Application Procedures for the MAE Program
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 Econ-MAEprogram@umich.edu.
The application for Fall 2020 admission is now closed. We will begin accepting applications for Fall 2021 in September. The deadline for submission will be January 15, 2021.
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.
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.
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:
- Work experience
- Research experience
- Teaching experience
- Professional affiliations
- Volunteer activity and community engagement
- Honors and awards
Transcripts and Academic Records
All applicants are required to upload a scanned copy of their official transcript to the online application. A downloaded transcript from your school portal is not an official transcript. If you do not upload a copy of your official transcript, you must submit an official transcript directly to the Rackham Graduate School. Both e-transcripts and paper transcripts sent from the institution are accepted.
Applicants that are attending or graduated from a U.S. institution:
If you attended a college/university in the United States for your entire undergraduate studies (typically 4 years), you are not required to have your official transcript sent to the Rackham Graduate School for your application to be considered complete. If the MAE program recommends you for admission, you will then receive a notification from the Rackham Graduate School notifying you that your official transcript(s) are required in order to complete your admission. The scanned copy of your official transcript is sufficient for the application only. 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--these are not official transcripts.
Applicants that are attending or graduated from a NON-U.S. institution, or attended BOTH a U.S. and Non-U.S. institution:
If you attended a college/university NOT located in the United States for your entire undergraduate studies (typically 4 years), OR you attended BOTH a U.S. and non-U.S. institution (typically through a joint program where international students attend their first 2 years in their home country and then attend their second 2 years at a U.S. college/university), you ARE required to have your official transcript sent to the Rackham Graduate School for your application to be considered complete. Arrange to have an official copy of your transcript(s) sent to the Rackham Graduate School. Both e-transcripts and paper transcripts sent from the institution are accepted. Submit required documents from each institution attended. Review "Required Academic Credentials from Non-U.S. Institutions" for specific requirements by country here.
Detailed information about transcript requirements is available 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 the online application process can be answered by the Rackham Graduate School.
For questions about the MAE program, please contact: Econ-MAEProgram@umich.edu.
If you are a dual degree applicant, please refer to the dual degree applicant page.