Admissions

Welcome and thank you for your interest in applying to our graduate program! 

The application for Macromolecular Science & Engineering is administered by the Rackham Graduate School.  Applications are accepted for students interested in pursuing a PhD or a Master’s. Macro faculty conduct a holistic review of all applications and make recommendations for admission which are then finalized by Rackham.  During the application process you will receive communications from both Rackham and Macro.

All application materials should be submitted online by the application deadline via the Rackham Graduate School application.

Application Timeline

  • Early September – PhD and Master’s application becomes available
  • December 15th – PhD application deadline
  • January 15th – Master’s application deadline
  • January-April – Admission offers made for PhD and Master’s students
  • March – Visit weekend for admitted domestic PhD students
  • April 15th – Decision deadline for accepted students

For full consideration PhD applications should be submitted by December 15th, Master’s applications by January 15th. Following these deadlines decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

Required Application Materials

  • Rackham Online Application Form
  • Statement of Purpose – This is a statement about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how Macro will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • Personal Statement – This is a statement that details the personal journey, including cultural, geographic, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, that has motivated you to pursue a degree from Macro.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation – These letters should be submitted electronically via the Rackham application.
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • GRE Scores – The University of Michigan’s ETS institutional code is 1839.
  • Transcripts
    • Are you attending or have you graduated from a U.S. institution?
      • All applicants are required to upload a scanned copy, front and back, of their official transcript/academic record issued by the Registrar or Records Office, to ApplyWeb for each Bachelor’s, Master’s, Professional, or Doctoral degree earned or in progress. The scanned copy of the official transcript is used for initial review by the graduate program faculty.
      • A downloaded transcript from your school portal or system is an unofficial transcript and not acceptable for review.
      • U-M Ann Arbor Applicants (current or previous Students): Do not submit your U-M Ann Arbor transcript. Rackham will obtain your U-M Ann Arbor transcript internally. Submit only degree transcripts from other institutions you attended including U-M Dearborn or U-M Flint.
      • Our graduate program admissions committee will use the uploaded transcript in the review and decision process. An official transcript will be required to be sent to Rackham after an offer of admission is made.
    • Are you attending or have you graduated from a Non-U.S. institution?
      • All applicants are required to upload a scanned copy, front and back, of their official transcript/academic record issued by the Registrar or Records Office, to ApplyWeb for each Bachelor’s, Master’s, Professional, or Doctoral degree earned or in progress.  If you are attending or have graduated from a Non-U.S. institution, review the Required Academic Credentials from Non-U.S. Institutions for requirements by country.
      • A downloaded transcript from your school portal or system is an unofficial transcript and not acceptable for review.
      • International Applicants are also required to submit an official transcript by mail or as an e-transcript to the Rackham Graduate School by the deadline.
      • Submit only official transcripts/academic records. These bear the issuing institution’s seal and the official signature of the Registrar or Recorder of Records.
      • For instructions on submitting official transcript to Rackham go to Submitting the Official Transcript/Academic Record to Rackham.
    • Are you attending or have you graduated from both U.S. and Non-U.S. institutions?
      • All applicants are required to upload a scanned copy, front and back, of their official transcript/academic record issued by the Registrar or Records Office, to ApplyWeb for each Bachelor’s, Master’s, Professional, or Doctoral degree earned or in progress.  If you are attending or have graduated from a Non-U.S. institution, review the Required Academic Credentials from Non-U.S. Institutions for requirements by country.
      • A downloaded transcript from your school portal or system is an unofficial transcript and not acceptable for review.
      • International Applicants are also required to submit an official transcript by mail or as an e-transcript to the Rackham Graduate School by the deadline.
      • Submit only official transcripts/academic records. These bear the issuing institution’s seal and the official signature of the Registrar or Recorder of Records.
      • For instructions on submitting official transcript to Rackham go to Submitting the Official Transcript/Academic Record to Rackham.
    • These transcripts must be received in an envelope sealed by the issuing institution and should be mailed to the Rackham Graduate School.
    • Transcripts should be mailed directly to Rackham at the following address.
      Rackham Graduate School
      Attn: Transcripts/UMID# (if known) or Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy)
      915 E. Washington Street
      Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1070

Requirements for International Students

  • Tests of English Proficiency – Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency as part of their application.  A score of 84 or higher is required for students who take the internet-based TOEFL. Students are exempt from submitting a TOEFL score if they completed their entire undergraduate or graduate education at an institution where all classes are taught in English. See the Rackham Graduate School for more details on this requirement and other acceptable tests and the required scores.