Graduate Admissions — Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)

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.

How to Apply

Online Application and Instructions
Frequently Asked Questions

Application Deadlines

Ph.D. Application Deadline

M.S. Application Deadline

December 15

January 15

For full admission and financial aid consideration, applications to the Ph.D. program must be submitted and complete by December 1st.

For full admission consideration, applications for the M.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.

Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Study (SUGS) Program (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)

Degree Programs

CSE offers two graduate degree programs. The M.S. program lasts about two years and requires 30 credit-hours of graduate-level coursework. The Ph.D. program lasts about five years and involves coursework plus substantial independent research, culminating in a dissertation. — Graduate Program Brochure (pdf) | EECS Courses | EECS Faculty | Student Life | International Center

Financial Aid

We guarantee Ph.D. students full financial aid as long as they are making satisfactory progress towards the degree. Admission to the M.S. program is not accompanied by financial aid, but there are opportunities for financial support after beginning the program. — Financial Aid | Tuition and Fees


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 M.S. applicants usually have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5/4.0, GRE scores of at least 70% verbal, 90% quantitative, and 40% analytical writing, and three strong letters of recommendation. International students should have a TOEFL score of at least 100. Students admitted to the Ph.D. program generally exceed these standards. In addition, students admitted to the Ph.D. program often have prior research experience or have demonstrated research aptitude.