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Real Humans of MBA Students: Michigan Ross Part-Time MBA Class of 2023

In this edition of Real Humans: MBA Students, we get the inside scoop on the leading Weekend and Online MBA programs at Michigan Ross, as five students share their admissions experiences and insights into their part-time option and more.

The Weekend and Online MBA options at Michigan Ross are both top-tier, part-time programs. Weekend MBA students join a cohort of peers for classes every other weekend and earn their degree in just two years. Online MBA students can choose to start the program in the fall or winter and complete the degree in 2 to 3.5 years. While coursework is completed online, Online MBA students have the option to attend electives on the Ann Arbor campus. They are also required to complete in-person Learning Residencies, either in Ann Arbor or internationally. Both part-time MBA tracks enjoy the hands-on Multidisciplinary Action Project (MAP) that Ross is known for.

Now, let’s take a closer look at the Ross Weekend MBA Class of 2023. The 62 Weekend MBA students average an age of 29 and 6.4 years of work experience. Twenty-two percent are women and 32 percent are international. Forty percent of students are from out of state. During their undergraduate years, the Ross Weekend MBA class averaged a GPA of 3.4. Fifty-eight percent had majored in engineering and 22 percent in business/finance/accounting. Ten percent each had studied humanities/social sciences or math/physical sciences. Prior to matriculating, Ross Weekend MBAs worked in a variety of industries. By function, 24 percent had held engineering management roles. Eleven percent came from consulting and 10 percent from operations/supply chain roles. Nine percent worked in finance. Four percent came from general management positions. Others came from HR, entrepreneurship, sales, strategic planning and other work experience. When it came time to take the GMAT, the Ross Weekend MBA students averaged a 671 with an 80 percent range of 620-720. For those who took the GRE, their Quant average landed at 160 and Verbal average at 156.

The Online MBA class at Ross numbers 80 members. They average an age of 30 and seven years of work experience. Twenty-six percent are women and nearly seven percent are international. Roughly 86 percent of Online MBA students are from out of state. Ross Online MBA students earned an average GPA of 3.5 during their undergraduate years. Nearly 29 percent had majored in engineering followed by almost 21 percent in social sciences. Nearly 20 percent had studied business/accounting/finance/marketing. Approximately 10 percent earned degrees in the humanities. Prior to starting the online MBA at Ross, students came from more than 17 different industries. The highest percentage–11.5–came from healthcare. Then, roughly 9 percent had worked in the automotive industry. Nearly 7 percent each came from the aerospace, consulting or manufacturing fields. Approximately 6 percent have entrepreneurial ventures going; the same number work in internet & software services. The military and pharma/biotech each claim 4.6 percent. Other fields include consumer packaged goods, finance, energy and more. When Ross Online MBA students took the GMAT, they averaged a score of 677 with an 80 percent range of 620-730. Those who took the GRE clocked in average scores of 158 in both the Quant and Verbal sections.

Get to know some students behind the stats in the following pages, as five current Ross Part-Time MBA students talk about their professional and admissions journeys.

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Lauren Wakal

Lauren Wakal has been covering the MBA admissions space for more than a decade, from in-depth business school profiles to weekly breaking news and more.

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