Applying to SEAS

Thank you for your interest in the graduate programs at SEAS! This year, to eliminate financial barriers that can discourage qualified applicants, there is NO FEE TO APPLY.

Applications are submitted through the University of Michigan’s Rackham School of Graduate Studies online application.


Important Deadlines

December 15, 2019

  • Final deadline for PhD application submission

  • Priority deadline for MS and MLA programs

January 15, 2020

  • Final application deadline to be considered for SEAS financial award eligibility.


You may begin filling out the application form, save it, add information, and edit and proofread it as needed. Once you submit your completed application, you cannot make changes.

If you have any questions about any aspect of the application process, please contact the Office of Academic Programs via email ( or call (734) 764-6453.

As you complete your online application, here are some helpful tips:


MS applicants choose “Natural Resources and Environment” (application code 00321)
MLA applicants choose “Landscape Architecture” (application code 00260)

Your academic statement of purpose is your opportunity to introduce yourself to faculty and explain how graduate study at SEAS fits into your plans. Faculty members use the statements to understand your education and career objectives, as well as to see how well you write and organize your thoughts. Ideally, your statement should be concise (not more than two double-spaced pages), well-written, and describe your academic and research background, your career and educational objectives, and how a SEAS graduate program will help you meet your goals. Please indicate your planned field of study and the faculty members with whom you wish to work.

Your personal statement (~500 words) should convey how your background and life experiences—including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges—have motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. In other words, you should describe the personal journey that has led you to apply to SEAS. Please do not repeat your academic statement of purpose.

MLA applicants may opt to submit a portfolio, which should be mailed to:

University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability
ATTN: Landscape Architecture Admissions
440 Church Street, Suite 1520
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Dual-degree students must apply to both graduate programs (e.g., MS in natural resources and environment through SEAS, and MBA through U-M's Ross School of Business).

Each school requires a separate application and supporting materials (official transcripts, statement of purpose, resume, test scores, and letters of recommendation). In your statement of purpose for SEAS, you should indicate your interest in pursuing a dual degree.

If you are admitted to both programs, you may choose to pursue a dual-degree program. Each school and/or program must be notified of your decision.

Confidential letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically.

An unofficial copy (front and back) of your transcripts should be uploaded within the online application for review purposes. You will be prompted to do this after you upload your resume.

Domestic applicants do not need to forward official transcripts to the Rackham Graduate School unless prompted to do so. If prompted, mail one set of official transcripts from undergraduate and postgraduate institutions to:

Rackham Graduate School
Attn: Transcripts/ U-M ID# (if known) or Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy)
915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070 USA