What is the Stephen M. Ross School of Business

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business (Ross) is the business school of the University of Michigan. Numerous publications have ranked the Ross School of Business' Bachelor of Business Administration(BBA), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Executive Education programs among the top in the country and the world.

BREAKING DOWN Stephen M. Ross School of Business

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business was founded in 1924 and is located on the central campus of the University of Michigan. The school was given its current name in 2004 after New York developer Stephen M. Ross donated $100 million to the school. Its library boasts nearly 150,000 volumes and 3,000 journals.

In 2011, Alison Davis-Blake became the new Dean of the Ross School of Business, succeeding Robert J. Dolan. The first female dean at Ross, Davis-Blake introduced a new mission statement for the school: "At Ross, we develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world." During her term as dean, the school created new degree programs, including a minor in business for undergraduates and a one-year master’s in management. She also expanded its executive MBA program to a second campus in Los Angeles.

In late 2013, the school launched a major fundraising campaign, part of the broader Victors For Michigan campaign.

The following year, the school began sponsoring the annual Positive Business Conference. During Davis-Blake's tenure, the school broadened its global presence, increasing the number of overseas experiences for students and beginning a partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Much of the business school is located on the University of Michigan's Central Campus adjacent to the School of Education and Law School. Its buildings are connected with each other. With a major campus overhaul underway, the Executive Education programs are located at the Michigan Information Technology Center (MITC) near the university's Wolverine Tower office building in southern Ann Arbor.