The deadline for applications is December 1 for the following fall term.
How to apply
The application materials required by UMSI to complete the Rackham application are listed below.
Begin your application here. Indicate School of Information as the program.
- U.S. citizens and permanent residents: $75 (U.S.)
- International applicants: $90 (U.S.)
- Pay fee with credit card when you apply online.
For information about fee waivers and grants, see Rackham’s policies here.
Statement of Purpose
Your essay should use the following format.
At the beginning of the essay, state:
- Research area to which you would like to contribute (1-2 sentences)
- Potential advisors (2-3 UMSI faculty)
Your essay should then address the following questions in 4-6 pages (double-spaced) in any order or format:
- Describe prior research experiences, courses, or projects that have prepared you for doctoral study.
- Explain in some detail the research area to which you would like to contribute.
- Specify at least one area, discipline, or method that you would like to learn in depth;
- Describe one other area, discipline, or method that would round out the breadth of your knowledge and why it would be a valuable part of your education.
- Explain your choice of potential advisors
- Give an example of a research project you are excited about: one you have conducted, one you would like to conduct, or one that you have read about.
Personal History Statement
The Rackham Graduate School requires a "Personal History Statement" in addition to the formal Application Essay/Statement of Purpose described above. This statement should convey how your personal background and life experiences, including social, cultural, familial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree. For this statement, please write a brief (one-half-page to one-page), non-academic statement.
Upload a copy of your resume/CV with the online application.
Transcripts for Rackham
One set of official academic records/transcripts should be mailed by your undergraduate and postgraduate institutions directly to the Rackham Graduate School:
Rackham Graduate School
Attn: Transcripts/U-M ID# (if known) or Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy)
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
Only documents provided by the institution that awarded the degree will be considered official. Academic records certified by notary publics are not official.
Transcripts for UMSI
For your convenience, you can upload transcripts within the online application to expedite the review of your application. This transcript will be considered unofficial. Our admissions committee is able to make a decision based upon your submission of an electronic transcript(s). When submitting transcripts online upload both the front and back of the document.
A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past five years is required of all applicants. Submit the scores for the general examination only. When filling out the GRE application, choose "University of Michigan" from the drop-down menu.
Letters of recommendation
Submit three recommendation letters written by faculty members and/or professional colleagues who are in a position to judge your potential for success in the doctoral program, your aptitude for research, and your capacity to contribute to your chosen profession. If you were recently a student, faculty members are appropriate. Friends and family members are not appropriate recommenders.
Ask your recommenders to submit their letters online. Register your recommenders for online submission when you apply online.
Test results for non-native speakers of English
Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency and are required to provide official score reports for the following:
TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS
Applicants who have earned or will earn a bachelor's or master's degree are exempt from taking an English proficiency examination if they meet one of the following criteria:
- You are a native speaker of English.
- You completed all of your undergraduate education and earned an undergraduate degree at an institution where all classes are taught exclusively in English.
- You completed all of your graduate education and earned a graduate degree at an institution where all classes are taught exclusively in English.
- You are a current U-M student.
Example of not meeting the English Proficiency Exemption criteria:
- You completed two years of an undergraduate degree program at an overseas institution (Fudan University) where the medium of instruction is a language other than English. You then transferred to an institution (Monash University) where all classes are taught exclusively in English and earned a degree from that institution.
Being a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident does not automatically exempt an applicant from taking an English proficiency exam; if the applicant’s first language is not English, the applicant must meet the exception above or submit English proficiency exam scores.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions about application requirements.