University of Michigan Business School
The Michigan Difference. Leadership Through Action.

About the School

Michigan Business School: 80 Years of Excellence

Founded in 1924, the University of Michigan Business School has trained 37,000 business leaders in nearly 100 countries.

At its core is the pursuit of “intellectual capital with impact”—the ideas Michigan faculty bring to the classroom and both faculty and graduates use to shape the world. The base of this foundation is a deep commitment to general management, a rich, flexible curriculum and intense action-based learning opportunities that drive a one-on-one approach to learning and career development.

The school connects thought and action, bridging business theory and practice. Its unique focus on action-based learning, combined with interdisciplinary, team-oriented situations, develops leaders and ideas that change the world.

General Management Expertise by Design

Michigan’s general management approach offers world-class training in all disciplines and functional areas—from finance, accounting and marketing to corporate strategy, operations and entrepreneurial studies. This is based on a firm belief that a solid understanding of business fundamentals offers the best foundation for long-term success in an uncertain world.

Students master an essential core skill-set during their first year, then expand their horizons with a vast array of electives and dual-degree options tailor-made for their specialized career goals. This cutting-edge approach creates a deeper, richer experience for students, who have the power to customize a personalized portfolio of coursework and real-world experience.

A Leader in Action Learning

After completing first-year core courses, MBA students participate in a unique program at Michigan called Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP)—the largest program of its kind in the nation and a defining characteristic of the Michigan MBA experience.

Each spring more than 400 first-year MBA students take part in a seven-week, intense-immersion program that tests students’ leadership skills. Teams of four to six students work as consultants on real business problems with firms and nonprofits throughout the United States and around the world.

Business Education Innovation

The school’s new John R. and Georgene M. Tozzi Electronic Business and Finance Center brings new technologies, new methods of learning and teaching, and new ways of thinking about business education to students and faculty. It provides students with the opportunity to interact with the New York Stock Exchange by bringing a piece of Wall Street to Ann Arbor. The 5,800-square-foot Tozzi Center includes a financial analysis and trading floor classroom, flexible wireless electronic classroom and e-lab seminar room that facilitates team learning and provides students with learning experiences that connect classroom theory to real practice.

Customized Degree Programs

Michigan provides a dynamic and robust learning environment that offers opportunities to customize or “co-create” degree programs across academic disciplines and business functions. In the co-created environment, student participation is critical to the learning process. The traditional idea of learning as a “top-down” experience from faculty to student is replaced with a dynamic exchange of ideas and experience from all participants.

Students have the freedom to chart a course unique to their interests and focus. Unlike many other educational institutions, Michigan doesn’t require students to concentrate or specialize in a particular discipline.

Degree programs include a bachelor’s in business administration, master’s in business administration (full-time MBA, part-time evening MBA, executive MBA, global MBA), master of accounting, doctoral studies and executive education.

Adding even more flexibility to the Michigan MBA program are more than 20 dual-degree programs that combine business studies with degrees in architecture, education, law, medicine, natural resources and more. Students also can take as many as 10 credits outside the Business School to allow customization of the MBA program if they do not pursue a dual degree.

The Business School’s core curriculum covers 10 fundamental areas: financial accounting, microeconomics, marketing management, finance, corporate strategy, world economy, management accounting, human behavior and organization, operations management and business statistics.

The school offers more than 100 electives from within 10 academic departments.

Leading Research

Michigan is one of the world’s premier research universities and is known for providing significant resources to faculty to conduct multidisciplinary research.

Five research institutes at the Business School contribute to the rich research environment at Michigan:

  • Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Tauber Manufacturing Institute
  • William Davidson Institute
  • Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Environmental Management Institute
  • Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations

Our award-winning Kresge Library, one of the largest business libraries in the nation, supports the research and instructional activities of the faculty, students and staff and the research needs of the University community. The library’s collection includes 145,579 volumes, 3,000 journals, 423,715 microforms, 5,000 working papers and 600 company files.