Ross School of Business

The guiding philosophy of the MBA program at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor’s Ross School of Business is action-based learning – Ross showcases this philosophy by having students participate in the most extensive consulting projects with outside organizations offered by any business school in the world. The MAP (Multidisciplinary Action Project) is the cornerstone of Ross’ pedagogy. Students begin working on MAP in the fourth term – putting learning gained in the core courses to effective use. For MAP, students are assigned to five-person teams and then lent to a company and a project that starts in the third week of January. There are 150 possible projects to choose from, with a bewildering array of global companies, for the 500 first-year students. This isn’t part of a course and the experience is not optional, as it often is at other business schools. It’s mandatory, intense, all-consuming, and occupies your complete time for seven straight weeks. Each team has two faculty advisers who act as coaches on the project.

If you believe in experiential learning – you must definitely apply to Ross! Not only is Ross a top ten business school in the US, but Ross MBA graduates are also considered the most employable across consulting and financial services.


Ross Application for the Fall 2017 intake

The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business has announced the application deadlines for the 2016-2017 MBA admissions season.

They are as follows:


Application due: October 3, 2016
Decision released: December 16, 2016


Application due: January 2, 2017
Decision released: March 17, 2017


Application due: March 20, 2017
Decision released: May 12, 2017

All applications are due by 11:59 EST on the day of the deadline in order to be considered within that round. International applicants are encouraged to apply in rounds one or two to provide enough time for visa processing.

Application Requirements

  • Transcripts for all undergraduate/postgraduate courses attended: Candidates must have the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Ross accepts candidates from India with 15 years of full time undergraduate education. In addition to submitting academic transcripts, international applicants must submit a diploma or other document indicating the date and conferral of the undergraduate degree. Documents notarized by a notary public are not acceptable. Credentials must include the following information:
    • Institution name
    • Student name
    • Years of attendance
    • Courses taken
    • Grades received
    • The degree, diploma, or certificate awarded and date of the award

If admitted, candidates will be required to submit official documentation to World Education Services for authentication.

  • GMAT/GRE scores:  Ross accepts both the GMAT and GRE. Scores are valid for five years from the date a candidate takes the test to the date of the application deadline. Candidates may self-report their scores on the application or upload unofficial score reports. If accepted, official reports will be required. If a candidate takes the GMAT or GRE more than once, Ross will use his/her highest total score and the corresponding breakout scores in evaluating the application.
  • Current Resume – Ross specifically requires the candidate’s resume to be in a specific format. The length of the resume has to be restricted to one page. The resume should include up-to-date educational information and professional experience with corresponding dates that match the dates provided in the application. The resume should also include include community/professional service activities as well as hobbies/interests.
  • Application Essays: Ross has two required and one optional essay for the 2017 intake. The essay questions are as follows:
  • What are you most proud of outside of your professional life? How does it shape who you are today? (up to 400 words)
  • What is your desired career path and why? (up to 400 words)
    • Optional Statement: This section should only be used to convey information not addressed elsewhere in your application, for example, completion of supplemental coursework, employment gaps, academic issues, etc. Feel free to use bullet points where appropriate.
  • Recommendation Letter: While Ross requires only one recommendation letter, the admission committee insists that the recommender be someone who can discuss the candidate’s professional performance and work style. The admission committee’s preferred list of recommenders  includes:
    • A current or former supervisor
    • A client
    • A project manager
    • A professional mentor.

IMPORTANT: This is NOT the official letter of recommendation, but rather a list of the questions that will be sent to the individual you identify as your recommender in the online application. These questions are provided to help you determine whom to request to write your recommendation letter. The actual recommendation letter and ratings form must be submitted online by your recommender.

Once you register your recommender on the application, an email will be sent with instructions on how to access the recommendation form and submit it electronically.

  1. How do the candidate’s performance, potential, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples. (250 words)
  2. Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (250 words).



Ross Interview Process and team exercise

Unless you interview at campus – you will have to interview with a local alumnus. Ross also organizes team exercises as a part of its interview process.  The team exercise aims to check a candidate’s ability to collaborate. Candidates receive the invitation to participate when they receive their regular interview invite.

Team exercises are conducted in a group of  4-6. The team is given 2 words, and they first prepare individual presentations connecting these words (10 minutes for this portion). Then the group receives additional random words, and they have 20 minutes to prepare a team presentation that uses the words to address a problem and articulate a solution. The individuals in the team, not the team as a whole, are evaluated.


Where do you work after Ross?

Roughly 93% of the Ross Class of 2015 seeking employment received a job offer at the time of graduation, and that number climbed to 97% within three months of graduation. The mean base salary for a Ross graduate was $118,274 with an average signing bonus of $27,905. Consulting was the most popular function post-graduation, claiming over 35% of the class; meanwhile, marketing and finance functions attracted roughly 21% of the class each. About 6% of 2015 graduates found general management roles, while the rest took positions in strategic management, operations or other functions.

The most popular industry by far for the Class of 2015 was consulting, as nearly 31% of students entered that industry. Nearly 18% percent of the class entered the technology and telecom services industry, while financial services and investment banking combined accounted for roughly 15% of the class and 11% entered the consumer goods industry. Other industries of interest to Ross graduates included public healthcare, retail, and energy, all receiving 5% or fewer of the class.

Following a common trend among business schools, Ross sent approximately 40% of its 2015 graduates to jobs located in the same region as the school: the Midwestern U.S. About 23% of the class went to the Western U.S., and 20% of the class headed to the Northeast. An additional 6% of the class took positions overseas, and the remainder opted to work in other regions of the U.S.


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