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Elective Options

While we do not officially designate or include "majors," we encourage selection of elective courses that will help students develop a broad understanding of business while focusing on the industry-specific course work which best matches career goals.  Use the links in this section to explore some of the elective options available.

  • Academic Departments: View Academic Department presentations on elective offerings for MBAs and BBAs, or link to course information provided by the Academic Departments.
  • Course Descriptions: Descriptions for elective and core courses by term, department, and/or program.  Also includes links to Non-Business School Graduate Courses at U-M Ann Arbor (for MBA students) and Nonprofit and Public Management Center Courses.
  • Action-Based Learning and Capstone Courses: Action-Based Learning (or ABL) courses allow students to have a direct customer/stakeholder interaction and a deliverable that integrates learning and analysis and applies it to a real-world situation. Capstone electives make connections between academic learning and the professional world; they include topics that address complex concepts, require diverse skills and perspectives, and are relevant to future professional endeavors. Ross strongly encourages BBA students to include one or more electives in these areas in their BBA degree; students can discuss their course selection and planning for ABL and Capstone electives with their Academic Advisor.  The following courses have been approved as official Action-Based Learning (ABL) courses:  ES 395 Entrepreneurial Management; ES 445 Base of the Pyramid – Business Innovation; MKT 301 Strategic Marketing Planning; MKT 411 Advertising Management; MO 463 Leading Creativity and Innovation; STRATEGY 392 Dynamic Capabilities Through Corporate Development; STRATEGY 470 Strategic Management of Knowledge in Professional Service Firms; TO 465 Business Systems Consulting; and TO 482 Projects in Operations, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management.
  • Career Path Resources: Read career path overviews to discover which career path you're interested in and what skills and knowledge are important to that particular path.
  • Course Evaluations:  Evaluations of Ross School of Business classes, searchable by term, department, course number, program, instructor.