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How to Apply — CSE Graduate Admissions

The CSE graduate program is part of the University of Michigan's Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Prospective master's and doctoral students should submit applications through the Rackham Graduate School by following the instructions below.

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Application Information

The application for admission to the doctoral and master's program is completed online through the Rackham Graduate School. The site allows you to save your work and complete the application over time. A UMID number will be issued to you by the Rackham Graduate School via email within 5 business days of completing pages 1-5 and advancing to page 6 of the ApplyWeb application. The online application will be accessible until 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the application deadline.

For full admission consideration, supporting materials (e.g., letters of recommendation, transcripts, test scores) should arrive by the deadline.

Doctoral (PhD) Application Deadline: December 15th
Master's (MS/MSE) Application Deadline: January 15th

Once an application has been submitted, it cannot be updated.




Application Checklist

  • Statement of Purpose: Your statement of purpose should be a concise, well-written document about your academic and research background, as well as your career goals. Additionally, it should communicate how CSE's graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives. The statement of purpose has a 3 page limit.

  • Personal Statement: Your personal statement should describe how your life experiences - cultural, geographical, financial, educational, and/or other opportunities/challenges - motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree in CSE. Suggested topics for your personal statement are:
    • volunteer and/or community service;
    • extra-curricular activities;
    • leadership pursuits;
    • 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

The personal statement has a 500 word limit and is not identical to the statement of purpose.

  • Resume: Please provide your resume that highlights your education, work experience, research publications, teaching experience, professional activities, volunteer service, community engagement, honors and awards.

  • Research Interest:Select your primary and secondary areas of research interest.

  • Faculty Interest: Select up to five CSE faculty whose research interests align with yours and whom you would consider as potential research advisors.

  • Letters of Recommendation:Request 3 letters of recommendation from people who are familiar with your academic performance and research potential. Recommendation letters should be submitted electronically through the online application system. Registering your recommenders must be completed before you submit your application.

    Technical assistance requests should be sent directly to the ApplyWeb team at help@applyweb.com, and the following information must be included in the request: user name, full name, email address, and phone number. Please allow 24 hours for a response.

  • Test Scores: You are encouraged to take the GRE and TOEFL no later than one month prior to the application deadline; however, earlier is recommended. GRE and TOEFL scores should be sent to institution code 1839; a department code is not required.

    • The GRE is required. Scores are valid 5 years from the date you took the test to the deadline date when you apply.

    • The TOEFL is required for applicants whose native language is not English, unless they meet one of the exemption criteria. Scores are valid two years from the test date. The scores must be received from the testing agency no later than the graduate program application deadline.
  • Successful applicants typically have GRE scores of at least 70%, 90% quantitative, and 40% analytical writing. International students should have a TOEFL score of at least 100.

  • Transcripts:
    • Applicants who attended, or are attending, a U.S. Institution:
      • Upload an electronic version of your official transcript(s) for each bachelor's, master's, professional, and doctoral degree earned, or in progress, through your ApplyWeb application account.
      • If you are recommended for admission, the Rackham Graduate School will require official transcript(s). Recommended applicants will receive an email notification when the official transcript(s) are required for submission. All students are asked to include an electronic unofficial transcript during the online application process.

    • Applicants who attended, or are attending, a Non-U.S. Institution:
      • Review Required Academic Credentials from Non-U.S. Institutions for transcript/academic record requirements by country or region. Submitting transcripts/academic records is a two-step process.
      • Upload an electronic version of your official transcript/academic record for each institution attended through your ApplyWeb application account.
      • At the time of application, you must also submit an official transcript/academic record for each institution attended. See Rackham's detailed instructions on how to submit transcripts/academic records to the Rackham Graduate School.

    If you have community or junior college, non-degree, or study abroad coursework, please indicate this information on page 9 of the application under the "Additional Education Information" section.

    Note: Original educational documents will not be returned. All documentation received becomes the property of the Rackham Graduate School and will not be returned.



After Application Submission

To verify the receipt of your application and materials, please follow the instructions listed on the Rackham website.

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. Decisions for admission and financial aid are made separately. If you are awarded departmental financial assistance, you will be notified via email.




Please refer to Rackham's website for information regarding:
Rackham's Minimum Requirements to Apply
Application Fees and Waivers
Application Process
Official Transcripts
English Language Proficiency
Immigration Documents
Checking the Status of Your Application
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