Haas vs Ross MBA: Comparison on Class Profile, Location & Ranking

Haas vs Ross MBAThe 24-month General Management MBA program offered at Haas School of Business is built on leadership as the foundational skills. The school is also among the few top Business Schools with defining guiding principles – Student Always, Confidence without Attitude, Question the Status Quo and Beyond Yourself.

On the other end, Ross 2-year Full-time MBA program at University of Michigan's Ross School of Business is among the few schools that believe in hands-on learning over traditional lectures and case study. The global initiative, especially through the MAP (Multidisciplinary Action Projects), is exemplary in the depth of the experience that an experiential learning module should provide.

Class Profile

Ross leads in accepting more women applicants – in percentage and numbers while on International front, Haas accepts a larger percentage from other countries. The entry level for Haas is much higher with the average GMAT for the latest class at 725 – close to 10 points higher and undergraduate GPA averaging at 3.71 – 0.2 points higher than Ross.

 Haas vs. Ross MBA Class Profile

Class Size: Ross > Haas
Women Applicants: Ross > Haas
International: Haas > Ross
GMAT: Haas > Ross
GPA: Haas > Ross

haas vs Ross MBA undergraduate majors comparison

On majors, Ross maintains an equal proportion between Economics/Business, STEM, and Humanities/Social Science. Interestingly with close to 40% entering Technology, the pre-MBA majors seems to be filled with candidates from Economics/Business (42%) with Technology at a distant 26%, hinting that the post-MBA job roles are mostly in marketing or equivalent roles.

Haas vs Ross MBA pre to Post MBA industry trends
Applicants from Banking and Financial Services found equal representation at Ross and Haas, while Consulting was a clear favorite at Haas. Ross, on the other hand, accepted applicants from diverse backgrounds with Military/Government, Technology, Healthcare/Pharma/Biotech, Education, Retail, and Education/non-profit finding over 7% representation.

Haas: Preference for Economics/Business Majors
Ross: Equal representation of Economics/Business, STEM, and Humanities/Social Sciences
Diversity of industry experience: Ross > Haas

Comparing pre-MBA industry with post-MBA trends indicates the industries that applicants move away the most.
Banking/Financial Services wasn’t an attractive post-MBA option for both the programs while Technology’s pace of innovation pushed the candidates to the industry.

Ross, known for its strength in Management consulting was affirmed when there was a 20% increase in pre-MBA to post-MBA migration to the industry.

Consulting found lesser takers in Haas compared to their pre-MBA industry experience.

Haas vs Ross MBA pre to post mba trends latest
The influence of Los Angeles was visible in the pre-MBA industry experience at Haas with applicants from Entertainment and Advertising getting a nod while traditional industries (Manufacturing and Retail) getting no acceptance

For military applicants, Ross is a clear favorite with 10% of the large 400+ class represented by former military personnel.

Military Applicants:
Ross > Haas
Technology: Haas > Ross
Consulting: Ross > Haas


The location has relevance in a comparative study only if at least a third of the class found placements in the host city or state or region. European schools have found a way to bypass local trends by building a partnership with international recruiters.  US schools including Haas and Ross rely on Silicon Valley, New York’s financial institutions, and local recruiters to fill in the offers.

Haas has a much smaller class size allowing the career service team to attract a majority Technology recruiter from Bay Area (close to 40% chose Technology as a post-MBA industry). 

Ross Post-MBA location trends
Ross has an interesting mix with the largest percentage finding opportunities in adjacent Chicago Metro while Microsoft, Amazon and Boeing’s base in Seattle, Washington influenced the post-MBA relocation of 17.6% of the class to the region. The Bay area with Google – the top recruiter, led the region to be the third popular destination (10.4%).

Location Diversity:
Ross > Haas


In terms of ranking, the verdict is unanimous – Haas is a much-preferred program compared to Ross, outranking the school in all the four major publications by at least 4 points with Financial Times widening the gap the farthest at 10 points.
Haas vs Ross MBA Ranking

Ranking: Haas > Ross

Haas vs Ross MBA detailed comparison

Class of 2017 ProfileRossHaas
Class Size 422282
Women 43%40%
International Students34%39%
Countries Represented 4542
Average GMAT 716725
Middle 80% GMAT 670-760640-780
Financial Times2313
The Economist127
US News117
Undergraduate MajorsRossHaas
Humanities/Social Sciences32%18%

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