Plan your virtual visit

We look forward to meeting you

Take a virtual tour of Weill Hall. Schedule an individual appointment with an admission representative. Participate in an informational webinar. Attend a virtual graduate fair.

Admissions events

Informational webinars provide the opportunity for you to hear from members of the Ford School Community, talk about admissions procedures and curriculum, and get answers to your questions.

December 9, 2021:  Hands-on, practical experiences

1:00 PM EST | Register
We believe in an applied approach to learning, including interactions with people and organizations outside the university actively working on public policy. In this session, learn about the wide range of opportunities for students to engage with real-world policy issues in the classroom and through research, activities, and workshops. This session features Professor Celeste Watkins-Hayes, the associate dean for academic affairs; Professor John Ciorciari, director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center and International Policy Center; Cindy Bank, associate director of the Program for Practical Policy Engagement; and Christie Baer, assistant director of the Center on Finance, Law & Policy. Student & Academic Services will also be on hand to answer questions about the application process. 

December 14, 2021:  Careers in public policy

1:00 pm EST | Register
With professional, personalized career services and a powerful, deeply committed alumni network, the Ford School helps students achieve their career goals. This session features Jennifer Niggemeier, director of Graduate Career Services and Alumni Relations, and Peter Vasher, associate director of Graduate Career Services.

January 6, 2022:  Final Q&A: Meet Dean Barr

12:00 PM EST | Register
Join us for a special session with Dean Barr. Hear about his priorities for the school and what he’s most excited about for the upcoming year. Student Academic Services will also be on hand to answer any last-minute application questions.

    • November 8, 2021:  Why now? Why Ford School? 

      6:30 pm EST 
      Join Ford School Associate Dean Luke Shaefer to learn how a Ford School master’s degree can help you make an impact on the public good at this critical time. 

      Kaltura Video

      November 15, 2021:  Tools for influence and action 

      12:00 PM EST
      With a firm grounding in social science research and quantitative analysis, real-world policy issues are woven throughout our rigorous, hands-on curriculum. Learn about opportunities to practice these skills in and out of the classroom and how they provide a toolbox of research, analytical, and management skills that are highly transferable across sectors and issue areas. This session features Professor Jonathan Hanson, chair of the master's program committee; Professor Brian Jacob, co-director of the Youth Policy Lab; Professor Shobita Parthasarathy, director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program; and Jennifer Niggemeier, director of Graduate Career Services & Alumni Relations. Student & Academic Services will also be on hand to answer questions about the application process.

      Kaltura Video

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      2020/2021

      November 19, 2020  |  Why Now? Why Ford School? 

      12:00-12:45 pm EST

      Join the Ford School’s associate deans to learn how a Ford School master’s degree can help you make an impact on the public good at this critical time. This session features Luke Shaefer, director of Poverty Solutions and associate dean of policy engagement, and Paula Lantz, the James B. Hudak Professor of Health Policy and associate dean of academic affairs. Professor Shaefer is an advisor to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and played a key role in state actions to lessen the impacts of COVID-19 on Michigan families. Professor Lantz recently led a coalition of health stakeholders in writing the Amicus Curiae brief defending Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home orders. Student Academic Services will also be on hand to answer questions about the application process.

      Kaltura Video


      December 3, 2020  |  Tools for influence and action 

      12:00-12:45 PM EST

       With a firm grounding in social science research and quantitative analysis, real-world policy issues are woven throughout our rigorous, hands-on curriculum. Learn about opportunities to practice these skills in and out of the classroom and how they provide a toolbox of research, analytical, and management skills that are highly transferable across sectors and issue areas. This session features Professor Paula Lantz, associate dean for academic affairs, Professor Brian Jacob, co-director of the Youth Policy Lab, and Professor Jonathan Hanson. Student Academic Services will also be on hand to answer questions about the application process.

      Kaltura Video


      December 10, 2020  |  Hands-on, practical experiences

      8:00-8:45 pm EST

      We believe in an applied approach to learning, including interactions with people and organizations outside the university actively working on public policy. In this session, learn about the wide range of opportunities for students to engage with real-world policy issues in the classroom and through research, activities, and workshops. This session features Professor John Ciorciari, director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center and International Policy Center; Professor Liz Gerber, director of the Program for Practical Policy Engagement; Professor Shobita Parthasarathy, director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program; and Professor Luke Shaefer, associate dean for research and policy engagement and director of Poverty Solutions. Student Academic Services will also be on hand to answer questions about the application process. 

      Kaltura Video


      December 16, 2020  |  Careers in public policy

      12:00-12:45 pm EST

      With professional, personalized career services and a powerful, deeply committed alumni network, the Ford School helps students achieve their career goals. This session features Jennifer Niggemeier, director of graduate career services and alumni relations, as well as Ford School alumni. 

      Kaltura Video


      January 6, 2021  |  Final Q&A: Meet Dean Barr

      8:00-8:45 PM EST

      Join us for a special session with Dean Barr. Hear about his priorities for the school and what he’s most excited about for the upcoming year. Student Academic Services will also be on hand to answer any last-minute application questions.

      Kaltura Video

      Explore U-M and Ann Arbor

      Learn more about Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan.

      Ann Arbor is within an hour drive of Detroit and about five hours from Chicago and Toronto. New York City, Boston, and Washington D.C. are ninety minutes away by plane.