Applying to the Ford School BA major
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: Background essay.
- Essay #2: Policy topic essay.
- 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.**
* 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.