How to Apply

Congratulations on your decision to apply to a graduate program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn!

The University of Michigan-Dearborn values building a diverse learning community and seeks dedicated students for its rigorous graduate programs. We serve highly motivated candidates, evaluating prospective students on academics, career objectives, and overall suitability for their selected program. Review the available graduate programs and choose one aligned with your background and goals. Consult directly with the academic unit for advice on program fit.

Admission requirements and application deadlines differ by program, and not all programs admit for every term. It's important to be familiar with the admissions processing timelines to know what to expect as you move through the process.

All correspondence should be in English and include your full name. Any name discrepancies from supporting documents should be reported to the Office of Graduate Studies to ensure they are matched to your application. You can disclose previous names within your application.

For details on monitoring your application through the admissions process, refer to the instructions on monitoring your application status

Graduate Non-Candidate for Degree (NCFD) and Guest Applicants must follow specific Graduate Non-Degree Application Procedures.

Apply Online!

To apply, create a login with a valid email address using the provided link and follow the prompts. You can save your progress since the system allows you to return and finish your application later with your login information. If you need to make changes to your application, reach out to the Office of Graduate Studies via email instead of submitting a new application. A staff member can either provide guidance or update that information for you. 

Submission requires a $60 application fee, but UM-Dearborn offers limited application fee waivers on a first-come, first-serve basis; request a waiver before paying. The fee is nonrefundable and can't be applied towards tuition or other fees.

Applicants can apply to one program at a time and may apply to a second program after a decision on the first is made, but must submit a new application and fee with coordination from the Office of Graduate Studies.

Students who need readmission should contact the admitting department directly.

Supplemental Application Materials

As part of the application process, various supplementary documents are required to complement your online application to create a comprehensive admissions profile. Certain materials must be uploaded directly into the Online Application before submission. It is important to note that post-submission, the application portal does not permit additional uploads; the guidelines below provides submission options by requirement. 

If there be any further documents to submit that are not explicitly listed, please submit each requirement as a separate PDF files to [email protected].

It is important to familiarize yourself with our Application Deadlines to ensure all materials are submitted on time for consideration. 

Required Within Online Application

Some items require direct upload in the Online Application in order to submit. If these items require updates after submission, they can be sent via PDF to the Office of Graduate Studies at [email protected]

Required College/University Transcripts

You must provide transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (colleges/universities) attended, including transferred credits. All must be reported within the Online Application, including attendance from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Academic records must include course names, grades earned, and your institution's grading scale. 

A four-year U.S. Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or its equivalent* is required for consideration, though you may apply before degree completion if it will be finished before classes start. 

*Some degrees, including certain three-year bachelor's from India, Australia, or certain other countries, are not considered equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's as standalone degrees. However, additional credentials earned, such as post-graduate diplomas or graduate degrees, may make you eligible to apply. For questions about your degree's equivalency, you are encouraged to obtain an Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) course-by-course evaluation, which is aligned with our equivalency guidelines.

For additional information specific to current/previous UM-Dearborn students and applicants with international records, please be sure to read through the accordions below. 

Required Test Scores 

All test scores must be valid to be added to an admissions file. GRE and GMAT scores are valid for five years from the test date. English language proficiency scores are valid for two years from the test date. Expired test scores will not be added to your admissions file. 

Notify the Office of Graduate Studies if there are any discrepancies in your name reported for your test scores and your online application. If your name does not match exactly, there will be a delay in matching your test scores to your application data.

Online Student Disclosures and Certifications Supplemental Form

All applicants applying to a fully online program must complete a supplemental Online Student Disclosures and Certifications form that will appear in your UM-Dearborn applicant portal alongside your application checklist. This covers important Distance Education Student Information and Procedures and Export Control Regulations our campus must follow. 

Financial Support and Student Visas

Office of International Affairs (OIA) manages I-20 and DS-2019 Form Processing. Please contact their office directly for further details or forms related to the following: 

  • Proof of Financial Support
  • Health Insurance
  • SEVIS Form DS 2019
  • Transfer Clearance Form

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. 

International students are eligible to receive our generous Graduate Dearborn Scholarship with a yearly value of approximately $10,000 if you enroll full-time for fall and winter terms. Full-time enrollment is required for students sponsored on a student visa. 

Our Ph.D. programs are fully-funded. Students admitted receiving full-funding in the form of an appointment as Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), Research Assistant (GSRA), or a combination of both. This covers a competitive monthly stipend, health insurance, and tuition waiver.

An extended 24 month Optional Practical Training (OPT) is available for STEM-designated programs

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Student Expectations

The primary purpose of the Statement of Student Rights and Code of Student Conduct is to assist the University in providing an environment which supports the educational process and the well-being of the campus community. The responsibility for maintaining such an environment is shared by all members of the campus community including faculty, staff, current and prospective students. Therefore, any person expressing interest in enrolling at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is expected to demonstrate behavior consistent with the Code of Conduct. Behaviors inconsistent with the Code of Student Conduct will not be tolerated. The University seeks applicants that demonstrate the potential to be contributing members of the campus community and reserves the right to deny admission based upon violation(s) of the Code of Student Conduct.

Office of Graduate Studies

1055 - Administration Building
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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Phone: 313-583-6321
Fax: 313-436-9156