INTEGRATING DESIGN ACROSS DISCIPLINES

DESIGN SCIENCE STUDIES THE WORLD AS WE MAKE IT

 

FAQ

 
 

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Are self-initiated dual degrees available?

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No. The Design Science Program is a Rackham Interdepartmental Degree Program (IDP) and according to Rackham Graduate School rules, it cannot be combined with other disciplines for a self-initiated or dual self-initiated degree. If there is recurring student interest for a dual degree with a specific program, an agreement with the other program will be sought.

Q.

How do I apply to the program?

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Fill out the online application from Rackham following the information on the Design Science apply page. Print copies of the application are not available.

Q.

Who do I contact for help with the admissions application?

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You should contact the Program Administrator, Ms. Gail Carr at info-desci@umich.edu.

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Are GRE scores required for admittance?

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GRE scores are recommended but not required. The institutional code is 1839. The department code is 1889.

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Is there minimum GPA requirement?

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There is no minimum cut-off score, but admitted students are likely to have scores similar to other competitive programs within Rackham.

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Are TOEFL scores required? Who should submit TOEFL scores?

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Yes. International applicants should see Rackham for TOEFL requirements.

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Can applicants who have previously applied to the program reapply?

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Applicants can reapply after consulting with the program chair or director.

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Can part-time students enroll in the program?

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The program is currently designed for full-time students. Full-time status allows the students to take courses in the proper sequence and interact with their peer cohort. Students interested in part-time participation should contact the program chair or director.

Q.

Can I get the application fee waived?

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Rackham Graduate School considers applicants for need-based assistance with the application fee. See http://www.rackham.umich.edu/prospective-students/admissions/application-fee-waivers-and-grants.

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Who should write recommendation letters for me?

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Anyone familiar with your academic and other accomplishments relevant to studying in this program; for example, professors and job supervisors. If a U-M professor writing your recommendation is willing to serve as your dissertation co-chair, she or he should state that in their recommendation letter.

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How can I check the status of my application?

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By contacting the program administrator at info-desci@umich.edu

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When will I know if I've been accepted?

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As you see from the admission process description, acceptance is a multi-step process that includes securing two faculty advisors and a commitment of financial support. Fall admissions are completed by May 1.