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The MA program admits students once per year for the fall term. Individuals apply online through the Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Online applications will go directly to Rackham and the International Institute. If you are applying for a dual degree program, you must also complete an application for the other program. Please note in both applications that you are applying for a dual degree program.

Important Dates: 

  • Application Opens: Early September
  • Deadline to Apply: December 15
  • Notification Made: Mid-February

For questions, contact:

The Admissions Committee relies on the entire application to assess each prospective student: the statement of purpose, personal statement, transcript(s), letters of recommendation, and writing sample. The committee does not focus on one criterion to the exclusion of others, nor do we have minimum requirements for any criterion (including GPA). A GRE score is not required for admission.

In addition to the Rackham Graduate School requirements, the International Institute strongly recommends:

  • Academic Writing Sample: A sample of written work in English (8-20 pages) that forecasts your capacity to: construct critical arguments and present them in a comprehensive manner; clearly articulate your thesis; support your claims by the effective use of evidence and coherent analysis of the material in question; present your material in an organized, clear, and creative way; offer logically derived conclusion(s); and correctly document primary and secondary sources.
  • Language Recommendation/Additional Academic Letter of Recommendation: If you have studied a foreign language related to your track, either formally or informally, we strongly encourage you to obtain a recommendation from a language instructor or someone familiar with your language proficiency. If you do not have a language evaluator, you are welcome to submit an additional academic recommendation. If you have any questions, please contact a MIRS advisor at
  • Transcript Uploads: You will scan and upload your transcripts completing your online Rackham Graduate Program Application. In addition to those official transcripts, the II encourages you to scan and upload transcripts from other postsecondary institutions at which you have completed relevant language and area studies courses, such as study abroad programs, junior colleges, and summer sessions. These additional transcripts are considered unofficial, but the II uses them to evaluate your academic background for admission, and the availability of these transcripts will expedite the admissions process. Advisors cannot see the status of your transcript or test scores until after an application is submitted.

Additional transcripts may be submitted electronically at   

Application and materials status

The II will notify you if materials are missing after the application deadline. In the meantime:

  • You can check if U-M has received your official test scores and transcripts by using Wolverine Access Application Status. Click on “New & Prospective Student Business” to login. If you are new to the university, you will first need to request a friend account. Do not create your friend account until you submit your application and are notified through email confirming your submission and U-M ID number. If you have submitted your transcripts and/or test scores but the system does not indicate they have arrived, please do not worry. There can be a processing delay of up to two weeks from the time it arrives at the University.
  • You can check the status of your letters of recommendation (and change recommenders if needed) on your ApplyWeb Activity Page.