Admissions

When should I apply to the Master of Management program?

Candidates are encouraged to apply as early in the admission cycle as possible, as admission is rolling and highly competitive. Please note the final deadlines for students requiring a visa, and be sure to review the Application Requirements web page for application requirements and deadlines.

Can I apply to multiple programs at Michigan Ross?

No. Applying to the MM program and another program at Michigan Ross is not possible and will negatively impact your application. 

Can I apply to multiple programs at the University of Michigan?

Yes. The University of Michigan excels in areas such as Engineering, Information Sciences, Public Health, Environment and Sustainability, and more. You may enroll in dual-degree programs after being accepted both to Michigan Ross and the other school or college in which you are interested. Separate applications are required for both schools. Acceptance to either school is not contingent upon the other. Learn more about Student-Initiated Dual Degrees here.

Can I transfer into the MM Program?

The only graduate-level students eligible to apply to our MM program are those who will not duplicate course content between previous or current coursework and the MM curriculum. Regardless of the program studied, no coursework can be transferred into our program.

Can I transfer from the MM into the MBA program?

No, MM program students cannot transfer into any of the Michigan Ross MBA programs.

What undergraduate degree is required to apply?

A U.S. bachelor’s degree, or equivalent U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, is required for the application. We accept most three-year bachelor’s degrees as long as they are equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree. You can visit World Education Services (WES) to see how your degree is valued in the U.S. Please note that the MM program is designed for nonbusiness majors. Therefore, if you are earning, or have earned, an undergraduate business degree, you are not eligible for the MM program at Michigan Ross.

I have a bachelor’s degree from an international institution; are my transcripts required to be evaluated?

Applicants who have earned or will earn their undergraduate degree from a non-U.S. institution are required to submit a Course-by-Course WES Evaluation Report. Please be sure to secure your completed WES Evaluation Report in advance of submitting your program application. Please select and send your WES Evaluation Report to the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business - One-Year Master's Programs. We also ask that your personal copy of the WES Evaluation Report is scanned and uploaded into the program application.

Can I apply to the MM program while I’m completing my undergraduate degree?

You can apply as long as your undergraduate degree is complete and marked final on your transcript prior to the start of the MM program. However, please note that the MM program is designed for non-business majors who are graduating this year or completed their undergraduate studies less than two years ago. If you completed your undergraduate studies more than two years ago, you are no longer eligible for the MM program at Michigan Ross.

Are final transcripts required when applying?

Transcripts must be submitted from every undergraduate or postgraduate institution you’ve attended. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to your application and are sufficient for evaluation. If you are admitted to the program, final official transcripts will be required from every institution attended prior to starting the program.

Are certain parts of the application more important than others?

We review applications comprehensively, and every component is crucial to your evaluation. It is important to show your passion for accounting and your personality in your application. We also hope you demonstrate clear career goals and understand why Ross MM is the best fit for you.

What type of undergraduate major are you looking for in the admissions process?

We seek diversity in the backgrounds of our admitted students, just as we do in other parts of our applicants' profiles. No one undergraduate major, industry, or field is favored over another. However, the MM program is designed for non-business majors. Therefore, if you are earning, or have earned, an undergraduate business degree, you are not eligible for the MM Program at Michigan Ross.

Who should I choose as my recommenders?

You must have two online application-generated reference forms on file to be considered for admission. Choose individuals who know you well and can speak specifically about your aptitude for success in graduate school. We prefer one reference from an intermediate or upper-level professor; the second reference may be from any professional or academic acquaintance. Applications will not be considered complete until both reference forms are on file.

Can I submit a letter of recommendation from my reference instead of the online form?

No. You must have two recommendation forms on file to be considered for admission. Forms are generated through the online application system and are the only type of recommendation accepted. Choose individuals who know you well and can speak specifically about your aptitude for success in graduate school.

Is an interview required for admission?

No. Interviews are conducted 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 committee with more information about you and is not an indication of the outcome of your application.

Do most applicants write the optional essay?

It varies. The optional essay is primarily offered to give applicants a place to tell the Admissions Committee pertinent information that has not been addressed in the other areas of the application. For example, if there are gaps in your resume, the optional essay could be used to explain them. However, it is important to note that the application review is holistic and that all components of your application will be reviewed when making an admissions decision.

How important is it to have extracurricular activity detailed in the application?

We are looking for individuals with strong leadership skills and potential for success. We gauge this by looking at previous and current activities. Please include all extracurricular, leadership, and volunteer work on your resume.

Do I need to have work experience to apply to the Ross MM program?

We do not require work experience prior to entering the MM program. Rather, the MM program is designed for nonbusiness majors who are graduating this year or completed their undergraduate studies less than two years ago. Students with more than two years of professional experience post-undergrad are no longer eligible for the MM program.

We do, however, expect most applicants to have some form of professional engagement beyond the classroom. This can be in the form of part-time work, focused study, or internships. We evaluate engagement not in terms of the quantity, but in terms of the quality of the engagement, as well as one’s natural leadership qualities. We want to know what each candidate will be able to contribute to the Ross community and to their colleagues within the classroom. In addition, candidates should have superb academic credentials and possess the maturity and self-confidence to handle the intensity of the program.

Can I have my application fee waived?

The application fee is $75 USD for domestic applicants and $100 USD for international applicants. The application fee is waived if you are a current or former member of the U.S. military, or you have served in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America within three years of the application deadline. We do not waive application fees for any other reason. Please email proof of membership to rossadmissions@umich.edu before submitting your application.

I submitted my application. When will I know if I’ve been admitted?

Admissions decisions are released within eight weeks of submission; timing depends on the volume of applications being considered when you apply. Please note that your evaluation will not start until all application documents have been received. This includes both recommendation forms and all transcripts and exam scores.

I was waitlisted to the MM program. What does this mean?

Waitlisted students may have an opportunity for admission if space is available. It is common to remain on the waiting list for several months, and we ask you to be patient. If you have new information regarding updated grades or test scores, you may send one update per admission cycle via email: rossmm@umich.edu.

Can I reapply to the MM program if I wasn’t admitted in a previous year?

Yes. Ross retains your application documents for one application cycle. If you choose to reapply to the program one start term after your original application, you will be required to submit a new application form, one recommendation form, and an updated resume with a cover letter explaining why you are an improved candidate. Applicants reapplying more than one year from their original start term will be required to resubmit all application components. To reapply, please use your original login and password to access the online application.

I was not accepted to the MM program. Can I appeal?

MM admission decisions are final and non-negotiable. However, if you have information you think is crucial to your evaluation that was not included in your original submission, you may appeal the decision of the Admissions Committee by writing the director of the MM program. Letters can be emailed to us: rossmm@umich.edu.

Does Ross grant deferrals upon request?

The Admissions Committee will grant an admission deferral request only in cases of medical emergency or military assignment that precludes starting the program in the original term of admission. If a deferral is granted, students must pay their enrollment deposit to secure a seat in the following year's class. Deferrals are for a maximum of one year and can only be given once per student.

Program Information

When does the MM program start, and how long does it run?

The MM program is a 10-month, summer start, cohort-style program. Because the Ross MM program is offered only full time, it does not offer part-time study, and it cannot be extended beyond one academic year. All classes are conducted in person, on our Ann Arbor campus.

Does the MM program offer specialization tracks?

We do not offer a particular specialization or concentration track. Our MM program is designed to give students a broad foundation of business in addition to their undergraduate coursework. Students take at least two three-credit electives from selected upper-level courses offered in our undergraduate BBA program.

How can I contact the MM program office?

You can reach us by email at rossmm@umich.edu or by phone at 734-615-5695.

How do I check my Michigan residency status?

Contact the residency office at 734-764-1400. Residency information is also available online at ro.umich.edu/tuition-residency/residency.

GPA & Test Requirements

What is the GPA requirement for applying to the MM program?

We do not have a minimum GPA requirement, but most admitted students (middle 80%) have a GPA between 3.3 and 3.9, with an overall average of 3.6.

Is the GMAT required for admission?

Applicants are required to submit an official GMAT or GRE score directly from the testing body. The school’s GMAT reporting code is SN1-J6-34 and the GRE reporting code is 1839. These codes are shared by several programs at Ross, so don’t be alarmed if the MM program does not appear when you input the code.

What is the minimum GMAT score required for applying to the MM program?

There is no minimum score requirement, but most admitted students (middle 80%) have a GMAT score between 675 and 750.

How long are GMAT scores valid?

GMAT test scores are valid for five years from the date you took the test. Ross keeps submitted GMAT scores on file for two years.

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

Academic institutions generally receive scores within 10 business days after the test is taken. If you are uncertain as to whether we will receive your official scores by the deadline, please upload your unofficial score report with your online application, or email it to us: rossmm@umich.edu.

What is the minimum TOEFL score required for applying to the MM program?

Applicants whose native language is not English must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 100 or higher (iBT). Scores below 100 will not be considered. The University of Michigan TOEFL score reporting code is 1839.

How long are TOEFL scores valid?

TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the date of the exam. Your application submission must occur within this two-year period.

Do you accept the IELTS or PTE instead of the TOEFL exam?

No. We do not accept IELTS or PTE scores; we accept only the TOEFL.

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

International applicants who have completed four years at an institution where the primary language of instruction is English are exempt from the TOEFL requirement. If you studied in this environment for less than four years, you will be required to submit a TOEFL score, even if a degree was earned. A U.S. degree does not waive the TOEFL unless you studied in an English-speaking environment for at least four years.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

How do most students finance the MM program?

Students in the Ross MM program will fund their degree primarily through loans and personal savings.

What scholarship opportunities exist for students in the MM program?

The Ross MM program is happy to provide tuition assistance in the form of scholarships to our most deserving students. Interested students must complete and submit an application, which will be considered on a rolling basis upon admission to the program. Award amounts vary by available funding and the number of applicants but typically range from $5,000 to $10,000 per year.

What are the various loan opportunities available for attending the MM program?

Ross Office of Financial Aid will work with admitted students in identifying loan options to fit their needs.

I am an international student requiring a visa; do I need to show proof of financial resources when I apply?

You do not need to show proof of financial resources upon application to the program. However, if you are admitted, confirmation of financial resources will be required.

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