Ross School announces plans to offer part-time MBA online


The Stephen M. Ross School of Business announced Tuesday that it will offer a Master of Business Administration degree for working professionals to be delivered mostly online.

The Part-time MBA: Online is a new addition to the Ross MBA program options, which include full-time, evening, weekend, executive and global formats.

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The first class of online MBA students will enroll in the fall of 2019.

“At Michigan Ross, we are deeply committed to preparing students for success in the ever-changing world of business,” said Scott DeRue, the Edward J. Frey Dean of the Ross School. “We’re delivering the same high-quality Michigan Ross education using a flexible design that brings together innovations in digital education with our deep commitment to action-based learning.”

The online program will feature a mix of learning opportunities to provide a holistic, thorough, and personalized business education experience, including:

• Courses that include both self-guided study and live, online class sessions led by a Ross professor.

• Elective course options, allowing students to customize their studies based on professional goals.

• Three in-person residencies on the Ross campus focused on leadership, business transformation, and innovation.

“We are dedicated to providing a broader base of working professionals with a high-quality Michigan Ross education, plus the flexibility, academic rigor and support they need to succeed in business today and in the future,” said Wally Hopp, associate dean for part-time MBA. “With the addition of the online MBA, Michigan Ross will continue to lead and define the future of business education.”

The deadline for individuals who wish to enroll is May 20, 2019. Admissions standards will be as rigorous as the other Ross Part-Time MBA programs; current Ross professors will provide instruction, guidance, and group activities; and the signature Ross action-based learning experience, Multidisciplinary Action Project, will be required.

Ross has been a long-time pioneer of real-world learning opportunities. More than 12,000 students have participated in Multidisciplinary Action Projects in more than 98 countries.

In 2017, Ross took the learning-by-doing concept a step further with the creation of the Living Business Leadership Experience course that allows students to assume leadership roles in an existing company or nonprofit organization on a long-term basis.


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