Skip to content

Michigan Ross Selects Noodle Partners to Launch Online MBA Program

The new program will be the first online MBA offered by a top 10 ranked U.S. business school


Ann Arbor, Mich. (Feb. 12, 2019)  The University of Michigan Ross School of Business announced today its partnership with online program manager Noodle Partners to develop its new Part-time MBA: Online. Set to welcome its inaugural cohort in Fall 2019, the new program makes Michigan Ross the highest-ranked business school in the U.S. to offer its MBA in an online format, as the school continues to define the future of business education.

The Online MBA will deliver the same renowned Ross educational experience in a convenient and flexible format to accommodate working professionals. It also is being designed – and the technology built by Noodle Partners – to meet the needs of today’s students who are doing business in an increasingly digital environment.

“Technology is not only changing the way we communicate, collaborate, and otherwise do our jobs, but it is creating entirely new careers and companies,” said Scott DeRue, the Edward J. Frey Dean of Business at Michigan Ross. “As online education becomes a core competency for all business schools, we are excited to launch the Ross Online MBA. This new offering will prepare graduates for success in the fast-paced and ever-changing world of business.”

Michigan Ross is a long-time innovator in business school education and real-world learning experiences. The school pioneered action-based learning more than a quarter century ago, and emphasizes experiential learning programs throughout its curriculum, including in the new Online MBA.

To help translate the on-campus Ross experience to a digital format, the school is working with Noodle Partners to create a highly collaborative space within the online platform for students to communicate, network, and work together on live cases and real-world business projects.

“Given Michigan Ross’ prestige and commitment to innovation, this partnership is incredibly exciting for us,” Noodle Partners CEO John Katzman said. “We’re responding to the needs of today’s online MBA students— more networking, more flexibility— while replicating the value of a traditional on-campus experience.”

Michigan Ross choose Noodle Partners based on its network of sophisticated technology and services providers. Noodle Partners is the fastest-growing online program manager and collaborates with top educational institutions to launch online and hybrid programs.

For more information, please visit:




About Michigan Ross

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a vibrant and distinctive learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today’s dynamic global economy. The Ross School of Business’ mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.

Ross is consistently ranked among the world’s leading business schools. Academic degree programs include the BBA, MBA, Part-time MBA (Evening, Online, and Weekend formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Management, and PhD. In addition, the school delivers open-enrollment and custom executive education programs targeting general management, leadership development, and strategic human resource management.

About Noodle Partners

Founded by a team of education and technology veterans, Noodle Partners creates innovative online and hybrid programs while improving traditional classroom models. Noodle Partners has the capability to work with universities on every aspect of building a certificate or degree program that they choose—marketing, student recruitment, enrollment, curriculum design, student engagement, support services, graduate placement, and alumni engagement—and provides a high level of fit and finish. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @Noodle_Partners or LinkedIn.


Noodle Partners

Alyssa Miller