Pathways to Business Success


Successful business leaders come from every background and they major in everything—from business to science, engineering to economics, health to the humanities. The University of Michigan is a leadership powerhouse, with the academic strength, resources and opportunities to help you create your own path to a successful career, in whatever field you choose.

A University of Michigan education provides all students with the critical, flexible skills most desired by employers. Whether you major in business at Michigan Ross—one of the finest business schools in the country—or in one of our other top-ranked programs in the liberal arts, science, music, art and design, kinesiology, engineering or beyond, you will find thousands of opportunities to transform your interests and abilities into a meaningful career.

Top 10 Skills Cited by Employers

  • Written Communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Initiative
  • Analytical/quantitative
  • Strong work ethic
  • Verbal communication
  • Leadership
  • Detail-oriented
  • Technical

Source: Job Outlook 2019, National Association of Colleges and Employers

At Michigan, there are many ways to combine your passions to find the degree program and career that’s the best fit for you. Don’t limit yourself. This is just the beginning of your journey. Discover all of your options.


Entrepreneurship Courses
Learn more about blazing your own trail through the 30+ entrepreneurial student organizations and 100+ entrepreneurship courses offered at U-M.

Entrepreneurship Minor
This 15-credit minor equips undergraduate students from any background or area of study with the necessary skills and experience to translate ideas into real impact in the arts, sciences, commercial, and social areas.

Entrepreneurship Programs and Partners
Entrepreneurship is intrinsically an interdisciplinary activity. The University of Michigan’s excellence over a breadth provides powerful support to students in both educational and academic objectives.

Industrial and Operations Engineering Program
An Industrial and Operations Engineering degree is a specialized engineering degree in the analysis and operations of systems, but students can also concentrate in business, economics, social sciences, and medical sciences. 

Kinesiology Sport Management Program
The Sport Management program in the School of Kinesiology prepares students for careers in the global sports industry. The curriculum explores the cultural and business impact of sports -- through hands-on, real-world case studies and consulting projects.

LSA Applied Liberal Arts Courses
Applied Liberal Arts courses allow you to develop and hone a range of essential skills for success in college and other opportunities, especially during your first- and second-year as you explore majors, minors, internships and other options for personal and professional growth.

LSA Majors and Minors
LSA offers more than 100 degree programs across the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. All of them develop the broad liberal arts-based skills that make strong leaders, from communications to analysis to collaboration. Many also directly focus on organizational structure and leadership for those who want to pursue specialized studies toward a business career.

Michigan Ross Bachelor of Business Administration Program
Through Michigan Ross' hands-on, real-world approach to business, you'll learn to lead, reach your goals, and make a real impact on your community and your world.

Michigan Ross Cappo Sales Track
If you’re interested in a career in the field of sales, Michigan Ross offers a special course track open to all undergrads.

Michigan Ross Electives for Non-Business Majors
Even if you’re not a business major, enrolling in Ross courses can complement your undergraduate degree and give you a competitive advantage in your chosen field.

Michigan Ross Business Minor (by application only)
Develop your passions and abilities with an understanding of key business skills, concepts and perspectives that will help you in any career.

Brandon Rhodes

"I chose to attend U-M because of its unique position compared to other universities nationwide. I was impressed by its renowned faculty expertise, distinguished alumni and recognition as a leader in all aspects of college athletics." 
Brandon Rhodes  |  BBA, BA Sport Management Co-Founder of Michigan Sport Business Conference  |  Global Brand Management, Gatorade 


Community Service Programs
Learn about community service opportunities through the Ginsburg Center. Open to all U-M students. 

Engineering Global Leadership Program
Learn how to communicate across cultures and deepen your technical knowledge to become a global leader in engineering and business. For engineering students only.

LSA Barger Leadership Institute
Connect with the Barger Leadership Institute, a student-powered, faculty-guided community dedicated to developing leadership learning through engaged liberal arts education. Open to all U-M students.

LSA Internships
More than 1,800 opportunities around the world; scholarship funding often available. For LSA students only. 

Michigan Ross Sanger Leadership Center
Learn about the Sanger Leadership Center’s learning communities, challenges and workshops developed to create leaders who make a positive difference. For business students only.

Music, Theatre & Dance EXCEL Program

Master performing arts entrepreneurial skills through courses, co-curricular workshops, ongoing mentoring, and $100,000 in total student project and venture funding.

Student Organizations: U-M Maize Pages
Get involved in one of the 1,600+ student groups on campus. Open to all U-M students. 

Dick Costolo

"One of the things I love about the liberal arts is that it teaches you by basically making it a habit of mind to be conscious and aware of perspectives outside of your own. Great leaders have an intense curiosity about and respect for other points of view, which enables them to make better decisions." 
Dick Costolo  |  BS LSA Computer Science, LLD  |  CEO, Chorus; former CEO, Twitter


The University Career Center offers a variety of useful tools for all admitted and enrolled students (to access these resources you need a U-M ID):

Career Assessment Tools
See what tests are available to help you when choosing a major or career.

Career Guides
Wondering what career choices you’d have with a certain major? Learn more about how specific academic experiences could translate to professional work settings.

Career Fairs
Attend a variety of events throughout the year that bring students and recruiters together.

Career Tracks
Learn about how to explore your interests through a specific career track.

Create a Four-Year Career Plan
Start envisioning your plan of action for the next four years.

LSA Opportunity Hub
Take advantage of the LSA Opportunity Hub’s real-life experiences, strategic advising and networking with employers and alumni.

Karen Saukas

"Psychology and communications were the perfect blend of majors for me to learn and grow my knowledge of people and the media. Both majors were also extremely easy to apply to many fields, which gave me a broad range of opportunities for work after graduation." 
Karen Saukas  |  BA, Communication Studies & Psychology   Product Marketing Specialist, Steelcase, Inc.


Learn about the successful career paths of other U-M graduates.

Innovator Profiles
Check out U-M student and alumni entrepreneurs.

Michigan Ross BBA Alumni
Find out how Michigan Ross grads are building careers across the country.

Notable U-M Alumni
Learn about U-M alumni who have gone on to do great things.

What Types of Careers Do LSA Grads Have?
Learn about the many career paths that students from diverse majors take after graduation.

Mahraan Qadir

"My first year at U-M I decided my dream job would be to work in Microsoft’s games division. While building a strong foundation in core business skills, I reached out to the Michigan Ross network to help secure an internship at Xbox. A permanent job offer followed. I now work in marketing there and help strategize new product offerings. In addition to my education, the skills I developed at U-M like problem solving, leadership and working in teams have been extremely valuable in starting my career." 
Mahraan Qadir  |  BBA, BS Computer Science  |  Product Marketing Manager, Xbox


"I initially pursued an interdisciplinary engineering education because I wanted to contribute to medical innovations in the field of global health. I also wanted to explore business and entrepreneurship so I would be equipped to make these innovations a reality."
—Hannah Cheriyan  |  BSE, Biomedical Engineering