No, however, most successful applicants have a degree in computer science, engineering, physics, or mathematics. Your application should demonstrate that you have sufficient preparation to succeed in the required courses for the degree program.
The MS (Master's of Science) and MSE (Master's of Science in Engineering) degree requirements are the same. Students with a bachelor's degree in engineering can elect either degree citation. Students without an engineering bachelor's degree are eligible only for the MS.
No. If you are interested in both the PhD and MS programs in CSE, you should fill out the PhD application and indicate on page 9 of the application that you would like to be considered for the MS program (should you not be offered admission to the PhD program).
Every applicant offered admission to the PhD program will be considered for financial support. No separate application is required. Admission at the MS level is not accompanied by financial aid. For more information, please refer to the CSE Financial Aid page.
When evaluating applications, the Graduate Admissions Committee considers every aspect of your application.
Your statement of purpose should address your academic research interests, past research experience, and future career goals. Your personal statement should describe how your life experiences affected your decision to pursue a graduate degree. 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.
No, the GRE is required. We encourage you to take the GRE no later than two months prior to the application deadline, and preferably earlier. ETS must send your GRE scores to institution code 1839 (a department code is not needed). GRE scores are valid 5 years from the date you took the test.
Yes, the TOEFL can be waived if you meet one of Rackham's exemptions. A list of those exemptions can be found here. You are encouraged to take the TOEFL no later than two months prior to the application deadline, and preferably earlier. ETS must send your TOEFL scores to institution code 1839 (a department code is not needed). TOEFL scores are valid 2 years from the date you took the test.
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. For CSE's requirements, please see the How to Apply page. 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.
No. You should include all relevant information in your application before you submit it. All application materials must be submitted by the application deadline.
After you submit your application and create a Friend Account, you will be able to confirm the receipt of test scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation via Wolverine Access. Follow the directions listed here to set up a U-M Friend Account. Please allow 7 to 10 business days after completing the steps above, to verify your received materials. Please note, CSE is unable to send confirmation when your complete application has been received.
It is the applicant's responsibility to monitor the status of submitted materials via Wolverine Access. Please note that application PDF forms, written essays (statement of purpose, personal statement etc.), curriculum vitae or resumes, transcripts from Community or Junior College, non-degree study and/or study abroad coursework will not be confirmed in Wolverine Access. Please, therefore, review your application carefully before submitting it. You should refer number 8 on the Rackham application checklist for more information.
No. All credentials submitted for admission consideration become the property of the University of Michigan and will not be returned in original or copy form.
The CSE division does not participate in formal college visits other than the Explore Graduate Studies Workshop held each fall. Interested students may find more information here.
You will need to submit a new application, pay the application fee, and provide new supporting documents. GRE and TOEFL scores will need to be resubmitted only if the scores have expired. TOEFL scores are valid 2 years from the test date, and GRE scores are valid 5 years from the test date.
All application materials are considered holistically and ranked in relation to other CSE applicants.
No. The application fee is determined by the Rackham Graduate School. CSE is unable to waive or defer it.
Yes. 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.
Your letter writers should be people with whom you have worked closely, and who are familiar with your academic work and research potential. It is suggested that at least two of the recommendation letters be from academia.
It is suggested that at least one of your letters be from a faculty member who knew you well. The other two may be from employers. Keep in mind that the CSE Graduate Admissions Committee wants to know about your aptitude for completing coursework and conducting independent research. Character references do not carry as much weight.
This tends to be a problem with how a recommender's email account is set up. The 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 Rackham Letters of Recommendation page for more information.
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 CSE does not offer evening or weekend classes.
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.
Only Rackham Admissions staff can unlock a Friend Account. Please send an email to email@example.com indicating that your Friend Account is locked. The email should include your name, UMID, and email address registered in connection with the Friend Account.
Please refer to the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies page for information regarding the transferring of credit into a CSE Master's degree program. Rackham does not allow credits to be transferred to a PhD program.
If you would like to give someone permission to contact the CSE Graduate Programs Office on your behalf, you must indicate this on your application before submitting it.
If you have a specific question that is not answered here, please contact the CSE Graduate Programs office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deferral of admission may be granted for up to one year following the original term of application. Decisions are made carefully and approvals are few in number. What are the circumstances under which deferrals may be granted? In rare situations, unforeseen and extenuating circumstances occur that affect an applicant's ability to enroll. These situations may include a medical emergency, family emergency, delay or denial of a visa to study in the United States, or natural disaster (e.g. earthquake, hurricane). When these types of circumstances occur, an admitted student may request to defer enrollment (referred to as deferred admission) for up to one year following the original term of application. A new application and application fee are not required. If approved, only the offer of admission is deferred and not the guaranteed funding type.
Circumstances such as employment, enrollment at another institution, funding, or indecisiveness regarding enrollment are typically not appropriate justifications for requesting deferred enrollment. Requests for deferrals of up to one year are sent to email@example.com and the reason deferral is being requested must be included in the email. Consideration beyond one year requires submission of a new application, application fee, and required documentation.