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Applying to Integrative Systems + Design

Application Deadlines + Timeline

Applications will not be reviewed until all materials have been received. A decision is generally released 6-8 weeks after an application is completed and all materials are received.

Applications must be submitted by the stated deadlines:

    • Fall Term: December 15 for Design Science only
    • Fall Term: January 15 for on-campus programs
    • Fall Term: July 1 for online programs
    • Winter Term: September 15 for on-campus programs
    • Winter Term: November 1 for online programs
    • Note that the Design Science program does not accept winter applications

If enrollment space permits, applications from well-qualified candidates may be considered on a case-by-case basis after the stated deadlines.

Program Prerequisites

Each degree program has its own prerequisites. We encourage you to review the prerequisites for your program, via the links below, before beginning an application.

Mailing Address

Any mailed materials should be mailed to the Graduate Professional Programs except for Design Science materials (see below). Application materials in excess of those specifically requested will not be reviewed or returned.

Graduate Professional Programs
College of Engineering
2214 SI-North
1075 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2112

Design Science Applicants:

Please note that the Design Science program is administered by the Rackham Graduate School, and any mailed materials for Design Science applicants should be mailed to Rackham.

Online Application

Applicants for any of ISD's Master of Engineering or Doctor of Engineering degrees should use the online application administered by the College of Engineering Graduate Professional Programs Office.

Applicants for the Design Science Master of Science or PhD programs should use the online application administered by the Rackham Graduate School.

Application Fee

The fee for United States Citizens and those with Permanent Resident visa status is $75 (U.S. funds). The fee for non-U.S. citizens is $90 (U.S. funds). The application fee is paid online, by credit card, before the application is submitted.

If you are applying for an application fee waiver, you will need approval from the Graduate Professional Programs Office. Please send an email with your request to:

Academic Statement of Purpose

A statement of purpose is required. We recommend that you submit your statement of purpose online when completing the online application.

This statement should be a concise, well-written essay about your background, your career goals, and how the program to which you are applying will help you attain your career and educational objectives. The recommended word count is 500 words.

Personal Statement

The personal statement should describe how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational, or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree.

For example, if you grew up in a community where opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests.

Please do not repeat your academic statement of purpose. The recommended word count is 500 words.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Your resume or curriculum vitae must be submitted online when completing your online application.

Official Transcripts

All applicants are required to provide one official transcript or certified credentials from all universities and community colleges attended.

Official transcripts should be submitted electronically from your institution to (Note that Design Science applicants should follow Rackham guidelines and transcripts should be submitted to Rackham.)

If your institution cannot submit official transcripts electronically, please contact your institution to request that they mail an official sealed hard copy. If you possess an official sealed copy of your transcripts, you may mail those yourself. See "Mailing Address" above for more details.

If your academic credentials are in a language other than English, your institution must submit both the original document and a certified English translation. International credentials should include a certified copy of the diploma if awarded.

Applicants holding degrees from Bangladesh, Sri-Lanka, Burma, India, Nepal, or Pakistan must include detailed examination records for all years of the program showing subjects, marks received, and class obtained.

To expedite the review process, you may upload an unofficial electronic copy of your transcripts to the "Additional Documents" section of the application. This unofficial copy can be used for application evaluation; however, an official final transcript must be received by the end of your first semester of attendance at ISD.

Letters of Recommendation

Your recommenders should submit their letters of recommendation for you online. You will find instructions for recommenders when you are completing your online application.

Program Number of Letters Required
All graduate degrees except the Doctor of Engineering in Manufacturing Two Letters
Doctor of Engineering in Manufacturing Three Letters
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
The GRE is required when applying to the Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng) program and all Master of Engineering (M.Eng) programs, excluding Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Study (SUGS) applicants.

The GRE is recommended but not required for all Master of Science (MS) or PhD applications (Design Science degree programs only).

Information about the GRE including test dates and locations can be found at

Please contact ETS to have an official score report sent to the University of Michigan (institution code 1839).

GRE scores must be less than five years old as of the application deadline to be used for consideration.

English Proficiency Test for International Applicants

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency and are required to provide one of the official score reports in the table below. If you received a bachelor's degree from a college or university where the language of instruction is exclusively English, the English proficiency requirement MAY be waived. In some cases, we may require students to take courses at the English Language Institute.

TOEFL scores are sent electronically from ETS directly to the University of Michigan (Institution Code 1839).

Official ECPE, IELTS, and MELAB scores must be mailed directly to the College of Engineering Graduate Professional Programs Office from the testing agency. Design Science scores should be mailed to the Rackham Graduate School.

Test scores are valid two years from the test date and must be received by the application deadline.

Please use your legal name as stated on your passport when registering for the TOEFL and in submitting the online application. If your name does not match exactly, there will be a delay in matching your test scores to the application data. In addition, your birthdate should be in month/day/year format (e.g., 09/19/1983).

Photocopies and/or faxes of English proficiency scores will not be accepted.

Minimum score requirements for admission consideration are indicated in the table below:

of Test
Assessment Provider Speaking Test Minimum Overall Score
IBT TOEFL IBT TOEFL Educational Testing Service Yes 84
Paper/Pencil TOEFL and TWE Paper/Pencil TOEFL & TWE Educational Testing Service No 560
MELAB MELAB Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments Optional 80
IELTS IELTS Cambridge, United Kingdom Academic version 6.5
ECPE ECPE Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments Yes certificate of proficiency
Non-Candidate for Degree (NCFD) Students

Non-Candidate for Degree (NCFD) is a temporary status whereby new students can be introduced to online learning courses and earn transferable academic credit from the University of Michigan. NCFD students pay the same tuition rate as degree-seeking students.

NCFD status may appeal to the following groups:

1. Students enrolled in other universities who are interested in earning transferable academic credit from U-M

2. Professionals interested in taking 1-2 courses as part of professional development

3. Anyone who wants to take 1-2 courses as a precursor to seeking formal admission into a degree-seeking program later

4. Participants in ISD's online certificate programs

NCFD Admissions Process

Applicants must submit the required application materials below at least two weeks before the semester begins and can expect a prompt response.

1. Online application*

2. Application fee

3. Official copy of undergraduate transcript

*Note: NCFD applicants do not need to submit a statement of purpose, personal statement, resume, letters of recommendation, or GRE scores. In some cases, an English proficiency test may be required.

Degree Admissions Process

If NCFD students are interested in becoming degree-seeking students, they must meet the following requirements:

1. Achieve a grade of at least a "B" (3.0/4.0) on any U-M ISD courses completed as an NCFD student

2. Submit a new online application and all required materials by the stated deadlines

Students will be notified of an admissions decision in 6-8 weeks after all application materials are received.


Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition information for ISD may be found on our tuition page. Online students (distance learning) pay per credit hour whereas on-campus students pay a flat rate if they are enrolled in 9+ credits.  Tuition and fees are determined by the Regents of the University of Michigan and typically change for the fall term.

Financial aid information is available on our financial aid page. We encourage prospective students to begin researching their options and potential scholarships as soon as possible.