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

The deadline for our Master’s program for Fall 2021 has been extended until February 15th. 

For full consideration PhD applications should be submitted by December 15th, Master’s applications by January 15th. Applications submitted after the deadline will be accepted and reviewed, but chances for admission may decline as our limited spaces are filled.

Required Application Materials

  • Rackham Online Application
  • 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.
    • This statement should only be 1-3 pages.
  • 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.
    • This statement should only be 500 words or less.
  • 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.
    • For Fall 2021 admissions, the GRE requirement is optional for both the Master’s and PhD applications due to difficulties in test scheduling and taking caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Transcripts
    • Applicants must 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.
    • 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.
    • Applicants will enter a “self-reported” GPA on the application.
      Note: International applicants will be directed to a third-party website that provides a tool for converting grades and GPA to a U.S. 4.0 GPA equivalent scale.
    • An official transcript must be submitted to Rackham only after an offer of admission is made.
      • See Rackham’s detailed instructions on how to submit transcripts/academic records to the Rackham Graduate School.
    • 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.

Requirements for International Students

  • English Proficiency Test Scores – Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency.  Applicants are required to provide an official score report from either the Michigan English Language Battery (MELAB), the test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS), or the Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE).  See Rackham Graduate School for more details on this requirement including minimum scores and exemptions.
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