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 of basic requirements can be found sorted by college in our Prerequisites by College section of this catalog.

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/offices/international-affairs/admitted-international-students.

Applying for Graduate Admission

Find current information at: umdearborn.edu/grad_applynow/

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/grad_appdeadlines/) 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/grad_applynow/

  • Submit an Online or Paper Application
  • Complete a Statement of Purpose.
  • Gather required letter(s) of recommendation
    • 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
  • 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. Please refer to the policies below.

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
IELTS Overall 6.5
MELAB Overall 80
IBT TOEFL Internet Based Test Overall 84
CBT TOEFL ComputerBased Test Overall 220
TOEFL Written Test Overall 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)
    • Automotive Systems Engineering (MSE)
    • Bioengineering (MSE)
    • Energy Systems Engineering (MSE)
    • Information Systems Engineering (PhD)
    • Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MSE)
    • Mechanical Sciences and Engineering (PhD)
    • Mechanical Engineering (MSE)
  • 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
umdearborn.edu/offices/international-affairs/melab
umdoia-international@umich.edu

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