Computer Science and Engineering

Graduate Admissions

Operations during COVID-19

The graduate programs office is open and operating remotely, Monday–Friday from 8am–5pm. If you have a question that isn’t answered on this page, please contact us at

Apply for graduate study in CSE

The application for graduate admission 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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To find out whether you’re eligible for a fee waiver, please complete the Graduate Application Fee Waiver Request Form.

Application deadlines

PhD Application DeadlineMaster’s Application Deadline
December 15, 2020January 15, 2021
For full admission and financial aid consideration, applications to the PhD program must be submitted and complete by December 15th.

For full admission consideration, applications for the Master’s program must be submitted and complete by January 15th.

For both the Ph.D. and the Masters programs, we will notify admitted students from February through April. Please let us know whether you accept by May 1, 2021.

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 29 (fall 2021 term only)
  • October 1 (winter term)


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. To be eligible for the M.S. program, students must not already hold a master’s degree in computer science or an equivalent field.

Successful MS applicants usually have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 and three strong letters of recommendation. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, GRE scores for this admissions cycle are neither required nor expected. International students should have a TOEFL score of at least 100. (Note: only the TOEFL is acceptable for non-native English speakers. No other test scores (e.g. IELTS, ECPE, MET) should be submitted.) 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 PhD 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 staff

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

Ashley Andreae, Graduate Programs Coordinator

Sonya Siddique, Graduate Programs Assistant (Admissions)