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Application Information

Prospective students interested in the MS or PhD programs of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH) must apply to the Rackham Graduate School for admission in the following fall term. For U-M undergraduate students who are currently pursuing an EARTH major, we also offer a fifth-year MS program. These students must discuss their applications first with the Associate Chair for Curriculum.

Deadline – A completed application form, including all three letters of recommendation and TOEFL scores, must be submitted on the ApplyWeb website. The deadline is January 7 but check here (select "Earth and Environmental Sciences") for the most recent information. Applications that fail to meet this deadline will not be considered for Fall Term admission.

Application fee – The application fee is due when the application is submitted. In 2022, this fee was $75 for US citizens and permanent residents, $90 for non-US citizens, $10 for current Rackham students regardless of citizenship.

Fee waiver – The Department waives the application fee if students had been admitted to our Fall Preview Program. See also Application Fee and Waivers. International students can request a fee waiver based on financial need by contacting the Academic Program Manager ( with a brief justification (50–100 words).

How to Check your Application Status – Use the University of Michigan Wolverine Access web site. Create a "friend account" and follow these directions.

Four steps – The application and admission processes can be broken into four steps beginning with your planning in the late Summer and culminating with a visit to EARTH in the Winter term for a selection of domestic candidates.

Questions? – Email