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Graduate Certificate in Healthy Cities

The application for the Healthy Cities certificate is a separate process from the application for admission into a University of Michigan graduate program.

Important Dates:

  • Current UM students: March 1 for maximum consideration for fall term, but applications may be considered through June 30 if space remains. December 1 for winter term.

    Note that admissions decisions will not be made until final grades from at least one term of study at UM are recorded.

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  • Current UM Rackham graduate student (for instance, MURP, MPP, MS, SNRE, Ph.D.)
  • Current UM non-Rackham graduate student (for instance, M.Arch., MUD, MBA, JD)
  • Note to incoming students: Please wait to submit your application materials until arriving on campus.


Students currently in any UM Rackham program must submit the following via email to TaubmanCollegeAdmissions@umich.edu:

  • Rackham Add a Degree or Certificate Program Application (PDF), signed by chair of the applicant's current program
  • A one-page letter of intent (for both Rackham and non-Rackham students), including:
    • A statement of the student’s intent to complete the certificate program
    • A brief explanation of the student’s goals in participating in the certificate program
    • A brief explanation of how the certificate program contributes to the student’s post-graduation goals
  • One-page curriculum outline (for both Rackham and non-Rackham students), including:
    • Identification of a proposed focus area
    • A proposed list and schedule of coursework (see the Healthy Cities Certificate Requirements Checklist for more information)
    • Identification of any courses expected to be double-counted with other degree requirements
  • Note: The program will obtain from the student's home department:
    • Current UM transcript
    • Letters of recommendation submitted originally to the home department
    • GRE, GMAT, or LSAT Test Score (Required)

Students currently in any non-Rackham UM graduate program must submit via the Rackham online application:

  • Rackham online application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts (submit to the Rackham graduate school)
  • Two letters of recommendation (If you prefer to use your recommendation letters used for your application to your current program. Please have the graduate coordinator send them via email to: Michael Smith mickys@umich.edu)
  • GRE, GMAT, or LSAT Test Score (Required)
  • TOEFL (required for international students)

Letters of Recommendation

Two (2) 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. Letters must be submitted via the Rackham online application. You will be prompted to register recommenders using the online application, enabling recommenders to submit letters of recommendation electronically. If you are having recommendations sent from your university's career center, no cover sheet from UM is required.

Test Scores

  • Please have GRE, LSAT or GMAT scores sent from your home program.
  • Students who graduated from an undergraduate institution in which instruction was not in English are required to submit TOEFL scores (information below).

TOEFL Examination (International Applicants Only)

Evidence of adequate spoken and written English is required for admission. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit an official test score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) scores. Have the official score report sent to the University of Michigan (institution code: 1839, department code: 97) 4–6 weeks prior to the application deadline. Scores are valid for two years. The minimum requirements are: 100 IBT, 250 computer based, or 600 paper based. You must meet the minimum score to be considered for admission. For more information please see Required Tests for Non-native English Speakers.

All required materials are due by the deadlines of the respective programs.  We will take late English Proficiency Exam score submissions into consideration if they are received before your application has been reviewed.  As it is impossible to pinpoint when exactly your application will be reviewed, it would behoove you to have them submitted by the deadline.  Taubman College does not admit students that have not met its minimum score requirements. If you are close to the minimum scores outlined above we encourage applicants to retake the exam to meet the minimum requirement.  As students who have submitted all required materials by the deadline above (including English proficiency exams) are given first consideration for admission, it may make you a less competitive applicant to not have your scores sent in by the deadline.


For more information about the certificate, please consult the degree and certificates page.

Direct inquiries about the application process or requirements to:

Graduate Certificate in Healthy Cities
2000 Bonisteel Blvd
Room 2332, Art & Architecture Bldg.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Email: taubmancollegeadmissions@umich.edu
Phone: 734-647-2187

Direct inquiries about the Rackham Graduate School to:

Rackham Graduate School Admissions
The University of Michigan
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Email: help@applyweb.com

Direct inquiries about how your background and goals would fit this program to:

Assistant Professor Kim Kinder
Academic Director of the Graduate Certificate in Healthy Cities
Email: kkinder@umich.edu
Phone: 734-615-7252