The MBA degree provides candidates with the tools, skills, networks and opportunities to advance their current career or switch their career path in a new direction. For those looking to use the degree to expand their career opportunities, understanding which business school programs provide the greatest access to which careers is critical.
The University of Michigan MBA application is now live, for applicants targeting the Ross School of Business this 2022-2023 admissions season. Ross uses the Common Letter of Recommendation from GMAC, and requires only one professional recommendation, ideally a current or former supervisor. If that is not an option, a client, project manager, or professional mentor is also acceptable.
2022-2023 Michigan / Ross MBA Recommendation Questions
Context of Relationship:
University / Academic
Extracurricular / community
Nature of relationship
Advisor / mentor
Colleague / Peer
Client / Customer
Business Partner / Investor
During which period of time have you had the most frequent contact with the applicant?
If you are affiliated with Ross School of Business or University of Michigan, please indicate how.
Ross School of Business Graduate
University of Michigan Graduate
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In this section, you will find 12 competencies and character traits that contribute to successful leadership. The competencies and character traits are grouped into five categories:
For each competency, please select the one button that corresponds to the behavior that you have seen the applicant most consistently exhibit. We acknowledge that all applicants have both areas of strength and areas of development. Your candid and honest appraisal will assist in evaluation of the applicant. Please assume that each level builds upon behaviors of the previous level.
2. Results Orientation
3. Communication, Professional Impression, Poise & Presence
4. Influence and Collaboration
5. Respect for Others
6. Team Leadership
7. Developing Others
8. Trustworthiness/ Integrity
9. Adaptability/ Resilience
10. Self Awareness
11. Problem Solving
12. Strategic Orientation
(Optional) Is there anything about your competency ratings on which you’d like to comment?
Based on your professional experience, how do you rate this candidate compared to her/his peer group?
Very Good (well above average)
Excellent (top 20%)
Outstanding (top 10%)
One of the best encountered in my career
Do not recommend this applicant
Recommend this applicant, with reservations
Recommend this applicant
Enthusiastically recommend this applicant
Please answer the following questions and provide specific examples where possible.
Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. (50 words)
How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?) (500 words)
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