Email Umich Admissions Essays

The School of Information draws intellectually rich, academically diverse students from dozens of different disciplines such as humanities, social sciences, fine arts, law, business, education, engineering, and health sciences. Students and faculty are united by a holistic view of information and a common interest in user-oriented systems and services. 

We seek students who:

  • exhibit leadership potential
  • have a team-oriented approach to problem-solving
  • are capable of dealing with ambiguity and change, and
  • have a strong commitment to service.

Please also check our deadlines and tuition pages.

Minimum Requirements for Admission

  • Completion of an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree from a college or university recognized and approved by the higher education authority in the country where the degree is earned
  • Note: if you have completed a three-year bachelor’s degree, please email to inquire if this would be recognized as an equivalent degree.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is preferred.  We do periodically admit applicants with UG GPAs less than 3.0, based on the strength of their overall application.


To apply to the Master of Science in Information program, please use our online application.

Application fee

You should pay this fee via credit card when you apply online.


We require one scanned or electronic transcript uploaded to the online application or mailed directly to UMSI for all undergraduate and/or graduate programs in which you have received a degree. If possible, official transcripts are preferred, however we will accept unofficial for the review of your application and will require official transcripts if offered admission. 

If you have not yet completed your baccalaureate degree, you may submit a current (in-progress) transcript now and a final transcript showing degree conferral upon graduation. 

Mail transcripts to:
School of Information Admissions
3360 North Quad
105 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285

(If needed)
Phone: (734) 763-2285

Three (3) letters of recommendation

Recommendations should be written by people who can provide substantive letters - people who know your work, abilities, and personal qualities, who have supervised you, and who can speak to your potential for successful graduate study. If you were recently a student, faculty members are appropriate. Other possible writers include employers and heads of organizations with whom you have volunteered. Personal friends and family members are not appropriate recommenders.

Ask your recommenders to submit their letters online (you will be given a chance to register your recommenders in the online application).

Statement of Purpose

Please discuss the following questions based on your exploration of the UMSI website, as well as your own reflection on your academic abilities, experiences, and personal qualities. You are welcome to add comments from your readings, observations, and experience. Your essay should be four to six pages (4-6), double-spaced. At the School of Information, we highly value academic integrity. Please be sure that any essay content that is not your own original thoughts is properly attributed.

  • What are the critical issues in the field of information?
  • What are your aspirations in the field of information?
  • What is your understanding of the School of Information?
  • How will a UMSI education help you reach your aspirations?
  • What would you contribute to the UMSI community and to the field as a whole?

Personal Statement

How have 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?

Please see the online application for further details. The Personal Statement should be one to two (1-2) pages double-spaced.


Please upload a copy of your current resume with your online application.

For applicants who are non-native speakers of English

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency and are required to provide official score reports for the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (preferred). Score earned within the past two years of 100 or higher on the Internet-based test (iBT).
  • TOEFL subject scores of at least 25 on the iBT are strongly preferred.  When taking the TOEFL, use the U-M institution code: 1839.
  • The School of Information does not have a specific department code for the TOEFL; you may list "99."
  • You may choose to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam instead of the TOEFL (minimum score of 7.0 required).

Applicants who have earned or will earn a Bachelor's or Master's degree are exempt from taking an English proficiency examination if one of the following criteria is met:

  • You are a native speaker of English.
  • You completed all of your undergraduate education and earned an undergraduate degree at an institution where all classes are taught exclusively in English.
  • You completed all of your graduate education and earned a graduate degree at an institution where all classes are taught exclusively in English.
  • You are a current U-M student.

Example of not meeting the English Proficiency Exemption criteria:

  • You completed two years of an undergraduate degree program at an overseas institution (Fudan University) where the medium of instruction is a language other than English. You then transferred to an institution (Monash University) where all classes are taught exclusively in English and earned a degree from that institution.

Being a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident does not automatically exempt an applicant from taking an English proficiency exam; if the applicant’s first language is not English, the applicant must meet the exception above or submit English proficiency exam.

Note for International Applicants:

UMSI does NOT require the submission of financial documentation at the time of application. International students who are admitted to the program will receive information about I-20's, F-1 visas, and submitting financial documentation in their email offer of admission. They should submit appropriate financial documentation at that time, following the instructions provided. 

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions web page or email us if you have additional questions about our application requirements.

Click to access the online application.

As part of the University of Michigan undergraduate admissions process, applicants are required to respond to a set of conduct questions. The intent of the conduct questions is to ensure that the university does not knowingly admit anyone whose behavior is inconsistent with the expectations of the university community as defined in the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities, and to ensure that we provide appropriate supports for all students who enroll.

The university does not reject an applicant solely because they answered "yes" to a conduct question, nor does it determine applicant eligibility based on past conduct history. Conduct is only reviewed after an applicant is determined to be admissible to the university based on a holistic review process.

Students are asked to answer the following questions on their application:

* Have you ever been found responsible for a disciplinary violation at any educational institution you have attended from the 9th grade (or the international equivalent) forward, whether related to academic misconduct or behavioral misconduct, that resulted in a disciplinary action? These actions could include, but are not limited to: probation, suspension, removal, dismissal, or expulsion from the institution.

* Have you ever been adjudicated guilty or convicted of a misdemeanor or felony? Note that you are not required to answer "yes" to this question, or provide an explanation, if the criminal adjudication or conviction has been expunged, sealed, annulled, pardoned, destroyed, erased, impounded, or otherwise required by law or ordered by a court to be kept confidential.

* Is any felony charge, or allegation of academic or disciplinary misconduct at any secondary school, college, or university, currently pending against you?

Admitted students have an ongoing responsibility to inform the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or admitting office of any changes to their disciplinary and/or criminal history until they begin their first term of enrollment at the university. Failure to report prior or pending disciplinary and/or criminal history may result in the withdrawal of application or revocation of admission.

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