What happens to applications that arrive after the deadline?

Applications must arrive in our office by the following deadlines to be considered complete. Applications that arrive after this date will not be reviewed.

First Deadline: November 15, 2016

Second Deadline: February 1, 2017

Final Deadline: May 1, 2017 

How do I submit supplemental information (e.g., transcripts or a letter of recommendation) if I am unable to upload it with my online application?

There are two ways to submit supplemental information:

  1. Email it to RossMM-SJTUinfo@umich.edu
  2. Mail it to our office at Master of Management - Shanghai Cohort Office, 700 East University, Suite K2520, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234

Be sure to indicate your name and contact information in a note, and let us know that this is supplemental to your application.


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

We are looking for individuals who will be highly involved at Ross and later as alumni. One way for us to gauge future involvement is by looking at past and recent involvement.

Is an interview required?

All applicants being considered for admission to the Master of Management - Shanghai Cohort will be required to interview. Interviews can take place in person, via Skype, or by phone.

I was not accepted to the MM Shanghai Cohort. Can I appeal?

Except in some rare cases, decisions are final. However, you may appeal the decision by putting the request in writing to the Master of Management - Shanghai Cohort managing director. The appeal must include additional information that you feel would have an impact on your application (e.g., new test scores, updated GPA, a promotion, etc.). Applications will be reviewed only if new information is included with the appeal. Letters may be sent to: Master of Management - Shanghai Cohort Office, 700 East University, Suite K2520, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234 or to RossMM-SJTUinfo@umich.edu.

Does Ross grant deferrals?

Deferral requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and are rarely granted. Requests to defer admission to the MM - Shanghai Cohort should be submitted in writing to the MM - Shanghai Cohort managing director. A detailed explanation of the request and appropriate documentation are required.


Are certain parts of the application more important than others?

All parts are important, especially when competing against many other excellent applicants. It is important to show you have a clear sense of your skills, explain why the MM - Shanghai Cohort makes sense for you, and define your goals for the future.

What is the typical academic schedule?

MM - Shanghai Cohort is a lock-step program, which includes core courses taken as a group in the summer, fall, winter, and spring terms.

Can I waive out of required courses based on placement exams or previous course enrollment?

No. The MM - Shanghai Cohort’s curriculum cannot be altered.

Do most applicants write the optional essay?

It varies. The 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.

What type of information should be included in my personal statement?

Your personal statement provides you the opportunity to tell us about yourself and your background. You should address why you are interested in the Master of Management - Shanghai Cohort, your objectives during your time in the program, and your career goals after graduation. Your personal statement is your opportunity to expand on your resume, discuss your previous work / internship experiences and how these experiences have impacted you.

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. An applicant can check the status of their recommendations, resend a recommendation request, and even update a recommender if the recommendation is not yet started via an applicant's personal activity page. This can be accessed under the "Apply Online" section of your online application homepage and by clicking on the "Review Your Submitted Application/Manage Your Recommendations" link.

How do I transfer into the MM - Shanghai Cohort?

No previous coursework will transfer into our MM - Shanghai Cohort.

Can I apply to the MM - Shanghai Cohort directly after receiving my undergraduate degree?

Yes; most of our students come directly out of an undergraduate degree program. Candidates with two or more years of full-time work experience are encouraged to apply to one of our other graduate degree programs. Class profiles, program descriptions, and admission requirements for each of those programs can be found on the Programs page of our website. We will not admit individuals who have already earned an MM or equivalent degree from another institution, whether accredited or unaccredited.

Do I need to have work experience to apply to the Ross MM - Shanghai Cohort?

No, we do not require work experience. However, if you have had some work experience, whether through a part-time job or a summer internship, please include that information in your application so that it may be considered during our review. The majority of candidates applying to the MM - Shanghai Cohort are doing so for admission immediately after completing undergraduate coursework. As such, work experience will often be limited to summer internships or other non-full-time experience. Other candidates may have one year of post-undergraduate work experience. We seek diversity in the professional backgrounds of our admitted students, just as we do in other parts of our applicants' profiles. No one industry or field is favored over another. We are more interested in the applicant's contribution to the group or organization and how he/she may have made a difference.


Do you offer a hard copy application?

No, we do not accept hard copy applications. You can only apply using our online application.


When should I apply for admission?

Candidates are encouraged to apply as early in the admission cycle as possible. The deadlines are: 

First Deadline: November 15, 2016

Second Deadline: February 1, 2017

Final Deadline: May 1, 2017 

Can I have my application fee waived?

Application fees are not waived for the MM - Shanghai Cohort.

Who may write my letters of recommendation?

We require two letters of recommendation. One recommendation should come from a U-M faculty member, if possible. We suggest that your second recommendation be from a previous manager or internship supervisor, or someone with whom you have worked in a volunteer capacity through a student club or organization. The recommendation forms are completed online by your recommenders. It is important that recommendations provide details and/or examples to support opinions about an applicant. For example, the statement "Julie is a great student" does not provide as much insight as a concrete example of how well Julie performed in in-class assignments and outside of class when faced with certain responsibilities and challenges. Recommendations that state strong feelings (either positive or negative) without examples are not helpful.


Can I customize the MM - Shanghai Cohort curriculum through electives?

Yes. Students will select at least three credit hours of elective courses from an approved list of upper-level undergraduate business electives.

Where can I find information about housing options?

For information about available housing, including single student housing, family housing, and off-campus housing, visit www.housing.umich.edu/options. To receive an off-campus housing information packet, call University Housing at 734-763-3205.

What is student life and culture like at Michigan Ross?

Ross offers an extraordinary environment for students. Michigan Ross is a small and close-knit community within one of the world's greatest universities. This produces a rare combination of human scale and personal attention with first-rate faculty and facilities including state-of-the-art computer resources. Michigan Ross is a true community, tucked into a corner of the University of Michigan campus. Beyond the curriculum, our highly active student organizations create great social and professional opportunities, and the school hosts speakers and events of special interests to students. Beyond Michigan Ross, the University of Michigan — rated as the best campus cultural environment in the United States — offers a wonderful array of options for leisure time, from big-time athletics and recreational facilities to museums and lectures. And when you go home at night, you walk through a pleasant and safe college town — a town synonymous with higher education but with the options of a major city.

Where can I find information about student clubs and organizations?

You can learn more about the student clubs and organizations at Michigan Ross by visiting the Clubs & Organizations page.

Where can I find information about Ann Arbor?

You can find links to many Ann Arbor resources by visiting www.ecurrent.com

How do most students finance the Master of Management - Shanghai Cohort?

Students in the Master of Management - Shanghai Cohort will fund their degree primarily through personal savings or personal loans. At this time, scholarships are not available for Master of Management - Shanghai Cohort students.

Do you require the GMAT? Can I take the GRE instead?

The GMAT or GRE is a required component of our application. Your performance on either exam will be used as part of our assessment of your academic ability, and you are at no advantage or disadvantage by taking one exam instead of the other.

What is the minimum GMAT/GRE required for admission to the MM - Shanghai Cohort?

We do not have a minimum score requirement for either exam. As a new program, we cannot provide a specific range or average test range for admitted candidates. Based on our other degree programs at Ross, we anticipate that for students admitted for the July 2016 start the middle 80 percent GMAT score will range between 650 and 720. No GRE range or average is available at this time. Please keep in mind that your standardized test scores are only one of a number of criteria we review in determining admission. If you are concerned about your test performance, you may want to consider retaking your selected exam to improve your score after additional practice and preparation.

How long are GMAT/GRE scores valid?

Ross will keep GMAT/GRE scores on file for two years. Test scores are valid for five years from the date you took the test to the deadline date when you apply; scores more than five years old are not acceptable. We encourage you to take the GMAT/GRE no later than one month prior to the application deadline, and preferably earlier. If you take the test close to an application deadline, you should include an unofficial score report with your application.


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

We recommend that you allow for at least a month for Ross to receive your GMAT or GRE scores. Ross' GRE reporting code is 1839. If you are uncertain as to whether we will receive your official scores by the deadline, you can upload your unofficial score via your online application, or mail it to Master of Management - Shanghai Cohort Program Office, 700 East University, Suite K2520, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234.

What is the GPA requirement for applying to the MM - Shanghai Cohort?

We do not have a minimum GPA requirement, although we expect that most admitted students will have GPAs of 3.2 and above. However, note that we evaluate each candidate's GPA holistically, taking into account the grading standards and rigor of their undergraduate program.

Can MM - Shanghai Cohort students take MBA courses?

No. MM - Shanghai Cohort program is a lock-step, cohort-based curriculum.

Does the MM - Shanghai Cohort offer specialization tracks?

We do not offer a particular specialization or concentration track. Our MM - Shanghai Cohort is designed to give students a broad foundation in business. Students take at least three credit-hours of electives from selected upper-level courses offered in our undergraduate BBA Program to further enhance their knowledge in an area of business of their choosing.

How long is the MM - Shanghai Cohort?

The MM - Shanghai Cohort starts in August and running through the following August.


When does the MM - Shanghai Cohort start?

The MM - Shanghai Cohort begins each summer in August and is completed the following August.  The next class will start in August 2017.

Can I apply to both the regular Master of Management program and the MM - Shanghai Cohort for the same term?

No, you must choose between programs and may only apply to one program in any given cycle.

I am interested in the Master of Management - Shanghai Cohort program at Michigan Ross. Can I make an appointment to talk with someone in admissions?

Yes, please send an email to RossMM-SJTUinfo@umich.edu to set a time to speak with an admissions representative.