The application review process for Aerospace Engineering (AERO) Master’s of Science in Engineering (MSE) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) graduate programs is managed by Rackham Graduate School and the Aerospace Engineering graduate program. Applicants interact with both offices.
The name used on the application should be your full legal name as it appears on your passport or other legal documents. It is very important to note any other name that appears on prior academic records or test score reports.
UMID (University of Michigan identification) number will be emailed to you within five business days after completing page 5 of the online application. Please note your UMID number on all your application materials to ensure accurate and timely processing. If you need to submit your application before you receive your UMID number, please note your date of birth and the program’s name (ex. AERO MSE) on your application materials.
On the master’s application, choose one of three fundamental areas as your subplan. Although the master’s program is a multi-disciplinary program with the opportunity to explore all three areas, this choice will be used in matching admitted students to faculty academic advisers.
PhD applicants should explore the research areas and the faculty working in each research areas. On page 3 of the PhD application, choose one of twenty research areas as your primary subplan. On page 9, indicate your second and third subplan preferences, as well as, up to five faculty members with research of interest.
The Graduate Admissions Committee considers the abilities of our faculty to mentor additional students in their labs. A PhD applicant will only be admitted if there is a match of interest with faculty member(s). You are not required to find a faculty advisor before applying. But, we recommend that applicants to the PhD program contact faculty whose research is of interest.
Submitting your transcripts is a two-step process. For instructions on submitting transcripts, please see the Rackham Graduate School’s website.
Upload a copy of your official transcript for each Bachelor’s, Master’s, Professional, or Doctoral degree earned or in progress to the online application.
The Aerospace Engineering graduate program requires official transcript(s) from non-U.S. institutions be submitted to Rackham at the time of application. Please account for processing of the official transcript/ academic records (7 to 10 business days) so that your official transcript is available for review by the application deadline. Review the Rackham’s required academic credentials for the specific requirements by country.
Official transcripts from U.S. institutions are not required until after an offer of admission is made. Wolverine Access will indicate the transcript as “Not Received” but this will not affect your application review. After an offer of admission is made an admitted applicant will be prompted to submit their U.S. institution official transcript.
The department does not verify whether official transcripts have been received by Rackham Graduate School. Applicants are able to track application materials.
The academic statement of purpose, personal statement, and curriculum vitae (CV) or resume together give a fuller picture of your interests, motivations, and experiences to the Graduate Admissions Committee.
The Academic Statement of Purpose should be a concise, typically no more than two pages, well-written statement about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives. You can include information about potential research labs and faculty advisors in this statement.
The Personal Statement should respond to the question: How have 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? In this statement, you can note additional information or extenuating circumstances specific to your situation. The statement should be about 500 words and different than the Academic Statement of Purpose.
The resume/ curriculum vitae is included in your application and should describe your education, work experience, research publications, teaching experience, honors and awards. We recognize that your resume represents a snapshot of your experiences when you submit your application. Although your experiences may change, the application is not updated after it has been submitted.
A letter of recommendation should be current and written for purpose of the applicant’s program. Three recommendations are required for the PhD or MSE application. Two recommendations are required for a SUGS application. See Rackham’s Letter of Recommendation Information.
At least two of the three recommendations should be from faculty who can speak to your academic and research experience. One recommendation may be from a non-academic reference, such as an employer, especially if you have been out of school for several years.
Register your recommenders on the online application, being careful to correctly spell the recommender’s name and email. Each recommender will receive an email notification to complete the recommendation form through ApplyWeb. You may register your recommenders in ApplyWeb before completing your application by selecting “Submit Recommendation Request”. Then you may continue to work on the application.
Waiving your right to access a recommendation means that you will not be able to view the recomendation. It is advised that applicants check the waiver box “YES” for each recommender because many recommenders will not submit a letter if you select “NO.”
Yes, we will accept letters that arrive after the deadline date. However, please keep in mind that we still need to receive the missing letter in order to completely review your application and applications missing a letter will be at a competitive disadvantage during the evaluation process.
We strongly prefer that all recommendations be submitted electronically. If it is necessary for a letter of recommendation to be submitted by other means, please contact Kathy Miller, Graduate Admissions Coordinator. She will contact the recommender and request the submission of the letter and Recommendation for Admission form.
The GRE and TOEFL tests’ reporting code is 1839 (a department code is not required).
GRE scores are required to be submitted. GRE scores of up to five years old, as of the application deadline, may be used. See Academic Background of Applicants for information about the typical test scores of admitted students.
TOEFL (IBT) minimum score is 84. English language proficiency scores of up to two years old, as of the application deadline, may be used.
Due to the high volume of applications, we are not able to respond to application status inquiries. To check the status of your application materials:
After allowing for processing time (see above) then email Rackham firstname.lastname@example.org. The email must include: your UMID, the AERO graduate program, and information on your application material (a scanned copy of your ETS report for GRE/TOEFL scores, email receipt from Parchment electronic transcript service, or transcript information (names of school, spelling of your name by the school, and how transcript was sent (electronic/mail).
The AERO Graduate Admissions Committee and Rackham Graduate School will notify the applicant of the admission decision via email (see: Aerospace Engineering’s Graduate Admissions Decision Timeline).
Indicate your decision to accept or decline the offer of admission in Wolverine Access.
Deferral of a master’s admission offer may be granted under limited circumstances. If your circumstances meet these criteria, please send your deferral request and the reason for deferral to Kathy Miller, Graduate Student Admissions Coordinator, after your admission has been finalized by Rackham Graduate School.
If an applicant applies again, a new online application must be submitted.