BA Admissions Information

General Information

The application deadline is February 1. Students will be notified about admissions decisions by the end of March.

Pre-requisites for admissions to the program:

  • Econ 101 and 102 (Principles of Economics I and II)
  • One other introductory social science course, such as PUBPOL 201 (Systematic Thinking About Problems of the Day), PS 111 (American Politics), PS 160 (World Politics), Hist 161 (U.S. History, 1865 to the Present), Soc 100 (Principles of Sociology) or Soc 102 (Contemporary Social Issues), Comm 101 (The Mass Media)

Please check the FAQs section for commonly asked questions about admissions.

Apply Online

Applications are available for current U-M Ann Arbor students. Students should apply during their sophomore year and are admitted for their last two years of undergraduate study.

Students can apply online by following this link. When completing the application, please keep these details in mind:

  • You are required to upload an unofficial copy of your University of Michigan transcript. Additionally, if you completed any college-level coursework outside of the University of Michigan, you are required to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript for those courses.
  • You are required to submit two short essays and a resume as part of your application. The resume should include extracurricular activities, past work, internships, student leadership positions, volunteer work, etc.

    The essay topics are as follows:
    • Explain how your background, your experiences inside and outside of class, your career aspirations, etc. have led you to apply to pursue a BA in public policy. Why do you think public policy is the right BA for you? (300 words)
    • Identify a contemporary policy issue that interests you and discuss the most important considerations that a successful solution to the problem would have to take into account. (400 words)

      Please upload all documents in Microsoft Word, PDF, or plain text format.

Contact us!

All of us in the Office of Student and Academic Services are available to talk with you, by email or in person, to answer questions and share information about the Ford School. For further information about our master’s program and to be included on our contact lists, please request more information. More questions? Please email Student Services or contact us by phone: (734) 764-0453.