Admissions Information

Applying to Integrative Systems + Design

Applicants for any of ISD’s Master of Engineering or Doctor of Engineering degrees should use the online application administered by the College of Engineering Graduate Professional Programs Office.

During this application process, students will indicate whether they intend to take courses primarily on-campus in Ann Arbor or online.

Applicants for the Design Science Master of Science or PhD programs should use the online application administered by the Rackham Graduate School.

Application Deadlines + Timeline

Applications must be submitted by the stated deadlines:

If enrollment space permits, applications from well-qualified candidates will be considered on a case-by-case basis after the stated deadlines.   

  • Fall Term: December 15 for Design Science Ph.D.
  • Fall Term: January 15 for on-campus programs (currently accepting on-campus (domestic) and online (domestic and international) applications for Fall 2020)
  • Fall Term: July 1 for online programs
  • Winter Term: September 15 for on-campus programs
  • Winter Term: November 1 for online programs
  • Spring/Summer Term: April 15 for online programs
  • Note that the Design Science program does not accept winter applications

Applications will not be reviewed until all materials have been received. A decision is generally released 6-8 weeks after an application is completed and all materials are received.  

Tuition Information

Tuition is determined by a number of factors. Detailed information about tuition and fees for academic programs is available at the Office of the Registrar. Cost of attendance information can be found at the Office of Financial Aid’s website.

Please refer to our tuition table for the most up-to-date information.

Financial Aid

The University has a long-standing commitment to making higher education more accessible to individual students. Various types of funding are available in the form of loans; work-study; scholarships, grants, and fellowships; and alternative payment options.

For additional information, please refer to our Financial Aid resources.

Program Prerequisites

Each degree program has its own prerequisites. Please refer to the graduate degree program page and review the prerequisites for your program before beginning an application.

Not Quite Ready?

Non-Candidate for Degree

Students who have a unique learning need might find the right fit with our Non-Candidate for Degree (NCFD) status.

Non-Candidate for Degree (NCFD) is a temporary status whereby new students can be introduced to online learning courses and earn transferable academic credit from the University of Michigan. NCFD students pay the same tuition rate as degree-seeking students.

NCFD status may appeal to the following groups:

1. Students enrolled in other universities who are interested in earning transferable academic credit from U-M

2. Professionals interested in taking 1-2 courses as part of professional development

3. Anyone who wants to take 1-2 courses as a precursor to seeking formal admission into a degree-seeking program later

4. Participants in ISD’s online certificate programs

NCFD Admissions Process

Applicants must submit the required application materials below at least two weeks before the semester begins and can expect a prompt response.

1. Online application*

2. Application fee

3. Official copy of undergraduate transcript

*Note: NCFD applicants do not need to submit a statement of purpose, personal statement, resume, letters of recommendation, or GRE scores. In some cases, an English proficiency test may be required.

Degree Admissions Process

If NCFD students are interested in becoming degree-seeking students, they must meet the following requirements:

1. Achieve a grade of at least a “B” (3.0/4.0) on any U-M ISD courses completed as an NCFD student

2. Submit a new online application and all required materials by the stated deadlines

Students will be notified of an admissions decision in 6-8 weeks after all application materials are received.

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