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MAE Application Process

Application Procedures for the MAE Program

MAE Students, Ruza Izol (left) and Kubra Sargin

Applications are accepted for Fall term.  The deadline is January 15.

Applications submitted without the fee will be withdrawn from the review process. 

Applications are now closed. We will begin accepting applications for the Fall 2019 admit term on October 1, 2018. The deadline for submission will be January 15, 2019.

All applicants must submit the following supporting documentation in addition to the application and 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.

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 on-line application.  Instructions for submitting letters are included in the application link above.

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
More information about resumes can be found here.

Transcripts and Academic Records

The Rackham Graduate School, an administrative unit that oversees many of the graduate programs on campus, requires an official transcript.   Please send an official copy of your transcript to the Rackham Graduate School at the following address:

Rackham Graduate School

Attn: Transcripts/U-M ID# (if known) or Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy)

915 E Washington Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070


Applicants will also 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.

More information about transcripts can be found here.

TOEFL Score (For International Students)

TOEFL score is required if you are a non-native English speaker.   We accept the IELTS or IBT TOEFL score reports in lieu of the TOEFL. The TOEFL score must be less than two years old. Applicants who have earned or will earn a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree are exempt from submitting an Official English Proficiency Score if:

  • The degree was earned from an institution where the language of instruction is English, exclusively.  Verification from the school may be required.
  • The degree was earned from a country where the official language is English (United States of America, Australia, England). 
More information about TOEFL requirements can be found here.

Please DO NOT submit the following materials:

  • Writing sample
  • Paper copy of GRE and/or TOEFL score reports

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.