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Course Registration : Registration Information for Winter 2016, MBA1s, Class of 2017

To learn more about the process for course registration for Winter 2016, be sure to review all of the information below carefully!

Registration Planning: Get Ready

General registration will open November 23-25, and the University catalog and schedule of classes for Winter 2016 were available starting October 19. Be sure to review the schedule and the information below before registration opens.

Q. What core will I be taking in Winter 2016?
A.  In Winter 2016, MBA1s take ACC 552, TO 552 (TO 605 if Tauber), and BA 553 (see Core Requirements below). Core must be taken in the assigned term, and therefore cannot be dropped unless you've been approved to waive.

Q. How many classes should I plan to take in addition to my core?
 MBA1 students will take 12.0 credits of core in Winter 2016 (see Core Requirements below). Remember that Winter A is an extremely busy time for internship interviewing and students are encouraged to allow ample room in their class schedules to focus on recruiting and to catch your breath after the busy Fall schedule! The University allows students to enroll in up to 18 credits per term; students will have space to elect an additional elective or requirement during the Winter A half-term. MBA1 students may NOT register for any full semester-length courses or Winter B courses in addition to MAP. Notes:

  • Tauber students will have 14.25 of required core, and most International students will register for STRATEGY 425 (1.0 credits) in addition to the MBA1 core, so be sure to plan your schedule accordingly.  
  • Fund participants (Wolverine Venture Fund, Social Venture Fund, Frankel Fund, and the Maize & Blue Fund): will also be registering for some additional credits (1.5 credits) during the Winter term. You will be issued an electronic permission for the appropriate class, so be sure to plan around these credits and register for the class soon after receiving permission.

Q. What electives or other classes can I take?
 If you decide to add a Winter A class, you may choose to take an elective in your area of interest to prepare you for your internship, or you can choose to complete one of the three additional degree requirements (see Core Requirements below). Reviewing our current Course Descriptions, talking to current MBA2s, and scheduling an appointment with an Academic Advisor are all great ways to explore course options.  Some specific elective options that are often considered by newly admitted MBA1s are also listed below.   Reviewing our current Course Descriptions may help you decide. 

  • Additional Degree Requirements
    • STRATEGY 503: World Economy (1.5 credits) must be completed at some time during your two years.  Note that STRATEGY 503 is a required prerequisite for some upper level STRATEGY electives (STRATEGY 584: Business in Asia, in particular).  If you hope to register for elective courses in your second year that require this course as a prerequisite, you will want to complete STRATEGY 503 in your first year.
    • Communication Requirement: This requirement can be satisfied by passing a waiver exam or with course work. Students must complete ONE of the following options:
    • Complete any one of the following classes: BCOMM 520, BCOMM 521, BCOMM 522, BCOMM 524 or BCOMM 560.
    • Pass the Communication Waiver Exam: Offered near the start of each Fall term (typically in July/August). Full-Time MBA students (including all MBA Duals) can take the Communication Waiver Exam at any point during their education in the MBA program. Students who have not successfully completed the assessment will need to fulfill the Communication requirement with course work.
    • Law/Ethics Requirement: This requirement can be met by waiver request or by taking ONE of a selection of courses at any time during the two years. (Students who have earned a Juris Doctor degree are automatically waived from this requirement.) The following courses will satisfy the Law/Ethics requirement: BL/ES 504, BL 506, BL 507, BL 508, BL 509, BL 511, BL 512, BL 513, BL 514, BL 516, BL 517, BL 536 (formerly BA 512), or BL 582.
    • Non-Business Courses:  MBAs may elect 500-level and above non-Business School courses at UM-Ann Arbor (up to a maximum of 10 credits throughout your MBA career).  Courses from other graduate programs are listed in the University Time Schedule.


Q. How do I register for off-site courses that take place in January, March (Spring Break), and/or May? 
A. Students register for off-site courses (e.g., BE 688, BL 688, and Strategy 520) as part of their Winter schedule, and these courses will require instructor consent to enroll. Keep in mind that MBA students may not register for more than 18 credits per term (Winter A & B combined); therefore, if you are planning on participating in BE 688, BL 688, or Strategy 520, be sure to leave room in your schedule.

Q. How do I find out what courses are being offered and when?
As of October 19, you can view the full University schedule (including Ross and non-Ross courses) on Wolverine Access, or via the Office of the Registrar - this site has a helpful CSV file version that can be downloaded and filtered to identify Ross classes. For general overviews of business courses being offered each term, browse the Ross course descriptions. As you review course options, keep in mind that MBA1 students may NOT register for courses in addition to MAP (BA 553) during Winter B.

Core Requirements: Get Set

Academic Services will load Full-time MBA1 students into the required Winter 2016 core during the second week of November. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you are registering for and completing the appropriate requirements over the next three semesters (e.g., Communication requirementLaw/EthicsWorld Economy).

Q. What are my core requirements?
Be sure to review the core curriculum for Full-time MBA students to make sure you understand the degree requirements for the Full-Time MBA program. In Winter 2016, MBA1 students will complete ACC 552 (2.25 credits) and TO 552 (2.25 credits) in Winter A (4.5 total), and BA 553 (MAP = 7.5 credits) in Winter B, for a Winter 2016 term total of 12.0 core credits. (Tauber Institute students will have additional courses required for their program which may fill their Winter schedules.)

Q. Which core can I waive? 
A. Review the Core Course Waiver information for details regarding which core can be waived and how. Note that the deadline for Winter core course waivers is November 2.

Q. How can I keep track of which core requirements I have or haven’t completed?
 Review your Academic Requirements on Wolverine Access to see a live degree audit of your record, or schedule a Graduate Degree Audit Check appointment with an Academic Advisor. Dual Degree students will need to schedule an "MBA Dual Degree Advising/Issues" appointment to review their requirements. 

General Registration: Go!

To register for courses in addition to the 12.0 credits of core in Winter 2016, students will use the University's general registration process on Wolverine Access. Please refer to How to Add & Drop Classes for more detailed registration instructions.

Q. When is my registration appointment time?
 The University assigns registration appointment times for graduate students between November 23-25. The times are determined by the credits completed, and then are randomly assigned. You can view your assigned time on Wolverine Access starting November 16.

Q. Do I need to use the backpack feature in Wolverine Access before registration opens?
 It is recommended that you do, but it is not required. Starting November 16, you can start to add classes to your "Backpack" in Wolverine Access. Backpacking courses allows you to quickly add those classes all at once when your registration appointment time opens. However, be aware that backpacking does not reserve a seat for you in the class - it is simply a way to put the course in your "shopping cart" so that you can "check-out" quickly. If a class in your backpack does not have room available when your registration time opens, you may have to waitlist yourself, and/or select an alternate open class at that time.

Q. Do I have to register exactly at my appointment time, and when does my registration close?
You do not need to register exactly at your appointment time, but some classes will fill quickly, or seats may be opened to non-Ross students after registration has been open for a week or more, so it is to your advantage to register when your appointment time opens. Once your appointment time opens, you can continue to make changes until the drop/add deadlines for Winter 2016.

Q: How can I learn how to use Wolverine Access to drop/add classes?
Wolverine Access is the University website that maintains course registration, student records, address updates, and more. Using your uniqname and password, you can drop or add classes, check your registration or grades, update your address, and request transcripts. If you have questions about how to use or perform certain functions in Wolverine Access you can log in under Student Business, click on Student Center and search the Help menu for detailed step by step instructions and tips. 

Q. I want to shop around for a good deal on textbooks.  Can I get a list of books I'll need?
A. Textbook and other course requirements are typically available on each course's CTools web site.

Important Rules and Policies: What You Need to Know 

It is each student's responsibility to review the course registration rules and policies carefully.

Q. I still have questions. Is there someone I can talk to?
For quick, general questions relating to registration and other processes, Add/Drop forms, Permissions, Standard Letter Requests, etc., please stop by W3700 during office hours (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.), or contact our main office at 734-647-4933 or rossacadservices@umich.edu.

If you have questions regarding course selection or degree requirements, please contact an Academic Advisor or schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor through our Academic Counseling appointment system. You can also meet with an advisor during Academic Advising drop-in hours (Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1:00-2:00 PM in W3700) for quick advising questions.

Also, graduate advisors will be available for advising questions in the Winter Garden November 12 from 11:30-12:30PM and November 16 from 1:30-2:30PM!