University of Michigan, Ross School of Business (Michigan Ross)
As part of its action-based curriculum, Michigan Ross requires MBAs in all programs (except the part-time evening MBA program) to complete the Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) course. MAP places student teams inside sponsoring firms to evaluate and resolve real-life challenges, including new product launches, market-entry strategies, and supply chain solutions. Each project requires students to produce data-driven analysis and actionable recommendations that sponsors may implement.
Other hands-on learning opportunities are available through electives that allow students to apply learning in real time including:
- The Integrated Product Development course, where business students work in teams with engineering and art & design students to conceive, produce, and market a working prototype of an actual product
- The Wolverine Venture Fund and Frankel Commercialization Fund -- student-run multi-million-dollar funds that invest in early-stage and growth companies
- The Global Projects course, where students collaborate with faculty on international projects that address such issues as market entry, joint ventures, and strategic alliances. Students spend one week abroad.
There are over 70 student clubs at Michigan Ross, from the Asia Business Students Association to the Healthcare and Life Sciences Forum. Students exercise their business expertise in organizing, marketing, and, financing annual conferences that attract global business leaders and alumni.
In January 2009, Michigan Ross opened its 270,000-square-foot building, which is the central hub of its Ann Arbor campus. Michigan Ross is located on the University of Michigan's central campus. The building holds a Silver certification from LEED.
According to Michigan Ross staff, the full-time MBA Class of 2013 includes a professional race car driver, an experimental test flight engineer, a counterterrorism officer, an NCAA pole-vaulting champion, a Clinton Foundation adviser, and a rock star. Top undergraduate majors are business and engineering (26 and 25 percent respectively). Class size is 500 students. Some 33 percent of students are international. The class is 32 percent women. Minorities comprise 27 percent of the class. Students have an average of five years of full-time work experience and an average GMAT score of 703. The average age for students is 28.
There are more than 40,000 Michigan Ross alumni living in more than 80 countries. The University of Michigan alumni base is half-a-million strong.
83.4 percent of Michigan Ross' 2011 full-time class (including foreign nationals) have job offers by graduation. Top companies that recruit at Michigan Ross cover several industries: consulting, investment banking, general management, marketing, high-tech, and operations. Recruiters include:
- Cummins, Inc.
- Eli Lilly
- Target Corporation
- Procter & Gamble
Michigan Ross' two-year full-time MBA offers a curriculum built on a foundation of analytical tools, and quantitative skills. The first-year core concludes with Michigan Ross' signature Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) course where students leave the classroom to work as consultants resolving organizational challenges in real time.
Evening and Weekend formats
Ross' part-time MBA programs offer the same core curriculum as the full-time MBA program, but are designed around the schedule of the working professional. Evening students pursue the degree at their own pace, while weekend students finish in two years.
Michigan Ross' 20-month EMBA program is customized to meet the needs of senior executives. Coursework combines personalized leadership development with a multidisciplinary approach to strategy. Participants have an average of 10-15 years in management, including five years in a supervisory role. Courses are offered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Los Angeles, California.
Michigan Ross' 16-month program is designed for corporate managers who will return to their employer/sponsor after earning their MBA. Emphasis is placed on developing personal relationships with managers and people of diverse business and cultural backgrounds. Courses take place in Asia and Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Dual Degree Programs
Michigan Ross offers more than 20 dual degrees in cooperation with other graduate schools at the University of Michigan, including law, medicine, engineering, and natural resources and the environment.
Specialty Master’s Programs
Michigan Ross offers a number of master's programs that are integrated with their MBA curriculum and faculty including: the Master of Accounting (one year), the Master of Supply Chain Management (one year), and the Master of Entrepreneurship (a one-year, joint program with the University of Michigan's College of Engineering).
Campus Location (USA)California Michigan
Los Angeles (EMBA)