Graduate Admissions

Apply for graduate study in CSE

The application for graduate admission reopens in mid-September and is completed online through the Rackham Graduate School. Please note that all admissions are for the fall term.
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How to apply

The CSE graduate program is part of the University of Michigan’s Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies.
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Application deadlines

PhD Application DeadlineMaster’s Application Deadline
December 15thJanuary 15th
For full admission and financial aid consideration, applications to the doctoral program must be completed and submitted by December 15th.

For full admission consideration, applications to the master’s program must be completed and submitted by January 15th.

At the graduate level, admitted students are notified via email from February through April. If accepting the offer of admission, doctoral admits must email their signed acceptance to and respond to the email from Rackham Admissions by April 15th. Master’s admits accepting the offer must respond to the email from Rackham Admissions by May 1st.

Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Study (SUGS) program

SUGS is open to current U of M undergraduate students only.

SUGS program applications must be submitted and completed by:

  • January 15 (fall term only)
  • October 1 (winter term)

Graduate Admissions Requirements

We expect applicants to have earned their bachelor’s degrees by the time they matriculate, and to possess strong backgrounds in computer science or a related discipline.

Successful applicants usually have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 and three strong letters of recommendation. GRE scores are neither required nor considered for MS applicants. International students must demonstrate English proficiency. Further information may be found here. Students admitted to the PhD program generally exceed these standards. In addition, students admitted to the Ph.D. program often have prior research experience or have demonstrated research aptitude.

Beginning the 2022-2023 admissions cycle, GRE scores are not included in the admissions review of Ph.D. applications (more information available).


We guarantee Ph.D. students full funding as long as they are making satisfactory progress towards the degree. Admission to the M.S. program is not accompanied by funding, but there are opportunities for financial support after beginning the program.

Graduate Programs Contact

Contact us with any questions about Computer Science and Engineering graduate programs.