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Admissions Criteria

The Michigan Ross Executive MBA Program is designed for proven managers and senior professionals who come from a wide variety of industries, companies, functional areas, and geographies. We seek to identify candidates who possess deep professional experience, a high degree of responsibility, demonstrated academic ability, and a commitment to be highly engaged and contributing members of the program.

While Michigan Ross does not have a minimum work experience requirement, EMBA students typically have 10 or more years of progressive, full-time work experience, including five or more years in a supervisory/managerial role.

Candidates are encouraged to submit a resume to an admissions officer for pre-assessment prior to completing an application.

Admissions Requirements

Candidates are evaluated on the basis of their professional and academic achievements as well as their potential to contribute to the Michigan Ross EMBA Program. The GMAT is not required. We require the following components:

Online application form – Candidates can access the EMBA application online and continue to make changes until the application is submitted.

  • Resume – The resume should provide a comprehensive list of all professional and educational experiences to date. Work experience should include employer names, titles, and dates starting with the most recent position. Education should include institutions, dates, and degrees earned.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation – Recommenders should have firsthand knowledge of a candidate’s professional skills, abilities, and performance. We recommend that at least one letter come from a direct supervisor. Click the following link for the current list of questions asked of recommenders: EMBA Recommender Questions.
  • Three Required Essays (and a Fourth Optional Essay) – Essays must be uploaded into the application. Click the following link for the current list of essay questions:  EMBA Essay Questions.
  • Transcripts – Transcripts should be submitted from each college and/or university from which a degree was granted. Transcripts including transfer credits applied toward a degree should also be included. Applicants should also submit transcripts that show other relevant coursework even if not applied toward a degree. The Ross School of Business can make a decision based upon your submission of an electronic transcript, but please note that all applicants are required to submit unopened, official hard copy transcripts prior to their enrollment.
  • Statement of Corporate Support – Candidates must demonstrate employer support of their participation in the program by submitting a Statement of Corporate Support form, signed by a supervisor or human resources representative. Self-employed applicants may request a waiver of this requirement.

Interview – Admissions interviews may be conducted prior to submission of a completed application. Candidates can request an interview by sending a copy of their resume to the Admissions Office at rossemba@umich.edu. Once a request is received, an admissions staff member will contact the candidate to schedule the interview. Interviews are typically conducted by one or two members of the admissions committee.

Bachelor's Degree – Applicants must have completed the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree. We reserve the right to review each applicant’s academic records to determine whether the credentials presented from a non-U.S. institution qualify for consideration.

Foreign Language Speaking Candidates – Candidates whose native language is not English must demonstrate fluency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Those who have worked in the U.S. full-time for two or more years in the last five years, or who hold a degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction, may request a waiver. To register for TOEFL, please visit www.toefl.org.  

Quantitative Skills – Candidates whose backgrounds do not demonstrate proficiency in basic quantitative and analytic skills may be required to take a quantitative skills assessment test prior to admission. Please contact us for more information.

Decisions

Application decisions are made within four to six weeks from the date of completion and are communicated via email and/or U.S. Mail.



  • "The once-a-month format is a huge differentiator."

    Earning an MBA while staying on top of work and family commitments seemed like a tall order to Ryan Majkrzak, MBA '13, but Ross’ once-a-month format made it possible.


  • "I was able to apply Ross tools to my work right away."

    Matt Denninger, MBA '13, is a senior marketing manager for Advanced Energy Industries Inc.'s solar energy business. He says the tools he's gained at Ross already have enabled him to apply strategic change within his company.


  • "I'm gaining the business skills I need to manage change in healthcare."

    Betty Chu, MBA '13, is a physician and medical staff president. She says she knew that to be a successful leader and change agent, she had to expand her education beyond medicine.


  • "Faculty are very focused on practical, real-world application."

    Preston Young, MBA '13, says the Ross EMBA program is teaching him to see management and leadership strategy from entirely new angles.


  • "I'm tackling our toughest issues with confidence now."

    Tessa Myers, MBA '13, says she's at a point in her career where she's striving to contribute more value to the organization and take on more strategic responsibility over larger areas.


  • "My new position came as a direct result of the program."

    Prasanna Kumar, MBA '11, says he pursued an EMBA program to give him the skills and credibility to take his career further. In just a short time, the Ross experience delivered.

  • "Every part of the curriculum touched on an important aspect of my work."

    Luke Nachtrab, MBA ’11, describes how he looked at 25 of the top EMBA programs and chose Ross because of its strong emphasis on strategy and general management.


  • "I got a comprehensive set of tools I've been able to apply immediately in my work."

    The general management curriculum gave Larry Pemble, MBA ’11, knowledge he says he’s putting to use across his organization.


  • "I'm a stronger consultant to my clients and better business owner."

    Keisha Strong, MBA ’11, says the Ross EMBA is helping her make real world impact. As a consultant, she’s helping clients leverage her new knowledge for global expansion.

  • "The FBI is run like a business."

    FBI agent Jeff Brown, MBA '11, knows how to tackle bad guys. But the Ross EMBA Program has taught him to tackle finance, accounting, and other business fundamentals.

  • "Ross gave me great problem-solving tools."

    Mike Carscaddon, MBA '08, has nailed a solid foundation in international operations at Habitat for Humanity International. The Ross EMBA Program gave him the data-driven outlook needed for his nonprofit.

  • "The monthly format was ideal."

    John Chang, MBA '09, became a doctor in order to help people. But a contentious meeting with hospital administrators made him realize his profession is evolving — physicians now need a head for business.

  • "Ross made me a more effective leader."

    As a doctor and professor, Edith Mensah-Osman, MBA '11, is leveraging her MBA to lead the business side of research.
    She calls the Ross EMBA Program the best gift she's ever given herself.


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