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About The School

The University of Michigan Business School was founded in 1924 and became Michigan Ross in 2004 when Stephen M. Ross, a New York real-estate developer and undergraduate alumnus, donated $100 million to the school. It’s consistently ranked among the top 15 MBA programs.

Ross relies on its REAL learning philosophy (Ross Experiences in Action-Based Learning.) In 1992 the school launched its signature Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) program, which embeds teams of students in within US and global companies for seven weeks to address the firm’s challenges.

Ross students relish the experience of “learning business by doing business,” but they also want to leave their communities and the world better than they found them.

The Ross culture is incredibly spirited, team-oriented and close-knit – which extends from the classroom and extracurriculars to core action learning programs like MAP, IMAP, and EMAP. Michigan’s maize and blue culture envelopes students and permeates Ann Arbor, a vibrant college town less than an hour from downtown Detroit.

Strengths And Specializations

Technology, marketing, consulting, information management, social impact, sustainability, healthcare, real estate, design thinking and innovation, management science

Incoming Class

Number of applicants – 3,631

MBA Class size – 380

Annual tuition – $146,392

Post-MBA Sectors

Career Sectors: Consulting 42.2%; Technology 17.3%; Financial Services 15%; Healthcare 6.3%

Avg. Base Salary – $165,000

Salary Increase – 135% 

Employment in 3 months – 99% 

Michigan Ross Rankings


Avg. Work Exp. – 5.6 

Average GMAT – 720 

International Students – 36% 

Female Students – 42% 

Deadlines R1: Sept 14, 2023; R2: Jan 11, 2024; R3: April 4, 2024



Short Answer Questions
Select one prompt from each group of the two groups below. Respond to each selected prompt in 100 words or less (<100 words each; 200 words).  

Group 1
I want people to know that I:
I made a difference when I:
I was aware that I was different when: 

Group 2
I am out of my comfort zone when:
I was humbled when:
I was challenged when:   

Career Goal Essay:
What is your short-term career goal and why is it this the right goal for you? (150 words)

Optional Essay:  Is there something in your resume or application that could use some explanation? (250 words) 

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