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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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GRE scores are not considered in the admissions review of Ph.D. or Master’s applications.

CSE Faculty

Prospective students may reach out to CSE faculty members who they are interested in working with to ask about related research areas.

In general, if you do not see a specific faculty member listed in the application dropdown, please include their name in another area of the application (e.g. the statement of purpose or the Additional Information section). The application can be searched by faculty using keywords and they will be able to find applicants that indicated their names within the application.

Fee waiver

Unfortunately, our program is unable to provide fee waivers for Master’s or PhD applicants this admissions cycle. We recommend prospective applicants check out the fee waivers offered by Rackham Graduate School.  

Application deadlines

PhD Application DeadlineMaster’s Application Deadline
December 15th, 11:59 PM ETJanuary 15th, 11:59 PM ET
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.

Neither the PhD program nor the terminal Master’s program admit students for the Winter or Spring/Summer terms.

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 [email protected] 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.

Please note that the Rackham Graduate Application closes during the summer and will open back up for the new admissions cycle in late August/early September.

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)
  • 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. 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.


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.

[email protected]