U-M-SJTU Accelerated Master’s Degree Programs (AMDPs)

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About the U-M-SJTU Program

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


To be eligible for the ISD SJTU AMDP, a student must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

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

SJTU AMDP Application Process

The application process has two steps:

  • During their junior year, the student meets with their JI SJTU advisor. The student will then work with the advisors at JI 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  ISD SJTU AMDP Election Form.

The GRE is waived for SJTU AMDP students; however, the TOEFL is not.

The College of Engineering at the University of Michigan regulates all MEng graduate admissions. ISD will review all application materials and make the admission recommendation, and the College of Engineering will officially confirm this decision. For information on admissions criteria, view the individual ISD program pages:

For detailed application requirements, view the Master’s Degree Admissions

As part of the application process, the student, in consultation with the ISD SJTU AMDP and ISD Graduate Coordinator advisers, will submit the Course Election Form, which proposes a plan of study for the MEng ISD degree. 

Double Counting

The ISD SJTU AMDP program allows students to double count up to nine credits from their Bachelor’s degree at JI SJTU toward the 30-credit MEng degree. These nine 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 JI SJTU courses, which double count for U-M 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 nine available credits, 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 nine 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 credits. However, the balance of the credit remaining after 9 hours are double-counted and cannot be counted toward any other Master of Engineering requirement. For example, if a student wishes to double-count three courses with a total of 10 credits, only nine of those credits will be applied toward the student’s MEng degree. The one remaining credit cannot count toward the MEng degree.

Important Considerations

This is a sequential program, and no deferment is allowed. ISD SJTU AMDP students must enroll in the UM College of Engineering immediately upon completion of their undergraduate degree.

ISD SJTU AMDP students must enroll in UM College of Engineering for a minimum of 21 credits of relevant coursework (at least 9 credits per term), paying full-time College of Engineering tuition.