Michigan Ross School of Business

Michigan's Ross School of Business

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7. University of Michigan

Stephen M. Ross School of Business

724 East University Room W3700

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

Admissions: 734-647-3400

Email: rossemba@umich.edu

Website: http://www.bus.umich.edu/Admissions/EMBA/WhyRoss.htm

Apply Online: http://www.bus.umich.edu/Admissions/EMBA/AdmissionTuition.htm

The Ross EMBA borrows one of the distinctive innovations from the school’s full-time MBA program: a mandatory consulting project with a corporate sponsor. Dubbed the Executive Multidisciplinary Action Projects (ExecMAP), the projects allow student teams to help resolve real business challenges, often in international or entrepreneurial settings. It’s a unique feature of this EMBA which doesn’t exist in most other programs.

And Ross’ EMBA program will soon be available on the West Coast as well beginning in the fall of 2012.

By and large, the Ross EMBA emphasizes development of personal leadership styles, goals, and competencies. Students hone key skills required of top executives: working with boards, the media, and investors, as well as managing teams and relationships.

The curriculum at Ross approaches management education from a strategic level. Coursework is customized for senior-level students seeking the multidisciplinary knowledge and skills to lead across functions and disciplines. The centerpiece of the school’s action-based curriculum requires students to spend four months between year one and two of the program format consulting with an organization. Students select from a slate of scenarios that cover everything from supply chain and market entry issues to entrepreneurial startups.

Classes meet on campus once per month for 20 months. On-campus classes run Friday morning through Saturday afternoon. There are also two 10-day residencies at the onset of each academic year.

Application Deadline: July 1

Latest Up-to-Date Executive MBA Rankings:

2012 Poets&Quants: 7

2011 BusinessWeek: 6

2011 U.S. News & World Report: 8

2010 The Wall Street Journal: 15

2011 Financial Times: 32

Rankings Analysis: Michigan’s Ross School EMBA program slipped one place in PoetsandQuants’ 2012 ranking, largely because of some significant gains by UCLA’s Anderson School. The Ross program is now ranked seventh in the world, down from sixth in 2011. Yet, the school did fairly well overall.

Its BusinessWeek ranking, which is based on graduate satisfaction and a reputation poll among EMBA directors, improved by one notch to sixth from seventh in 2009. The school maintained its U.S. News rank of eighth in 2011, and slipped just one place in The Financial Times’ survey, dropping to 32nd place from 31st in 2010.

Raved one Class of 2011 graduate to BusinessWeek: “I cannot think of a more supportive team and structure (logistics, room, amazing new building and very comfortable executive residency). The EMBA team was extremely devoted to all participants and fostering teamwork, and a sense of community…even (and especially) after hours! I liked the fact that all classmates had to spend the night at the executive residency and hence were always available for after class networking, dinners, etc.”

About the Author...

John A. Byrne

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.