Master’s, PhD and professional certification programs
Most engineering graduate students apply online through Rackham Graduate School, which is the primary hub for graduate studies across the various schools and colleges at U-M.
- Master of Science (MS)
- Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Non-Rackham master’s programs
We offer graduate programs for engineering professionals that you can apply for through a separate admissions portal. Please connect with a department or program graduate coordinator for questions or more information.
- Master of Engineering (MEng)
- Doctor of Engineering in Manufacturing (DEng)
Explore the non-credit professional certificates offered by Nexus, our home for professional education.
Your prospective graduate program website is the definitive source for admissions criteria, but we generally consider the following:
Cumulative undergraduate GPA is an important factor in master’s and PhD admission consideration. It’s competitive out there; individual departments can provide more information about GPA minimums.
Three letters from people who are familiar with your work, especially faculty members who know your potential and talent in the classroom and the lab.
Statement of purpose are 1-3 page summaries of your academic and research background, your career goals and how Michigan’s graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
Personal statements are 500 words or fewer. This is not the Academic Statement of Purpose. Rather, a summary of your personal journey that has led to your decision to earn a graduate degree.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) may be required for some master’s and PhD programs. The college has no minimum score requirement, but individual departments may set minimums. Talk with your department’s grad coordinator for more information.
- Scores are valid for five years. We accept scores that expire during the application process providing the application is submitted before the expiration date.
- Institution code: 1839
English Language Proficiency (TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS): Required for applicants who are non-native English speakers.
International student criteria
Become a strong applicant
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