1. How can I apply online?
It’s really easy. Go to http://www.rackham.umich.edu/admissions/applying.
2. I want to apply online, do I need to apply to the “University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School,” or should I apply to the College of Engineering?
You MUST apply using the Rackham Graduate School link. Do not use the College of Engineering link– it is for different programs. (back to top)
3. Can I get the application fee waived?
No, unfortunately the application fee is never waived. (back to top)
4. Can I have my application evaluated without paying the fee?
No, the fee must be paid before an application will be processed. (back to top)
5. I am an international student, do I need to have all of my transcripts, diplomas and certificates translated?
Yes, everything must be translated, and both the originals and translations must be mailed in. (back to top)
6. What counts most when you are evaluating applications?
When evaluating applications, we look at the whole picture and every piece is important. This is why we wait until we have all of your documents before we will look at your application. For supplemental documents, you must send in your transcripts, GRE score, TOEFL score (if international applicant), letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and a personal statement. (back to top)
7. What tests are required for admission?
All students must take the GRE except students who will or have graduated from a University of Michigan engineering undergraduate program, and additionally, international students must take the TOEFL. (back to top)
8. For how long are my TOEFL and GRE scores valid?
The TOEFL score is good for 2 years, and the GRE score is good for 5 years. (back to top)
9. What is the minimum TOEFL requirement?
On the paper test, the minimum score is 570, and on the computer-based test, the minimum score is 230, and the internet-based test is 84. (back to top)
10. I’m an international student, but I am getting a degree from a U.S. institution. Do I need to retake the TOEFL?
No, if you will have (or already have) a degree from a U.S. institution prior to enrolling at the University of Michigan, you do not need to retake the TOEFL. (back to top)
11. Do I have to send my recommendation letters in together?
Although you don’t have to mail them to us in one package, please understand that it makes the processing of your application move along much quicker. We do realize, however, that sometimes this is impossible. If that is the case, simply give the person writing the recommendation letter the IOE departmental mailing address and we will put the recommendation letter in your file. Again, we encourage an online application, with electronic submission of the recommendation letters. (back to top)
12. Who should write recommendation letters for me?
Usually we require letters from faculty, however, depending on your situation, a letter from a professional might be appropriate. (back to top)
13. I’m thinking about getting a Ph.D., but I’m not sure. Should I apply for the Master’s or Ph.D. program?
If you are not sure, you should apply for the Master’s program, but you should definitely express your interest on the application. If you know that you will want to get a Ph.D., apply directly to the Ph.D. program. This allows you to work more efficiently towards candidacy. (back to top)
14. What student groups do you have on campus?
We have many active student organizations and groups for any interest. Check out the links for more information. (back to top)
15. I’ve been accepted, what do I do now?
Although we understand that it is hard to wait, the registration process doesn’t begin until you actually arrive on campus. We will have an orientation process to help you register. Rackham will send you a package of material including a housing application. In the meantime, check out the course descriptions and the time schedule. (back to top)
16. What should I include in the Statement of Purpose?
This is a chance for you to show the admissions committee who you are. You will want to talk about your engineering experiences, your motivation for pursuing a higher degree, your long-term goals, as well as your specific interests. Please include your area of interest in the upper right hand corner. (back to top)
Areas of Interest
17. What is a personal statement?
A personal statement is required. Some suggested topics for your personal statement are: volunteer and/or community service; extra-curricular activities; leadership activities; educational, cultural, geographic or socio-economic background underrepresented in your discipline of graduate study; financial hardship; first generation U.S. citizen or first generation in family to graduate from a four-year college. (back to top)
18. I didn’t submit electronic transcripts. I did mail official transcripts to Rackham – Do I have to send official transcripts to your department as well?
Yes. Remember, you MUST send Rackham and the department official transcripts. (back to top)
19. What about Financial Aid?
If you wish to be considered for financial aid, check the boxes on the application for each type in which you are interested. Please be aware that few Master’s students receive financial aid. (back to top)
20. How can I learn more about the different Master’s and Ph.D. programs offered at the University of Michigan?
The best way to research other Master’s and Ph.D. programs is to go to the Rackham Graduate School website. (back to top)
21. I am interested in seeing what type of research is being done at the University of Michigan. How can I find out more?
The University of Michigan faculty includes many researchers who work in a variety of labs. You can learn more about current projects in the Research Areas section of the Industrial & Operations Engineering website and you can learn more about IOE faculty here. (back to top)