How to Apply

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

The University of Michigan-Dearborn is committed to building a diverse learning community. 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. Reviewing our admissions processing timelines can help you plan for the timeframe between application submission and receiving an admission decision. Note: not all programs admit for every term. 

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.

More information on admission timelines and monitoring your online portal can be found in our instructions on monitoring your application status

Graduate Non-Candidate for Degree (NCFD) and Guest Applicants should follow the Graduate Non-Degree Application Procedures

Apply Online!

Create your login details in the relevant online application linked below and follow on-screen instructions. A valid email address is required to create and verify your account. 

Your application does not need to be completed all at once, as your login and password will allow you to return at a later date. If you need to make changes to your application, do not complete a new application. Reach out to the Office of Graduate Studies via email and a staff member can either provide guidance or update that information for you. 

Submission of an online application requires payment of a $60 application fee. UM-Dearborn has a limited number of application fee waivers available each year. Fee waiver requests are considered on a first-come, first-serve basis and must be requested before you pay the application fee. The application fee is nonrefundable and cannot be credited toward tuition or any other fees. 

Note:  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. Details needed for submission of a second application will need to be coordinated with the Office of Graduate Studies.

Note: Students seeking readmission should work with the admitting department.

Apply for Summer 2023, Fall 2023, Winter 2024

Apply for Accelerated Program (Eligible Current UM-Dearborn Students)

Supplemental Application Materials

As part of the admissions process, several documents supplement the online application to complete your admissions profile. Be sure to review our Application Deadlines to ensure your supplemental 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 umd-graduatestudies@umich.edu

Required College/University Transcripts

Transcripts (academic records) for all colleges/universities attended, regardless of whether a degree was earned, are required. All colleges/universities should be reported within the online application, including the University of Michigan-Dearborn and credit transferred into a University of Michigan-Dearborn degree. Academic records provided must show the course work completed and grades earned. For additional information specific to current/previous UM-Dearborn students and applicants with international records, please be sure to read through the accordions below. 

Test Scores 

To find out if your program requires a standardized test, please review the admission requirements page. Official scores are required for consideration. Expired test scores will not be added to your 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. 

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. 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. 

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. 

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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).  

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

The 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

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