Admitted Graduate Students
Congratulations on your admission to a graduate program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn!
When you attend graduate school at UM-Dearborn, you’re not only earning a Michigan degree on a small, supportive campus. You’re also getting a top-notch, nationally recognized education.
- US News & World Report ranks UM-Dearborn #5 among public universities in the Midwest.
- US News & World Report ranks UM-Dearborn #12 for Top Performance in Social Mobility.
- US News & World Report recognizes several of our graduate programs as among the best in the nation.
- The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching awarded us the Community Engagement Classification for our commitment to being deeply engaged with our community through teaching, learning, research and service that makes a difference.
See more about what sets our institution apart.
The information below will help guide you through your next steps as you prepare to enroll. If you have further questions regarding next steps, we recommend reaching out to your admitting department for guidance.
You have received a congratulatory message from the Office of Graduate Studies through your application portal. Your admitting department is preparing a detailed admission letter to be sent with further details regarding your program.
Email account information will be sent by email from IT Accounts (email@example.com) to the email account used on your admission application. Activate your UMich email account based on instructions provided. University communications are sent to your UMich email account, so be sure to check it regularly!
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available online. Be sure to look into graduate scholarships for aid as well!
Effective Fall 2023 Term, to accept your offer of graduate admission to the University of Michigan-Dearborn, you will need to submit a non-refundable $250 Enrollment Deposit.* This deposit is credited to your student account and applied toward your first term’s bill.
You will not be able to register for courses or apply for an I-20 (relevant to international students attending on a student visa) until the enrollment deposit has been paid. College of Business students requiring a math course as a condition of admission will need to pay the deposit prior to requesting a voucher for the math placement exam.
*Important note: Graduate enrollment deposits are not required of fully funded PhD admits and current UM-Dearborn undergraduate students admitted into a 4+1/Accelerated Masters program.
Please take your time and read through the information provided in the links below to prepare for your arrival in the United States.
Incoming International Students
The Office of International Affairs provides detailed instructions for new international admits on next steps to request an I-20 or DS-2019 online via M-International, along with other next steps, on their Prepare to Arrive page.
Looking for connections to current international students?
Consider reaching out to existing international student organizations with any student experience-related questions. The below listed organizations have current graduate students in their leadership and consider part of their mission to help new graduate students settle in. They are a great resource and an avenue to help develop community before arrival.
Graduate International Student Organization
Indian Graduate Student Association
Chinese Student and Scholar Association
President’s QR Code (Please add him and he will invite you to the WeChat group)
In order to register for courses, you will need to login with your uniqname and password. Be sure to review relevant policies and key terms.
It is important to register for courses as soon as possible. Sections do fill up and a course may be canceled if there are not enough students registered before a certain date.
All College of Business international students should email firstname.lastname@example.org with your choices to finalize your course registration for your first term.
Do you still need to submit final official transcripts, degree certificates, etc? This must be done before the end of your first term of enrollment. If you have outstanding items when your first term begins, a hold will be placed on your account and you will not be able to register for additional courses. If documents will not be available by the end of your first term of enrollment for submission, an extended deadline for submission can be requested at email@example.com. Extension requests must include the specific documents requiring an extension, extension rationale, and the estimated date they will be available for submission.
Official documents can be submitted in the following ways:
- Electronic submission, directly from the issuing institution, to the Office of Graduate Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail physical documents in a sealed envelope, directly from the issuing institution, to the Office of Graduate Studies (documents are not returned)
- Admitted students with international documents that are difficult to submit in the above methods can bring their original documents to One Stop Student Services on campus for "true copy" services; eligible documents are international transcripts, diplomas, and degree certificates. To utilize "true copy" services, visit One Stop Student Services (1145 University Center) where the documents are copied and returned in the same visit. The copies are transferred to the Office of Graduate Studies for processing. Appointments are not required, but we do ask that you bring your M-Card/UMID with you in order to match your copies to your student record.
Upon receipt, normal processing timelines are required to update your record and release your hold.
Current students can obtain an MCard in the James C. Renick University Center with proof of current registration.
Registered students can obtain a parking permit from the Parking Services Office with proof of current registration and a valid UMID.
Do you plan on taking the campus shuttle? Be sure to check the current schedule for pickup times between buildings.
All international students must complete the OIA Immigration Check-in process prior to the start of classes. This includes completion of the required Immigration Check-in eForm, and attendance at the required Immigration Check-in event. Be sure to plan your travel dates accordingly.
Interested in learning more about campus? In-person, virtual, or self-guided walking campus tours are available.
Be sure to check tuition due dates, payment methods, and policies.
Interested in paying tuition in monthly installments, rather than one lump sum? Learn more about payment plans.
Ready, Set, Go!
Visit the Barnes & Noble bookstore online or at the James C. Renick University Center (UC) to purchase your books.
Canvas is the home for all online courses, as well as some assignments, discussions, and resources for hybrid and on-campus classes.
A web-based audit tool, Degree Works can be used to help understand your progress to degree and to map your “what if” academic scenarios. The graduate catalog and any program-specific handbook should also be reviewed.
Change in Start Term Needed?
If a change in start term is needed, a deferral request must be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies via the Graduate Admissions Deferral Request Form. It is recommended that the request be received by the advisory deadline for the new requested term of entry.
Applications are valid for one academic year from your initial term of application (ex. Fall 2022 is valid through Fall 2023). Deferral requests for hard deadline programs are always reviewed on a case by case basis by the program.
All documents previously submitted will be transferred to the new term along with your admission if you are eligible for a deferral. If you choose to attend another university in the meantime, transcripts must be submitted from that enrollment. Effective Fall 2023: admitted students required to pay an enrollment deposit must pay the deposit prior to requesting a deferral.
Processing of deferral requests is completed in order of receipt, with immediate upcoming deadlines prioritized.
Deferring your admission does not automatically defer your I-20. You must work with the OIA to receive an I-20 with an updated program start-date to coincide with the semester of your arrival on campus. If you have been previously issued an initial I-20, you must submit an I-20 Deferral eForm via M-International. If you have not yet received an initial I-20, then you must submit the Initial I-20 Request eForm via M-International.
Office of Graduate Studies
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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