Admissions Requirements and Profile

The students we admit generally meet the following qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree (equivalent to US bachelor’s degree)  in engineering, physics, or mathematics
  • 3.5 out of 4.0 GPA for the undergraduate degree
    • A strong emphasis is on fundamental courses (e.g. calculus, physics).
    • Based on the technical area you choose on your application, a strong emphasis is on how well you did in courses in the specific technical area.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores in the 50 percentile or higher in all three test areas
    • Score must be less than 5 years old
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • At least 2 from faculty/course instructors who are familiar with your work in the classroom and/or lab
  • Research experience
    • Experience of working in a lab or project with faculty
    • This especially important for students applying to the PhD program.
  • English Proficiency Test score (applicants whose native language is not English). Click here for more information about recommended tests and minimum test scores.
    • UM-SJTU Joint Institute undergraduate students who are currently enrolled at UMich do not have to complete this requirement.

Additional Required Application Materials

  • Academic Statement of Purpose
    • Statement about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how Michigan’s graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives. It should be 1-3 pages.
  • Personal Statment
    • This is not the Academic Statement of Purpose, but a discussion of the personal journey/story that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. This should be 1 page.
    • Domestic Students - Refer to ECE Financial Aid on how to write your personal statement to assist you in making you eligible for fellowships.


2015 Admitted Student Profile

Average GPA/Scores
MS Admits
PhD Admits
GRE Verbal
GRE Quantitative
GRE Writing

Additional statistics regarding the admission, student composition, completion rate of the program can be found here.