Applying to the Program
|Fall Term (September):|
|Ph.D. December 15 — M.S. January 15|
|Winter Term (January):|
Admission Decision Timeline:
January - February: PhD admission/financial aid offers are sent via e-mail to applicants.
Early March: MS admission offers are sent via e-mail to applicants.
Late March: Notification to applicants who do not receive admission are sent.
All applicants are notified via e-mail as soon an admission decision is reached.
Three Letters of Recommendation - It is strongly recommended that you determine your three recommenders before starting your application as they cannot be modified on the form once entered.
Academic Statement of Purpose - The Statement of Purpose should be a concise, well-written statement about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how Michigan's graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
Personal Statement - The Personal Statement should contain your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan.
MSE Research Area Interest Ranking Form (PhD only) - MS applicants can indicate their interest in the academic/personal statement.
Unofficial Transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) - Upload a scanned version of your academic record/transcript into the electronic application. Scan at a maximum resolution of 300dpi for black and white documents and 200dpi for color documents. The online transcript will be considered unofficial. Uploaded documents as a PDF file are preferred if possible.
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Request Official Scores to be reported to the University of Michigan from ETS:
- GRE Scores (Institution Code: 1839, Department Code 1402)
- TOEFL Scores if applicable. (Institution Code: 1839, Department Code: 69) Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. Applicants are required to provide an official score report from either the Michigan English Language Battery (MELAB), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS), or the Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE). Photocopies and/or faxes of English proficiency scores will not be accepted.
- Minimum score requirements for the MELAB, TOEFL, IELTS, and ECPE test can be found in the section: Applicants Whose Native Language is Not English
- Applicants who have earned a degree from an institution where the language of instruction is exclusively English, (e.g.:. U.S., United Kingdom, Australia) are exempt from submitting a MELAB, TOEFL, IELTS, or ECPE score.
MSE Departmental Financial Aid Information
MSE PhD students are offered continuous support for the duration of their studies, through fellowships, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, or some combination of these. All types of support provide similar funding with a monthly stipend, plus tuition, fees, and health benefits. In addition to Department financial aid, applicants are also considered for various Rackham and College of Engineering fellowships, and are encouraged to apply for nationally competitive fellowships available from NSF, NASA, DoD, and other sources. All support is contingent upon satisfactory progress toward the Ph.D. degree, and the availability of funds.
University of Michigan
Materials Science and Engineering Department
Graduate Program Office, 3062 HH Dow
2300 Hayward Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2136
Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies
Office of Graduate Admissions
0120 Rackham Building
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1070