How to Apply

Congratulations on your decision to apply to the University of Michigan-Dearborn!

The University of Michigan-Dearborn is committed to building a diverse learning community and welcomes applications from qualified international students.  We serve highly motivated candidates whose accomplishments suggest the ability to successfully complete a rigorous program of graduate study. Applicants are evaluated not only for academic ability, but for career goals and overall "fit" for their selected program of study. Applicants should carefully review the available graduate programs and choose one that is most appropriate for their future goals.

Basic admission requirements and application deadlines vary by program. Note: not all programs admit for every term. 

Effective September 2015: An applicant may only apply to one program at a time. After an admission decision is made on the first program, the student can apply to one other program, but will have to submit a new application and fee. Additional submitted applications will not be processed.

All correspondence must be in English and should contain the full legal name of the applicant, as shown on a passport or other government-issued identification. It is vital that your full legal name is included on all materials submitted to ensure proper and timely matching of supporting documents to your application. If there are any discrepancies, you must notify the Office of Graduate Studies. All applicants have the opportunity to disclose any previous names on the application prior to submission. 

How to Apply

  • All degree-seeking applicants applying to a graduate program for the first time can use the online portal. Students seeking readmission or just interested in taking a few classesshould not complete this application. 

    To start your application, create or enter login details and follow on-screen instructions. Note: the application does not need to be completed all at once. Your login and password will allow you to return at a later date. It is important to remember your login information so you can later check your application status online. Be sure to review the Tips section at the bottom of this page as you start the application process. 

    Submission of an online application requires payment of a $60 application fee. The application fee is nonrefundable and cannot be credited toward tuition or any other fees.The application fee can be paid by credit or debit card (Visa, Mastercard or Discover). 

    Temporary fee waiver in effect for College of Business applicants through December 15, 2016.

    Note: It is vital that your complete legal name (as shown on a driver's license or passport) is included on all materials submitted, including your application, to ensure proper matching of supporting documents to your application. 

  • General instructions (though some programs may have other guidelines): Please describe your post-graduation career plans. How will your education, experience, and development to date help support those plans? How will this graduate program help you to attain your goals? Preferred length is around 500 words.

    Statements may be entered directly into the online application or can be separately emailed as a Word document or PDF to umd-gradadmissions@umich.edu.  (This email should be used only to submit admission materials. Please email umd-graduatestudies@umich.edu with all other messages, especially those requiring action or response by our office).

  • Complete your portion of the required form and share with your recommender(s). Please contact your program if you have questions about who to ask to complete your recommendations. 

    Your recommender(s) must submit the completed form and accompanying letter of support directly to Graduate Admissions. Your recommender(s) may submit in one of the following ways:

    • Email directly to umd-gradadmissions@umich.edu
    • Provide you with a signed and sealed envelope containing both completed form and accompanying letter, to be mailed to the Office of Graduate Studies with your other gathered materials
       

    The number of recommendations required by college is listed below.  If you do not know where your program of interest is housed, please review our graduate programs offered by college

    • College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL): 3
    • College of Business (COB): 1 
    • College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS): 3
    • College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS): 2 for master’s level; 3 for doctoral level
  • Two-page limit for master's applicants; Four-page limit for doctoral or specialist applicants. Please include education information; work experience; research, teaching, or internship experience; professional affiliations, volunteer activities; community engagement; and relevant honors or awards.

    Please email as a Word document or PDF to umd-gradadmissions@umich.edu (This email should be used only to submit admission materials. Please email umd-graduatestudies@umich.edu with all other messages, especially those requiring action or response by our office).

  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be provided.  An official transcript is securely sent directly from the institution via their approved means or received in an envelope sealed by the issuing institution, bearing the institutional seal and the official signature of the Registrar or Recorder of Records. Notarized copies are NOT official. Academic records provided must show the course work completed and grades or test scores earned. 

    Third-party evaluations provided by a credential service, for example, Educational Credentials Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES) are not accepted. The University of Michigan-Dearborn campus internally completes an evaluation of all international academic records and calculates a U.S.-equivalent cumulative GPA using guidelines provided by the Rackham Graduate School. See UM-Dearborn Transcript Review section for further details.

    In cases where the original document is in a language other than English, a version in the native language AND an official English language translation must be provided. We ask that you do not send your only copy of your academic records for submission. Materials received by the university for admission purposes will not be returned to you. 

    If you are local and have an official academic record issued directly from the institution bearing the institutional seal and the official signature of the Registrar or Recorder of Records, the Office of Graduate Studies will make true copies of your academic records and allow them to meet the transcript requirement. You, or a designate, may come to the Office of Graduate Studies during regular office hours with your orignals, no appointment necessary. 

    The University of Michigan-Dearborn has its own graduate admissions office, but we follow Rackham Graduate School's criteria for determining U.S. degree equivalency. For guidelines on the types of degrees accepted and documentation required by country/region, please visit Rackham's Required Academic Credentials from Non-U.S. InstitutionsDo not sent documentation to Rackham. All graduate applications to programs offered through the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus are processed here. 

    Send transcripts or drop off in person to: 
    Office of Graduate Studies 
    4901 Evergreen Road
    1055 Administration Building
    Dearborn, MI 48128-2406

    If the institution you attended uses a third party transcript service that sends transcripts electronically, use the email address of:  umd-gradadmissions@umich.edu. Online submission of transcripts can only be sent directly from the institution, by a Registrar or similar official of the university. Transcripts sent by the applicant via email will be considered unofficial and cannot be used for admission purposes. 

    Semester Marksheets or Gradesheets

    If your institution issues individual semester marksheets/gradesheets, we require official or institution-attested copies for all semesters attended and showing all attempts at courses. These copies of your marksheets should be attested, signed and stamped, by the registrar, controller of examinations, principal, department head, or an institution official of similar status. Validation of credentials may be required. If you are requesting institution-attested materials, these documents must arrive in an envelope sealed by the institution. Unsealed attested documents are not official.  ​

    Current or Previous UM-Dearborn Students

    If you are a current or prior student of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, you can authorize the Office of Enrollment Services/Registration and Records to release your transcript(s) for the purpose of graduate admission consideration by simply checking the appropriate box on the online application. If you do not authorize the release of your transcripts to our office, you will be responsible for requesting the transcripts on your own.

  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency and are required to provide an official score report of an accepted English Language Proficiency Test.  Proficiency tests that are accepted are the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Applicants only need to take one of these test options.  Achieving the minimum score does not guarantee admission, only consideration. Please see below for minimum required scores for each proficiency test:

    • IELTS: overall score of 6.5
    • MELAB: overall score of 80
    • IBT TOEFL Internet-Based Test: overall score of 84
    • CBT TOEFL Computer-Based Test: overall score of 220
    • TOEFL Written Test: overall score of 560
       

    English Proficiency Exemptions

    • Applicants who have earned or will earn a Bachelor or Master degree from a country where the official language is English (United States of America, Australia, or England) are exempt from submitting an Official English Proficiency Score.
    • Applicants who have earned or will earn a Bachelor or Master degree from an institution where the language of instruction is exclusively English are exempt from submitting an Official English Proficiency Score. Verification from the school is required. Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies for further details regarding verification for your case. 
      Note: Exemptions may not be allowed if insufficient TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores are reported.
       

    The following graduate degree programs will not grant an exemption based on language of instruction and require submission of an accepted English Language Proficiency Test: 

    • Automotive Systems Engineering (PhD) - Effective August 26, 2015
    • Automotive Systems Engineering (MSE) - Effective August 26, 2015
    • Energy Systems Engineering (MSE) - Effective August 26, 2015
    • Information Systems Engineering (PhD) - Effective August 26, 2015
    • Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MSE) - Effective August 26, 2015
    • Mechanical Engineering (MSE) - Effective September 15, 2015
       

    Testing Information

    All three test options are offered around the world.  The MELAB is also offered at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  You will need to plan enough lead time to prepare for the exam, schedule a test date and allow for score reporting.  You may take any of the tests more than once, but only your most recent score will be considered.  Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

    Requesting Official Scores

    Official score reports must be requested in order to satisfy the admission requirement. 

    TOEFL: Our ETS Institution Code for TOEFL registration is 1861. Individual department codes are not necessary for the TOEFL.  As long as the institution code is used, your scores will be electronically delivered to us.  

    IELTS: IELTS scores are received electronically. An institution code is not required. Use the following information to locate our institution:  

    University of Michigan-Dearborn - Graduate Studies
    4901 Evergreen Road, 1055 Administration Building
    Dearborn, MI 48128

    MELAB: MELAB does not require an institution code. Score reports should be mailed to:

    University of Michigan-Dearborn - Graduate Studies
    4901 Evergreen Road, 1055 Administration Building
    Dearborn, MI 48128

  • To find out if your program requires a standardized test, please review the admission requirements page. Test scores more than five years old will not be accepted. 

    We advise use of your legal name as stated on your passport or birth certificate when registering for any standardized test and when completing the online application. Notify the Office of Graduate Studies if there are any discrepancies in your name.If your name does not match exactly, there will be a delay in matching your test scores to your application data. For questions regarding score expectations, please contact the appropriate unit directly

    Please note: In cases where a standardized test is not a program requirement, submission of test scores is optional.  If received, they will be linked to your application file and reviewed at the discretion of the review committee. 

    GRE Scores

    Our ETS Institution Code for GRE registration is 1861. Individual department codes are not necessary for the GRE.  As long as the institution code is used, your scores will be electronically delivered to us.  

    GMAT Scores

    Our GMAC Institution Code for GMAT registration varies by program. 

    • MS in Supply Chain Management: 1V5-HP-71
    • MBA: 1V5-HP-19
    • MBA, Distance: 1V5-HP-50
    • MBA\MS in Engineering, Dual Degree: 1V5-HP-45
    • ​MBA/MS in Health Services Administration, Dual Degree: 1V5-HP-56
    • MS in Accounting: 1V5-HP-06​
    • MS in Business Analytics: 1V5-HP-93
    • MS in Finance: 1V5-HP-12​
    • MS in Management Information Systems: 1V5-HP-38​​
  • International transcripts require an additional evaluation, which will appear in your checklist as "UM-Dearborn Transcript Review". This review is completed by an internal evaluator and requires no action by you, unless you are contacted directly requesting additional information. Third-party evaluations provided by a credential service, for example, Educational Credentials Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES) are not accepted. 

    The University of Michigan-Dearborn campus uses guidelines provided by the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Rackham Graduate School to complete this review. Each degree from an international institution is individually assessed based upon the characteristics of the national system of education, the type of institution, the accreditation/recognition, the level of student, and number of years of postsecondary study. A U.S.-equivalent cumulative GPA will be calculated as part of this process and provided to the review committee. 

    Please note that we do not provide a timeline for the international transcript review. The timing for completion of your review is dependent on a few factors including, but not limited to: 

    • Evaluator familiarity with your institution
    • Volume of transcripts ready for international transcript evaluation
    • Timing of receipt of required materials (ex. official transcripts, marksheets, English language proficiency)
    • Validation of credentials with institution officials, if required 

Financial Support and Student Visas

Please note that admitted international students in need of an F or J student visa must submit certification of financial resources adequate to provide for all expenses while attending. The Financial Affidavit and Bank Certification forms are not needed for your admissions application to be reviewed.  However, if received and you are admitted, our office will forward these on to the Office of International Affairs (OIA).  

The OIA manages I-20 and DS-2019 Form Processing. Please contact their office directly for further details regarding the following: 

Helpful Application Tips

    • Social Security Number: You social security number is optional, but important to provide to help us match your application with financial aid information and test scores. If you do not have a social security number, leave this space blank.
    • Name: We advise use of your legal name as stated on your passport or birth certificate. The name you provide will appear on all official university documents and on visa documents, where applicable. Be sure to list your former names and/or variations of your name which may appear on any of your supporting documents.
    • Address: Be sure to notify us of any changes in your address after completing this application. If admitted, your admit letter, I-20, registration PIN, and other important information will be sent to your permanent residence on file. 
    • Residency: Please read the University of Michigan Residency Classification Guidelines before completing this section.
    • Education: List all post-secondary institutions attended (i.e. undergraduate, graduate, vocational, technical school or college) and degrees received or expected in chronological order.
    • Prerequisites: Provide the institution attended, course number and date taken for courses that satisfy admission prerequisites for your intended degree program if applicable. 
    • UMID: If you have attended a University of Michigan campus, you may have an 8-digit UMID. Paper applications only: Providing this information on the application will help the process of appropriately matching your records.
  • Prospective students who (1) currently reside in the US, (2) have international academic records, and (3) do not plan to seek a student visa are still required to provide their international academic records and demonstrate English language proficiency (if applicable). See above for further details regarding these requirements. 

    Official Documentation:

    If you are local and have an official academic record issued directly from the institution, bearing the institutional seal and the official signature of the Registrar or Recorder of Records, the Office of Graduate Studies will make true copies of your academic records and allow them to meet the transcript requirement. You, or a designate, may come to the Office of Graduate Studies during regular office hours with your originals; no appointment necessary. 

    Deadlines:

    Your advisory deadline is one month before the posted domestic deadline, in order to allow time for the UM-Dearborn Transcript Review. We recommend submitting materials earlier to allow sufficient time for the evaluation. 

  • Within UM-Dearborn connect, be sure to create a new LoginID and PIN in the Admissions area to start your graduate application if you do not already have one. If you are unsure if you already have an existing admissions portal account, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies. Applications created with current student login information cannot be returned to or monitored. 

    We also recommend review of separate instructions within the "Request Official College/University Transcripts" section for details on requesting your official UM-Dearborn transcripts. 

  • Applications are valid for one academic year from your initial term of application. If a change in start term is needed, written notification must be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies.  It is recommended that the written notification be received by the advisory deadline for the new requested term of entry.

    Application Review Deferral:

    If you wish to defer your application to a different term you must email umd-graduatestudies@umich.edu with your request, program you have applied for, and full legal name.  All documents previously submitted will be transferred to the new term. Any documents missing before your deferral request will still be required. If you are attending another institution in the meantime, you will be required to submit the official transcripts from that institution for review.

    Defer Offer of Admission to a Different Start Term

    If you wish to defer your admission to a different term you must email umd-graduatestudies@umich.edu with your request, program you have applied for, and full legal name. All documents previously submitted will be transferred to the new term along with your admission. If you choose to attend another university in the meantime, your application will require a second review by the Faculty Review Committee with official transcripts from that institution.

    International Students

    If you are in need of a student visa, a new I-20 will need to be issued for the term you select. Additional financial documentation may be required if materials on file are older than one year. 

    In addition, your original I-20 or DS-2019 must be returned to the Office of International Affairs with written confirmation that a deferral has been requested. 

    Office of International Affairs
    4901 Evergreen Road, Room 108 The Union
    Dearborn, MI, 48128


    A new I-20 or DS-2019 will be issued for the requested semester 30 days after the initial I-20 start date:

    • upon approval of the Office of Graduate Studies (if additional courses were taken after the original admit date at another institution, those records must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies )
    • upon receipt of new financial documents (if the original documents will be over one year old at the start of the new admission semester)

     

    Processing of deferral requests takes 3-5 business days (Monday-Friday). You will receive a confirmation once completed.