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Ross Brings Executive MBA Program to Los Angeles

12/1/2011 --

Applications will be accepted in January for the first West Coast cohort, which begins in August 2012.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The Ross School will offer its 20-month Executive MBA Program in Los Angeles beginning in August 2012. Applications will be accepted in January.

"Michigan Ross is a top-tier, global brand that already attracts a significant number of candidates from the West Coast," says Dean Alison Davis-Blake. "Thus, Los Angeles offers an ideal entry point for EMBA. We bring an action-based, once-a-month format that appeals to forward thinkers, entrepreneurs, and career switchers eager to innovate in the global economy."

Delivering the Ross EMBA on the West Coast opens the door to a leading MBA customized for extremely busy executives who would otherwise not travel outside the region for education. It also opens a gateway to new industries, perspectives, and educational opportunities for executives, Davis-Blake notes.

Programming will replicate the Ann Arbor curriculum on the West Coast. At times, members of both cohorts will convene in the same location and engage in coursework together. Candidates begin in August of one year and graduate 20 months later in April. With each monthly residency, leading Ross faculty will deliver programming from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon. As with Ann Arbor, the West Coast location will be all-inclusive, state-of-the-art, and centrally located; tuition and fees will be the same for both programs and cover lodging, dining, books, and other supporting materials.

A Global Focus
Davis-Blake joined Michigan Ross as the Edward J. Frey Dean of Business in July 2011. She describes the move to the West Coast as an opportunity to further expand global access to the school and its world-class faculty. More than 43,000 Michigan Ross alumni live and work in 88 countries; University of Michigan alumni comprise a worldwide network of some 500,000 members.

"This growth on the West Coast allows us to build on a strong alumni presence in the region," she says. "We are confident Ross graduates, who know firsthand the value proposition of a Michigan degree, will recommend candidates, sponsor employees, and recruit our graduates."

The EMBA Program already offers a superior model of distance learning due to its once-a-month format, notes Davis-Blake. "This West Coast expansion allows us to respond to a market need and replicate that model of delivery to future markets across the U.S. and beyond."

Davis-Blake anticipates delivering additional off-site programs in the near future. The school's Global MBA Program currently offers modules in Japan, Korea, and China and concludes with an extended residency in Ann Arbor. Ross also delivers open-enrollment and custom executive education programs across the globe.

Excellence at Home and On Location
In 2010, The Financial Times ranked the Michigan Ross EMBA No. 2 in general management and No. 4 in corporate strategy. In the latest Bloomberg Businessweek survey (2011), the Michigan Ross EMBA was the only Top 10 program to earn "A+" on teaching, curriculum, and support. In addition to earning "A+" in finance, marketing, and strategy in the Bloomberg Businessweek survey, the Michigan Ross EMBA is known for its strong leadership focus, which is delivered through the unique Professional Development Program (PDP).

Davis-Blake is confident the Ross EMBA will be "the program of choice" for senior-level candidates seeking a general management curriculum from their home base on the West Coast. "One of the key benefits of our program is that candidates spend more time learning, less time commuting," she says.

A key differentiator of the program is the signature Executive Multidisciplinary Action Projects course (ExecMAP). During ExecMAP EMBA students work in teams to execute high-level strategic projects for organizations that cover a vast array of industries and range from global multinationals to emerging startups in a variety of geographic locations. ExecMAP offers a unique opportunity for executives to immerse temporarily in an alternate industry, work overseas, or get inside an entrepreneurial venture.

Candidates for the Michigan Ross EMBA Program typically have 10-15 years of experience, with more than five years of supervisory experience. Programming is customized for candidates' significant expertise, and appeals to leaders at the director, VP, or chief executive level. Candidates also include high-potential leaders seeking to advance their careers and ascend to senior management in their organizations. The curriculum places intense focus on personalized leadership development and delivers strategic and global perspective.

"Everything we teach is designed to prepare our students to be decision-makers at a very high level," Davis-Blake says.

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat, (734) 647-1847,