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Stephen M. Ross School of Business – University of Michigan

History

In 1924, six years after the University of Michigan began offering a Certificate of Business Administration through the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, the university officially opened its business school, then titled the University of Michigan School of Business Administration. Upon its founding, it only offered a two-year, full-time MBA. Fourteen years later, the school introduced its Evening MBA, offering classes throughout the state of Michigan in cities like Detroit and Flint, as well as its central campus of Ann Arbor.

After decades of expansion, including the groundbreaking of several new facilities, the introduction of an undergraduate BBA degree, and inclusion of new master’s programs, the school introduced its 16-month Global MBA in 1996. Just five years later, its first EMBA offering was officially introduced. In 2004, BBA alum Stephen Ross (’62), billionaire business owner, gifted the school a massive $100 donation, which was renamed as the Stephen M. Ross School of Business in his honor.

In early 2019, the school officially introduced an online format offering for its part-time MBA program.

School Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 10 (tie)
• Bloomberg: 17
• Forbes: 10
• Financial Times: 28
• The Economist: 9

Location(s)

The Ross School of Business central campus in the southeast section of the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus, about 25 miles west of the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. Ross also has several other campus locations outside of Michigan, including in Los Angeles, which exclusively offers an Executive MBA. The school’s Global MBA program allows students to work in various international locations, including southeast Asia and in Silicon Valley.

Facilities

The business school’s eponymous Ross School of Business building features the majority of the program’s classrooms and faculty offices, as well as a large auditorium, fitness center, and cafe for students. The large, glass-enclosed Davidson Winter Garden, located on the first floor, operates as a common meeting area for students, faculty, and staff.

Faculty

The Ross School of Business features 155 full-time faculty members and 77 adjunct or visiting members, teaching across 11 areas of focus, including entrepreneurship, leadership, healthcare, and more.

Student Body

The school reports that over 4,000 students are enrolled in all of the Ross School of Business programs, including its MBA programs, undergraduate programs, doctorate programs, and more.

MBA Degree Offerings

The University of Michigan Ross School of Business offers a traditional, full-time MBA, a part-time MBA that can be taken on-campus or online, a Global MBA, and an Executive MBA.

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Experience Ann Arbor With Michigan Ross

Located in southeast Michigan, Ann Arbor is home to more than 115,000 residents, as well as world-class research facilities, startups, and internationally recognized companies from Google to Domino’s Pizza. With people from across the globe drawn here to attend and work at U-M, Ann Arbor is a hub of education, culture, and commerce. Mixing the best of small town and city living, you’ll find local art galleries sharing the streets with national chains, historic homes interspersed among modern architecture, and entertainment venues hosting a mix of emerging artists and internationally renowned performers. This contrast makes Ann Arbor one of the most desirable places to live. It’s why the city is praised for having one of America’s best Main Streets, named one of the best cities for well-being, and credited as one of the coolest cities in the Midwest.

The +Impact Studio at Michigan Ross

The +Impact Studio is the business world’s R&D lab for solving the complex challenges of our generation. We’re building it right here at Michigan Ross, and we invite you to come help us create it. It's more than just a physical space. The +Impact Studio is also a new action-based learning course, a campus hub for programming and events, and a new way of thinking about our role as business leaders in society. We’re bringing together students from schools across the University of Michigan to collaborate across boundaries and take on the world’s biggest challenges.

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