Graduate Admissions

Office of Graduate Studies
4901 Evergreen Road
1055 Administration Building
Dearborn, MI 48128
313-583-6321
umd-graduatestudies@umich.edu
umdearborn.edu/admissions/graduate

General Admission Requirements

All graduate applicants are required to meet the following minimum requirements for admission:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association or completion of an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education or Commission responsible for higher education in the country where the degree is earned. See Required Academic Credentials from Non-U.S. Institutions.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency.

Additional Requirements

Additional requirements vary by program. A summary table of basic prerequisites (i.e. undergraduate degree or major required, any academic standardized test scores, prerequisite courses, work experience or other credential that might be required) can be accessed online at: umdearborn.edu/gradbasicreq/

Applicants are considered for admission without regard to race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.

A holistic review of each applicant is conducted. Admission is granted to applicants who have been recommended for admission by the program to which they have applied. Preference is generally given to students who have at least a B average (3.0 in a 4.0 grading system) in relevant undergraduate coursework or otherwise provide evidence of promise that is satisfactory to the admitting program.

Admitted international students seeking an F-1 or J-1 visa must submit an Affidavit of Financial Support along with an original bank certification (in English) from their financial supporter or a detailed letter of sponsorship from a government, employer, or other organization indicating the exact dollar amount available for expenses in U.S. funds. The bank statement must show the required available funds as specified on the affidavit. The Affidavit of Financial Support is valid for one year. See more at umdearborn.edu/io_future/

Applying for Graduate Admission

Find current information at: umdearborn.edu/gradapplynow/

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. Application deadlines (umdearborn.edu/gradappdeadlines/) vary by program.   Note: not all programs admit for every term.

A generalized list of steps for how to apply is provided below. Complete details can be found at: umdearborn.edu/gradapplynow/

  • Submit an Online or Paper Application
  • Complete a Statement of Purpose.
  • Gather required letter(s) of recommendation.
  • Provide current copy of CV/Resume.
  • Request official college/university transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • Request any relevant test scores (GRE or GMAT) be sent.  Not all programs require a standardized test.
  • Submit required language proficiency scores (TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB) if a non-native English speaker.

English Language Requirements for Graduate Admission

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). Our TOEFL institution code is 1861. Applicants only need to take one of these test options. Achieving the minimum score does not guarantee admission, only consideration.  The table below provides the minimum score required by test type.

Test Type Minimum Score
IELTSOverall 6.5
MELABOverall 80
IBT TOEFL Internet Based TestOverall 84 RD 23 LIST 23 SPK 17 WR 21
CBT TOEFL ComputerBased TestOverall 220
TOEFL Written TestOverall 560


English Proficiency Exemptions

  • Applicants who have earned or will earn a Bachelor or Master degree from an institution where the language of instruction is exclusively English may be exempt from submitting an Official English Proficiency Score. Verification from the school may be required.
    The following graduate degree programs will not grant this exemption and require submission of an accepted English Language Proficiency Test:
    • Automotive Systems Engineering (PhD) - Effective August 26, 2015
    • Automotive Systems Engineering (MSE) - Effective August 26, 2015
    • Energy Systems Engineering (MSE) - Effective August 26, 2015
    • Information Systems Engineering (PhD) - Effective August 26, 2015
    • Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MSE) - Effective August 26, 2015
    • Mechanical Engineering (MSE) - Effective September 15, 2015
  • Applicants who have earned or will earn a Bachelor or Master degree from a country where the official language is English (United States of America, Australia, or England) are exempt from submitting an Official English Proficiency Score.

For testing information, please visit:

IELTS
100 East Corson Street, Suite 200
Pasadena, CA  91103, U.S.A.
Telephone: 626-564-2954
www.ielts.org
ielts@ieltsintl.org

MELAB
English Language Institute, TCD
3020 North University Bldg.
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1057, U.S.A.
Telephone: 734-764-2413
www.lsa.umich.edu/eli/testing
melabeliu@umich.edu

TOEFL
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ, 08541, U.S.A.
Telephone: 609-771-7600
www.toefl.org
toefl@ets.org

Non-Canidate for Degree (NCFD) Students

NCFD admission may be granted to qualified students who wish to elect courses for graduate credit but who are not candidates for a degree. Examples are: professionals who seek to continue their development, students in good standing in another graduate school, people seeking to increase their knowledge or improve their professional skills, or those who wish to test their capabilities in a graduate setting.

Courses elected by students in NCFD status cannot be counted toward a degree program unless the student receives regular admission and the graduate director of the degree program determines that the courses are acceptable.

Applicants who are interested in NCFD status should contact the Office of Graduate Studies for direction. Continuing registration is subject to departmental policies and approval. Subsequent consideration for admission to a degree program is also contingent upon departmental policies and full review of credentials in competition with other degree applicants.

Minimum requirements for NCFD admission are a bachelor’s degree and an undergraduate grade point average of at least a B (3.00). An application must be submitted for review by the program director. If admitted, written approval for each course elected must be obtained from the instructor. Applicants are limited to two courses in any one field during NCFD status. For further registration, admission into a degree program is required.