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Registration Information for Winter 2015: Rising MBA2s, Class of 2015

As you get ready for the upcoming registration process, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor to discuss your academic goals and plan for Fall 2014, and to ensure you are meeting degree requirements. To learn more about the process for course registration for Fall 2014, be sure to review all of the information below carefully!

Course Bidding: What, When, & How

Course Bidding is a system for point allocation (much like interview bidding), to determine course registration for the final year of the MBA program.

Q. When is it?
 November 6 at 10 a.m. - November 11 at 10 a.m. Do NOT wait until the last minute! Students should place their bids well before the 10 a.m. deadline on November 11 to ensure that they are able to access the system and enter their bids successfully. Bids cannot be processed after the system has closed. Those students traveling for MAP during this period should be especially careful to place bids EARLY since web access from remote locations cannot be guaranteed and bids cannot be processed after the system has closed.

Q. What steps do I need to take before bidding?
 Students must clear all financial holds before the beginning of bidding (November 6 at 10 a.m.).  Students who fail to clear financial holds by this deadline will not be able to participate in the bidding process. 

Q. How does bidding work?
 Learn about course bidding using the links below:

Q. What classes can I bid on?
MBA students will use the bidding process to bid for Ross electives only. Most Ross electives are included in bidding, but not all. Courses not included may be reserved for other student types (e.g., incoming MBA1 students, Part-Time MBA students, etc.), and others may require permission of instructor. Non-Ross courses will not be available in course bidding - students register for those via the General Registration process. View a spreadsheet of the specific courses that will be included in bidding here:

Core Requirements: Avoid the Final Semester Surprise

Don’t get caught with a missing requirement halfway through your last term (e.g., Communication requirementLaw/EthicsWorld Economy) – make sure that you are aware of your remaining requirements and bid/register for them in advance. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you are registering for and completing the appropriate courses and credits. If you have not fulfilled your degree requirements by the end of Winter 2015, you will not graduate.

Q. After MAP, what other core requirements are there?
Review the Second Year core curriculum for Full-Time MBA students.

Q. How do I know which core requirements I have or haven’t completed?
View a live degree audit of your record under Academic Requirements on Wolverine Access, review the core curriculum, track your progress using the Degree Requirements Checklist, and/or schedule a Graduate Degree Audit Check appointment with your Academic Advisor. Dual Degree students will need to schedule an "MBA Dual Degree Advising/Issues" appointment to review their requirements.

Q. Can I still waive core?
A. Yes. The Communication Waiver exam is offered each summer in July/August, and students can still submit a waiver for the Law/Ethics requirement. Review the Core Course Waiver information for details.

General Registration: What Happens After Bidding

Most students will want to make some schedule adjustments after our course bidding process. You will do this on Wolverine Access using the University's general registration process.

Q. What happens after course bidding?
 After the course bidding process, Academic Services will load all of the results into Wolverine Access (see Bidding Timetable for details), at which point you will be able to see the classes you were awarded and waitlisted.  It can take us some time to sort through the results, so don’t worry if you don’t see all of your classes right away. After your general registration appointment time starts (between November 19-21), you can then drop/add classes directly on Wolverine Access. If you are interested in registering for any non-Ross courses, this is the method you will use to add those classes.

Q. Do I need to use the backpack feature on Wolverine Access before registration opens?
Maybe. You do not need to backpack the courses you are awarded through our course bidding process. If you are not awarded a class you wish to take, or if you are interested in registering for classes not available in bidding (e.g., non-Ross classes) then you will want to backpack those classes using Wolverine Access starting November 15. 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 section at that time.

Q. When is my appointment time?
The University assigns registration appointment times for graduate students between November 19-21. The times are determined by the credits completed, and then are randomly assigned. You can view your assigned time on Wolverine Access starting November 12.

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 2015.

Q. How do I find out what non-Ross courses are being offered?
A. Starting October 15, you can view the full University schedule (including Ross and non-Ross courses) on Wolverine Access, or via the Office of the Registrar , which has a helpful .CSV file version that can be downloaded/sorted for specific units, days, times, etc.

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 walk-in hours (Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 11am & 1:30pm - 3pm), or contact our main office at 734-647-4933 or rossacadservices@umich.edu.