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|Fall Term Application|
|Doctoral (Ph.D.):||December 15th|
|Master (MSE):||January 15th|
|Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Studies (SUGS), Joint Institute- Undergraduate/Graduate Studies (JI-SUGS):||January 15th|
|Current or previous Rackham student:||January 31st|
|Winter Term Application|
|Master (MSE):||August 1st|
|Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Studies (SUGS), Joint Institute- Undergraduate/Graduate Studies (JI-SUGS):||August 1st|
|Current or previous Rackham student:||October 19th|
Note: The Mechanical Engineering (ME) Department accepts Ph.D. applications for the Fall term only. Currently only Mechanical Engineering students can participate in the ME SUGS program.
There are a number of questions applicants have asked regarding the Mechanical Engineering (ME) graduate admissions process. The compilation of these questions are available on this page and are grouped into the following sections.
- Application Questions
- Application Requirements
- Current or Previous Rackham Student
- International Applicant
- Application Decisions
- Programs, Research, and Student Groups
- Financial Aid
- How to Apply to Graduate Program?
If you have a question regarding an item not listed on this page, please contact the Academic Services Office (ASO) at firstname.lastname@example.org. E-mails will be answered in 1-3 business days excluding any holidays during non-peak season. We ask that applicants send us one e-mail and allow us time to respond. We ask this in order to avoid any delay in our response time by receiving multiple messages from an applicant.
All applicants that submit an online application will receive a personalized URL known as the Applicant Status Page. The Applicant Status Page shows which application materials have been received or are still outstanding in the ME department. The link will be sent once an applicant fills out and submits the Research Interest form. We encourage all applicants to check their Applicant Status Page daily as we are making adjustments to the application checklist on daily basis. During peak times, we may not update an applicant's page daily to to the high amount of applications being received during this time.
I want to apply online. Do I need to apply to the "University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School," or should I apply to the College of Engineering?
Applicants interested in applying to Mechanical Engineering Department are required to submit the Rackham Graduate School online application. If an applicant who intended to apply to ME submits the College of Engineering application, the applicant will be responsible for submitting the Rackham Graduate School application and pay any application fees. The Mechanical Engineering programs are a Rackham Graduate School program and not a College of Engineering program.
Can I attend the University of Michigan part-time for the Ph.D. program?
Ph.D. students are required to be enrolled full-time during the Fall and Winter terms. Additional information can be found on the Rackham Graduate School's Ph.D. Students and Registration Policy link.
Can I have the Rackham application fee waived?
Application fee waivers/grants are available on a limited basis. Only U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible for waiver consideration. Applicants interested in applying for a Rackham Graduate School fee waiver must contact email@example.com for more information. Documentation regarding the applicant's financial status is required to be submitted to the Rackham Graduate School.
How much is the Rackham Graduate School application fee?
The application fees are: $75 for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents, $90 for Non-Residents and $10 for Current or Previous Rackham Students.
Can I have my application evaluated without paying the fee?
The application fee must be paid before an application will be processed and reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee. We also need to receive all the application materials before the committee will review an applicant's file.
I have a bachelor's degree and I am thinking about getting a Ph.D., but I'm not sure, should I apply for the Master or Doctoral program?
If you are not sure, you should apply for the Master's program, but you should definitely express your Ph.D. interest on the application. If your long-term interests are to obtain a Ph.D., then we encourage applicants to apply directly to the Doctoral program. This allows you to work more efficiently towards candidacy. If you are not admitted to the Doctoral program, the Graduate Admissions Committee will automatically consider you for the Master's program when they are reviewing the application as long as you do not already have a Master's degree.
Can I apply to the program if I do not have a degree in Mechanical Engineering?
Yes, if you majored and will or received a degree in any Engineering (i.e. Manufacturing Systems, Aerospace, Civil, etc.), any Math (i.e. Statistics) or any Sciences (i.e. Physics, Chemistry or Biology).
I am interested in applying to the Master (MSE) program in Mechanical Engineering, but did not receive an undergraduate degree in engineering. Instead I have a BS in Physiological Science. Can I apply to the MSE program?
Unfortunately a degree in Physiological Science will not make you eligible for admission to the ME Master's program, so you should not apply to our program.
If my GPA or GRE scores are low, will I have a chance of being admitted to the program?
Application materials undergo a comprehensive review by the ME Graduate Admissions Committee. The committee is a faculty group who reviews all applications submitted; they determine how many students will be admitted to the program and provide recommendations for admission.
Admission decisions are based on the quality of a combination of factors, including academic degrees and records, the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores, as well as research and relevant work experience. The applicant's background and life experience may also be considered in determining how it would contribute significantly to an educationally beneficial mix of students in the department.
How can I submit my journal publications or articles?
The journal publications or articles can be uploaded with the online application. If an applicant experiences any difficulty in uploading the documents, please e-mail the documents to ME in form of a PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org. We ask that an applicant's full name and UMID (if known) are listed on each publication in order to avoid any delay in processing. Please do not mail any hard copies of the publications or articles to Mechanical Engineering or the Rackham Graduate School.
A group of applicants would like to submit official transcripts together. Is this allowed?
Yes, applicants can submit one mailing of the official transcripts to the Rackham Graduate School per their transcript guidelines. Please do not staple or use extra tape to the outside of the envelopes. We ask that you keep each applicant's items separate by way of separate envelopes in one large one or with binder clips. It is also very helpful to have each applicant's full name and UMID (if known) on the separate documents. This will allow us to quickly match the items to your application. The Rackham Graduate School also encourages applicants to provide the Transcript/Academic Record Submission Form for each applicant.
If I am a current University of Michigan Ann Arbor student, do I need to mail my official transcripts?
No, Rackham does not require currently enrolled University of Michigan students to submit official transcripts. Please adhere to the guidelines provided by the Rackham Graduate School on their Transcript website.
Do you review an applicant if he/she provides a resume, GPA or other qualifications to ME via e-mail or on the telephone?
We ask that anyone interested in pursuing a degree in one of our graduate programs to submit an online application and provide all supporting application materials. The Graduate Admission Committee will review the application with the other applicants once all items have been received. Please review the ME Graduate Admissions webpage to learn about the requirements when applying to our program.
How can I obtain my University of Michigan Identification Number (UMID)?
Applicants who apply to ME will receive the University of Michigan Identification (UMID) Number after submitting the online application to Rackham. If you do not receive a message with your UMID within two weeks, please contact the Rackham Graduate School at email@example.com. They will assist you with this request.
I listed the wrong date of birth on the online application. How can I revise this?
You must send validation of the correct date of birth to be changed by providing a copy of your Driver's License or Passport. This should be sent to the Rackham Graduate School at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your University of Michigan Identification Number (UMID) on the copy in order to avoid any delay in processing.
Can I submit hard copies of my application materials to Mechanical Engineering Department?
The application materials should be submitted electronically when submitting the online application. Official transcripts are required to be sent to the Rackham Graduate School for processing and evaluation. Mechanical Engineering should not receive an applicant's official transcript in the mail. Journal publications or articles can be uploaded with the online application. IELTS score reports must be mailed to the Rackham Graduate School. All other test scores (e.g., GRE, TOEFL and MELAB) are submitted via ETS electronically to the institution code 1839. We cannot accept any binded books, video clips or DVDs to add to the application file.
What documents are required to be sent to Mechanical Engineering Department?
ME does not accept any hard copies mailed to our office. All documents should be submitted with the online application. This includes the Personal Statement, Statement of Purpose, Curriculum Vitate, application, Letters of Recommendation, and journal or publications. GRE, TOEFL and MELAB scores are submitted electronically with ETS to the institution code of 1839. Official transcripts should be mailed to the Rackham Graduate School.
Can ME review my application without my GRE or TOEFL/MELAB/IELTS scores?
Mechanical Engineering Department requires all components of the application materials before the Graduate Admission Committee will review it. Please see the How To Apply link to see what should be submitted to our department.
Should I send a copy of the Rackham Graduate School confirmation page showing that I paid the application fee?
We ask that applicant's do not provide the confirmation page to us. If ME can view an applicant's online application on the Rackham application system, then we know that the application fee has been paid. So there is no need to provide a copy of the proof of application fee payment to us.
Can I mail or e-mail a revised document that was previously uploaded with the online application?
We ask that applicants e-mail a PDF version of the revised document (e.g. Curriculum Vitae, Statement of Purpose, Personal Statement, journal publication or article) to email@example.com. Please provide your full name and UMID (if known) on each document. Please know that we cannot add anything to your online application but can add the revised material to the applicant file in the Mechanical Engineering Department.
Does the Mechanical Engineering Department accept any transfer students to Master program?
Yes, we do. Applicants will need to submit an online application to our Master program. If accepted for admission to our program, an applicant must complete at least eight hours of graded graduate level coursework in Rackham Graduate School. An applicant must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, before Rackham will process the request to transfer credits earned from the university.
Once an applicant completes the eight hours, they can request to have six semester hours of approved graduate level courses to be transferred from an accredited institution to the University of Michigan. A grade of "B" or better must be earned in order to transfer to our graduate program. Credit will be transferred once the applicant provides the below items to the Academic Services Office (ASO). Approval to transfer the credits toward the Mechanical Engineering (ME) Graduate Program is determined by the Graduate Program Chair. Transfer of credit guidelines can be found on Rackham's Transfer of Credit Information web page.
- Current official transcript from the institution requesting credit to be transferred to ME's Graduate Program.
Does the Mechanical Engineering Department accept any transfer students to the Doctoral program ?
We do not accept any transfer students into the Doctoral program. An applicant must submit the online application to apply to the program. If the interested applicant attended another institution and earned credits while there, those courses will not transfer to the ME Department.
Does Mechanical Engineering allow students from other College of Engineering programs to apply to the SUGS program?
At this time, only Mechanical Engineering students who are completing their ME BSE degree at the UM Ann Arbor can apply to the ME SUGS program.
How much is the tuition to attend a Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program?
Can I apply for a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering if I already have one from another institution?
If an applicant received or will receive a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from another institution, they can apply to the ME Master program only if the degree they will earn at U-M will be substantially different (e.g., Civil Engineering, Aerospace, Industrial Operations, etc). The Graduate Chair will need to review an applicant's transcript to see if the degree earned at the other institution will be substantially different from the U-M Mechanical Engineering master program. If the Graduate Chair finds this to be true, he will prepare a memo to send to Rackham to say the second Master's degree will be substantially different from the first master. If the degrees are not substantially different, then the applicant cannot be admitted to our master program due to the Rackham Graduate School's policy.
I heard that Mechanical Engineering is giving interviews for applicants to visit the University of Michigan. How can I receive and invitation to attend?
The Graduate Admissions Committee invites Doctoral applicants to visit the University of Michigan for a paid visit. Applicants who are invited to visit our university will receive an invitation via e-mail from the Mechanical Engineering Department.
We do not coordinate a visit for Master applicants. If a Master applicant is interested in visiting U-M, they must coordinate the visit on their own, contact faculty to see if they have time to meet with them and pay for their own travel logistics.
How can I update my address?
Log onto Wolverine Access to update your address. Applicants are responsible for having a current address listed with the university at all times.
I previously applied to a past term and was denied admission. Can I use the same application materials?
Applicants who were not offered admissions to the graduate program during a specific term must submit a brand new application, pay the application fee and submit supporting materials. If your test scores are still valid from the testing date, there is no need to request new scores to be sent to our university. We encourage applicants to submit new letters of recommendation, Curriculum Vitae, Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement. However, if asked by an applicant, we will pull items from a previous application file and add them to the new application when it appears in our database.
If you submitted an official transcript and/or degree certificate, you do not need to submit this again. We can obtain this from Rackham Graduate Schools online system. If you would like to request the Academic Services Office (ASO) to pull your transcript from your previous application, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I submitted a College of Engineering application for the graduate program. Can you tell me the status of my application?
If an applicant submitted an online application with the College of Engineering and meant to apply to a Rackham Graduate program, the applicant will need to submit a Rackham online application and pay a new application fee. If application materials were mailed to the CoE program, an applicant musst request that office to forward the documents to Mechanical Engineering Department. Mechancial Engineering cannot check the status of an application submitted to the College of Engineering. You must contact that department directly to check the status of the application.
I submitted my official transcript and would like to receive it back or a copy of it.
All application materials submitted for admission consideration become the property of the University of Michigan and will not be returned in original or copy form. The Rackham Graduate School allows applicants to take the original transcript and a copy of the same transcript to their office located on Central Campus. The Rackham Admission Officer will then review both documents to confirm they are the same. They will then provide the original document back to the applicant and upload the copy with their official stamp to their online system for all departments to obtain.
My name is wrong on the online application I submitted online. How can I revise this?
To request a name change or correction, applicants can e-mail, mail, or fax a signed letter requesting the change along with a photocopy of a legal document (marriage license, driver's license, social security card, birth certificate, etc) with their name spelled correctly. Applicants can also stop by a Registrar's Office with a picture ID and the Social Security card or passport and fill out a change request form.
The request can be sent to: Student Services; Office of the Registrar; University of Michigan; 1219 LS&A Building; 500 S. State Street; Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1385 Fax requests can be sent to: 734.763.9053
I have a new Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose or Personal Statement for your consideration. How should I send this to Mechanical Engineering?
We ask that applicants send the revised Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume to email@example.com. In the body of the e-mail, please provide your full name and date of birth. Any documents sent to ME should be in a PDF format. We will add any new documents to an applicant's file upon receipt.
Why do I need to select an area of research (or subplan) on the online application? What does this mean?
Selecting an area of research (subplan) on the online application allows the Graduate Admissions Committee to know which group of professors need to review the application based upon the research area chosen. The area listed on the online application is helpful to the ME Department during the application period only. An applicant can change their area of research at any time if admitted to the graduate program.
What is the amount of the enrollment deposit?
Mechanical Engineering does not require an applicant to submit an enrollment deposit.
Is December 15th the deadline to submit all application requirements? Or is this just for the online application to be received?
Applicants are asked to adhere to the application deadline for the application and all supporting documents. However, we understand that there might be a delay in the receipt of the letters of recommendation or test scores to arrive. Receiving application items past the application deadline may result in a delay of the application being processed and reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee. We ask that applicants submit all required application materials by the deadline date associated with a term and program applying to.
What counts most when you are evaluating applications?
Application materials undergo a comprehensive review by the ME Graduate Admissions Committee. When evaluating applications, the committee looks at the whole appolication package and all items submitted are necessary when determining who to admit to the graduate program. This is why ME waits until all of application materials are received before reviewing an applicant's file.
What should I include in the Statement of Purpose?
This is a chance for an applicant to show the admissions committee who they are. The applicant will want to talk about their engineering experiences, their motivation for pursuing a higher degree, their long-term goals, as well as their specific interests. Applicants have asked if there is a required length for this document. There is no specific length required. Previous applicants submitted a 1-3 page Statement of Purpose. There are no specific guidelines for formatting (e.g., font type, font size, etc). However, we do encourage you to have your full name and UMID if possible listed on the document to help us quickly match it with your application.
What should I include in the Personal Statement?
How has an applicant's personal background and life experiences, including social, cultural, familial, educational, or other opportunities or challenges, motivated their decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan? This is not an Academic Statement of Purpose, but a discussion of the personal journey that has led an applicant to decide to seek a graduate degree. This document should be 500 words or less. There are no specific guidelines for formatting (e.g., font type, font size, etc). However, we do encourage you to have your full name and UMID if possible listed on the document.
In addition to the Statement of Purpose and the Personal Statement, should I also submit my resume/curriculum vitae, journal publications, etc.?
Yes, we require that an applicant submits a curriculum vitae and any journal publications if they have any. ME will add all materials to an applicant's PDF file in order for the Graduate Admissions Committee to review it. Due to our having a PDF file for all applicants, we are unable to accept any binded books. All documents must be in PDF format.
Does the Mechanical Engineering Department have minimum GRE and GPA requirements?
There are no specific minimums for the GRE or GPA, however, the successful applicants are those students who are strong in at least 3 out of the 4 areas below:
- Average GPA in the 3.2 - 3.5 range on a 4.0 scale
- GRE scores in the 80th-90th percentile
- Strong letters of recommendation
- Strong Statement of Purpose (SOP) and Personal Statement (PS)
- Please note that the Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement should be two separate documents. See an explanation of both of them in the above questions.
How to apply to more than one program and submit multiple applications?
See the Rackham Graduate School How to Submit Multiple Applications link for more information.
What tests are required for admission to the ME Graduate Program?
All students are required to submit GRE scores. The GRE revised General Test or GRE General Test (older version of GRE) should be taken. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. Applicants are required to provide an official score report from either the Michigan English Language Battery (MELAB), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS). TOEFL scores must be sent to ME via ETS only by way of the University of Michigan institution code of 1839. We do not accept any paper copies of the score report. Original score report for IELTS must be sent to Mechanical Engineering and the Rackham Graduate School to avoid delay in processing of the application.
What are the minimum IELTS and MELAB score requirements?
MELAB: 80 is the valid score
IELTS: 6.5 is the valid score
What is the minimum TOEFL score requirement?
On the Paper based TOEFL (PBT), the minimum score is 560. On the Internet Based TOEFL (IBT), the minimum score is 84. If the applicant's score is below the minimum requirement, the applicant must re-take the test until they receive a score that meets the minimum valid score.
How long are my TOEFL, GRE, MELAB and IELTS scores valid for?
The TOEFL, MELAB and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years from the testing date.
I keep checking the online Application Status Page in ME to confirm if my application materials were received. However, the link shows that my GRE and TOEFL scores have not been received.
This could be a result of an applicant having two UMIDs. This can be caused by an applicant spelling their name or date of birth differently with ETS than from how it was listed on the Rackham online application. If you feel that you modified your name or date of birth, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to provide the testing date, date of birth, full spelling of name to us. This will allow us to search for any variations in your name or date of birth. It takes 1-2 weeks for the two UMIDs to merge if duplicates are found in our system. The ME ASO will e-mail an applicant if duplicate UMIDs were found. Rackham Graduate School generally advises applicants to list their name the same way it is listed on their passport or driver's license with ETS and on the online application.
If I have a test score that will expire during the application process, will you still accept it?
If applying during an application term, the test scores are valid if we receive them before the expiration date which is the test date associated with the test. However, if an applicant decides not to apply the term the scores are expiring, they are responsible for providing current and valid test scores to Mechanical Engineering Department. We encourage applicants to register early to take the test again to prevent a delay in the review of your application by the Graduate Admission Committee.
What is the ETS code to the University of Michigan for submitting TOEFL and GRE scores?
For the GRE and TOEFL scores, the ETS code is 1839. There is no longer a Department Code.
Wolverine Access has my test scores, but Mechanical Engineering does not.
If Wolverine Access received your test scores, then we most likely have them in Mechanical Engineering. We receive many applications each term and process each one separately. We process application data in order for it to be reflected on the Applicant Status Page. We ask applicants to check their Applicant Status Page daily to see when the information has been updated. Please note that there are high peak seasons with applications and it may take longer to appear on the page.
Why doesn't Mechanical Engineering have my test scores on ME's Applicant Status page as being received?
There are three possible reasons the test scores are not listed as being received: 1) ME may not have checked them off as being received yet. We update each applicant's application checklist separately. We receive numerous applications and must process them one at a time. 2) We do not have your test scores. If you took the test and submitted your scores to the University of Michigan or Mechanical Engineering Department, it could be that you provided a different name or date of birth on the ETS application. Applicants must provide the same spelling of name and date of birth on with ETS and the online application in order for us to receive the test scores. If an applicant used another name than the one listed on the application submitted to our university, then the scores will not match with the online application. 3) The scores have not arrived at the University of Michigan yet. It can take weeks to receive the scores from ETS.
Please contact us at email@example.com to inform us of any name variations or date of birth so we can search for it. We ask that an applicant includes the testing date and location in the message.
Did you receive my test scores? Would you please confirm that you have them?
We receive numerous applications each term and process each one separately. We are currently processing application data so that it will reflect on your Applicant Status Page as being received. Please check your Application Status Page daily to see when your information has been updated.
How many letters of recommendation are required?
For the Doctoral program: 3 letters of recommendation are required.
For the Master program: 2 letters of recommendation are required.
For the SUGS, JI-SUGS programs: 3 letters of recommendation are required.
Who should write recommendation letters for me?
Letters of recommendation must come from individuals who have had sufficient opportunity and evidence to assess your academic abilities and potential. In most cases, professors are most qualified to write these letters. However, there may be instances where previous employers in industry and research may also provide relevant information. We cannot accept letters of recommendation from Lecturers.
Doctoral program: 2 of the 3 letters must come from a university professor.
Master program: 1 of the 2 letters must come from a university professor.
SUGS, JI-SUGS programs: 2 of the 3 letters must come from a university professor.
How should I send my letters of recommendation?
We prefer that all your letters of recommendation are submitted electronically through the online application system. Please follow the instructions on the Rackham Graduate School online application to submit the names of your recommenders, who will in turn receive an e-mail notification that will prompt them to submit their letter directly online. This is the most efficient and preferred method of submitting letters of recommendation. However, in the event that a recommender is unable to submit a letter on the online application system, please ask that they mail or e-mail it to the below address. If the letter of recommendation is sent to us, it must come from the recommender listed on the online application or it will not be accepted.
University of Michigan
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Academic Services Office, 2206 GG Brown
2350 Hayward Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2125
How can I edit my recommenders name for e-mail? I listed it incorrectly on the Letters of Recommendation page on the online application.
If you have not submitted the application yet, you can go back to the Letters of Recommendation page and edit the information. However, if you submitted the online application, no one can modify the content listed on the application (this includes the applicant, Rackham Graduate School, Mechanical Engineering staff or the online application administrators). For additional information please see the Recommendations link.
My recommender is experiencing technical difficulty to upload the letter of recommendation. How can he/she submit the letter of recommendation?
Mechanical Engineering will accept the letter and Recommendation Form via mail or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org from the person writing the letter of recommendation. Letters that are sent through the mail must be sent to the Mechanical Engineering department. Do not send paper recommendation letters to Rackham or this will delay the processing of your application in ME. Provide the Recommendation Form to any recommender who will submit the letter via e-mail or mail to Mechanical Engineering department. Refer to the Rackham Graduate School Recommendations and Letters of Recommendation page for more information.
Will you accept letters of recommendation that arrive after the application deadline date?
Yes, we will accept letters of recommendation that arrive after the application deadline. We understand a professor may not provide the letter by the deadline. However, please know that your application will be reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee once all application requirements have been received in our office.
Can I submit more than three letters of recommendation?
If an applicant would like to submit more than three letters of recommendation please follow the process listed in the above question for a recommender experiencing technical difficulty to ME at email@example.com.
Wolverine Access has my recommendation letters, but Mechanical Engineering (ME) does not have them listed on the Applicant Status Page.
We receive numerous application seach term and process each one separately. Once we enter a new application material onto the application checklist, the information will be reflected on the Application Status Page as being received, not received or processed. The ME Department processes applications on a daily basis and thus updates the Applicant Status Page daily. Please keep checking the Applicant Status Page daily to see when any new information is added to the page.
Where should I mail my official transcripts?
Applicants must submit the official transcripts to the Rackham Graduate School. Please do NOT mail them to Mechanical Engineering as this could cause a delay in the processing of your application. Rackham will collect ALL official transcripts. Mechanical Engineering will have access to the official transcripts so there is no need to submit official transcripts to ME.
Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies
Office of Graduate Admissions
0120 Rackham Building
915 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1070
Does Mechanical Engineering accept unofficial transcripts that are uploaded with the online application?
Yes, we accept unofficial transcripts uploaded with the online application. The unofficial transcripts will provide a preliminary review of your transcript by the Graduate Admission Committee. However, please note that we require the official transcripts to be submitted to the Rackham Graduate School.
Wolverine Access has my transcripts, but the Applicant Status Page provided by Mechanical Engineering does not have it listed?
The Mechanical Engineering Department does not accept transcripts. We obtain transcripts from the Rackham Graduate School and mark them off as being received on our application checklist. When the official transcripts are imaged by Rackham, we will update the Application Status Page to reflect it has been processed. This will be done on a daily basis. Please read the Submitting Transcripts to Rackham webpage.
How can I apply for readmission?
The Rackham Graduate School has instructions for readmission to a Rackham program of previous attendance application. There is no application fee. See the Rackham Readmission link for more information. Mechanical Engineering also has information on the Readmission to the Master Program link.
How can I apply for reinstatement into the PhD program?
The Rackham Graduate School has information for reinstatement to the PhD program. Please see the Reinstatement to a Ph.D. Program link. Mechanical Engineering also has information on the Reinstatement to Ph.D. Program link.
I am an international applicant and I sent my official transcripts to Rackham. Do I need to send my official transcripts to the Department of Mechanical Engineering as well?
No, we do not require a set of official transcripts sent to Mechanical Engineering Department. Rackham requires an official transcript mailed directly to them. It is very important that you leave these transcripts in sealed envelopes.
What are the minimum requirements on English language tests for international students?
A minimum total score of 560 on the Paper-Pencil (PBT) TOEFL
OR, a minimum total score of 84 on the Internet-Based (IBT) TOEFL
OR, a minimum total score of 80 on the MELAB
OR, a minimum total score of 6.5 on the IELTS
I am an international applicant, but I am getting a degree from an institution where the medium of instruction is English. Do I need to take a language test?
Applicants who have earned a degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English, (e.g., U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Australia) are exempt from submitting a MELAB, TOEFL, or IELTS score. If you would like to confirm your institution meets the English requirement, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the e-mail please include your full name, date of birth, and school you attended. The Graduate Admission staff will look into the institution to see if you will need to provide the English test score to us or not. Staff will notify an applicant upon if the school was confirmed as being taught in English the duration of the program.
I saw on your website that you accept the IELTS, MELAB and TOEFL exams. Do I need to take all three of them?
If your native language is not English you must demonstrate English proficiency by taking one of the three exams and provide the results to ME.
I am an international applicant. Do I need to have all of my transcripts, diplomas and certificates translated?
Yes, everything must be translated. Both the original and translations must be mailed to the Rackham Graduate School. Rackham provides additional information on their webpage.
Do I need to submit an Affidavit of Financial Support or any financial documentation?
No, an applicant does not need to submit any financial documents at the time of application. However, if an applicant is offered admission, the Rackham School of Graduate Studies will request the financial information via e-mail. Please do not send these documents to Rackham until they contact an applicant to submit them. We also want to remind you not to send them to Mechanical Engineering as this will delay their processing for you to matriculate.
When will I receive my Visa paperwork? I need to have this in order to apply for a Visa in my country and it takes months to get a visa appointment.
Rackham issues the I-20 paperwork for international applicants once they accept the offer of admission from the graduate school. Rackham will e-mail an applicant once the admission is recommended by the Mechanical Engineering Department to provide the official admission decision. Please direct any I-20 or financial affidavit questions to Rackham at email@example.com or 734.764.8129.
How are application decisions determined by the Graduate Admission Committee?
Admission decisions are based on a combination of factors including academic degrees and records, the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores, and research and relevant work experience. The applicant's background and life experience may also be considered in determining how it would contribute significantly to an educationally beneficial mix of students in the department. In addition, consideration is given to the match between applicant's research goals and those of an ME faculty member including the availability of funding for a project well-suited to the Ph.D. student capabilities. Applicants are encouraged to contact ME faculty to discuss their research opportunities once an application has been submitted.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering has recommended me for admission. Does this mean I have been accepted?
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is responsible for the evaluation of an application, and per Rackham policy, makes a recommendation to either admit or deny an applicant to the Rackham Graduate School. After the Department communicates this decision to Rackham, they will review the application materials in order to make the final decision on admission. Rackham will notify all applicants via e-mail of the official application decision. Applicants will then be able to provide their intent to begin their graduate program in the term they applied.
For detailed information on Rackham admissions criteria and application procedures, please visit the Rackham Admissions web page.
I've been accepted by Rackham Graduate School. What do I do now?
Please visit Rackham Graduate School's website: Accept Your Admission Offer for more information. Rackham will also provide a detailed message to all admitted applicants.
Can I defer my admission?
Deferrals are possible for up to ONE year to students who fall in the below circumstances. Applicants interested in requesting a deferral should prepare a letter or e-mail to request permission to defer along with an explanation for the request to Mechanical Engineering at firstname.lastname@example.org. If an applicant meets the deferral policy, ME will notify Rackham of the deferral request for processing. A deferral can only be requested once Rackham provides an admit decision to the applicant. If an applicant received a denial decision, they cannot request a deferral.
I was not accepted into your program. Can my application be reinstated and considered for a different term?
If an applicant was not admitted to the term of application they applied to, the applicant must submit a brand new online application for a future term. An application fee is required for the new application. If an applicant would like the ME Department to use application materials (e.g., transcript, letters of recommendation or publications) submitted during a previous term they applied, we can handle the request. We ask that an applicant send an e-mail to email@example.com. We require the applicant's full name, UMID and term previously applied and ask us to pull the documents from past application term in the in the body of the message. We suggest that an applicant provide new Statement of Purpose, Personal Statement, resume, and letters of recommendation. However, if requested to reuse the Statement of Purpose, Personal Statement, resume, and letter of recommendation from the previous file we will grant the request.
How can I determine my residency status?
The Residency Office establishes the Residency Clarification Guidelines. If you have questions that cannot be answered by the information posted on the Residency Office URL, please obtain their contact number located near the bottom of their website.
If I am not admitted to the Doctoral program will my application be considered for the Master's Program if I do not already have a Master's degree from another institution?
Yes, the Graduate Admissions Committee considers this when they are reviewing an application in order to provide an admission decision. Students who fall into this category do not already have a Master's degree.
Someone I know has received an offer from Mechanical Engineering and I am still waiting for my application decision from you. When will I receive my admission decision?
Application decisions are sent out to applicants on a rolling basis. All applicants will receive an application decision once the Graduate Admission Committee provides one for an applicant. Application decisions are sent to an applicant via e-mail. We cannot communicate an admission decision over the telephone and will tell you to look for the message in your e-mail.
Fall term: Doctoral, Master, SUGS, JI-SUGS, or NCFD applicants admission decisions are made beginning mid-March through April.
Winter term: For Master, SUGS, JI-SUGS, or NCFD applicants admission decisions are made beginning mid-November through December.
How will Mechanical Engineering inform me whether I am admitted or not?
Admission decisions are sent via e-mail to notify all applicants. Please check your spam or junk folder for any messages that may have gone there instead of the inbox. If the e-mail that was listed on the online application is no longer valid, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to provide the new e-mail so there is no delay in getting your application decision.
I've been admitted to another university and would like to notify you so you can withdraw my application.
We ask applicants to provide their full name, UMID and we will modify the application record to reflect the applicant's intent. An e-mail should be sent to email@example.com e-mail.
When does an applicant need to notify Mechanical Engineering and Rackham of their intent to attend U-M or not?
Doctoral applicants must notify us by April 15th. Master application must notify us by: May 15th for International applicants and June 15th for domestic applicants. SUGS or JI-SUGS applicants must notify us by May 15th for international applicants and June 15th for domestic applicants.
Programs, Research, and Student Groups
How can I learn more about the different Master and Doctoral programs offered at the University of Michigan?
I am interested in seeing what type of research is being done at the University of Michigan. How can I find out more?
What student groups do you have on campus?
We have many active student organizations and groups for any interest. Please click on the URLs to obtain additional information.
What about Financial Aid?
All incoming Doctoral students are offered full financial support which includes a stipend, full tuition, health benefits and dental benefits while they are active in the program. Support may be offered in the form of a Departmental Fellowship, Graduate Student Research Assistantship (GSRA), Graduate Student Instructorship (GSI) or through External Fellowships for which the student may apply. The stipend rate for the 2009-2010 academic year was $25,000.
Master applicants may also be eligible for financial assistance through GSRA's, GSI's, or External Fellowships. Please see the Financial Support section in the Graduate Handbook to obtain more information about financial aid in Mechanical Engineering.
How can I apply for a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) position?
GSI opportunities are highly competitive and are available twice per year. The Academic Services Office (ASO) will announce when the application is available. Master's degree applicants that are U.S. Citizens are eligible for GSI positions once admitted to the program by the Rackham Graduate School. International applicants can apply for a GSI position after their first term is completed. If the language of instruction at the undergraduate institution was not English exclusively, international applicants are required to take an GSI English Exam before applying for a GSI position. The ASO will announce when the GSI English Exam will be scheduled. They will inform students of the scheduled testing at a later date.
How can I apply for a Graduate Student Research Assistantship position (GSRA)?
There is no application to apply for this. Applicants are encouraged to contact ME Faculty after submitting the online application to see if they are looking for a research assistant to work with them. We do not have a list of faculty who are in need of a GSRA. Please contact faculty at Faculty Bios.
What type of funding is available for Master applicants?
Students admitted to the Master program are expected to secure their own financial support. A student may fund their education with personal funds, family funds, loans, financial aid, fellowship or employment. A master student may secure a Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) position. Master's degree applicants are encouraged to directly contact ME professors whose research is of interest to see if they are looking for a master student to join their research group after an online application has been submitted. ME professor contact information can be found on the ME research or the Faculty Bios web page. Master students also have an option to apply for Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) position. These positions are highly competitive and are available during the fall and winter terms. Domestic students are eligible to apply for a GSI position beginning their first term of enrollment. International students who have passed the U-M GSI English Exam are eligible to apply beginning their second term of enrollment.