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 2016, and to ensure you are meeting degree requirements. To learn more about the process for course registration for Fall 2016, be sure to review all of the information below carefully!
- Course Bidding: What, When, & How
- Core Requirements: Avoid the Final Semester Surprise
- General Registration: What Happens After Bidding
- Important Rules and Policies: What You Need to Know
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?
A. March 9 at 10 a.m. - March 15 at 10 a.m. Do NOT wait until the last minute! Students should place their bids well before the 10 a.m. deadline on March 15 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?
A. Students must clear all financial holds at least 2 hours before the end of bidding. 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?
A. Learn about course bidding using the links below and by attending a Course Bidding Workshop:
- Course Bidding Information:
- Course Bidding Workshops:
- Monday, March 7: 5-6 PM in R1220
Q. What classes can I bid on?
A. 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), or may require permission of instructor. Non-Ross courses will not be available in course bidding - you will register for those via the General Registration process. View a spreadsheet of the specific courses that will be included in bidding here (coming soon):
Q. Do I have to participate in course bidding?
A. No, however you should be aware that some Ross classes will fill through course bidding; if you opt not to bid, you may miss the opportunity to enroll in a class. If you still need to complete a Ross requirement (e.g., Communication requirement, Law/Ethics, Competing in the Global Business Environment), you will want to bid for this class to ensure that you reserve a seat in this course and can graduate on time.
Don’t get caught with a missing requirement halfway through your last term (e.g., Communication requirement, Law/Ethics, Competing in the Global Business Environment) – 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 2017, you will not graduate.
Q. After MAP, what other core requirements are there?
A. 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?
A. 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.
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?
A. 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 March 30 – April 2), 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. Should I use the backpack feature on Wolverine Access before registration opens?
A. 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 March 23. 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?
A. The University assigns registration appointment times for graduate students between March 30-April 2. The times are determined by the credits completed, and then are randomly assigned. You can view your assigned time on Wolverine Access starting March 23.
Q. Do I have to register exactly at my appointment time, and when does my registration close?
A. 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 Fall 2016.
Q. How do I find out what non-Ross courses are being offered?
A. Starting March 1, 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.
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?
A. For quick, general questions relating to registration and other processes, Add/Drop forms, Permissions, Standard Letter Requests, etc., please stop by W3700 during drop-in hours (Monday - Friday, 9:30-11 a.m. & 1:30-3 p.m.), or contact our main office at 734-647-4933 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions regarding course selection or degree requirements, please schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor through our Academic Advising appointment system. You can also meet with an Academic Advisor during Academic Advising Drop-in hours (Tuesday and Wednesday 1:00-2:00 PM in W3700) for quick advising questions and urgent issues.