If you are interested to apply to this program you should proceed with the following steps.
- Fill in the online form in the join us section of this site.
- Complete the Rackham application form. Following standard Rackham guidelines, you need to submit: (i) the completed application form; (ii) statement of purpose, specifically addressing your suitability and interest for the program; (iii) your resume; (iv) three recommendation letters; (v) your GRE scores (general portion).
Note the following:
- Your statement of purpose should include description of the Design Science research areas you are interested in and names of possible faculty that could serve as your advisors.
- Recommendation letters from proposed dissertation advisors should indicate their willingness to advise you.
- GRE test results completed within five (5) years of application to the program are required for admission consideration.
- After Step 2 is completed and prior to final admission to the program you must also complete the following:
- Obtain confirmation by two faculty from two different disciplines that agree to serve as dissertation advisors. You should pursue this as early as possible. Contact faculty associated with the program and discuss with them common interests and potential research work. The program staff will assist in this process based on your application materials. Faculty not listed here as affiliated with the program may also serve as advisors upon consultation with the program.
- Conduct an interview with the Program Admissions Committee. The interview will assist in assessing how well you may fit in the program, potential for success, and suitability for financail aid.
- Finalize financial support details. You must have certified financial support for at least two years of study. Such financial support can come from research projects of potential faculty advisors, NSF or other scholarships, U-M fellowships and other financial aid, and personal funds. Students without clear, certified, financial support will not be admitted to the program.
Applications can be submitted at any time. However, applications should be submitted no later than December 15 (for fall admissions) and September 15 (for winter admissions) to allow timely consideration of eligibility for financial aid. If enrollment space permits, applications from well-qualified candidates may be considered on a case-by-case basis after the stated deadline. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, so early application is encouraged. Only a small number of students are admitted each year.
The program has very limited funds for financial aid. The majority of financial aid must be secured by the applicant through contacting potential dissertation advisors or sources outside the program. For example, domestic students can apply for graduate NSF fellowships, which give maximum study flexibility.