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Posted on Thu, Jul 11, 2013 : 5 p.m.

U-M offering 10-month business program aimed at liberal arts and engineering students

By Chelsea Hoedl

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Ross School of Business launched a new 10 month program geared toward students with a liberal arts or engineering degree.

The University of Michigan Ross School of Business launched its new master of management program Wednesday.

The 10-month cohort program is geared toward undergraduates with a liberal arts or engineering degree who are looking to add business fundamentals to their resume.

The full-time general management program will begin July 2014 and will offer students rigorous study in functional areas of business including accounting, finance and marketing. Focus will be placed on analytical frameworks.

Students accepted to the program will complete a total of 30.75 credit hours over 10 months. Three courses will be taken in the summer term, five in the fall term and six in the winter term. The curriculum allows students to take at least two electives during the course of study.

Professional development workshops and career services seminars will be held during the summer term in addition to classes.

The program is open to those with a non-business undergraduate degree and no more than two years of full-time post-graduate work experience. Applicants with an undergraduate business degree or a minor in business are not eligible.

Applications will be available later this summer, with early-deadline applications due in November.

Candidates will be required to submit an up-to-date resume, GMAT or GRE results, two letters of recommendation, undergraduate transcripts and a personal statement. Completion of Math 105 also is required.

Tuition still is being determined, but is approximated it will be around $41,000 for Michigan residents and $46,000 for non-residents, plus mandatory fees of about $250. These costs will be presented as recommendations to the Regents of the University of Michigan, and are subject to change.

Chelsea Hoedl is an intern reporter for She can be reached at



Fri, Jul 12, 2013 : 6:47 p.m.

MBA students may be a bit too theoretical and entrepreneurship programs seem to be the tool being used to move theory into practice a bit more quickly on the MBA side. This degree seems to build the bridge from the other direction: take kids who are very applied and given them a bit of extra theory...also with the goal of helping them find their way into entrepreneur space. If the above is an accurate appraisal, this program will be a fine complement to existing programs and allow those folks from technical schools to decide which fit is best based on their bent.


Fri, Jul 12, 2013 : 1:31 p.m.

This is an odd program. It seems to have been tailored to serve some specific corporate demands. Like fast-tracking select corporate techs sooner into management. Or recognition by UM that their degree programs are too aloof from each other, bloated, and time consuming for the reality kids work in today - a faster paced, diminishing opportunity world. Traditionally B Science grads like those in biology or engineering would work a few years and return to get their MBA for management route opportunities in their field. Attending Part time took many more years to complete but the technology moved slower then. An Accelerated program makes sense today but is this an official "MBA"? Seems like it is designed to lock tech grads into supervisory roles without actually "earning" true access to the exclusive MBA management "club". Global businesses (including the media) do not trust science folk. Where logical thinking and ethical problem solving required in research are not globally admired assets in business. Too many potential whistle blowers and policy critics. When Ross B School and the School of Economics require coursework in the Natural Sciences, like the hard limitations of world resources per person, information and game theory, the scientific method used for problem solving, and Space Physics fundamentals. - then we will get excited.

Concerned Citizen

Fri, Jul 12, 2013 : 3:42 a.m.

" The program is open to those with " ... " no more than two years of full-time post-graduate work experience. " What's up with that?


Fri, Jul 12, 2013 : 12:50 p.m.

They want to steer candidates with more experience or who have been longer out of their BS/BA programs to their "regular" MBA program, with correspondingly more revenue for the School of Business. For recently graduated engineers, chemists, physicists, etc. who aspire to start their own companies within 5 years of graduation, this new program might be a good fit. It also sounds as if it's aimed at recent liberal arts graduates who haven't quite figured out how to leverage those skills onto a career path. If this had been available as an evening program when I was fresh out of engineering school, I probably would have pursued this degree instead of the UM MBA I did get.


Fri, Jul 12, 2013 : 12:26 a.m.

Holy cow!! $41,000 for 10 months schooling. My master degree from UM-D cost less!


Fri, Jul 12, 2013 : 12:57 p.m.

schultz2005 and ordmad - UM-Dearborn does have slightly more reasonable tuition for programs that are very nearly identical to those offered at the main campus in Ann Arbor. And from my experience as a hiring manager, the value of the degrees from UM-Dearborn and UM-Ann Arbor are als very nearly identical, especially once you are out of SE Michigan. However, the "professional" graduate schools of Law, Medicine and Business at all campuses all charge a *very* substantial premium per credit over the other graduate programs everywhere in the UM system. I was told this is because the earning potential of these professions is much higher, and that these disciplines cost more to teach. I see the point for medicine, but it really can't cost more to teach B-school or Law graduate classes than it does to teach graduate students in Physics, Architecture or Music.


Fri, Jul 12, 2013 : 3:53 a.m.

And is, on average, worth less. Right or wrong, a U of M is worth and does more for the person in the marketplace.

The Infinite Jester

Fri, Jul 12, 2013 : 1:35 a.m.

That's crazy. Especially for in state.