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We will only be able to review completed applications. You must also be sure to indicate your intended cognate you are applying for on your application. As transcripts and test scores may take several weeks to arrive, it is highly recommended that you apply early. Admitted applicants are typically notified about their admission in February. Admitted applicants will be invited to come to a visit day in March, where they will have an opportunity to meet with faculty and students.
The application deadline is January 15. All supplemental materials MUST also be received by January 15 to be considered for Fall admission. The committee reserves the right not to review late or incomplete applications. If you think that a supporting document may not arrive on time, you should contact the HMP student services representative and notify them of the late arrival. It is the responsibility of the applicant to follow up on the progress of the application using the Admissions website. New students are admitted for the Fall term only. Applications are accepted beginning in October of the year preceding intended enrollment.
Admission to the HSOP program is extremely competitive. We respect and admire the dedication and passion shown by applicants to our program toward this field of study, but space in our program is limited. Please be advised of the following:
The Department will begin accepting applications for Fall 2013 beginning in October 2012. Remember that applications and all supporting documents are due no later than January 15, 2013.
The Application and Supplemental Documents
Applicants to the Ph.D. program should apply online through the Rackham Graduate School website. The website allows for recommenders to submit their letters online, as well as for the uploading of additional documents. Besides the application, applicants are required to submit:
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must submit the same credentials as U.S. citizens. Additionally, for non-U.S. citizen applicants whose native language is not English, the scores of the TOEFL must be submitted as well as documentation of the applicant's ability to finance his or her educational and living expenses while in the United States. A TOEFL is not needed if the applicant has graduated (or is about to graduate) from a U.S. institution.
Although personal interviews are not required, applicants are also welcome to get in touch with faculty with relevant research interests.
The preference for receiving supplemental materials such as transcripts, CV's, and writing samples is through the online application system.
Please note that your primary cognate interest (economics, finance, sociology/organizational studies, operations research/ decision science, political science, or interdisciplinary studies) must be indicated on the “Subplan” line of the first page of your application and in your personal statement. Utilize the free form text space to write in your cognate or the drop down menu on the application. Below is a brief description of each cognate, please choose the cognate that most closely fits your primary research interest. Please review the Ph.D. Curriculum guide for complete details on each cognate.
GRE and GMAT
The General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) is required of all applicants. The GRE exam is preferred.
HSOP applicants generally far exceed the 50th percentile in each category. Accepted HSOP applicants generally score approximately in the 80% or higher. (approx. 740 quant/720 verbal - see Candidate Profile) Numerically, the minimum 50th percentile will translate in raw scores to approximately:
Some students find study manuals or courses to prepare for the test helpful. It is not uncommon for an applicant to take the test more than once (you may however only take the exam once per month). Students must register with the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. The GRE offers computer-delivered versions of the test through the Computer-Based Testing (CBT) program, making it available at over 250 sites all year long. Because of the delays involved in processing applications and scores for the manual GRE, the department urges students taking this test to use CBT. Information about the test content, test dates, and locations may be obtained directly from:
Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. Applicants are required to provide an official score report from either the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS). Applicants who have earned or will earn a Bachelor or Master degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English, exclusively, are exempt from submitting an Official English Proficiency Score. The TOEFL exam results are only good for two years after the date of exam. Required scores are as follows:
Funding directly through the HSOP doctoral program is available and there are also many funding opportunities for Ph.D. students with the Rackham Graduate School and throughout the University. The majority of our Ph.D. students have one (or more) of these funding packages, and nearly all of our students have full funding throughout the course of their Ph.D. career.
Most of these funding opportunities cover full tuition and health insurance, and provide a stipend. The HSOP admissions committee attempts to arrange funding for as many incoming students as possible. Decisions are generally announced in late March.
For information on federal financial aid student loan programs please contact The University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid. Non-U.S. citizen applicants are not eligible for most University-based awards such as the fellowships, and such persons should seek support from their own governments and agencies. HSOP students both domestic and international are eligible for GSI and research positions, though these positions are usually attained after the first year of study.
Contact Prof. Daniel Eisenberg, Director of HSOP Program