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Prospective students interested in applying to the Mechanical Engineering (ME) graduate program must submit a Rackham Graduate School online application. Prospective students will create an Apply-Web Account to access the Rackham application.

Application Fees and Payment:

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I apply to the graduate program if I do not have a degree in Mechanical Engineering?

A: Yes if you majored in or will receive a degree in any engineering (e.g., Manufacturing Systems, Aerospace, Materials & Science, etc.), any Math (e.g., Statistics), or any Science (e.g., Physics, Chemistry or Biology).

Q: How are tuition and fees determined?

A: Tuition and fees are established by the University Michigan Board of Regents annually. See the next question to obtain information for how much it costs to attend Michigan.

Q: How much is the tuition to attend Mechanical Engineering graduate program?

A: The Office of the Registrar provides the tuition rates for a current academic year. The Rackham Graduate School has additional tuition information on their Cost of Attendance for Graduate Students web page. The Office of Financial Aid also has information relating to the cost to attend the University of Michigan.

Q: How can I determine my residency?

A: Contact the Office the Registrar for University of Michigan Residency Classification Guidelines.

Q: Is there an application fee? If yes, what are the application fees?

A: Applicants will need to pay the application fee with a credit card before the application is submitted. Once the fee is paid, ME will receive the application in a few days. The application fee is non-refundable and subject to change.

  • United States citizens and those with permanent resident visa status: $75
  • Non-U.S. citizens: $90
  • Current Rackham graduate student, regardless of citizenship: $10
    • Fee is non-refundable and subject to change.
    • All prospective students pay the application fee in order for their application to be processed and submitted to ME, unless they received an approved Rackham application fee waiver or a need-based fee grant.
    • Application fee is paid by credit card before the application is processed by Rackham.

Q: Can I get the Rackham application fee waived?

A: Application fee waivers/grants are available on a limited basis. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for waiver consideration. Interested applicants must contact Rackham Graduate School at rackhamappfees@umich.edu for additional information. Documentation regarding the applicant's financial status will be requested by Rackham.

Q: I'm not sure which application I should submit to apply to ME. I saw there is a University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School application and a College of Engineering application. Which one should I use to apply to ME?

A: Applicants interested in applying to Mechanical Engineering are required to submit the Rackham Graduate School online application. If an applicant by mistake submitted a College of Engineering application, the applicant will need to submit a brand new application and pay a new application fee.

Q: Can ME review my application before I pay the application fee to let me know if I am admissible?

A: The application fee must be paid before an application will be processed or reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee. We do not provide an early review of a resume to see if an applicant should apply or not. We ask applicants who are interested in applying to our program, to apply and submit all application materials.

Q: I am interested in applying to the Master's program. However, I did not receive an undergraduate degree in engineering. Instead I have a BS in Physiological Science. Can I apply to MSE program?

Unfortunately a degree in Physiological Science will not make you eligible for admission to the Master's program. You should not apply to our program.

Q: I have a bachelor's degree and I am thinking of obtaining a Ph.D., but I'm not sure. Should I apply to the Master's or Doctoral programs?

A: 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 relevant Master's degree.

Q:  Can I apply to the Ph.D. program with just a Bachelor's degree?

A:  Yes you can. You would be considered a Direct Ph.D. student. This means if you are admitted to the Ph.D. program, you would earn your Master's degree along the way to obtaining your Ph.D.

Q: If my GPA or GRE scores are low, will I have a chance of being admitted to the program?

A: Application materials undergo a comprehensive review by the ME Graduate Admissions Committee. The committee is a group of faculty that review 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.

If you feel that your GRE or GPA is not strong enough, please know that the Graduate Admissions Committee reviews the whole application when considering who to admit to the program. We are looking for students who are strong in at least three of the four areas below:

  • Average GPA in the 3.7 or better range on a 4.0 scale
  • GRE scores in the 80-90th percentile (Quantitative and Verbal): Please take the GRE revised General Test. Or if you previously took the GRE General Test, request ETS to send the scores to University code: 1839.
  • Strong letters of recommendation
  • Strong Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement (two separate essays are required).

Q: Why do I need to select an area of research on the online application? What does this mean?

A: Selecting an area of research on the online application allows the Graduate Admission Committee to know which group of professors need to review the application. The area listed on the 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 program.

Q: What counts most when ME is evaluating an application?

A: The Graduate Admission Committee looks at the whole application when they are determining who to admit to the graduate program.

Q: What is the amount for the enrollment deposit?

A: Mechanical Engineering graduate program does not require an applicant to submit an enrollment deposit.

Q: Is the deadline date when I need to have all my application materials submitted by? Or is this just for the online application to be submitted?

A: Applicants are asked to adhere to the application deadline for the application and supporting documents. However, we understand that there might be a delay in the receipt of letters of recommendation, test scores or transcripts to arrive. Receiving application materials after the deadline may result in a delay of the items being processed and reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee. We ask that all applicants submit all required application materials by the deadline.

Q: How can I submit my journal publications or articles?

A: 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 me-grad-application@umich.edu. 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.

Q: I received my degree and graduated from the Rackham Graduate School.  Would I be considered a Change of Program student? How much would my application fee be?

A: Change of Program students are currently enrolled in a Rackham graduate program.  The student must submit a new full application and pay the application fee. Additional information can be found on Rackham's Apply for Change of Program link.

      • United States Citizens and those with permanent resident visa status: $75
      • Non-U.S. Citizens: $90

Q: Can I submit a book, DVD or video clips to show my research or other accomplishments?

A: Unfortunately we are unable to accept any books, DVD or video clips. Our application files are electronic. We cannot add any books to your application file. We ask that applicants do not send any to us.

Q: How can I submit an online application to the Mechanical Engineering (ME) Graduate Program?

A: Prospective students submit a Rackham Graduate School online application to apply to the ME graduate program. Students will need to create an Apply-Web Account to access the Rackham application.

Q: Can I attend the University of Michigan part-time for the Ph.D. program?

A: Ph.D. students are required to be enrolled full-time during the Fall and Winter terms. Additional information can be found at the Rackham Graduate School's Ph.D. Students and Registration Policy link.

Q: I submitted my original transcript to Rackham. I can only obtain one official transcript and evaluation in English. Can I get the original documents back?

A: Documents submitted to Mechanical Engineering Department or the Rackham Graduate School becomes the property of the University of Michigan. We are unable to return original documents or make any copies to an applicant.

Q: I would like to submit my resume and transcript for you to review and let me know if I am admissible to the program. Can I do this?

A: We do not review a resume or transcript early. All applicants must submit the application and supporting materials to our office. During the application review, the Graduate Admission Committee will determine if an applicant is admissible to our program. Please do not e-mail us to ask us if you are admissible.

Applicants who majored in or will receive a degree in any engineering (e.g., Manufacturing Systems, Aerospace, Materials & Science, etc.), any Math (e.g., Statistics), or any Science (e.g., Physics, Chemistry or Biology) can apply to our program.

Q: How can I obtain a University of Michigan Identification (UMID) number?

A: Applicants who apply to Mechanical Engineering will receive a UMID number after submitting the online application to Rackham. See Rackham's Register for Your University of Michigan Identification Number (UMID) link for more information. If you do not receive the UMID number in ten days from submitting the application, please contact Rackham directly at rackadmis@umich.edu.

Q: I listed the wrong date of birth on the online application. How can I revise this?

A: If your date of birth is incorrect on your application, please notify the Rackham Graduate School immediately at rackadmis@umich.edu. Rackham will need your full name, UMID number, and a copy of your U.S. Driver's License or Passport as proof of the correct birthdate.

Q: My name is wrong on the online application. How can I revise it?

A: 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 names spelled correctly. Applicants can also stop by the Office of the Registrar with a picture ID and the Social Security card or passport.

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 request can be sent to: 734.763.9053

Q: Can I apply for Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering if I already have one from another school?

A: If an applicant received or will receive a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering form another institution, they can apply to the ME Master program only if the degree being earned at U-M will be substantially different. Samples of substantially different degrees can come from Aerospace, Civil, Industrial & Operations, Materials and Sciences Engineering, etc.). The Graduate Program Chair will need to review an applicant's transcript to see if the degree earned at the other school is different from our graduate program.

Q: Can I submit hard copies of my application materials to ME?

A: The majority of the application materials should be uploaded on the online application (Curriculum Vitae, Statement of Purpose, Personal Statement, Letters of Recommendation, scanned unofficial transcript and any writing samples). The official transcript must be mailed or an E-Transcript sent to the Rackham Graduate School. TOEFL and GRE test scores are submitted via ETS. IELTS and MELAB test results must be mailed to Rackham.

NOTE: We do not accept any books with writing samples, no video clips or DVDs to add to your application. The application is an electronic PDF file and cannot include any of these items.

Q: What documents are required to be mailed to Mechanical Engineering Department?

A: ME does not accept any hard copies mailed to our office. Most of the required application items can be uploaded to the Rackham online application. TOEFL and GRE test scores are sent to the University of Michigan by way of ETS. Official transcripts are mailed to Rackham Graduate School.

Q: How do I check the status of my application?

A:  The Rackham Graduate School has information on their Check the Status of Your Application link.

Q: Should I send a copy of the Rackham Graduate School confirmation page showing that I paid the application fee?

A: No there is no need to send this to us. If ME can view an applicant's online application on Rackham's online system, then we know that the fee was paid.

Q: Does ME accept any transfer students in the graduate program?

A: Yes, we accept Master students to transfer to our program. We do not allow PhD students to transfer to our program. Interested Master students will need to submit an online application for the term they are interested in applying to. If accepted for admission, an applicant must complete at least 8 hours of graded level coursework in the 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 8 hours, they can request to have 6 semester hours of approved graduate level courses to be transferred form 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. Approval to transfer the credits toward the Mechanical Engineering (ME) graduate program is determined by the Graduate Program Chair. A current official transcript must be submitted to ME's graduate program in order to process the transfer. Transfer of credit guidelines can be found on:

http://www.rackham.umich.edu/help/academic_records/transfer_of_credit_information/

http://www.rackham.umich.edu/downloads/oard-transfer-of-credit-form.pdf

Q: What items should be submitted to the Rackham Graduate School?

A: Rackham Graduate School online application, Statement of Purpose, Personal Statement, Curriculum Vitae, Letters of Recommendation, scanned official transcripts must be uploaded with the application, a copy of the official transcript, and journal or writing samples must be uploaded with the online application.

Q: I previously applied to a past term and was denied admission. Can I use the same application.

A: Applicants who were not offered admission to the graduate program during a specific term must submit a brand new application and pay the application fee. If your test scores are still valid, there is no need to send us new scores. We encourage applicants to submit new letters of recommendation, Curriculum Vitae, Statement of Purpose, and Personal Statement. However, if requested by the applicant, we will pull items from a previous application file to add to the new one when it appears in our database.

If an official transcript and/or degree certificate, you do not need to submit this again. We will obtain this from the Rackham Graduate School's online system. If you would like to request our office to pull a transcript or other item from your previous file, e-mail us at me-grad-application@umich.edu.

Q: I submitted a College of Engineering application. Can you tell me the status of my application?

A: Mechanical Engineering (ME) uses the Rackham Graduate School's online application for our program. All applicants interested in applying to ME must submit the Rackham application.

If an applicant submitted the wrong application (College of Engineering-COE), the prospective student must submit a Rackham Graduate School application and pay the new application fee. If supplemental documents (e.g., letters of recommendation or transcript) were sent to the CoE program, an applicant must request that office to forward the document to ME.

If an applicant meant to apply to the College of Engineering program, please contact that program to obtain the status of your application. We are unable to do this.

Q: How long does it take to receive an e-mail response?

A: The Fall term is our busiest application season is Mechanical Engineering. We receive over 1,400 applications during the Fall term. Our e-mail response may be delayed. Our typical response time is 1-4 business days during our non-peak times.

We ask applicants to send us one e-mail and know that we will respond at our earliest convenience. We are replying to e-mails in the order they are received. Sending multiple e-mails delays our response time to others.

If you are e-mailing to ask if we received an application item, please check your Applicant Status Page. We will get to your record and update your materials at our earliest convenience.

Q: How can I visit Mechanical Engineering department? Are there department visits?

A: The Graduate Admission Committee invites Doctoral applicants to visit the University of Michigan for a paid visit. Applicants who are invited to visit will receive an invitation via e-mail from our office.

Our office does not coordinate department visits for Master applicants. Master applicant must contact faculty directly to arrange for meetings, lab tours, etc. Master applicants are responsible for paying for their travel logistics.

Q: Do you allow international students to apply to your graduate program?

A: Yes, we accept applications from all prospective students.

Q: I am interested in applying for the Dual Degree in Engineering Sustainable Systems and Mechanical Engineering for the Master program. I have a B.S. in Environmental Studies. Is there a possibility that I have a chance of getting accepted to the MSE program without an undergraduate degree in engineering?

A: Yes, you can apply. There is a chance to gain admission into ME without an undergraduate degree in engineering.

Q: My university does not provide official class rank to students. How should I fill out this particular section on the application?

A: You can skip that section on the online application if your school does not provide class rank.

Q:  Does ME differentiate between applicants with a Master of Science degree vs. applicants with a Masters of Engineering? Is one degree more competitive than the other, from an admission perspective for the Ph.D?

A:  ME does not differentiate between the two Master's degree for Ph.D. admission. 

Please note that once application materials are submitted to Mechanical Engineering, they become the property of the University of Michigan. We are unable to return any original documents or make copies to release to an applicant or other institution. We encourage you to keep a copy for your records.