Applying for Graduate Admission

Congratulations on your decision to apply to the University of Michigan-Dearborn! 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 programs and choose one that is most appropriate for their future goals.

Basic admission requirements and application deadlines vary by program.   Note: not all programs admit for every term. 

Effective September 2015: 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. 

Note: It is vital that your complete name is included on all materials submitted to ensure proper matching of supporting documents to your application. 

How to Apply:

  1. Submit an Online Application.** Click the "Online Application" link in the first sentence. Create or enter login details and follow on-screen instructions. Note: the application does not need to be completed all at once. Your login and password will allow you to return at a later date. It is important to remember your login information so you can later check your application status online. Submission of an online application requires payment of a $60 application fee. The application fee is nonrefundable and cannot be credited toward tuition or any other fees.The application fee can be paid by credit or debit card (Visa, Mastercard or Discover). 

  2. Complete your Statement of Purpose. General preferred length is around 500 words. Statements may be entered directly into the online application or can be separately emailed as a Word document or PDF to (This email should be used only to submit admission materials. Please email with any questions or to receive a reply back). 

    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? 

  3. Gather required letter(s) of recommendation. Complete your portion of the required form and share with your recommender(s). Please contact your program if you have questions about who to ask to complete your recommendations. Your recommender(s) will then need to email or mail the completed forms and accompanying letter of support directly to Graduate Admissions. The number of recommendations required is listed below by college or level where relevant. 

    CASL: 3
    CECS: 2 for master’s level; 3 for doctoral level
    CEHHS: 3
    COB: 1 

  4. Provide current copy of your CV/Resume. 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. Please email as a Word document or PDF to (This email should be used only to submit admission materials. Please email with any questions or to receive a reply back). 

  5. Request your official college/university transcripts. 

    Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be provided.  Academic records provided must show the course work completed and grades or test scores earned. If your institution issues individual marksheets/gradesheets, we require official or institution-attested, individual marksheets/gradesheets for all semesters sent by mail. 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. Note: If you are requesting institution-attested materials, these documents must arrive in an envelope sealed by the institution. Unsealed attested documents are not official.  Notarized copies are NOT official.

    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 copy of your original transcripts for submission; materials received by the university for admission purposes will not be returned to you. For more on international transcripts, see the graduate applicant section of the International Academic Records page.  Please note: International transcripts will require an additional evaluation, which will appear in your checklist as "UM-Dearborn Transcript Review". If further items are required to complete this evaluation, you will be contacted directly.

    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.

    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: Online submission of transcripts can only be sent directly from the institution. Transcripts sent by the applicant via email will be considered unofficial and cannot be used for admission purposes. 

  6. Request any relevant test scores (GRE or GMAT) be sent directly to Graduate Admissions. 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.  

    For the GMAT, please reference the following table:

College of Business Degree Program


College of Business-Master of Science in Supply Chain Management


College of Business-MBA, Distance Part Time


College of Business-MBA, Part Time


College of Business-MBA/MS in Engineering, Dual Degree


College of Business-MBA/MS in Health Services Administration,
Dual Degree


College of Business-MS in Accounting


College of Business-MS in Business Analytics


College of Business-MS in Finance


College of Business-MS in Management Information Systems


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. If your name does not match exactly, there will be a delay in matching your test scores to your application data. Score minimums are established by each graduate program.

Please note: in cases where a standardized test is not a program requirement, submission of test scores is optional.  If received, we will include them as part of the application review. 


  1. Submit required language proficiency scores (TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB) for non-native English speakers. Scores must be less than two years old. Full details at Graduate English Language Proficiency Requirements.  

    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 scores are received electronically. An insitution code is not required. Use the following information to locate our institution:  

University of Michgian-Dearborn - Graduate Studies
4901 Evergreen Road, 1055 Administration Building
Dearborn, MI 48128

MELAB does not require an institution code. 

International Students
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. See more from the Office of International Affairs.

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.

If you choose to send these documents only after you have received a positive admission decision, please send direct to OIA at: 

Office of International Affairs (OIA)
108 Union
University of Michigan - Dearborn
780 Town Center Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126, U.S.A.

**This is Graduate Admissions recommended method of application. If you prefer to not apply online, print and complete a paper application (pdf). Note: responses to supplemental questions unique by program may be required. Graduate Admissions will reach out to paper applicants as needed. 

All degree-seeking applicants applying to a graduate program for the first time can use the online application. If applying as a guest student, non-candidate for degree or for readmission, please review relevant guidelines.


Before starting the online application, please note the following information:

  • UMID: If you have attended a University of Michigan campus, you may have an 8-digit UMID. Providing this information on the application will help the process of appropriately matching your records.
  • Current UM-Dearborn Students: Be sure to create a new LoginID and PIN in the admissions portal. Applications created with current student login information cannot be returned to. 
  • Social Security Number: You social security number is optional, but important to provide to help us match your application with financial aid information and test scores. If you do not have a social security number, leave this space blank.
  • Name: The name you provide will appear on all official university documents and on visa documents, where applicable. Be sure to list your former names and/or variations of your name which may appear on any of your supporting documents.
  • Address: Be sure to notify us of any changes in your address after completing this application.
  • Residency: Please read the University of Michigan Residency Classification Guidelines before completing this section.
  • Education: List all post-secondary institutions attended (i.e. undergraduate, graduate, vocational, technical school or college) and degrees received or expected in chronological order.
  • Prerequisites: Provide the institution attended, course number and date taken for courses that satisfy admission prerequisites for your intended degree program if applicable.