Weekend MBA: Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions
we get about our Weekend MBA program.

Do you offer a joint degree program?

Students in the Weekend MBA program follow a predetermined set of courses that does not include the dual-degree option.

Do I have to be employed?

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.

What will my degree read?

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

Do you offer an Executive MBA program?

Yes, the Ross School of Business offers an Executive MBA (EMBA) 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 15 to 20 years of work experience, with significant experience in a managerial/supervisory capacity. The collective professional experience of EMBA participants enriches the learning experience both in and outside the classroom.

Can I use the services provided by the Career Development Office?

Yes. All MBA students can attend recruiting presentations and Career Development Office (CDO) workshops, access iMpact, and use CDO handouts, 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. 

Do Weekend MBA students participate in MAP?

Yes. The Multidisciplinary Action Project (MAP) course is a core requirement in the first year of the Weekend program and takes place during the winter term. We ask that you save one week of vacation time in case your MAP sponsor would like you to travel as part of your project. Not all projects will require travel, but it is recommended you set aside the time just in case.

Can Weekend MBA students join clubs in Ann Arbor?

Yes, Weekend MBA students may join student clubs. The latest list of clubs can be found online.

Can I waive out of courses?

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

Can I take courses before the program begins?


Can I transfer from one program to another?

Students may elect to transition from the cohort-based Weekend MBA program to the flexible Evening MBA program or Online MBA program if they require additional flexibility. It is not possible for students in the Weekend program to transfer into the Full-Time MBA or Executive MBA programs. We recommend you apply to the Ross MBA program format that best suits your goals, needs, and schedule. 

Is it easier to be admitted to the Weekend format than to the Evening or Online format?

The Admissions Committee looks for the same qualifications for all three formats.

How does the Weekend MBA program compare to the Full-Time MBA program in terms of degree requirements?

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

Will we have the same professors as students in the Full-Time MBA program?

Yes, the same professors teach across all programs.

Can I take an occasional week-day class?

No, Weekend students take a predetermined set of courses with one cohort of peers.

Is the completion of a college-level calculus course a prerequisite to admission to the Weekend MBA program?

Ross has no prerequisite courses for admission to the MBA program. However, due to the analytical rigor of the program, it is expected that you 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.

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

For the Weekend MBA program, admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and will be provided six to eight weeks from the time a completed application is received. Please time your application to the program accordingly. If you are in a unique situation, please contact our office.

Can I reapply if I was not accepted previously?

Yes. Reapplication procedures are streamlined if you reapply within one year. You are welcome to reuse portions of your prior year's application (such as GMAT/GRE scores or transcripts) for your new application. Please contact the admissions office if you would like us to transfer materials forward from a prior application.

Can I make an appointment to talk with someone about the Weekend MBA program?

Prospective part-time MBA students can schedule a phone consultation with an admissions representative. Please visit our Events Page and look for the events titled Phone Consultations to schedule an appointment.

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

We do not have minimum cutoff scores and/or grade point averages. You are, however, always compared to the current pool of applicants.

Is the TOEFL required for nonnative English speakers?

Nonnative English speakers are required to submit a TOEFL or Pearson Test of English (PTE) score as part of the application. Exemptions from submitting a language proficiency score are given if you earned your undergraduate degree at an accredited institution where the sole language of instruction was English or if you have been living, working, and conducting daily business in an English speaking country for two or more years. 

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

We recommend taking the GMAT/GRE test at least 30 days before the application deadline. 

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?

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, email it as an attachment to rossadmissions@umich.edu, fax it to our office at 734-763-7804, or send it to the Office of Admission, 700 East University Ave., Kresge Hall, First Floor East, Suite K1521.

Is an interview required for admission?

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 the managing director. 

Is a three-year undergraduate degree from India acceptable to apply?

Yes, we will consider applicants who hold a three-year undergraduate degree from India.

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

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.

Can I have my application fee waived?

The application fee is waived for applicants who have served in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America within three years of applying. It is also waived for current or former members of the U.S. military. We do not waive application fees for any other reason. You should request a fee waiver prior to submitting your application by creating a new support ticket and attaching proof of service in one of the above organizations. Please indicate the program to which you will be applying.

What should I do if my recommender has not received my online invitation to recommend me?

This tends to be a problem with a recommender's email account spam or junk email filter settings; the emailed invitation is either blocked or automatically filtered into a junk mail folder. You can check the status of your recommendations, resend a recommendation request, and even update a recommender if the recommendation is not yet started via the Personal Activity page. You can access this under the "Apply Online" section of your online application homepage by clicking on the Review Your Submitted Application/Manage Your Recommendations link.

Can I apply to both Evening and Weekend formats?

No. You must choose between formats and may only apply to one program during any given application cycle.

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

No. These campuses, which also have business schools, are completely separate.

Do you offer classes outside of Ann Arbor?

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

How long does it take to complete the Weekend MBA program?

The Weekend program requires 60 credits and is completed in two years; students take classes two weekends per month. 

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

The Weekend program is a lockstep, preformatted curriculum, so the credit load is predetermined. Credit totals range from nine to 12 per term.

How are the semesters divided up during the two years?

The spring/summer term runs May-August; the fall term runs September-December; and the winter term runs January-April.

Do you accept transfer credits?

No, we do not accept transfer credits.

Do you have to be employed to participate in the Weekend MBA program?

No. Current employment is not a prerequisite for admission, but full-time work experience is considered as part of the admission process. It is generally assumed that students will continue to work full-time while in the program.

Do I need an undergraduate business degree or business background to be admitted?

No. We welcome applications from a wide variety of backgrounds and do not look for or favor specific undergraduate majors. Business classes are not required before entering the MBA program.

How much work experience do I need before I can apply?

Students must have at least 12 months of full-time work experience (post completion of your undergraduate degree) under their belt prior to entering the MBA program, but almost all incoming Ross students have worked for at least more than two years. The average part-time MBA student enters with five to seven years of work experience.

That said, work experience is evaluated not in terms of quantity, but in terms of quality. The committee will examine the impact you have had on your organization, the leadership qualities you have demonstrated, and the range of stories and experiences you will be able to share with your classmates. If you have limited work experience, you should demonstrate on your application why it is the right time to pursue an MBA and what you will be able to contribute to the Ross community.

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