How to Apply

Application Materials

  • College of Engineering Online Application
  • Academic Statement of Purpose
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume/CV
  • Official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended
  • Recommendations
  • GRE Scores
    • Recommended but not required for Integrative Systems + Design (ISD) programs.
    • Not required for Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering (CLaSP) programs
    • Recommended but not required for Civil and Environmental Engineering programs
  • English Proficiency Examination Scores (see “English Proficiency” below)
  • Not-Candidate-for-Degree (NCFD) Applicants do not need to submit to submit recommendations, an Academic Statement of Purpose, or a Resume/CV

Send official transcripts and other documents to:

Graduate Professional Programs, College of Engineering
Office of Student Affairs, 145A Chrysler Center
2121 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2092

Telephone: 734-647-7117

Web site:


Use your legal name as stated on your passport or birth certificate when registering for your tests and when completing the online application to avoid delays in matching your test scores to your application.

Non-refundable Application Fee

The fee for United States citizens and those with Permanent Resident status is $75 (U.S. funds). The fee for non‐U.S. citizens is $90 (U.S. funds). The application fee is paid online, by credit card, before the application is submitted.

Academic Statement of Purpose

An Academic Statement of Purpose must be included with each application. This statement should be a concise, well‐written essay about your background, your career goals and how the College of Engineering’s graduate programs will help you attain your career and educational objectives. The Academic Statement of Purpose should be submitted as an attachment to the online application.

Personal Statement

The Personal Statement should describe how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or lacking.

Official Transcripts

All applicants are required to provide one official transcript or certified credentials from all universities and community colleges attended. If your academic credentials are in a language other than English, you must submit both the original document and a certified English translation. International credentials should include a certified copy of the diploma if awarded. Applicants holding degrees from Bangladesh, Sri‐Lanka, Burma, India, Nepal, or Pakistan must include detailed examination records for all years of the program showing subjects, marks received, and class obtained.

Letters of Recommendation

Please use the recommendation system of the online application. If your recommender needs to send a letter of recommendation by postal service or email, follow the instructions on the recommendation page of the application.

Graduate Record Examination Scores

Information about the GRE including test dates and locations can be found at:

Please contact ETS ( to have an official score report sent to the University of Michigan (Institution Code 1839). GRE scores are valid for five years from the test date. They are required if you are applying for financial aid.

English Proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. Applicants are required to provide an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE). If an international applicant has received a Bachelor’s degree from a college/university where the language of instruction is
exclusively English, the TOEFL, IELTS, or ECPE requirement may be waived. The following are the minimum requirements for admission consideration:

  1. a total score of 560 on the Paper/Pencil TOEFL
  2. a total score of 84 on the Internet‐Based TOEFL
  3. a total score of 6.5 on the IELTS

TOEFL and IELTS scores are sent electronically directly to the University of Michigan (Institution Code: 1839) and are valid for two years.

Information and applications for English proficiency tests may be obtained by contacting the following:

Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151

International English Language Testing System
British Council
10 Spring Gardens
London SW1A 2BN

Michigan Language Assessment
Argus 1 Building
535 West William St., Suite 310
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Financial Certification (International Students Only)

Upon recommendation for admission, students will receive specific information about financial certification.

Application and Admission Process

The Graduate Professional Programs (GPP) of the College of Engineering administers the application process for several departments and programs that offer graduate degrees. Departments/programs recommend admission to the GPP, which monitors requirements and procedures and certifies the admission recommendation as appropriate.

Application Consideration and Notification Process

Application deadlines vary by department. The length of time it takes for a program to review an application depends on program procedures. Some programs review applications on a rolling basis as application files become complete; other programs review applications on a scheduled basis. After considering an application, the program sends the GPP a recommendation for admission or denial. If an applicant is recommended for admission, the GPP follows up to insure that the applicant has submitted all the necessary supporting material and meets the requirements to qualify for admission.

Applicants may be notified by email of the admissions decision. The application status may also be available on the web for students to view, and to indicate their decision to accept or decline the admissions offer.

Programs may grant deferred admission for up to one year following the original term of admission. A letter requesting permission to defer admission should be sent by the applicant to the department, along with an explanation for the request.

Credentials Information

All credentials submitted for admission consideration become the property of the University of Michigan and will not be returned in original or copy form.