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. 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.
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
Submit an Online Application
To create a new application, please click “Sign up” in our online application portal. Create your login details 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.
Submission of an online application requires payment of a $60 application fee. Some applicants may be eligible for a fee waiver. The application fee is nonrefundable and cannot be credited toward tuition or any other fees. The fee can be paid by credit or debit card (Visa, Mastercard or Discover).
Please 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.
Statement of Purpose
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 must be uploaded with the online application as a PDF or Word document. Please note that the document name should not contain any special characters or spaces. The online application cannot be submitted without a Statement of Purpose.
Clinical Health Psychology Applicants
Applicants to the Clinical Health Psychology program should provide an additional page (no more than 300 words) briefly describing events or experiences you consider to be evidence that you will be an effective health care professional. This could include work or school experience, life experiences, personal philosophy, or other information.
Statements must be uploaded with the online application as a PDF or Word document. The online application cannot be submitted without a Clinical Health Psychology Additional Statement.
Resume or CV
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.
Résumés must be uploaded with the online application as a PDF or Word document. Please note that the document name should not contain any special characters or spaces. The online application cannot be submitted without a Resume.
Letters of Recommendation
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
There are exceptions to the required number posted above for current UM-Dearborn undergraduate students eligible for a 4+1 option:
- Students eligible for the 4+1 option in the MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJ) program are only required to submit 1 recommendation from CCJ faculty.
- Students eligible for the 4+1 option in the MS in Accounting program are not required to submit a letter of recommendation.
- Students eligible for the 4+1 option in the MSE in Bioengineering program must use recommenders from the UM-Dearborn ME/BENG faculty.
- Students eligible for the 4+1 option in the MA in Educational Technology program are only required to submit 1 recommendation from an Educational Technology faculty member or instructor.
- Students eligible for the 4+1 option in the MS in Applied Behavior Analysis program are only required to submit 1 recommendation from a UM-Dearborn faculty member or instructor.
- Students eligible for the 4+1 option in the MS in Applied and Computational Mathematics program are only required to submit 2 recommendations from mathematics or statistics faculty.
In the online application, you are required to enter your recommender(s) name and email address. As soon as you enter in your recommender's email address and save, a notification will be sent. We highly recommend reaching out to your recommender prior to completing this section of the application. Additionally, you will select whether or not you waive the right to review the recommendations if you are admitted and enroll in courses.
After submitting your application, you can monitor the status of received recommendations. If your recommenders have not submitted their recommendation through the online system, you will be able to send them reminders. You are also able to change a recommender through the online application portal. The reminder notification is a duplicate of the original request, so we would encourage you to reach out to your recommender(s) separately in addition to clicking the “send reminder” button in the application portal.
Submit Official College/University Transcripts
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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 to confirm degree equivalency and calculate a U.S.-equivalent cumulative GPA. For guidelines on the types of degrees accepted and documentation required by country/region, please review our International Undergraduate Degree Requirements page. 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 originals, no appointment necessary.
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.
English Language Proficiency
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 (Academic): 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
***Beginning August 2019, TOEFL is making a change to include superscores or "MyBest Scores" on all score reports. At this time, we are not accepting the TOEFL MyBest score to meet our English Language Proficiency requirement and will continue to require the posted overall minimum score for an individual test.
English Proficiency Exemptions
- Applicants who have earned or will earn a bachelor's or master's degree from a country where the official language is English (United States of America, Australia, or United Kingdom) are exempt from submitting an Official English Proficiency Score.
- Applicants who have earned or will earn a bachelor's or master's 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 are not allowed if insufficient TOEFL or IELTS 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 if a Bachelor or Master degree has not been earned from an accredited institution in the United States, Australia, or United Kingdom:
- Automotive Systems and Mobility (DEng)
- Automotive Systems Engineering (MSE)
- Bioengineering (MSE)
- Computer and Information Science (PhD)
- Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering (PhD)
- Energy Systems Engineering (MSE)
- Industrial and Systems Engineering (PhD)
- Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MSE)
- Mechanical Sciences and Engineering (PhD)
- Mechanical Engineering (MSE)
All three test options are offered around the world. 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: The MELAB exam is no longer being offered effective August 1, 2018. If the test has been taken within the last 2 years, score reports should be mailed to:
University of Michigan-Dearborn - Graduate Studies
4901 Evergreen Road, 1055 Administration Building
Dearborn, MI 48128
Test Scores (GRE/GMAT)
To find out if your program requires a standardized test, please review the admission requirements page. Expired test scores will not be accepted. GRE and GMAT scores are valid for five years from the test date.
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.
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.
Our GMAC Institution Code for GMAT registration varies by program.
- Accounting (MSA): 1V5-HP-06
- Business Administration (MBA): 1V5-HP-19
- Business Administration (MBA) - Online: 1V5-HP-50
- Business Analytics (MS): 1V5-HP-93
- Finance (MS): 1V5-HP-12
- Information Systems (MS): 1V5-HP-38
- Marketing (MS): 1V5-HP-80
- Supply Chain Management (MS): 1V5-HP-71
- Dual Degree: Accounting (MSA)/Finance (MSF): 1V5-HP-22
- Dual Degree: Business Administration/Industrial & Systems Engineering (MSE): 1V5-HP-45
- Dual Degree: Business Administration (MBA)/Finance (MSF): 1V5-HP-58
- Dual Degree: Business Administration (MBA)/Health Services Administration (MHSA): 1V5-HP-56
- Dual Degree: Business Administration (MBA)/Information Systems (MS): 1V5-HP-40
- Dual Degree: Business Administration (MBA)/Supply Chain Management (MS): 1V5-HP-87
International Transcript Evaluation
International transcripts require an additional evaluation. 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.
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.
This review is generally completed once all required materials have been received. If additional documentation is required in order to complete the review, you will be contacted directly. This review must be completed internally before the admission review committee will receive your file for admission review.
Most evaluations are completed in 4-6 weeks of being added to this queue. 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
Helpful Application Tips
International Records, but Living in the US?
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.
If you are near the Dearborn area 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.
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.
Change in Start Term Needed?
Applications are valid for one academic year from your initial term of application. If a change in start term is needed, please complete a deferral request. 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 complete a deferral request using your 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 or have taken additional standardized tests (such as GRE or TOEFL), you will be required to submit the relevant official documents for review.
Defer Offer of Admission to a Different Start Term
If you wish to defer your admission to a different term you must complete a deferral request using your 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.
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.
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).
- Proof of Financial Support
- Health Insurance
- SEVIS Form DS 2019
- Transfer Clearance Form
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.