Please note: The GRE score is not required for Fall 2021 PhD admission.
PhD Admission Recommendations
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PhD Application Step-by-Step
- Fill out the application
- Statement of Purpose: (Must include areas of interest in top corner)
- Personal Statement:
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.
- GRE scores: GRE score is not required for applicants who apply for Fall 2021 PhD admission.
- Three Letters of Recommendation: If you apply online, we encourage you to submit your letters electronically. (Note: At least TWO of your letters should be from faculty).
- Transcripts: Submit a transcript for each Bachelor’s, Master’s, Professional or Doctoral degree earned or in progress.
For instructions on submitting transcripts, please see the Rackham Graduate school website. Submitting your transcripts is a two-step process:
- Submitting transcripts with the Online Application:
Applicants upload a copy of their official transcript/academic record to the online application.
- Sending official transcripts to the Rackham Graduate School:
Applicants are required to submit an official set of transcript/academic records as an e-transcript or by mail to the Rackham Graduate School before the graduate program application deadline. Use the Academic Records/Transcripts Submission Form to submit your official transcript so that it is quickly matched with your application.
- Note: All credentials submitted for admission consideration become the property of the University of Michigan and will not be returned in original or copy form.
- International Applicants must also send:
- Include one set of: official transcripts, certificates, and diplomas in the original language, in addition to an English translation.
- TOEFL scores sent from ETS (Institution code 1839)
- Application Fees:
- $75.00 application fee for domestic applicants or $90.00 application fee for international applicants (If you apply on-line, you will pay by credit card)
- Important Deadlines
- Application deadline for Fall 2020 PhD: December 10, 2019.
- Note: PhD applicants are only accepted for entry in the Fall semester.
- Track Your Application Progress: You can now track the progress of your application electronically. On Wolverine Access you can see when we received documents, what documents we are missing, what recommenders letter we have received, whose letters we are missing, etc. We will post your admission decision on Wolverine Access and you will indicate your admission decision on Wolverine Access.
Please Note: It may take 5-7 days from the receipt of your application for this information to appear on Wolverine Access.
Previous Degrees Required
Admission to the Ph.D. program does not require a Master’s degree. Qualified students who hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering, science or mathematics may apply directly to the Ph.D. program.
- The following undergraduate courses are required:
- Calculus – 2 years (4 semesters or 6 quarters)
- Science – 2 years (Chemistry, Physics or Biology)
- * Probability – 1 course (Calculus based)
- * Statistics – 1 course (Calculus based)
- * Linear Algebra – 1 course (frequently included in Calculus sequence)
- * Computer Programming – Demonstrated ability (e.g. completed coursework) to write computer programs
* Note: Many undergraduate programs in engineering and science do not require courses on these topics. Students who are deficient in these pre-requisites, if admitted, will be required to elect courses in these areas and earn a grade of B or better. This requirement must be fulfilled as soon as possible after entering the program. For specific information on removing deficiencies refer here.
Test Of English As A Foreign Language – (TOEFL)
- Foreign applicants whose native language is not English or does NOT have a degree from an English speaking institution, must provide evidence of either a “Test of English as a Foreign Language” (TOEFL) score or take the “English Proficiency Test for Foreign Students” administered by the English Language Institute at The University of Michigan. Upon entering the IOE graduate program, a student who has been determined by the Graduate Admissions Committee to have a deficiency in spoken or written English, is required to:
- take the verbal and written English tests given by ELI (English Language Institute);
- report the results to the IOE graduate program advisor, and
- abide by any recommendation made by his or her counselor or the Graduate Program Advisor for remedial coursework.
Letters Of Recommendation
- Letters of recommendation should be submitted on-line, but hard copies may be submitted if that is not possible. Remember to add sufficient time for hard copies to reach us by the application deadlines.
Deadlines To Submit Applications
- Application deadline for Fall 2021 PhD: December 10, 2020.
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