Brief Descriptions of Graduate Programs


For more information about graduate programs in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, please call 313-593-1183 or email

Applied and Computational Mathematics (MS)
This program provides graduate-level education in applied mathematics, developing comprehension of principles of applied mathematics and skills in employing those principles in industrial and scientific settings. It is designed to serve engineers, scientists and computer scientists currently in the workplace, as well as new graduates in these disciplines seeking to strengthen their applied mathematics skills.

Environmental Science (MS)
The MS in Environmental Sciences targets the working professional, with courses offered weekday evenings and Saturdays. Our two-year or part-time program currently has 30 students. Stressing personalized and individual attention to graduate education, students choose between a thesis, course-only, and special project options that emphasize the environmental aspects of biology, chemistry, and geology. Part-time students and in-service teachers seeking a science-oriented MS are welcome. Faculty and students research many environmental topics including turtle population dynamics in local lakes, the toxic effects of copper in benthic macroinvertebrates from Michigan streams, the impact of land use on ground and surface water quality, the molecular biology of heavy metal accumulation and transport in plants, phytoremediation to cleanup chemical toxicants and brownfield sites, and analysis of organisms in our campus Natural Area. MSES admission is open to those from any academic background, especially science or mathematics.

Psychology/Specialization in Health Psychology (MS)

This program is a new program beginning in Fall 2002 and is designed to serve the needs of physicians, nurses, allied healthcare workers, public health officials, and other professionals who may wish to continue their education on a part-time or full-time basis. Graduates of the program will be qualified to work in a variety of research-oriented, educational, and clinical settings. The degree features a curricular flexibility that can serve professionals in both the health care field and secondary education in the behavioral sciences. To meet the needs of working professionals, the courses will primarily be offered during the late afternoon and evening. A substantial number of courses will also be made available through CASL's Distance Learning Program.

Public Administration (MPA)
The MPA curriculum emphasizes practical skills and knowledge for a wide range of public and nonprofit service organizations. The classes are designed to develop technical and analytic capacity in leadership, human resources, finance, policy, and evaluation and assessment. Given the diversity of studentsí backgrounds and agencies represented, MPA candidates are encouraged to develop their abilities to work both independently and in teams in a variety of organizational contexts. Candidates prepare a portfolio that best presents their administrative competencies at the end of their program of study.

 Public Policy (MPP)
The Master's Degree Program in Public Policy is an interdisciplinary public policy program, designed for adult, part-time, college-educated students who are already working in related policy positions and for students who wish to prepare for careers in public service and public affairs. The program is aimed at developing analytical skills essential to understanding and improving public policy for persons engaged in a wide range of professional careers in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. It is designed to produce researchers, policy analysts, problem-solvers in the public and private sector, and policy entrepreneurs.


For more information about graduate programs in the College of Business, please call 313-593-5460 or email

Accounting (MS)
The Master of Science in Accounting serves professionals in public accounting, controllership, corporate accounting, and taxation. It provides those with bachelor degrees in accounting with the appropriate number of business and accounting credits required to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Exam in Michigan.   The 30 credit hour Master of Science in Accounting Program offers concentrations in  either financial  accounting or taxation.

Business Administration (MBA)   Also Available online!

Announcing the new 36-48 credit MBA.

Business Analytics (MS) 

The MSBA is for students who want to solve important business problems through the analysis of data and statistics.  The MSBA trains students to become data scientists, an important new career field in which professionals use algorithms and formulas to identify which business problems to solve, then devise strategies to solve them.  Students with a liberal arts degree and a mind for math and statistics can move right into this professional degree program.  30-45 graduate credits. 

Finance (MS) Also Available online!
This program is designed to meet the highly specialized needs of the finance industry, providing greater depth in graduate finance education, necessitated by the ever-increasing complexities challenging the profession. The flexibility of the program serves the professional needs of financial institutions and the corporate finance and investment communities.

Students earn the 30 credit hour degree entirely through evening on-campus courses, or entirely through online courses, or through a mixture of both.   Online courses are the same courses as taught on the Dearborn campus, taught by the same full-time faculty. There is no distinction between online courses and on-campus courses or the degree earned.  There is no on-campus residency requirement, so students can earn their degree from anywhere.  

Information Systems (MS)
The MS-Information Systems program is designed to serve the needs of current IS professionals who wish to advance their careers, as well as those who wish to earn a professional degree to compliment their liberal arts or other non-IS education. The degree features a flexible interdisciplinary curriculum appropriate for network administrators, database administrators, project managers, systems analysts, project controllers, webmasters, and senior managers, up to the level of chief information officer (CIO).

MIS professionals may work in development issues internal to a company, or produce products and services for external markets. They assist other areas of an organization in implementing the business strategy and provide real-time information for making strategic and tactical decisions in the organizationís operations. The 30-48 credit hours program, depending on waivers received, is offered through online courses and there is no on-campus residency requirement, so students can earn their degree from anywhere.

Supply Chain Management (MS)
The MSSCM is for students who want to manage the
organizations, people, technology, and resources that transform raw materials into the finished products delivered to customers.  MSSCM graduates can excel in logistics, transportation, and the creation of manufacturing efficiencies Ė activities that make our exciting global economy go.  Students with a liberal arts degree and an interest in managing global systems can move right into this professional degree program.  30-48 graduate credits.


Dual Degree Programs:

Accounting (MS) and Finance (MS) 

Business Administration (MBA) and Finance (MS) Also available online!

Business Administration (MBA) and Health Services Administration (MHSA from Ann Arbor)

Business Administration (MBA) and Information Systems (MS) 

Business Administration (MBA) and Industrial and Systems Engineering (MSE) Dual Degree Program Also Available online!
MSE in I&SE: (313) 593-5361,
The College of Business and the College of Engineering and Computer Science offer a dual degree program leading to both an MBA and an MSE in Industrial and Systems Engineering. The program emphasizes both technology and management expertise. The dual degree program requires 66 credit hours of specified course work to earn both degrees. Courses for the MBA and MSE are offered on campus or online.


Automotive Systems Engineering  (PhD) 313-593-5582,
The Ph.D. program in Automotive Systems Engineering is designed to meet the need of engineers who intend to follow a career of technical specialists and serve as technical leaders, innovators and research mentors. It is a 50 credit hour postgraduate program and can be pursued either on a full-time or a part-time basis. The classes are held in the evenings for the convenience of working engineers. The areas of specialization available in the program include materials and materials processing, energy systems and thermal management, dynamics and controls, power electronics, vehicle design, manufacturing and systems integration, and vehicle informatics and communication.

Information Systems Engineering (PhD) 313-593-5582,
The Ph.D. in Information Systems Engineering is designed to meet the need of engineers who want to be the technology leaders of the future. It is a 50 credit hour postgraduate program and can be pursued either on a full-time or a part-time basis. The classes are held in the evenings for the convenience of working engineers. The areas of specialization available in the program include information management and knowledge engineering, computer networks and computer architecture, intelligent systems and human/computer interaction, graphics and visualization, supply chain informatics, web services and security.

Automotive Systems Engineering (MSE) Also available online!

An interdisciplinary graduate degree program designed to provide depth in automotive systems engineering, breadth across engineering disciplines from an engineering systems perspective, and significant engineering design experience through a capstone group project or a master's thesis. Students in the program will not only learn about advanced automotive technologies, but also study ways to apply them in practice for creative design and problem solving.

Computer Engineering (MSE) Also available online!
This program is designed to provide a thorough educational experience, consisting of required core courses and technical electives and providing hands-on experience with computers, high-performance workstations, and other microprocessor-based systems. A Bachelor of Science degree in electrical/computer engineering/computer science from an accredited program is required. Applicants lacking adequate preparation in digital systems, microcomputer systems, data structures, or programming may be required to take appropriate courses.

Computer and Information Science (MS) Also available online!
This program offers curriculum consisting of required core courses and technical electives, providing hands-on experience with computers, high-performance workstations, and other microprocessor-based systems. Six concentration areas are offered: Computer graphics and geometric modeling, computer networks, database management, information systems, software engineering, and system software.

Electrical Engineering (MSE) Also available online!
This program is designed to provide a thorough educational experience at an advanced level to students who have an accredited undergraduate degree in either electrical or computer engineering. It offers a 30-credit hour curriculum of required core courses and technical electives, providing hands-on experience with computers, high-performance workstations, and other microprocessor-based systems. Students, through a judicious selection of approved courses, can specialize in computer and digital systems, control systems, and digital signals (speech and image) processing.

Energy Systems Engineering (MSE) Also available online!
Energy Systems Engineering is a 30 credit hour interdisciplinary masterís program, designed to provide systems-based knowledge in energy engineering through four core courses and in-depth knowledge in automotive energy and distributed energy systems through six elective courses. The core courses deal with sustainable energy sources, energy generation and storage, energy and environmental policies, and risk-benefit analysis. The elective courses can be selected from a range of courses offered in mechanical, electrical and manufacturing aspects of energy engineering. The elective courses covers a variety of topics, such as hybrid and electric vehicles, alternative energy systems for vehicles, emissions, power electronics, power distribution, design and manufacturing for environment, etc.

 Engineering Management (MS) Also available online!
The Engineering Management program aims to teach core management areas vital for technical managers, provide knowledge common to all engineering disciplines, facilitate requisite knowledge and skills for management, and offer experience in integrating technical and management aspects in real life engineering projects or problems.  

Industrial and Systems Engineering (MSE) Also available online!

Students in this program can specialize in manufacturing systems, human performance, operations research and information systems. Groups of courses are also available for concentration in quality engineering. Students have access to excellent instructional and research laboratories where they can conduct research on a wide spectrum of issues.  

Industrial and Systems Engineering (MSE) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) Dual Degree Program Also available online!
MSE in I&SE: 313-593-5361,

MBA: 313-593-5460,
The College of Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Business offer a dual degree program leading to both an MSE in Industrial and Systems Engineering and an MBA. The program emphasizes both technology and management expertise. The dual degree program requires 66 credit hours of specified course work to earn both degrees.

Information Systems and Technology (MS) Also available online!

This program is designed for engineers, computer scientists, business people, and other professionals who have the responsibility for using, designing, improving, installing, managing, and evaluating integrated enterprise wide information systems.  SAP R/3 ERP Software is used to integrate various functional areas in a manufacturing or service organization.

Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MSE)
This master's degree program is a comprehensive interdisciplinary program is intended to educate professionals who will be designing, building, and managing the competitive production systems of the 21st century.  The program is designed for practicing engineers, integrating courses in engineering and management, such as production management, manufacturing processes (i.e. metal forming and injection molding), computer automation, information management, total quality management, concurrent engineering, human performance in manufacturing, cost control, supply chain management and global operations management.

Mechanical Engineering (MSE) Also available online!

This oldest and largest graduate program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn combines engineering practice with analysis. Two broad areas of emphasis, mechanical science and thermal/fluid sciences, encompass the program. The department has well-equipped facilities within the College, involving a wide range of research areas. Fellowships and Teaching/Research Assistantships may be available to full-time graduate students.

Program and Project Management (MS) Also available online!
Nationwide, there is an increasing demand for skilled and experienced professionals who can develop, deploy, and manage locally and globally developed programs in a timely and efficient manner. M.S. in Program and Project Management is a 30 semester hours graduate degree designed to address this growing need and targets technical professionals from various industries (i.e. engineering, information technology, military, government, healthcare, energy, transportation) who need to deepen their understanding of program and project management and would like to make a transition from team members to program managers.

Software Engineering (MS) Also available online!
The Software Engineering master's degree program is designed to prepare the student to excel as a software engineer and as a project leader. It is a 30-credit hour graduate program administered jointly by the Computer and Information Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments. The program requires students to take four core courses, two courses from each of the CIS and ECE electives, and either a master's thesis or a master's project with an elective course.


For more information about graduate programs in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, please call 313-593-5090 or email

Education (EdD)
The doctorate in education (Ed.D.) degree is designed for working professionals that aspire to be leaders in education.  Students will complete 60 credit hours beyond a Masterís degree in course and field work that lead to the Ed.D. degree. Coursework can be completed on either a full or part time basis. Eight classes for a total of 24 credits will be in the core areas; an additional 24 credits will be in one of four concentration areas that will specifically target their professional interests. The final 12 credits will focus on dissertation research or an applied studies project. The four concentration areas are: Educational Psychology/Special Education, Educational Leadership, Metropolitan Education, and Curriculum and Practice.

Education Specialist (EdS)
The Education Specialist (EdS) degree program is designed to meet a critical need for educational leaders who can transform education at the PK-12 and community college levels. The Education specialist (EdS) degree is an advanced professional degree program that assists veteran educators to enhance their knowledge of theory and best practice, to acquire skills in interpreting and using educational scholarship and research, and to understand processes of change and leadership in education settings. The degree program is ideal for educators who seek new skills and new opportunities for leadership.

Early Childhood Education (MA)
The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education includes three program options for teachers, administrators, other service providers and educators who wish to learn how to serve young children and their families. Two of these options are for those who are already certified teachers.  The third option is for non-certified professionals who are interested in early childhood leadership and administration. Courses are offered with the working professional in mind. Most courses required for the master's degree are offered during evening and summer hours and include several online courses.

Education (MA)
This program is designed for certified teachers who wish to strengthen their competencies, expand their professional outlook, and gain greater knowledge of their subject specialization. The program offers classroom teachers a flexible framework, as most coursework is offered during the evening or summer to accommodate working professionals.

Educational Leadership (MAEL)
The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare students for roles in K-12 school leadership. The program is approved by the Michigan Department of Education and meets MDE Standards for the Preparation of School Principals. Successful program completers are eligible, upon recommendation by the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, to apply for the Michigan Voluntary K-12 School Administrator Certificate.  The MAEL curriculum emphasizes the knowledge and skill base required to meet the opportunities and challenges of K-12 school administration. The courses are designed to develop educational leadership competency and skills in organizational administration, curriculum development, instructional leadership, personnel, finance, applications of technology, school community relations, data analysis, legal and regulatory issues, and program evaluation. An internship in educational administration is required in the final year of the program. Courses are offered in the evening to accommodate the working professional.

Educational Technology (MA) Also available online!
The Masters of Arts in Educational Technology program is designed for educators interested in developing expertise in the effective use of various forms of educational technology in teaching and learning. The program can be completed fully online and offers professionals advanced knowledge in a broad range of educational technologies. In addition, students will learn how to integrate technology across the curriculum in face-to-face, hybrid and online settings. Individuals who teach in k-12 schools, colleges and universities, private industry and other instructional settings will find this program useful for increasing their overall effectiveness in the field of educational technology and their ability to utilize proven pedagogical practices.

Science Education (MS)
The program is designed for professionals who possess either an elementary or secondary teaching certificate.  To accommodate the different science content background of teachers with elementary or secondary certificates, this degree program will have two tracks: one for K-8 teachers with 14 or fewer credits in science (Track I) and one for 7-12 teachers with BS or BA degrees in a science discipline (Track II).  The MS/SE will maintain our approach to teaching science while modeling the pedagogy prescribed by the State of Michigan in the Michigan Curriculum Framework.

Special Education (M.Ed.)
The Special Education program allows in-service teachers to earn a Master of Education degree and either a full K-12 Learning Disabilities or Emotional Impairment endorsement within the Master's program. This program also offers a Master of Education degree with an Inclusion Specialist Certificate. All of the programs are 30 credit hour programs and are designed for working educators with evening courses and summer internship placements.

Teaching (MAT)
This program is designed for people who have completed the bachelor's degree in non-educational fields and wish to obtain the State of Michigan Secondary School Certification. Students in the MAT program will bring valuable experience and expertise to assist in exploring the practice of teaching through thinking about goals, values, beliefs and assumptions about teaching, and will consider schools in broad social, political and historical contexts.