Application Procedures for the MAE Program
The MAE program offers admission for the fall term only. The online application opens in the fall and the deadline for submission is January 15. Decision notifications are typically sent in March. The application and admission process requires applicants to work with both the Rackham Graduate School and the MAE graduate program. It will be very helpful for applicants to reveiw an overview of the application process available here. For questions specifically about the MAE program, please contact Econ-MAEprogram@umich.edu.
The online application for Fall 2021 admission is now open. The deadline for submission is January 15, 2021.
Applicants must submit the following supporting documentation with the application, along with the application fee:
Statement of Purpose
The statement of purpose should be a concise, well-written statement about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how Michigan’s graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
More information about statements of purpose can be found here.
Your personal statement should indicate how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. There is a 500 word limit.
More information about personal statements can be found here.
GRE Scores - Optional for Fall 2021 Applications
NOTE: GRE Requirement Waived for Fall 2021 Applications
Submission of official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores is normally required for MAE program applicants; however, due to difficulties in test scheduling caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, GRE scores will be optional for Fall 2021 applications. Applicants may still submit GRE scores if they wish, but it is not required. If a GRE score report is submitted, it will be considered as one part of a holistic evaluation of the application. This change applies only for Fall 2021 applications.
Applicants who wish to submit a GRE score report (General Test) should use the University of Michigan institution code 1839. The GRE report should be received by the application deadline, January 15, 2021. Because some test centers may be closed, the GRE General Test at home version will also be accepted.
The MAE program does not have a minimum requirement for GRE scores.
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation from undergraduate teachers or others in a position to evaluate the applicants' potential for graduate study. Electronic letters should be submitted with the online application. Detailed instructions for requesting reference letters, and the submission process, are included in the application.
More information about letters of recommendation can be found here.
Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Your resume or curriculum vitae may be up to 4 pages in length and should include:
- Work experience
- Research experience
- Teaching experience
- Professional affiliations
- Volunteer activity and community engagement
- Honors and awards
Transcripts and Academic Records
Upload a Scanned Copy of the Official Transcript to ApplyWeb
All applicants are required to upload a scanned/electronic copy, front and back, of their official transcript/academic record issued by the institution's Registrar or Records Office, to the online application for each bachelor’s, master’s, professional, or doctoral degree earned or in progress. Do not upload academic records printed from your school’s website or student portal--these are not official transcripts. If you completed coursework for your degree at multiple institutions, provide a copy of the official transcript from each institution.
If you attended or have graduated from a non-U.S. institution, review the Required
Academic Credentials from Non-U.S. Institutions here.
The scanned copy of the official transcript is used for initial review by our admissions committee. You are not required to have your official transcript sent to the Rackham Graduate School to complete your application. If the MAE program recommends you for admission, you will then receive a message from the Rackham Graduate School notifying you that your official transcript(s) are required in order to complete your admission. Instructions for sending official transcripts to Rackham will be provided at that time.
Applicants should review the detailed information about transcript requirements provided
by the Rackham Graduate School here.
Report Your GPA
All applicants should report their Grade Point Average (GPA) on page 5 “Education Information” of the online application. The GPA should be reported using a standard U.S. four point scale. Applicants who attended an institution outside the United States should follow the instructions to convert their international average grade point to a U.S. four point GPA. Review the instructions provided here: How to Convert Grades to a U.S. GPA.
English Language Proficiency (For International Students)
Rackham English Proficiency Requirements:
Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency, unless they meet one of the criteria for an exemption. Language test scores are valid for two years from the test date. The scores must be received from the testing agency no later than the application deadline, January 15, 2021.
For detailed information about which test scores are accepted and the Rackham Graduate School's minimum score requirements for admission consideration, please review the information here. (NOTE: Because some test centers may remain closed due to public health concerns, both the TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition and the IELTS At Home tests will be accepted.)
To qualify for an exemption, the applicant must have completed their entire undergraduate studies (typically 4 years) in the U.S. or other English-speaking country (e.g. Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand). International students who completed part of their undergraduate degree at a non-U.S. university, then transferred to a U.S. school and graduated from that institution, do not qualify for an exemption. Additional information regarding exemption criteria is available here.
Questions about the online application process can be answered by the Rackham Graduate School.
For questions about the MAE program, please contact: Econ-MAEProgram@umich.edu.
If you are a current Rackham graduate student interested in applying to add the MAE program as a second degree, the application process is different. Please refer to the dual degree applicant page.