Magnify Immersion Program: Spring Semester 2018

Apply to Magnify

What is Magnify?

Earn 6 Ross credits, amplify your resume, + bring positive practices to the C-suite

A spring semester academic program for bringing Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) to U-M’s best and brightest students in order to learn, identify, and employ POS principles and practices that build high-performing organizations that bring out the best in people.

What is Positive Organizational Scholarship?

As a sub-field in the area of Management and Organizations, POS is emerging as a focus for organizations to empower people to create positive work environments, improving the culture of their workplace and helping them discover what is possible with employees and within their organizations.

The class + students

The Magnify program welcomes 50 U-M undergrads, commonly studying business or organizational studies with an interest in POS-related practices and research. The course is composed of three components: classroom work, action-learning, and an integrated reflection.

To explore the classroom work, please review the Magnify syllabus.

Viewbook: Learn more about the Magnify experience

Why apply?

  • Immersive learning: Students learn about the latest POS research, principles, and practices and apply them in a unique learning community with devoted and passionate instructors.
  • Bringing life to work: Student teams spend a week embedded at a partner organization hosted by high-level change agents using evidence-based tools and field research methods to interpret their positive capabilities such as resilience, gratitude, and compassion. Sample past partner organizations include DTE, Henry Ford Health Systems, Detroit Public Schools, and Cascade Engineering.
  • Bright future: In addition to building a network with business leaders and Ross alums, students discover their own positive identity and explore potential trajectories for career growth as change agents.
  • Earn 6 credits: This class meets daily throughout the spring term including one week off-site at a partner organization.

Application process

The application process has 2 parts:

  1. Online:
    Submit your online application. The Early Decision Deadline is January 12, 2018. Apply here.
  2. In-person:
    After applications are reviewed by the Magnify Teaching Team, applicants are invited to register for an interview session. Applicants who meet the Early Decision Deadline on January 12, 2018 will be guaranteed the opportunity to interview. In-person interviews will be held on January 23 and January 31, 2018.

Important dates for 2018

Application process:

  • Early Decision Deadline: January 12, 2018
  • In-person interviews: January 23 and 31, 2018
  • Regular Admissions Deadline: February 23, 2018
  • In-person interviews: The week of March 12, 2018

Have questions about the Magnify experience or the online application? Visit us at:

  • Magnify Table in the Ross Winter Garden: January 8 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Magnify Table in the East Hall Psych Atrium: January 9 from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Monthly Drop-in Office Hours: January 11 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the CPO offices in Room 215

Past organizational partners (from 2017)

Magnify photos



Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply to Magnify?
Undergraduate students from any school or college at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor are welcome to apply to Magnify.

What are the dates of the program?
Students should expect the program to run from May 1-June 14. During the program, you will spend a week on-site at a partner organization. The daily schedule varies based on the activities planned, with classroom sessions in the window of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What are the costs associated with Magnify?
The costs associated with Magnify are the costs of enrolling in the two spring term Magnify courses: MO 455 and MO 456.

Did you hear about Magnify at the IPPA Fifth World Congress?

The Magnify Workshop

The Magnify Teaching Team presented at the Fifth World Congress in a workshop titled, Transformative Learning in the Service of Flourishing Human Enterprise: Using Positive Organizational Scholarship as a Foundation for Unique Action Learning Experiences on Saturday, July 15 2017, 13:30 – 14:30 (1:30 – 2:30 p.m.).

Resources from the workshop:

Please explore these resources from the workshop:


Student or Action Learning Partner Questions

Download student flyer 

Contact our learning programs team at

Apply to Magnify