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.
  • Your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume that describes your education, work experience, research publications, teaching experience, professional activities, volunteer activity, community engagement, honors and awards.


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.