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Applications from Current and Former Rackham Students

The Doctoral Studies Program at the Ross School of Business welcomes applications from current students and alumni of the University of Michigan and its many schools and colleges.

The following information will guide Rackham students and alumni through a slightly different application process than what is listed on our general How to Apply page.

If you received a degree from the University of Michigan for a program administered by a school or college other than Rackham, please follow the instructions on the How to Apply page. This includes all undergraduate degrees awarded by the University of Michigan.

The application for Fall 2014 admission is now available. The application deadline is December 15, 2013. The online application should be submitted by the date of the application deadline. To avoid delays in processing, we strongly encourage applicants to submit their materials two to three weeks prior to this deadline.


Application Instructions

Please note that we are no longer using the paper-based Change of Program application. All current Rackham students and former Rackham students (alumni or discontinued) seeking to enroll in a program different than their original program must now apply through the online system.



  1. Complete online application
  2. Resume or curriculum vitae
  3. Academic statement of purpose
  4. Personal statement
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. Transcripts
  7. Official GMAT or GRE General Test scores
  8. Official TOEFL or IELTS scores - for all non-native speakers of English
  9. Submit application and pay application fee




Complete the online application. All applications are now submitted online. Most of the credentials listed below are uploaded as a part of the online application. Instructions for submitting the application and paying the application fee appear at the end of this list.

*Click here for the link to the online application*

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Resume or curriculum vitae - Please include a current resume or c.v. as a part of your application.

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Academic statement of purpose - The statement of purpose should be a concise, well-written essay about your academic and professional experiences, your goals, and how completing the Ross School's PhD program will help you progress toward the realization of these goals.

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Personal statement - The personal statement differs from the statement of purpose in that we ask you to write about how your background and life experiences — including cultural, geographical, financial, educational, or other opportunities or challenges — have motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan.

Please do not repeat your academic statement of purpose.

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Three letters of recommendation - Please register your recommenders through the online application form. Registering your recommenders generates an automated email with instructions on the process. It also grants access to the recommender's portion of the database where they can either compose a new letter or upload an existing letter that will become a part of your application.

If your recommender is unable or unwilling to submit the recommendation electronically, please download the recommendation for admission form and request that your recommenders send the form along with their letter to:

Stephen M. Ross School of Business
Doctoral Studies Program
701 Tappan St., R3410
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Letters of recommendation play an important role in the admissions process. Applicants are encouraged to submit letters from people, preferably faculty members, who know their strengths and weaknesses as a scholar, and who can speak to their readiness for a doctoral program at a major research institution. Letters that include information about previous research and/or teaching experience are particularly helpful.

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Transcripts - We ask that you submit transcripts from all institutions where you have earned a degree. If you believe you have completed relevant coursework in a summer program, or if you transferred a substantial number of credits between two institutions, include those transcripts as well. You should submit one complete set of official transcripts to our office.

Also see Transcripts Issued by Institutions Outside the United States

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GMAT/GRE General Test scores - Official GMAT (preferred) or GRE General Examination (accepted) scores are required from all applicants. In order for scores to reach us prior to the application deadline, we encourage applicants to plan accordingly and schedule their exams as soon as possible.

We only will accept official GMAT or GRE test scores for exams less than five years old. This includes scores for exams taken on or after Aug. 1, 2008.

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TOEFL or IELTS scores - Because different programs within the University of Michigan set different standards for these exams, we expect applicants submitting change of program applications to submit current language test scores.

We only will accept official TOEFL or IELTS score reports for tests that are not more than two years old as of the application deadline; this includes scores for exams taken on or after Aug. 1, 2011.

The only time this is not required is when a student submitting a change of program application has TOEFL scores that met our requirements. (Details)

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Submit the application and pay the application fee - Once you have completed and validated the application, you will need to finalize your application by submitting the application and paying the application fee. Additional instructions are available within the online application.

The fee can be paid by credit card only. The application fee for current students regardless of citizenship is $10 USD.


Any questions about the application process should be directed to the Doctoral Studies Program.