Applying to the Ford School BA program
Interested in the Ford School's bachelor's degree in public policy? Students apply to the program during their sophomore year and are admitted to the Ford School for their final two years. Read on to learn more.
Undergraduate applications are due by February 1 of each year. Students will be notified about admissions decisions by the end of March.
Before beginning the program, students must have junior standing at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and must complete the following prerequisites:
- Principles of Economics I (Econ 101)
- Principles of Economics II (Econ 102)*
- One course from Race and Ethnicity (RE)
- One introductory social science course, such as Systematic Thinking about Problems of the Day (PUBPOL 201)
- Click here to view the full list of classes that would fulfill this requirement.
*Students must receive a C- or better in any prerequisite and core courses.
The short application form can be completed online, and is available beginning in November. The application involves a series of questions, two short essays, a resume, and a transcript, as described below:
- Essay #1: Explain how your background, experiences inside and outside of the classroom, career aspirations, etc., compel you to pursue a degree in public policy. (300 words)
- Essay #2: Identify a contemporary policy issue that interests you and take a stance on the direction the policy should take. What would a successful solution to the problem be, and why? For the purposes of this essay, imagine that the audience is familiar with the topic, but that you need to defend any assertions you make to be convincing. The admissions committee will evaluate you not on whatever position you take but on how well you can clearly defend your thesis with solid arguments and reasoning. A strong essay will explicitly identify and respond to counterarguments to your thesis. (400 words)
- Resume: Upload an up-to-date resume, with extracurricular activities, past work experiences, internships, student leadership positions, volunteer work, etc.
- Transcript: An unofficial copy of your University of Michigan transcript is required.**
Please upload all documents in Microsoft Word, PDF, or plain text format.
* Most applicants to the undergraduate program complete all prerequisites in advance of their application; however, there is some flexibility. Please feel free to contact us to discuss.
** Additional transcripts are required for any college-level coursework completed outside the University of Michigan.
Want to learn more about the undergraduate program at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy? Join us at one of the following information sessions:
Sophomore BA information sessions:
- Monday, October 24 from 6-7 pm in the Betty Ford Classroom, 1110 Weill Hall
- Tuesday, November 15 from 12-1pm in the Annenburg Auditorium, 1120 Weill Hall
Freshman BA information session:
- Wednesday, March 8 from 12-1pm in the Betty Ford Classroom, 1110 Weill Hall
Winter Semester 2017 date TBD