Important Dates & Information:
Application Deadline: December 15
Intent to Enroll Deadline: April 15
- A professional degree in architecture, or a Master's degree in any field, accompanied by a Bachelor's degree in architecture or a related field, or other evidence of the applicant's commitment to the discipline of architecture such as a reasonable amount of work experience in architecture
- Undergraduate grade point average of 3.3 (B+) or better
- Graduate grade point average of 3.5 or better
The fee for United States Citizens and those with permanent resident visa status is $75 (U.S. funds). The fee for non-U.S. citizens is $90 (U.S. funds). The application fee is paid online, via credit card, before the application is submitted. The application is submitted electronically to the program of study and the Rackham Graduate School. Applications received without fees will not be processed. For more information please see Application Fee and Application Fee Waivers.
Statement of Purpose/Resume
Two page statement of purpose should describe the research that you anticipate pursuing if admitted to the program including which area of specialization you plan to engage. The ideas should be clearly, well stated, and specific. Describe your qualifications to undertake this research and reference your own or others related work if appropriate.
A good curriculum vitae or resume will give us another view of who you are and elaborate your strengths and skills outside of the classroom, showcasing your accomplishments. In addition to your educational experience, student resume should contain professional experiences, other jobs you have held, a list of groups or organizations that you are involved in, programming languages or other computer skills you have, community involvement or volunteer work that you do. Think of your resume as another opportunity to tell us about yourself.
The personal statement should be a concise, well-written statement about how your personal background and life experiences, including social, cultural, familial, educational, or other opportunities or challenges, have motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. This is not an academic statement of purpose, but a brief (500 word limit) discussion of the personal journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree.
Portfolio / Examples of Work
Submissions of examples of work should support your statement of purpose and clearly demonstrate research and writing abilities. These may consist of published articles, papers, portfolio or other writing samples. Examples should be uploaded as PDF files with the online application.
Submitting your transcripts is a two-step process:
- Applicants will scan and upload an official transcript/academic record, that provides the institutional seal and signature of the Registrar or Recorder of Records, into the online application.
- Applicants are also required to submit an official transcript/academic record by mail or as an e-transcript, to Rackham, before the graduate program application deadline. The official transcript/academic record must be received in an envelope sealed by the issuing institution. For more information please see Transcripts.
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required and should testify mainly to your academic and professional capacity and promise. Letters should be substantive statements from academics and professionals familiar with your abilities and accomplishments. For more information please see Letters of Recommendation Submission Options.
Graduate Record Examination Scores (required)
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Have an official score report sent to the University of Michigan (Institution code: 1839, department code 4401) at least 4-5 weeks prior to the deadline. GRE scores are valid for five years. There is no minimum score requirement.
If you have taken the GMAT or LSAT, we can use those scores in place of the GRE. LSAT scores should be listed on the additional information page of the online application. For more information please see Required Tests.
English Proficiency / TOEFL / IELTS
English Proficiency Requirements
Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency, unless they meet one of the criteria for an exemption listed below. Please contact one of the testing agencies shown in the following chart and have an official score report sent to the University of Michigan at least 6-8 weeks prior to the application deadline. The scores must be received from the testing agency no later than the application deadline. Language test scores are valid two years from the test date. Photocopies and/or faxes of English proficiency scores will not be accepted.
|Description of Test||Assessment Provider||Speaking Test||Minimum Overall Score||Submission of Test Scores|
|IBT TOEFL||Educational Testing Service||Yes||100||TOEFL scores are sent by ETS electronically to institution code: 1839|
|Paper/Pencil TOEFL & TWE||Educational Testing Service||No||600||TOEFL scores are sent by ETS electronically to institution code: 1839|
|IELTS||Cambridge, United Kingdom||Academic version||7.0||Scores must be sent directly to the Rackham Graduate School from the testing agency. Mailing address: Rackham Graduate School, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070|
Taubman College does not admit students who have not met minimum score requirements. If you are close to the minimum scores outlined above we encourage you to retake the exam to meet the minimum requirement. Students who have submitted all required materials (including English proficiency exams) by the application deadline are given first consideration for admission. It may make you a less competitive applicant to not have your scores sent in by the deadline.
Rackham English Proficiency Exemptions
You qualify for an exemption from taking an English proficiency examination if one of the following criteria are met:
- You are a native speaker of English.
- You completed all of your undergraduate education and earned an undergraduate degree at an institution where the language of instruction is English only.
- You completed all of your graduate education and earned a graduate degree at an institution where the language of instruction is English only.
- If you completed a Master’s degree that was strictly research and no academic classes, that degree does not meet the exemption. This type of Master’s degree is generally awarded at a non-U.S. institution.
- You are a current U-M student.
Please refer to the related Rackham webpage for additional information.
Summer Institute for International Students (SIIS)
Admitted students that were required to take either the TOEFL or the IELTS examination and achieved a minimum score, may participate in a one month intensive cultural and language immersion program called the Summer Institute for International Students (SIIS) that begins in early August. Native English speakers from outside the US are also welcome to attend the program, but not required. Tuition will not be charged to the student to attend this program, however, there will be a $500 fee. The primary focus of the program is to provide extensive opportunities for students to become accustomed to a U.S. university environment with the goal of easing their transition into a full time academic curriculum in English. Students can expect to gain an understanding of instructor expectations and student responsibilities. The SIIS program allows students to become acquainted with each other, Ann Arbor, and the University of Michigan before regular classes begin. The English Language Institute (ELI) offers a two credit hour architecture specific English course in the fall that students should plan to take, in addition to their regular coursework, to continue the work started in the SIIS program. Students should plan to arrive on campus in August and check in before the program begins. Details will be emailed to students once they have accepted their admission offer.
Pay $500 SIIS Program Fee.
I-20 / Visa (International Applicants Only)
Please do not submit financial information at the time of application.
If you are recommended for admission and the Rackham Graduate School approves the admission, you will be notified by Rackham to submit the Affidavit of Financial Support for International Students along with the required financial documentation (i.e., bank statements).
Evaluation and Application Status
Applications will not be evaluated until all credentials have been received and the application fee has been paid. Applications missing credentials cannot be guaranteed a review by the admissions committee. Eligible applicants are considered for admission on the basis of the following criteria:
- Quality and content of all previous academic education
- Evidence of professional commitment and direction, including statement of purpose, resume, and letters of recommendation
- GRE test scores / TOEFL test scores (if applicable)
- The number of openings available
- The suitability of the program to the applicant's area of interest
Checking the Status of Your Application Online
- How will I know if my application has been received?
- Verifying Receipt of Transcripts
- How will I know if I have been offered admission?
Notifications to Expect
You will receive three e-mails from Rackham after you submit the application.
- On the day you submit the application you will receive an e-mail which acknowledges the successful submission of your application
- 3-5 days later the second e-mail will arrive acknowledging that Rackham has received your application.
- 3-5 days after the second e-mail, the third e-mail will arrive. This e-mail provides your U-M ID#, information on how to use the Wolverine Access system to verify your application information, check the status of your application, update your e-mail address, home address, and telephone number.
After You Receive the Third E-Mail
You will be able to review your application status in Wolverine Access under New & Prospective Student Business.
Logging into Wolverine Access
You will need to use a login ID and password, and confirm some personal data before viewing your application data.
For Applicants Who are Current Students or Employees:
For Applicants New to the University:
This is a 2-step process:
Create a University of Michigan Friend Account:
To request a Friend Account enter your e-mail address into the Friend Account Request Form.
Log into Wolverine Access:
After you create your University of Michigan Friend Account visit Wolverine Access and click New and Prospective Student Business. You will be asked to enter the e-mail address and password for your University of Michigan Friend Account. Next you will enter your University of Michigan ID number and birth date.
You should have received your University of Michigan ID number after registering as a Future Graduate Student.
Residency Classification Guidelines have been developed to ensure that decisions about whether a student pays in-state or out-of-state tuition are fair and equitable and that applicants for admission or enrolled students who believe they are Michigan residents understand they may be required to complete an Application for Resident Classification and provide additional information to document their residency status. Please see the University of Michigan Residency Classification Guidelines.
Notification of Acceptance
Applicants will be notified of their admission status by mid-to-late-February. If you are admitted, you will be able to see that you have been recommended for admission by the Doctoral Studies in Architecture via the online web application status. Notification letters will be e-mailed and sent in the U.S. mail. Any merit aid award decisions made by the Doctoral Studies in Architecture Program will be noted in the letter of admission. The next step is for Rackham Graduate School to review the recommendation of admission, certify and process the admission recommendation.
Students choosing to accept admission must pay a non-refundable $200 enrollment deposit either through an online banking transfer (US based banks only) or via check by April 15th to reserve a space in the program. This deposit will be applied to tuition for the term to which you are admitted.
We abide by the Council of Graduate Schools Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants. Acceptance of an offer of financial support (such as a graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship) for the next academic year by a prospective or enrolled graduate student completes an agreement that both student and graduate school expect to honor.
Being placed on the wait list means that the admissions committee is interested in your application but has offered admission to other candidates. If space becomes available, students from the wait list may be offered admission. The wait list is unranked and, if space becomes available, all waitlisted students will be reviewed again for admission. The chances of being admitted from the wait list vary from year to year.
For International Applicants Only
1. What is the Rackham Graduate School?
The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies is the overall administrative unit for graduate programs and works in conjunction with 17 schools and colleges to recruit applicants, administer the admissions process, and serves students through the final stages of degree attainment.
2. Can I request a paper application packet?
Taubman College no longer prints paper application materials. We require all of our applicants to use the online application system.
3. When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is December 15th for Fall admission. Students are only admitted at this time each year. The application and supporting materials must be received by December 15th in order to ensure that an applicant receives a full review by the admissions committee.
4. How do I check the status of my application materials?
Applicants can check the status of their application and verify information using the web application status function. Once an applicant submits an application online, s/he will receive email instructions on how to access/view their application status by logging into Wolverine Access.
5. Do you offer a part-time or an online Ph.D.?
No, you must be registered as a full time student studying on campus to receive our funding package. Students are expected to devote full time to their studies and are supported financially to enable them to do so.
6. What can I do to improve my chances of admittance?
Begin planning in advance to present a complete, high quality application. In submitting your application, one of the most important items is a clear concise personal statement outlining your professional, intellectual, and research interests. Prepare for the GRE and/or TOEFL tests and leave yourself enough time for a re-test if you feel you have not done your very best. In this same vein, start well in advance contacting current and previous universities and colleges about submitting grade transcripts and requesting letters of recommendation from faculty. We cannot consider your application without them.
7. When can I expect to receive an admission decision?
The Admissions Committee typically completes final admission decisions by Mid-February. All applicants will receive an official decision letter as soon as the committee has reached a conclusion. A general timeline is as follows:
- December 15 – Application Deadline
- January 15 – Applications go to the Admissions Committee for review
- Mid-February – Admission decisions reached and applicants are notified
8. I have been assigned to a waitlist. What does that mean and how does the waitlist process work?
The waitlist means that we are interested in your application, but have already offered admission to other candidates. If space becomes available, we will admit students from the waitlist in a non-ranked order.
9. How many letters of recommendation letters do I submit?
Three (3) are required and should testify mainly to academic and professional capacity and promise. Letters should be substantive statements from academics and professionals familiar with your abilities and accomplishments. The letter of recommendation form is available from the Rackham website.
10. Can I defer my admission offer?
Applicants may choose to defer their admission for up to 2 years. Scholarship recipients cannot defer a scholarship award.
11. Can I be a Graduate Student Instructor?
Students will be selected for GSI/GSRA positions as part of their funding package depending on the teaching needs of the College.
12. Will I get my application fee back?
No, the application fee is non-refundable.
13. Will you return my portfolio to me?
When you submit a portfolio as part of your application, it becomes property of the University of Michigan. If you would like to have your portfolio returned to you after admission decisions are made please submit a prepaid, self addressed envelope.
14. I am an international student. Am I eligible for funding?
Yes, you are eligible for the funding package described in the funding section of our website.
15. How do I apply for merit-based scholarships?
All applicants are automatically considered for any merit-based scholarships that are available. If you receive a scholarship, you will be notified of the scholarship award in your letter of admission. Because financial resources are limited, we would encourage all applicants to seek outside sources of funding as well. Please apply for any scholarships, fellowships, or grants for which you are eligible.
Contact Student Services at TaubmanCollegeAdmissions@umich.edu or 734-763-1275