Can I apply to both the Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) and Doctoral in Public Policy programs?
Should I apply for the MPP or PhD?
If you are interested in a research career in think tanks or government or if you are interested in a research/teaching career as a faculty member in a social science department or professional school, you should apply for the PhD. If you are primarily interested in working in the public sector as a manager, running government programs, or evaluating government programs you should apply for the MPP.
Can I apply for spring admission?
No. We accept applications for fall admission only.
Can I apply for part-time study?
No. The joint doctoral program is a full-time program.
Can I participate in the program from off-campus?
No. The joint doctoral program requires a full-time presence on the Ann Arbor campus through at least the end of the third year. The program requires continuous enrollment for fall/winter terms.
Is it possible to be accepted into your program without taking the GRE (GRE and TOEFL for International students)?
No. Complete GRE (general) test scores (and TOEFL for international students) are required. The Admissions Committee will be unable to consider your application unless we receive these test scores. We do not accept the LSAT, GMAT, or other test scores. The U-M/Rackham Institution Code is 1839. You are not required to send copies to the Joint PhD Program Office.
What is the application deadline?
The firm application deadline is December 15. In order to review your application, we must have access to all of your materials, letters of recommendation, and test scores by the beginning of the deadline day. Please submit all materials on or before the December 15 deadline (online for new prospective students and for current Rackham students who wish to transfer to the Joint PhD Program).
How do I know if the program is the right fit for me?
Read through all of the program information for both the Ford School joint doctoral program and the social science department of your choice (economics, political science, or sociology). If you begin with the information on the Ford School program you will be able to link to each department from our site.
Finally, there is an excellent website that addresses the issues surrounding the process of applying to a doctoral program. It's called: Questions to Ask When Thinking About Pursuing a PhD .
How do I apply?
You should apply online through the Rackham Graduate School. Please check your online application status to ensure materials were uploaded properly.
Note: It is important to wait until January 15 before inquiring about missing application materials. It takes time (over the winter holiday break) to process and post all the applicant materials received by the joint PhD program office.
Can I send materials electronically or by fax?
No. New prospective applicants and transfer applicants must apply online. Additional materials, such as writing samples, should be uploaded electronically with the online application.
Should I check my application status?
It is highly recommended that you check electronically via your online College Net application.
Please note: the Ford School does not contact applicants automatically. It is your responsibility to check your status and contact the Joint PhD Program Office after January 15 regarding missing application materials.
When will I find out whether I am accepted or denied admission?
Applicants will be notified of admission decisions by early April. Please check your admission status via the online Rackham Friend Account.
How will I be notified about a decision on my application?
You will be notified via the online application process for new applicants and by electronic mail (current Rackham Change of Program applicants/students).
Are interviews required?
No. Interviews are not required. Read through the section on this topic in: Questions to Ask When Thinking About Pursuing a PhD.
Can I visit campus?
Yes. You are welcome to visit the U-M campus at any time. As a prospective student you are responsible for arranging your visit; the Ford School does not arrange individual visits. The Ford School invites prospective applicants who have been offered admission to the program to visit the campus during the spring recruiting season.