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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.

Videos

What is the Purpose of Business School?

The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is the best place to develop future business leaders who will make a positive difference in the world. Dean Alison Davis-Blake invites you to join us and become one.

The Michigan Ross Impact Challenge

This 4-day, high-intensity leadership competition is the very first experience for all MBA students at one of the world's top business schools, Michigan Ross. Students work around the clock in teams to accomplish a seemingly impossible goal that adds social and/or economic value to the City of Detroit. Along the way, they receive specialty training and engage with leading experts and practitioners. Guided by our world-class faculty, they reflect on their experiences to learn lessons about exercising influence without authority, organizing for innovation, and leveraging business as a positive force in communities.

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