Application Materials

Mailing Address

Any mailed materials should be mailed to the Graduate Professional Programs except for Design Science materials (see below). Application materials in excess of those specifically requested will not be reviewed or returned.

Please mail official transcripts to:

Graduate Professional Programs, College of Engineering 
Office of Student Affairs
145A Chrysler Center
2121 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-2122 

Design Science Applicants:

Please note that the Design Science program is administered by the Rackham Graduate School, and any mailed materials for Design Science applicants should be mailed to Rackham.

Application Fees

The application fee for domestic students is $75 and $90 for international students.

Letters of Recommendation

Your recommenders should submit their letters of recommendation for you online. You will find instructions for recommenders when you are completing your online application.

ProgramNumber of Letters Required
All graduate degrees except the
Doctor of Engineering in Manufacturing
Two Letters
Doctor of Engineering in ManufacturingThree Letters

GRE Score

The GRE is encouraged but not required for all ISD Programs.

Information about the GRE including test dates and locations can be found at

Please contact ETS to have an official score report sent to the University of Michigan (institution code 1839).

While each application is evaluated individually, typical GRE scores can average around 153 verbal and 163 quantitative.

GRE scores must be less than five years old as of the application deadline to be used for consideration.

Resume / Curriculum Vitae

Your resume or curriculum vitae must be submitted online when completing your online application.

Academic Statement of Purpose

A statement of purpose is required. We recommend that you submit your statement of purpose online when completing the online application.

This statement should be a concise, well-written essay about your background, your career goals, and how the program to which you are applying will help you attain your career and educational objectives. The recommended word count is 500 words.

Personal Statement

The personal statement should describe how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational, or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree.

For example, if you grew up in a community where opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests.

Please do not repeat your academic statement of purpose. The recommended word count is 500 words.

Official Transcripts

All applicants are required to provide one official transcript or certified credentials from all universities and community colleges attended.

Official transcripts should be submitted electronically from your institution to (Note that Design Science applicants should follow Rackham guidelines and transcripts should be submitted to Rackham.)

If your institution cannot submit official transcripts electronically, please contact your institution to request that they mail an official sealed hard copy. If you possess an official sealed copy of your transcripts, you may mail those yourself. See “Mailing Address” above for more details.

If your academic credentials are in a language other than English, your institution must submit both the original document and a certified English translation. International credentials should include a certified copy of the diploma if awarded.

Applicants holding degrees from Bangladesh, Sri-Lanka, Burma, India, Nepal, or Pakistan must include detailed examination records for all years of the program showing subjects, marks received, and class obtained.

To expedite the review process, you may upload an unofficial electronic copy of your transcripts to the “Additional Documents” section of the application. This unofficial copy can be used for application evaluation; however, an official final transcript must be received by the end of your first semester of attendance at ISD.

English Proficiency Test for International Applicants

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency and are required to provide one of the official score reports in the table below. If you received a bachelor’s degree from a college or university where the language of instruction is exclusively English, the English proficiency requirement MAY be waived. In some cases, we may require students to take courses at the English Language Institute.

TOEFL scores are sent electronically from ETS directly to the University of Michigan (Institution Code 1839). U-M does accept TOEFL IBT Home edition. Official IELTS scores are sent electronically to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (select “University of Michigan-Ann Arbor from drop-down menu).

Official ECPE and MELAB scores must be mailed directly to the College of Engineering Graduate Professional Programs Office from the testing agency. Design Science scores should be mailed to the Rackham Graduate School.

Test scores are valid two years from the test date and must be received by the application deadline.

Please use your legal name as stated on your passport when registering for the TOEFL and in submitting the online application. If your name does not match exactly, there will be a delay in matching your test scores to the application data. In addition, your birthdate should be in month/day/year format (e.g., 09/19/1983).

Photocopies and/or faxes of English proficiency scores will not be accepted.

Minimum score requirements for admission consideration are indicated in the table below:

of Test
Speaking TestMinimum
Overall Score
Paper/Pencil TOEFL and TWEPaper/Pencil
United Kingdom
Academic version6.5
YesCertificate of proficiency