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University of Michigan - Dearborn College of Business Distance MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Online Part Time

Program Information

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Distance Part Time.

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Midwest)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 36% accepted out of 86 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 30
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.3
  • Average Years Work Experience: 6
  • Application Fee: $60

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Personal Essay

Also Considered: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Work Experience, Recommendations

Admission Information

Applications to University of Michigan—Dearborn are accepted on a rolling basis; however, students are encouraged to apply by the priority deadline. Usually, once the university has received all of a student's application materials, an admissions decision will be made in just a few days. Most accepted applicants have a GMAT score in the mid-500s an...Applications to University of Michigan—Dearborn are accepted on a rolling basis; however, students are encouraged to apply by the priority deadline. Usually, once the university has received all of a student's application materials, an admissions decision will be made in just a few days. Most accepted applicants have a GMAT score in the mid-500s and an undergraduate GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. At least two years of full-time work experience is required before entering the program.

The Princeton Review

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 193
Percent International Students 2%
Total Full-Time Faculty 29
Full-Time Faculty 83%

Student Life

On this urban campus, most students are “working professionals” with a “few full-time students” added to the mix. While many are busy with work and family, this profession­al group takes their studies seriously, and most students are “eager to participate in class and highly focused on their academics.” “Being a commuter university, there is not much networking outside of class,” and clubs and extracurricular activities are limited. Still, some part-time students say they use “the library, health club, and all of the business offices” while others get together for “study groups outside of class time to prepare for exams or group projects.” For those who’d like a bit more camaraderie, the “COB has worked hard to improve stu­dent life,” and many full-time MBA candidates say, “I have made friends that I expect to have the rest of my life.” In addition, the larger university is home to over 9,083 students. There, “You will always find clubs sponsoring and advertising activities to try and get other students engaged.” Campus facilities get good reviews, and recently, “A new food court and study lounge was added” to the business school area. “Research and technolo­gies are top notch and on par with other major business schools,” and “The College of Business has its own computer lab” with Internet access and printers

Career

A large percentage of UMD students are already working full-time, and many receive tuition assistance from their employers. For those who are looking for a new job (or to make a career change), the College of Business’s Career Planning and Placement Office assists graduate students with their job and internship search through resume critiques, online job and internship boards, and career fairs. On the Career Planning and Placement Office’s website, students can get information about upcoming events and workshops, or peruse current job listings and links to local employment assistance. Students are often surprised to find that their professors can be a great way to get a foot in the door of the local job market. A current student attests, “They are quite supportive even when you’re finished with their class—it is not uncommon for professors to help with networking or career searches.”

The Princeton Review

Students Say

After comparing MBA programs, many students choose University of Michigan— Dearborn for the unbeatable triumvirate of “value, location, and name brand” its College of Business offers. The program is geared toward part-time students, and the combina­tion of “evening and online MBA classes are perfect for professionals already in the workforce.” Courses begin three times a year (in September, January, and May), and through the “flexible online program,” students can take as many (or as few) classes as fit their schedule. Core courses cover all functional business areas and comprise more than half the 60 units of required course work; however, students with undergraduate business degrees may be eligible to waive core course work, thereby completing the pro­gram in less time. After the core, students can choose to take various electives, or com­plete a concentration in finance, international business, marketing, supply chain man­agement, or accounting. But the program is definitely open to students of all undergrad­uate majors and all levels of Professional experience. The college has long maintained a strong local reputation (not to mention, it boasts the excellent University of Michigan name). Even so, students say things are always improving: “In the last few years, the pro­gram has become increasingly relevant and well-suited for graduate studies.” Just as they praise the college’s dean, UMD students are pleased to report that the admin­istration is “very accommodating and helpful,” assisting students with everything from scheduling to academic advising. With a fairly large student body, it “can be difficult to get into popular classes, but the college has offered several options to help students get the classes they need.” For students who take their classes on campus, the facilities are modern, and the school “provides the variety and excellence expected of a satellite cam­pus of a world-class university.” And, like the academic offerings, facilities are consis­tently improving. For example, the school opened a trading floor on campus in 2010, which helps bring real-world capacities to finance and accounting courses, in addition to being open for general use. In terms of faculty, “There is a wide range of professor capability at this school.” Many “are clearly experts in their fields,” while others are less prepared for their important posts. On the whole, however, professors are “friendly and easily approachable” and “Lectures are well-organized, and there is plenty of opportunity provided for discussion on topics of current interest.” With an average of 16 students in each classroom, “Small class sizes help the interaction between students and professors, as well as among our peers.” If you’d like assistance outside of class, “Most of the professors will give you their home telephone number to reach them if you can’t make office hours. They are as committed to us as we are to learning.”

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Business Experiential Learning Laboratory/Trading Floor and the Mardigian library. Access provided to online bibliographic retrieval services and online databases. Alumni network, career counseling/planning, career fairs, career library, career placement, job interview arrangement, resume referral to employers, and resume preparation.

  • International Student Support Groups:

    The International Office provides support for all international students. http://www.umd.umich.edu/internationaloffice/

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    The Student Engagement Office provides support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students. http://sao.umd.umich.edu/studentengagement/

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    Student groups (Marketing Club, IS Club, etc) provide peer tutoring and the programs are coordinated by club officers in consultation with the club's faculty adviser.

  • Research Facilities:

    Business Experiential Learning Laboratory/Trading Floor and the Mardigian library. Access provided to online bibliographic retrieval services and online databases. Alumni network, career counseling/planning, career fairs, career library, career placement, job interview arrangement, resume referral to employers, and resume preparation.

  • Study Abroad:

    Master of Science in Finance offered in Hong Kong. France: ESCEM Spain: University of Oviedo Italy: University of Padua

  • Women Support Groups:

    The Women's Resource Center provides support to all students. http://www.umd.umich.edu/womenscenter

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