MSI application requirements

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 a four-year bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association
  • 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


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.


One scanned or electronic transcript (can be unofficial) uploaded to the online application or mailed directly to UMSI for all undergraduate and/or graduate programs attended.

In addition, one official transcript from all undergraduate and graduate programs attended, mailed or submitted electronically directly from your university. If you have not yet completed your baccalaureate degree, submit a current 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

GRE general test scores

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past five years is required of all applicants. This requirement may not be waived unless you will complete the requirements for a PhD prior to enrollment at UMSI. When filling out the GRE application, choose "University of Michigan" from the drop-down menu and select any department. If codes are required, use 1839 for the University, and select any department number.

We do not have preferred minimums for GRE scores.  The average GRE scores of our incoming students are as follows:

  • GREV: 600/800; or 160/170
  • GREQ: 680/800; or 155/170
  • GREAW: 5.0/6.0

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 600 or higher on the paper-based test or 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 four years of your undergraduate education at an institution in the United States and earned a degree from that institution.
  • You completed all of your undergraduate education and earned an undergraduate degree in one of the following countries, Australia, English speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.
  • 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, a minimum of two years duration, and earned a graduate degree in one of the following countries, the United States, Australia, English speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom. Graduate education includes Master's, Ph.D., and professional degrees. Graduate degrees that are exclusively research based are excluded.
  • You are a current U-M student.

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. 

Click to access the online application.