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MAE Application Process

Application Procedures for the MAE Program

MAE Students, Ruza Izol (left) and Kubra Sargin

The MAE program offers admission for the fall term only. The online application opens in the fall and the deadline for submission is January 15. Decision notifications are typically sent in March. The application and admission process requires applicants to work with both the Rackham Graduate School and the MAE graduate program. It will be very helpful for applicants to reveiw an overview of the application process available here. For questions specifically about the MAE program, please contact


Applications for Fall 2020 will open in September 2019.

Applicants must submit the following supporting documentation with the application, along with the application fee:


Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose should be a concise, well-written statement about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how Michigan’s graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.

More information about statements of purpose can be found here.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should indicate how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan.  There is a 500 word limit.

More information about personal statements can be found here.

GRE Scores

General aptitude Graduate Record Examination score report, less than five years old.  When registering for the GRE or sending additional score reports, applicants should use the University of Michigan code 1839. There is no department code.

The MAE program does not have a minimum requirement for GRE scores.

More information about the GRE can be found here.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation from undergraduate teachers or others in a position to evaluate the applicants' potential for graduate study. Electronic letters should be submitted with the online application. Detailed instructions for requesting reference letters, and the submission process, are included in the application.

More information about letters of recommendation can be found here.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Your resume or curriculum vitae may be up to 4 pages in length and should include:

  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Research experience
  • Teaching experience
  • Professional affiliations
  • Volunteer activity and community engagement
  • Honors and awards
  • Publications

Transcripts and Academic Records

All applicants should scan and upload an official transcript/academic record that displays the institutional seal and signature of the Registrar or Recorder of Records into the online application.

Applicants that are attending or graduated from a U.S. Institution:

Upload an electronic version of your official transcript(s) for each Bachelor’s, Master’s, Professional, or Doctoral degree earned or in progress through your ApplyWeb application account. Do not upload academic records printed from your school’s website or student portal. If you are recommended for admission, the Rackham Graduate School will require official transcript(s). Recommended applicants will receive an email notification when the official transcript(s) are required for submission.

Applicants that are attending or graduated from a NON-U.S. Institution:

Please send an official copy of your transcript(s) to the Rackham Graduate School. Submit required documents from each institution attended including non-degree and study abroad. Review the Required Academic Credentials from Non-U.S. Institutions for requirements by country here.

More information about transcripts can be found here.

TOEFL Score (For International Students)

Rackham English Proficiency Requirements:

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency, unless they meet one of the criteria for an exemption. Language test scores are valid for two years from the test date. The scores must be received from the testing agency no later than the application deadline.

For detailed information about which test scores are accepted and the Rackham Graduate School's minimum score requirements for admission consideration, please review the information here.

To dertemine if you are exempt form this requirement, please review the exemption criteria here.



Questions about applying can be answered by Rackham Graduate School.

Questions about these procedures can also be addressed to


If you are a dual degree applicant, please refer to the dual degree applicant page.