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Graduate Certificate in Urban Informatics

Important Dates:

  • Current UM students:  Admissions are accepted on a rolling basis. For a decision by the Fall term, students must apply by March 1, and for admissions in Winter, by December 1. Note that admissions decisions will not be made until final grades are recorded from at least one term of study at UM.

    Note that admissions decisions will not be made until final grades from at least one term of study at UM are recorded.

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Admissions Eligibility

  • Current UM Rackham graduate student (for instance, MURP, MPP, MS, SEAS, Ph.D.)
  • Current UM non-Rackham graduate student (for instance, M.Arch., MUD, MBA, JD)
  • Note to incoming students: Please wait to submit your application materials until after arriving on campus.


Application Materials

Students currently in any UM Rackham program must submit the following via email to TaubmanCollegeAdmissions@umich.edu:

  • Rackham Add a Degree or Certificate Program Application (PDF), signed by chair of the applicant's current program
  • A one-page letter of intent (for both Rackham and non-Rackham students), including:
    • A statement of the student’s intent to complete the certificate program
    • A brief explanation of the student’s goals in participating in the certificate program
    • A brief explanation of how the certificate program contributes to the student’s post-graduation goals
  • One-page curriculum outline (for both Rackham and non-Rackham students), including:
    • Identification of a proposed focus area
    • A proposed list and schedule of coursework (see the Urban Informatics Certificate Requirements Checklist for more information)
    • Identification of any courses expected to be double-counted with other degree requirements
  • Note: The program will obtain from the student's home department:
    • Current UM transcript
    • Letters of recommendation submitted originally to the home department
    • GRE, GMAT, or LSAT Test Score (Required)

Students currently in any non-Rackham UM graduate program must submit via the Rackham online application:

  • Rackham online application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts (submit to the Rackham graduate school)
  • Two letters of recommendation (If you prefer to use your recommendation letters used for your application to your current program. Please have the graduate coordinator send them via email to: taubmancollegeadmissions@umich.edu)
  • GRE, GMAT, or LSAT Test Score (Required)
  • TOEFL (required for international students)

Letters of Recommendation

The Certificate application requires (2) letters of recommendation, which may be those used for your current program, or may be newly acquired. The letters should testify mainly to your academic and professional capacity and promise. Letters must be submitted via the Rackham online application. If obtaining new letters, you will be prompted to register recommenders using the online application, enabling recommenders to submit letters of recommendation electronically. If you are having recommendations sent from your university's career center, no cover sheet from UM is required.


Students currently in any UM Rackham program: An official transcript is automatically placed with your application, no action on your part is required.

Students currently in any UM Non-Rackham program: Submitting your transcripts is a two-step process.

  • Applicants will scan and upload an official transcript/academic record that displays the institutional seal and signature of the Registrar or Recorder of Records into the online application.
  • Applicants are also required to submit an official transcript/academic record by mail or as an e-transcript to Rackham before the graduate program application deadline. The official transcript/academic record must be received in an envelope sealed by the issuing institution. For more information please see Transcripts.


For more information about the certificate, please consult the degree and certificates page.

Direct inquiries about the application process or requirements to:

Graduate Certificate in Urban Informatics
2000 Bonisteel Blvd
Room 2332, Art & Architecture Bldg.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Email: taubmancollegeadmissions@umich.edu
Phone: 734-647-2187

Direct inquiries about the Rackham Graduate School to:

Rackham Graduate School Admissions
The University of Michigan
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Email: help@applyweb.com

Direct inquiries about how your background and goals would fit this program to:

Assistant Professor Robert Goodspeed
Academic Director of the Graduate Certificate in Urban Informatics
Email: rgoodspe@umich.edu
Phone: 734-615-7254