is a lockstep, pre-formatted curriculum from which students graduate in 24 months. Credits range from 9 to 12 per term.

Q: How are the semesters divided up of the two years?

A: The Spring/Summer term runs May-August; the Fall term runs September-December; and the Winter term runs January-April.

Q: What is the cost of tuition?

A: Tuition for the 2014-15 school year is as follows: $1,981 (in-state) or $2,148 (out-of-state) for the first credit hour and $1,796 (in-state) or $1,963 (out-of-state) for additional credits. All tuition rates are subject to Regent approval and change. The tuition rates for the 2015-2016 academic year are expected to be posted in July 2015.

Q: Do you accept transfer credits?

A: No, we do not accept transfer credits.

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Q: Do you offer classes outside of Ann Arbor?

A: No, all on-campus weekends take place in Ann Arbor.

Q: Is the Ross School of Business affiliated with the University of Michigan campuses in Dearborn and Flint?

A: No, these campuses, which also have business schools, are completely separate.

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Q: Do you have a required minimum GMAT/GRE and GPA?

A: Minimum required scores and/or grade point average are not used in the admissions process. Students are, however, always compared to the current pool of applicants.

Q: What is the average GMAT/GRE?

A: For students who entered the Weekend MBA format in May 2012:

  • Average GMAT: 648
  • Mid 80% range: 580-720

Ross' acceptance of the GRE is relatively new, so no GRE average or range is available at this time.

Q: How many days before the application deadline should I take the GMAT/GRE?

A: We recommend taking the GMAT/GRE test 30 days before the application deadline. Thirty days would allow enough time for the official report to reach the Office of Admissions by the application deadline.

Q: If I am scheduled to take the GMAT/GRE less than 30 days prior to the application deadline, will you accept a copy of the preliminary report?

A: If you are doubtful that the official GMAT/GRE score report will arrive by the deadline date, you can upload your unofficial score via your online application, fax your unofficial score report to our office at 734-763-7804, or send it Attn: Admissions, 701 Tappan St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234.

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Q: Is an interview required for admission?

A: Yes, an interview is required for admission, and is 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 our trained admissions professionals or Alumni Admissions Committee members in your area. Interviews may be conducted in person or by telephone.

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: What if I cannot furnish my official transcripts by the application deadline?

A: The Office of Admissions can use unofficial transcripts for evaluation purposes. If admitted, your admission would be conditional upon receipt of your official transcripts. These would need to be received by the Office of Admissions prior to the start of classes.

Q: Can I have my application fee waived?

A: All currently active members and veterans of the U.S Military are eligible for an application fee waiver. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America volunteers who have served within the past three years may also qualify for an application fee waiver. Please email proof of membership that includes the name of the organization and service dates to, and include Application Fee Waiver Request in the subject line. U.S. Military applicants may provide a copy of military orders or a DD-214. Upon review, the Admissions Office will provide further instructions via email.

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 set up.  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: Can I apply to both Evening and Weekend formats?

A: No. Students must choose between formats and may only apply to one program during any given cycle.

Q: Can I transfer from one program to another?

A: You should apply to the Ross MBA program format that best suits your goals and needs.  Requests for transfer between programs are handled on a case-by-case basis, and will only be approved in exceptional circumstances due to space limitations as well as variations between the programs.

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Q: Is it easier to be admitted into the Evening format than the Weekend format?

A: The Admissions Committee looks for the same qualifications for both formats.

Q: How does the Part-time MBA Program compare to the Full-time MBA Program in terms of degree requirements?

A: As much as possible, course material and other content are similar between the two programs.

Q: Will we have the same professors as students in the Full-time Program?

A: Yes, the same professors teach in both programs.

Q: Can I take an occasional day class?

A: Weekend students take a predetermined set of courses in lockstep with one cohort of peers.

Q: Is the completion of a college-level calculus course a prerequisite to admission to the Part-time MBA Program?

A: Ross has no prerequisite courses for admission to the MBA Program. However, due to the analytical rigor of the program, it is expected that students have a working knowledge of college-level mathematics, including basic calculus. If you have not had this coursework, we recommend that you take a course that emphasizes business mathematics prior to beginning the program.

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Q: What should I do if I need an early decision on my application?

A: For the Weekend MBA format, admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and will be provided six to eight weeks from the time a completed application is received.

Q: Can I reapply if I was not accepted previously?

A: Yes. Reapplication procedures are streamlined if you reapply within one year.

Q: Can I take courses before the program begins?

A: No. Students must be admitted to the program before they are able to enroll in courses

Q: Can I waive out of courses?

A: Students in the Evening MBA format are eligible to waive out of core courses based on previous course work completed, work experience, or by taking placement exams offered in the fall of each year. Credit is not earned by waiving a course; the credit hours may be replaced with elective courses.

Course waivers are not an option in the Weekend MBA Format.

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Q: Do you offer a joint degree program?

A: Students in the Weekend format follow a predetermined set of courses that does not include the dual-degree option.

Q: Do you have to be employed?

A: No, but full-time work experience is considered as part of the admission process, and it is generally assumed that students will be working full time while in the program.

Q: What will my degree read?

A: Masters in Business Administration, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Q: Do you offer an Executive MBA program?

A: Yes, the Ross School of Business offers an Executive MBA Program structured 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 had generally 10-15 years of work experience, with significant experience in a managerial/supervisory capacity.  The collective professional experience of Executive MBA participants enriches the learning experience both in and outside the classroom.

Q: Can I use the services provided by the Career Services Department?

A: Yes, all MBA students can attend recruiting presentations, Career Services workshops, access iMpact, and use Career Services handouts, seminar videotapes, mock interviews, career consulting, and other services. Part-time MBA students can participate in the on-campus interview process for full-time recruiting during the fall term prior to graduation. However, part-time students cannot participate in on-campus interviews for internships since most part-time students work full-time and with the weekend format and scheduled courses during the spring/summer term, you do not have the flexibility to do a summer internship.

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Q: What are your placement statistics?

A: Placement statistics are available on our website at Click on the Employment Profile navigation button.

Q: Do part-time MBA students participate in MAP?

A: Yes. The Multidisciplinary Action Project (MAP) course  is a core requirement in the first year of the Weekend format. The course requires a one-week commitment in late February or early March in which the student will work on-site or travel on behalf of the firm sponsoring the student's MAP project.

Q: Can part-time students join clubs in Ann Arbor?

A: Yes, part-time MBA students may join student clubs. The latest list of clubs can be found online at

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Q: How can I arrange for a tour of the Ross School of Business?

A: Prospective students are welcome to tour Ross during the regularly scheduled daytime visits. In addition, evening tours of Ross can be arranged. To learn more about visiting campus and taking a tour, visit

Q: Can I make an appointment to talk with someone about the Part-time MBA Program?

A: Prospective part-time MBA students can schedule 15-minute counseling appointments with the a staff member of the PTMBA Program where we can answer questions about the program. Click here to schedule an appointment.

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