Electrical Engineering:Systems Graduate Program
Guidelines for Online Application
The EE:Systems Graduate Program is part of the University of Michigan's Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies.
Prospective graduate students for the EE:Systems Program submit online applications through the Rackham Graduate School.
Links with Related Information:
We admit students for the Fall Term only. (No applications for Winter or Spring/Summer will be accepted.) Applications received after the deadlines below will be at a competitive disadvantage during the evaluation process.
PhD Application Deadline:
MS Application Deadline:
Completing the Online Application
The information below should be helpful to you as you submit your online application. It is in addition to the instructions you will find on the Rackham web site, and is not meant to replace them. Please see Rackham's information about Preparing to Apply.
You will first be asked to set up an account before accessing the application. International applicants: Use your name (first and last/family) as it appears on your passport or other legal documents.
Once you have set up your account, you will proceed to complete the online application. You may start your application, save the information, and then return to it as many times as necessary before final submission. Save your information whenever you reach the bottom of a screen.
Please review your application materials carefully prior to submission. Once the application is submitted, we are not able to make changes.
Please note: If you have submitted an item electronically, do not send duplicate items by mail.
There are 13 pages to the online application.
Page 1 - Getting Started
Enter your name as it appears on your passport or other legal documents.
Page 2 & 3- Program and Subplan Selection
Select your program, Electrical Engineering: Systems, and one of the degrees shown.
Electrical Engineering:Systems M.S. (Only for applicants not planning to continue into the UM Ph.D. program)
Electrical Engineering:Systems M.S.E. (Only for applicants not planning to continue into the UM Ph.D. program)-Must have B.S. in Engineering to apply
Electrical Engineering:Systems Ph.D. (All applicants who intend to receive a Ph.D. at UM EE:S)
(Note: If you wish to major in Applied Electromagnetics & RF Circuits, Integrated Circuits & VLSI, MEMS & Microsystems, Optics & Photonics, or Solid-State, you should apply to the Electrical Engineering Program.)
You must then select a subplan (meaning a major area of study), using a dropdown menu:
The Subplan dropdown will offer:
- Control Systems
- Signal Processing
Although you must select one of the 3 subplans offered, if you have an interest in Power & Energy or Robotics & Computer Vision, see the instructions below. Also mention your area of interest in your Statement of Purpose.
- Power & Energy (Power & Energy is currently being developed as a distinct major area of study. If your interest is Power & Energy, enter Control as your subplan area on page 3 and then check Power & Energy as your primary area of interest on page 11.
- Robotics & Computer Vision (If your interest is Computer Vision, enter Signal Processing as your subplan area on page 3 and then check Robotics & Computer Vision as your primary area of interest on page 11.
Pages 3-6: Answer questions about Fee Waiver, Personal Information, Program Information, and Education Information.
Page 6: Submitting transcripts is a two-step process. For descriptions of types of transcripts and information on how to submit your trancript see Rackham's information about Transcripts.
1. Scan and upload your transcript/academic record into the online application.
Scan and upload a transcript/academic record that displays your name, the name of the institution, the institutional seal and signature of the Registrar (or Recorder of Records Office). Do not upload advising transcripts or transcripts that you print directly from an internet website. PLEASE NOTE: Failure to include an electronic copy of your transcript(s) with the online application will cause a delay in the processing of your application.
2. Send your official transcript/academic record to Rackham.
Electronic Option: E-transcripts may be sent by your institution to Rackham at Rackfirstname.lastname@example.org. A transcript received from a personal e-mail address will not be accepted. If your school also requires a mailing address, use the one indicated below.
If being sent my mail, the official transcript must be mailed to:
Rackham Graduate School
Attn: Transcripts/U-M ID# (if known) or Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy)
University of Michigan
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
Do NOT send your official transcript by mail to the department.
It is your responsibility to request the release of any such records from the institutions involved. If you have a foreign transcript, you must include official transcripts, certificates and diplomas in the original language and an official Engligh translation.
Page 6&8: Submitting your Test Score Information and Language Proficiency Information.
GRE Scores. Request that your scores from ETS be sent to Institution code: 1839.
International applicants must also arrange for their TOEFL scores to be sent to Institution code: 1839. For questions, refer to Rackham's TOEFL guidelines.
If you currently have your GRE and/or TOEFL scores, please scan a copy and upload into the online application.
Pages 8-9: Answer questions about your Awards, Publications and Activities; and Employment and Financial Information.
Page 10: Provide the names of people who will write Letters of Recommendation for you.
You must arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted. At least two letters should be from faculty. You will submit the names and contact information of the three recommenders on page 11.
Electronic submission of recommendation letters is recommended. If that is not possible, have the recommender complete the recommendation form from Rackham's website, and have the recommender mail the form to:
University of Michigan
Electrical Engineering Systems
Graduate Program Office
1301 Beal Ave; 3404 EECS BLDG
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2122
Page 11: Check the box of your primary area of interest. Select from: Control Systems, Communications, Signal Processing, Power & Energy, Robotics & Computer Vision.
Upload your Academic Statement of Purpose online (a pdf, doc, docx, or rtf file under 5MB).
The Statement of Purpose is a statement about your academic, research and career goals.
Page 12: Upload your Personal Statement, your Curriculum Vitae/Resume, and Additional Information.
The Personal Statement is a statement about the effects of your life experiences, such as volunteer work, leadership activities, cultural and educational background, on your decision to pursue a graduate degree. It is limited to 500 words.
Page 13: Sign and date the form. You may save the form and return later, or submit it. Please review your application materials carefully prior to submission. Once the application is submitted, we are not able to make changes.
If you or your recommenders experience any technical difficulty while applying to Rackham, please click here for Rackham's recommendation letter options.
- All PhD applicants are automatically considered for departmental financial aid. No separate application
is required. Departmental financial aid is not ordinarily available for students applying to the Master's program.
- For more information regarding other sources of financial aid refer to the ECE Departmental Financial Aid page.
- Applicants receiving external fellowships should upload documentation of the award as part of the Rackham application.
- We are not usually
able to respond immediately to requests for application status. Each application is carefully reviewed. Decisions are made
throughout the academic year; therefore it is best to allow us until April 1st before making a status request.
- All submitted documents become the property of the University of Michigan and cannot be returned or forwarded.