Editorial Style Guide

Note: For style questions not covered here, please contact us at rosscontent@umich.edu. This document is regularly updated.

Referring to the School

Official Name: Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan

Informal Name: Michigan Ross 

For press releases and online news, the following references are acceptable:

  • Headlines: Michigan Ross
  • First reference in press releases: Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan
  • First reference in online news: Ross School of Business
  • Second reference: Michigan Ross is preferred, but Ross is OK to use
  • Further references: Michigan Ross or Ross

Marketing Copy

It is acceptable in some marketing copy to use “Michigan Ross” on first reference.

Social Media

Michigan Ross 

Note: in some cases, using the official, full name of the school (Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan) on first reference is a good choice for formal/official settings.


About Michigan Ross

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a diverse 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 build a better world through business. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improve business and society.

Michigan Ross is consistently ranked among the world’s leading business schools. Academic degree programs include the Bachelor of Business Administration, Full-Time MBA, Part-Time MBA (Online, and Weekend formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Business Analytics, Master of Management, Master of Supply Chain 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. For more information, visit MichiganRoss.umich.edu.

Abbreviations and Acronyms

See the University of Michigan style guide

Ross Academic Degrees:

MBA, PhD, MAcc, MSCM, MBAn, MM, BBA. (Note: Graduates of part-time MBA programs receive an MBA degree, not an “EMBA” or “WMBA”)

In general, spell out degrees on first reference, EXCEPT for MBA and PhD, which are widely known and are acceptable in all references. Acronyms for other degrees may also be acceptable on first reference in special cases such as headlines.

Ross Academic Programs: 

  • Full-Time MBA – FTMBA
  • Evening MBA – (avoid abbreviation, can be confused with Executive MBA)
  • Weekend MBA – WMBA
  • Online MBA – OMBA
  • Executive MBA – EMBA
  • Global MBA – GMBA
  • Bachelor of Business Administration – BBA
  • Master of Accounting – MAcc
  • Master of Business Analytics – MBAn
  • Master of Management – MM
  • Master of Supply Chain Management – MSCM
  • PhD
  • Business Minor


See the University of Michigan style guide

Note that we use title case for headlines.

Also, note this additional guidance for academic titles: Professors’ titles can be vexing as they tend to be long. Try to run the title after the name if possible. 

  • When referring to a professor who holds an endowed position, capitalize the title even when it comes after their name. Example: Gautam Ahuja, the Harvey C. Fruehauf Professor of Business Administration, assisted with the study.
  • If a person holds endowed and non-endowed titles, capitalize each as indicated above. Example: Bill Lovejoy, the Raymond T. Perring Family Professor of Business Administration and professor of operations and management science, will speak at the event. (List the endowed title first.)
  • Note: These rules apply in editorial contexts. Different rules may apply in citations or lists in agendas, programs, invitations, etc.


Proper format: Aug. 26, 2020.

  • The year is not necessary if it’s clear from the context.
  • When a date occurs in the middle of a sentence, use a comma after the year.
  • Abbreviate months as follows when used with a date: Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec. Do not abbreviate March, April, May, June, July. 
  • Spell out months without a date. (“She applied in November 2020” is correct.)
  • Note: These rules apply in editorial contexts. Different rules may apply in ads, agendas, programs, invitations, etc.


For the 2021-22 academic year, Francine Lafontaine is interim dean. She is also the William Davidson Professor of Business Administration and a professor of business economics and public policy.

When a permanent dean is mentioned, their full title must be included, either as the Edward J. Frey Dean or the Edward J. Frey Dean of Business. 

  • Whenever the title is used alone (without reference to the school) the term “of Business” is included.  Example: Sharon Matusik, Edward J. Frey Dean of Business, … 
  • When the school is referenced, the title becomes “Edward J. Frey Dean.” Example: Sharon Matusik, the Edward J. Frey Dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business


We use title case for headlines. (Capitalize the first letter of most words, but not articles, coordinating conjunctions, or short prepositions.)

Phone Numbers

Use hyphens, no parentheses: 734-764-1817

Ross Leadership Team

See this page for information on the Michigan Ross Leadership Team.


Use lowercase letters and periods: 6 p.m.

Use colons only when the time is not on the hour: 9:30-10 a.m. or 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.