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The UM-Dearborn Office of Graduate Studies coordinates the application process for all programs in the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS).  The individual CECS departments review all applications for program admission requirements and then make decisions on each applicant.   All students must have the minimum required bachelor’s or master’s degree from an approved U.S. institution or an institution outside of the United States.  Undergraduate students completing their final year of study may apply. Currently, three of our Ph.D. programs offer a Direct Ph.D. option, which allows students to apply with only a bachelor’s degree.

Why Apply?

Academic Excellence
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked UM-Dearborn sixth among masters-level public universities in the Midwest. The university was among the highest-rated, regional public universities in Michigan.
  • The College of Engineering and Computer Science has been ranked among the best for 19 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report.
  • The U.S. News and World Report also placed the College of Engineering and Computer Science’s online graduate engineering programs among the best in the nation in 2018. 

Whether you are a full-time professional, recent undergraduate, or an international student, we have flexible program options available for you.  

  • Top Notch Faculty
  • Quality Academic Programs
  • Stimulating Intellectual Environment
  • Interdisciplinary Research Opportunities
  • Evening and Online Courses
  • Industry Networking
Graduate Funding

Master Students Funding - Non-Resident Graduate Tuition Scholarship

Ph.D. Students Funding

  • CECS uses a full-funding model for all admitted Ph.D. students. Funding is guaranteed contingent upon continued successful academic progress towards the degree. Students receive an appointment as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) or Research Assistant (GSRA). The competitive funding package an offer which includes: monthly stipend, insurance, tuition, and fees for Fall and Winter terms.

Application Timeline and Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

Doctoral (Ph.D.) ProgramsFebruary 1st

The College accepts applications for the Ph.D. Programs during the Fall Term Only.


Master (MSE & MS) Programs:

The College accepts applications to the master programs on a rolling admission basis.  However, the Office of Graduate Studies provides advisory deadlines by term for domestic and international students.

Recommended Dates by Term

Admission Requirements

The general admissions requirements are located here

CECS graduate programs prerequisites (undergraduate degree or major required, any academic standardized test scores, prerequisite courses, work experience or other credentials that might be required) can be accessed here.

Information on required application materials such as letters of recommendation, personal statement, resume, statement of purpose, etc... may be accessed on the individual program pages.

Decision Deadline

The Office of Graduate Studies communicates all admission decisions to the student via e-mail.  Admitted students will receive information of next steps from the individual department shortly after the initial notification. 

Notification of admission decision:

Doctoral (Ph.D.) Programs

Mid-March through April

Master (MSE & MS) Programs

On a rolling basis

Offer Response Deadline

Students receiving an offer for full funding may take until April 15th to respond. 

International Admission Information

To find out about VISA and other requirements for international students seeking to study at UM-Dearborn.  Visit the Office of International Affairs.


Master Programs

Students admitted to a master’s program submit a request for deferral to the Office of Graduate Studies.  The individual department may grant deferred admission for up to one year following the original term of application.  Consideration beyond the one-year time frame requires the submission of a new application, fee, and the supporting documents as required by each department.

Doctoral Programs

Ph.D. students may request deferred admission for up to one year following the original term of application.  Submit a request for deferral to the individual department and not the Office of Graduate Studies.  You must include the reason for deferral in your request.  Deferrals are not automatic and each department considers a limited number based on unforeseen and extenuating circumstances.

Students requesting deferral after accepting an offer and prior to the start of the term, do so by submitting the Petition for Modification or Waiver of Regulation form to the department for consideration.  

Transfer, Readmission, and Guest Student Applicants

Transfer Policies

Doctoral Programs

CECS Ph.D. Programs Transfer Credits Policies

Ph.D. programs in the Computer & Information Science, Electrical & Computer EngineeringIndustrial, Manufacturing & Systems Engineering, and the Mechanical Engineering departments do not accept transfer credits. 

  • Students may use up to four credits from a previously completed master’s degree to meet the cognate requirements for the degree.  
  • Students without a master's degree may transfer credits to the master's program only following the conditions and limits for master's programs listed below.

For more information, contact your department.

Master's Programs

The following conditions apply to recognize graduate credits earned in other accredited institutions of higher education and colleges of the University of Michigan (Flint and Ann Arbor campuses).  All requests for transfer of credit are reviewed and must be approved by the department's program committee.

CECS Master Programs: Conditions for Transfer of Credit

  • Be enrolled in good standing in a Master's or professional degree program in CECS, and
  • Have completed 8 or more credit hours of graduate-level, letter-graded (A-E) courses and earned a cumulative grade point average of "B" (3.0) or better, and
  • Have submitted to the department office an official transcript that posts your undergraduate degree, if your admission to the Graduate School was contingent upon doing so.

CECS Master Programs: Conditions and Limits on the Number Transfer Credits

  • Coursework must have been completed within five years of the term of admission into the graduate program where credit is being transferred.
  • Students may transfer credits for graduate-level courses taken while pursuing an undergraduate degree only if these were not used to fulfill requirements for a degree or certification from another institution and only if there is confirmation that these courses required graduate-level work.
  • For master’s level programs, graduate credit may be transferred from other accredited degree-granting universities with graduate degree programs for up to a maximum of 6 credit hours, or their equivalent. For universities on the quarter system, 9 credit hours is the equivalent of 6 semester credit hours. Graduate credit may be transferred from other University of Michigan campuses (Flint or Ann Arbor) for up to half the credits required for the degree.

Courses that were completed at other University of Michigan campuses or through Michigan Intercollegiate Graduate Study (MIGS) program, will be calculated into the graduate program GPA.


Students previously enrolled in a graduate program may seek readmission by completing the Application for Graduate Readmission.   Ph.D. students seeking readmission should include a personal statement addressing the following questions:

  • Why did you discontinue your study in the program?
  • Why have you decided to seek readmission to the program at this time?
  • How has your skills, interests, and motivation to complete the program changed since your last enrollment?
  • What timeline have you set for yourself to complete the program if readmitted?
Guest Applicant Information

For those interested in enrolling in UM-Dearborn graduate courses as a guest (non-degree seeking) student.

Admission for non-Rackham Graduate Guest

Apply or enroll in a graduate course on the Dearborn campus if you are not enrolled in a Rackham graduate program on the Ann Arbor or Flint campuses. 


Rackham Graduate Guest In Dearborn

Apply or enroll in a graduate course on the Dearborn campus if you are a Rackham graduate student currently enrolled on the Ann Arbor or Flint campuses. 


Rackham Graduate Guest in Ann Arbor

Apply or enroll in a graduate course on the Ann Arbor campus if you are a graduate student or a Rackham doctoral student currently enrolled on the Dearborn.

CECS Graduate Education Office

Heinz Prechter Engineering Complex (HPEC)
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