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Graduate students in Mechanical Engineering (ME) will find that degree requirements exist on two different levels. There are requirements which are program specific to ME and requirements from the Rackham Graduate School (Rackham). In order to successfully complete a graduate degree in ME, students must be aware of, understand, and adhere to the policies and guidelines on both levels. Because this can sometimes be difficult, the Academic Services Office (ASO) in the ME department is here to provide students with the resources they need to succeed in the program. The ASO helps students navigate the policies and guidelines and serves to provide clarity and structure to the policies. 

Rackham determines the overarching structure for graduate programs which details absolute minimums for all departments requirements (i.e. GPA, grades, course credits, enrollment, etc.). In some instances, the College of Engineering or ME may impose stricter guidelines. If a requirement in ME is stricter than one from Rackham, the ME requirement will be upheld. Rackham has the official word on whether or not a student has completed all the degree requirements for graduation but will adhere to any ME policy stricter than their own.

The Rackham Graduate School is responsible for:

  • Enforcing University regulations for all departments on campus
  • Approving petitions - specific to Rackham
  • Informing the department when a student is not maintaining minimum requirements
  • Awarding fellowships

The College of Engineering assists with graduate recruiting efforts for the ME department with the Recruit at Home program and the Engineering Graduate Symposium. Recruit at Home provides financial assistance to graduate students who are interested in being an ambassador for the University of Michigan at their previous alma mater. The Engineering Graduate Symposium is hosted every fall in order to introduce prospective graduate students to ongoing research in the College of Engineering. In addition, the College of Engineering hosts award competitions in which ME participates. 

The Academic Services Office (ASO) in Mechanical Engineering (2206 GG Brown) is responsible for:

  • Advising related to degree progress and academics 
  • Admitting graduate students
  • Processing petitions and forms specific to ME  
  • Processing information regarding degree progress to the Rackham Graduate School for approval
  • Maintaining student records and confidentiality 
  • Fellowship and Award management specific to ME
  • Administering Qualification Examinations
  • Interfacing with the Rackham Graduate School on petitions

In general, the ASO acts as a resource for information. In cases where the ASO is not able to provide information, students will be referred to the appropriate University organizations. You can reach the ASO by emailing me-aso@umich.edu.

Please note that our office becomes quite hectic in September due to new student arrivals and from January through March due to application processing, which has strict deadlines that must be met. Though we will endeavor to help you with any requests you may have in a prompt and efficient manner, we would greatly appreciate your patience during these time periods.

The Main Office in Mechanical Engineering (2250 GG Brown) is responsible for processing employment paperwork for GSRAs, Graders, and GSIs.