Applying to the Master of Arts in Higher Education and Master of Public Policy Dual-Degree Program

Application Quick Facts

Deadline for Higher Education MA for International Students* December 1
Deadline for Higher Education MA for Domestic Students* January 1
GRE General Exam Required Yes
Average GRE scores of applicants
Scores older than five years not accepted. Institution code: 1839
152 quant
157 verbal
4.5 writing
Guideline undergraduate GPA
(4-point scale)
for last two years of coursework
Paid internships available Yes
Financial Aid available Yes
Applications for part-time students Yes
On-line, evening, or weekend courses No
Admission term
(when you start coursework)
Fall Only

Tuition per Term for SOE Graduate Students
(Fall/Winter 2017-2018)

Michigan resident $11,402
Nonresident $23,035

Additional Mandatory Fees may be assessed 

* Check Ford School of Public Policy for MPP deadlines & requirements

The application for Fall 2019 is now available on the Rackham Graduate School Website.

Please note that although the application for domestic students is January 1, we request that you submit your official transcripts prior to December 24th.

Students must file separate applications to and be admitted by both the School of Education and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. An application fee must accompany each application. Students currently enrolled in either program may apply to the dual program during the first year of study.

This program, like all of the School of Education's graduate programs, is administered through the University of Michigan's Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies (Rackham) (as are most non-professional graduate degrees at the university). Rackham offers a host of resources and administrative support to help see you through from submitting your application to completion of your degree. We encourage you to follow these steps to begin the application process.

Register as a prospective student and obtain a UMID (University of Michigan ID) number. Having a UMID number will aid in the processing of your application. 

Attend a prospective student event such as a webinar or schedule a visit.

Complete the Rackham online application. Review our dual-degree application checklist to ensure you submit a complete application. Please note the academic statement of purpose, personal statement of purpose, resume, and letters of recommendation must be submitted using the online application system. Hard copies will not be accepted.

Submit your GRE scores. Test scores must be sent electronically to Rackham Graduate School (institution code: 1839) through Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Submit your transcripts. All applicants are required to mail one set of transcripts (in their sealed institutional envelope) for all previous bachelor’s, master’s, professional, and doctoral degrees to:

Rackham Graduate School
Attn: Transcripts/U‐M ID# (if known) or date of birth (mm/dd/yyyy)
915 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor MI 48109‐1070

Students who have studied in a country outside of the U.S. should review the required credentials from non-U.S. institutions.

Check your application status. Use the Wolverine Access system to verify your application information, check the status of your application, and update your email address, home address, and telephone number.


It is imperative that students interested in admission to programs in the School of Education meet all deadlines for submitting applications and relevant materials. Deadlines may differ slightly for different programs. Deadlines can be found on our application deadlines page.

If you have questions, please review the School of Education frequently asked questions or contact the Office of Student Affairs.

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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259

Phone: 734.764.9472

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