3.4 Program Information


The ECE 3.4 Program was created to facilitate entry into the Master’s programs for qualified University of Michigan undergraduates. Those satisfying the criteria of the 3.4 Program are pre-approved for admission to our Master programs.  This program will have a streamlined applications process in that GRE scores, recommendation letters, statement of purpose, and personal statement are not required for the application.


To be eligible for the 3.4 Program, student must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • Have completed at least 85 credits towards a Bachelor’s degree
  • Major in EE or CE
  • Major (i.e., all EECS coursework) GPA of 3.4 or better upon application and graduation of bachelor’s degree
  • Overall GPA of 3.2 or better upon application and graduation of bachelor’s degree

Application Process 

3.4 Student Instructions

  • Complete Rackham Graduate School Application (MS) or Complete the College of Engineering Application (MEng)
    • Select the following degree program:
      • Electrical Engineering & Computer Science – Electrical & Computer Engineering (MS application)
      • Electrical & Computer Engineering (MEng application)
    • Make sure to upload your UMich transcript from Wolverine Access (unofficial is okay).
    • In the recommendation section, put first name: “Three Four Program,” last name “Waived by Dept” with the email [email protected].  Select “Yes” for “use the online recommendation system”. 
    • For the academic statement of purpose, upload a copy of your pre approval email PDF from ECE.
    • For the personal statement, upload a document stating “Not Required”


To start in September (Fall Term): January 15
To start in January (Winter Term): October 1


Admission to the MS or MEng Programs is pre-approved for students who have satisfied the 3.4 Program requirements.

Once admitted, you cannot defer your admission to a later date.

Note for students interested in the PhD

Admission to the PhD program is not pre-approved for students who have satisfied the 3.4 program requirements. Undergraduate students who are seriously interested in the PhD program are not likely to benefit significantly from the 3.4 Program.

Students are encouraged to apply directly to the PhD Program rather than the 3.4 Program, as this will make them eligible for funding. 

Students who become interested in pursuing a PhD while pursuing the Master’s should apply for the PhD program (and funding) in the usual way.

Transfer Credits

Rackham allows students to transfer from an undergraduate transcript to the graduate transcript up to 15 credits of graduate level coursework that were not used to satisfy any BS requirement. 

3.4 Program students may similarly transfer graduate level credits that were not used to satisfy any BS requirement, provided the total of transferred credits does not exceed 15. The credit hours must be the whole credit hours. Course cannot split credit hours of courses.