Welcome and thank you for your interest in applying to one of our graduate programs. Michigan Aerospace Engineering ranks as one of the highest in the nation by US News and World Report!
Admission to the graduate program is determined by the faculty of the Aerospace Engineering Department through its Graduate Program Committee. The Rackham Graduate School acts as the administrative body overseeing the admissions process for all graduate degrees except the Master of Engineering degree in Space Science. For the MEng program in Space Science, please apply through the College of Engineering.
Fall admission deadlines are December 15 for the PhD program and January 15 for the SUGS and MSE programs. Change of program applicants for the PhD program must submit their application by June 1.
Winter admission deadlines are October 15 for the PhD, SUGS and MSE programs. Change of program applicants for the PhD program must submit their application by October 25.
All application materials should arrive by these dates to be considered for admission.
Applications that remain incomplete beyond the deadline will be at a competitive disadvantage during the evaluation process. Applications that arrive after the deadline will be considered in the next admissions cycle.
The items needed in order for your application to be considered complete are:
- One set of official transcripts from ALL schools where bachelor's, master's or professional degrees were awarded. The Aerospace Engineering Department generally looks for applicants who have demonstrated academic effort through a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale;
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General test scores (institution code: 1839). The Aerospace Engineering Department generally looks for applicants who attain a minimum of (1) a combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 308, and (2) an Analytical Writing score of 4.0 on the revised GRE;
- Three letters of recommendation with the official Rackham Recommendation Form cover sheet from people who are familiar with you, in particular faculty members who have supervised your coursework and/or research. At least 2 of the recommendation letters must be from faculty. Change of program applicants: Please note that you only need one letter of recommendation from your faculty advisor;
- Academic statement of purpose, describing your graduate study objectives;
- Personal statement for any additional information or extenuating circumstances;
- Curriculum Vitae (CV); and,
- Official TOEFL (institution code: 1839) scores (only for international applicants or non-native speakers of English). The iBT TOEFL minimum requirement is 84. For more information on score requirements, view the Rackham website.
To begin completing an application, go to the Rackham online application. You might be eligible for a waived application fee.
How to Apply
These materials must be sent directly to Rackham:
- Official test scores (i.e., GRE, TOEFL) (institution code: 1839)
- All official transcripts (no copies) need to be mailed to:
Rackham Graduate School
Attn: Transcripts/U-M ID# (if known) or Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy)
915 E Washington Street
Ann Arbor MI
Letters of recommendations should be submitted electronically by your recommenders. If your recommenders cannot provide the recommendation electronically, they will need to send hard copies of their letters of recommendation to:
Admissions c/o Graduate Office