Your application should demonstrate that you have sufficient preparation to succeed in the required courses for the degree program.
No. There is only one admission process. You should indicate the program you are applying for on the application form. Please note that the application also provides for PhD applicants to indicate their interest in being considered for admission into the Master's program if not admitted into the PhD program.
We consider each applicant for both the Master's and Ph.D. programs (if indicated). If you are admitted to the Ph.D. program (and you do not already hold a relevant Master's degree from another school), you will receive a Master's degree while working towards the Ph.D. If you applied to the Ph.D. and are admitted to the Master's program, you will be able to re-apply for the Ph.D. track after your first year of Master's study.
This tends to be a problem with a recommender's email account set up. The emailed invitation is either blocked or automatically filtered into a junk mail folder. An applicant can check the status of their recommendations, resend a recommendation request, and even change a recommender if the recommendation is not yet started via an applicant's Personal Activity page. This page may be accessed under the Manage Your Account section of your online application homepage and by clicking on the Review Your Activity link. Once the application is submitted, the online application cannot be modified. Please refer to the application instructions for more details.
No, this is not possible. You should include all relevant information in your application before you submit it.
The only exceptions are new GRE and/or TOEFL scores. If you retake a test after you submit the application, but before a final decision is communicated to you, have the official score(s) reported to the University and submit your unofficial scores by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your full name and UMID#. However, due to the review timeline and the large number of applications, it is not guaranteed that new test scores will be included in an application before it is reviewed.
Please refer to the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies for rules about transfer of credit into the Master's degree program. The Ph.D. program does not accept transfer credit.
All CSE graduate programs are intended for day-time students. Some Master's students choose a part-time schedule of one course per term. Students working full-time would need cooperation from their employer as we do not offer evening or weekend classes.
Unfortunately, no. The application fee is determined by the graduate school. We're unable to waive or defer it.
We require GRE General Test scores and, for most international students, TOEFL scores. We also require official transcripts and three letters of recommendation. Please follow the application instructions carefully.
The institution code for both the GRE and the TOEFL is 1839. The GRE Dept Code is 1201; the TOEFL Dept Code is 78.
Yes; please refer to these Rackham guidelines.
Your letter writers should be people with whom you have worked closely, and who are familiar with your academic work and research potential. We suggest that at least two of the recommendation letters be from academia.
In a case like this, we suggest that you receive at least one letter from a faculty member who knew you well, and the other two from employers. When in doubt, remember that our admissions committee wants to know about your ability to do coursework and independent research. Character references do not carry as much weight.
Every admitted Ph.D. student who applied before the deadline will be considered for departmental assistantship support. Decisions on support are made after decisions on admission, and are based on the information supplied in the application for admission. Refer to the page on CSE Financial Aid for more information.
All CSE applicants will be considered for both the Ph.D. and M.S. degree programs. To apply for a program other than CSE, you must complete a separate online application, pay a separate application fee, and submit separate copies of ALL required credentials, GRE scores, transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc. Please refer to the Rackham admissions page for instructions.
Unfortunately, you will need to complete a new online application, pay the application fee again, and submit new supporting documents.
The CSE Graduate Admissions Committee, comprised of faculty, begin making admission offers in January and continue through April. You will be notified by email once a decision has been made.
There is an on-line process for checking application status through the Rackham Graduate School. However, this will only indicate whether a decision has been made. CSE does not monitor the application portal.
If something is missing from your file that is necessary for our decision, we will contact you regarding the missing item, and we will inform you as soon as an admission decision has been made. If you have serious concerns about the status of your application, please contact the CSE graduate program office at the email address at the bottom of this page. Please understand that we receive a huge volume of inquiries and may be unable to respond immediately. Thank you for your patience.
If you would like to give someone permission to contact us on your behalf, you must indicate this on your application before you submit it.
Sorry, no. We are unable to return or forward any submitted documents.
Deferral requests are reviewed and approved by the Admissions Committee. An admitted student may make a written request to defer admission for one year to email@example.com. International students must first submit financial support documentation to the Rackham Graduate School. The deferral request is then considered by the Department after this step. Please be aware that deferrals are for admission status only; departmental financial aid offers may not be deferred.
Only Rackham Admissions can unlock a Friend Account. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating that your Friend Account is locked. The email should include your name, UMID, and email registered in the Friend Account.
If you have a specific question that is not answered here, please contact the CSE Graduate Programs office via email at email@example.com.