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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.

This includes:

  • 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)

Professional certificates

Explore the non-credit professional certificates offered by Nexus, our home for professional education.

Need more clarity?

If you need department-specific support, you can always reach out to our graduate coordinators to connect in person.

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Criteria

Your prospective graduate program website is the definitive source for admissions criteria, but we generally consider the following:

Grades

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.

Recommendations

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.

Statements

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.

Tests

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

The University of Michigan requires a high level of proficiency in English, so that all students are able to participate fully in campus life, both in and out of class. Applicants that do not speak English as their native language are required to provide proof of English proficiency. Rackham Graduate School has full details on the English proficiency test and exemptions.

The University of Michigan requires proper documentation. Make sure you have everything you need for applying and attending Michigan Engineering by checking in with your program

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For Non-Rackham MEng programs:

Become a strong applicant

Graduate programs and employers expect competitive candidates to have significant, relevant experiences (internships, research, volunteer work) before applying to a graduate program.

Summer research is a great way to meet that expectation; it’s also a smart investment in your professional development. You’ll build your network, get hands-on experience, develop professional skills and get a taste of what graduate school might be like.

Summer research strategy

  • Introduce yourself to the faculty mentor you’ll be working with
  • Convey excitement and motivation
  • Ask for relevant literature to help you prepare
  • Take online training in lab safety (if applicable)
  • Research the university and program/department where you will be working
  • Immerse yourself in the project. Read. Ask questions
  • Meet with your mentor and/or supervisor regularly
  • Learn about the graduate program, requirements and student benefits
  • Explore the city and learn about the community outside of the school
  • Ask your mentor for feedback on your work
  • Discuss the possibility of manuscript authorship/conference presentations
  • Send thank you notes
  • Stay in touch with your faculty mentor and program peers on platforms like LinkedIn
  • Express your interest in graduate studies
  • Ask for a letter of recommendation
  • Ask your mentor(s)/supervisor for feedback on your grad school application
  • Ask for recommendations for other academic and professional development opportunities
  • Get involved in research at your home institution
  • Look for opportunities to present your work at conferences or forums