Are self-initiated dual degrees available?
No. The Design Science Program is a Rackham Interdepartmental Degree Program (IDP) and according to Rackham Graduate School rules it cannot be combined with other disciplines for a self-initiated or dual self-initiated degree. If there is recurring student interest for a dual degree with a specific program, an agreement with the other program will be sought.
How do I apply to the program?
Fill out the online application from Rackham. Hard copies of the application are not available.
Who do I contact for help with the admissions application?
You should contact the Program Administrator, Ms. Gail Carr at info-desci at umich.edu.
When are the deadlines to submit applications?
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.
Are GRE scores required for admittance?
Yes. The institutional code is 1839. The department code is 1889.
Are there minimum GPA and GRE requirements?
There are no minimum cut-off scores but admitted students are likely to have scores similar to other competitive programs in Rackham.
Are TOEFL scores required? Who should submit TOEFL scores?
Yes. Applicants should see Rackham for TOEFL requirements.
Can applicants who have previously applied to the program reapply?
Applicants can reapply if the program administrator or director advises them to do so.
Can part-time students enroll in the program?
The program is currently designed primarily for full-time students, at least until they have reached candidacy. Full-time status allows the students to take courses in the proper sequence and interact with their peer cohort. Students interested in part-time participation should contact the program administrator or director.
Can I get the application fee waived?
Who should write recommendation letters for me?
Anyone familiar with your academic and other accomplishment relevant to studying in this program, for example, professors and job supervisors. If a U-M professor is willing to serve as dissertation co-chair, she or he should state that in their recommendation letter.
How can I check the status of my application?
By contacting the program administrator at info-desci at umich.edu
When will I know if I’ve been accepted?
As you see from the admission process description, acceptance is a multi-step process that includes securing two advisors and proven financial support. You will be intimately involved in this process and will know at what stage you are. Typically we would like Fall admissions to be completed by May 1 and Winter admissions by November 1.
How can I obtain Financial Aid?
You must request that in your application form. You must also discuss financial support possibilities with your intended dissertation co-advisors. Financial aid usually will be a combination of fellowship support and graduate research assistantship associated with a research project.