This program is designed for students who receive an undergraduate BSE degree from UM - Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Joint Institute and wish to pursue an Integrative Systems and Design (ISD) Engineering Master's degree at UM. The Graduate Admissions Committee reviews all applications and admission is granted on a case-by-case basis. All JI-SUGS students are required to complete at least 21 credit hours in residence at UM Ann Arbor and pay full tuition.  


Program Guidelines for the JI-SUGS Program in ISD

Eligibility: To be eligible for the ISD JI-SUGS program, a student must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold an undergraduate BSE degree from UM-Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Joint Institute.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher from UM-SJTU JI.
  • Students who participate in the joint undergraduate program and receive two undergraduate degrees from UM and SJTU are ineligible for this program.
  • Engineering Global Leadership (EGL) students are not eligible for JI-SUGS and vice versa.
  • The JI-SUGS program is not available to a student pursuing a dual-degree in either their undergraduate or graduate program.

Application Process: The application process has two steps.

  • During their junior year, the student meets with their SJTU advisor. The student will then work with the advisors at SJTU and ISD to outline a preliminary study plan to make the appropriate course selections.
  • During their senior year, the student applies to UM by completing a College of Engineering online graduate application and submitting the SJTU-SUGS Course Election Form.
  • The GRE is waived for JI-SUGS students; however, the TOEFL is not.


  • The ISD JI-SUGS program allows students to double-count up to 9 credits from their Bachelor's degree at SJTU towards the 30 credit MEng degree. These 9 double-counted credits can come from graduate level Technical Electives, Advanced Math when allowed by a specific program, and/or General Electives taken to satisfy the undergraduate degree requirements.
  • Course equivalencies for many UM SJTU JI courses which double count for UM CoE courses are listed here.
  • Double-counted courses must be at the graduate level, taken in junior or senior year, and the student must have received a grade of "B" or better. Some 400-level courses may be able to be double-counted. Students should check the curriculum pages for their programs of interest to determine how many 400-level courses are acceptable
  • The courses allowed to double-count will be subject to the approval of the Graduate Admissions Committee. If the student elects to double-count all 9 available credit hours, this leaves 21 credits required to complete the 30 credit Master's degree.
  • The courses a student selects for double-counting must satisfy the requirements of the Master's program in which the student chooses to enroll.
  • ISD will accept a maximum of 9 credits to be double-counted between the undergraduate and graduate degrees, even if the credit for specific courses to be double-counted adds to more than 9 credit hours. However, the balance of the credit remaining after 9 hours are double-counted cannot be counted toward any other Master of Engineering requirement. For example, if a student wishes to double-count 3 courses with a total of 10 credits, only 9 of those credits will be applied towards the students MEng degree. The one remaining credit cannot count toward the MEng degree.

Important Notes:

  • This is a sequential program, and no deferment is allowed. ISD JI-SUGS students must enroll in the UM College of Engineering immediately upon completion of their undergraduate degree.
  • JI-SUGS students must enroll in UM College of Engineering for a minimum of 21 credit hours of relevant coursework (at least 9 credits per term), paying full-time College of Engineering tuition.