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Certificate Nanoscience & Technology

 Course Level
Certificate / Diploma
Full Time

0 Months
 Start month

 Tuition fee

22674 USD
7537 USD

Application fee

International 80 USD
National 75 USD
Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)88
TOEFL-PBT (min)570
SAT (avg)480
ACT (avg)20

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About this course

Nanoscale analytical, computational, and synthetic approaches offer the possibility of understanding and manipulating complex biological systems. With the tools now available, it is possible to dissect the structure and function of cells and to begin thinking about the “reverse engineering” problem of reassembling functional biological machines that will permit exciting advances in the life sciences and medicine. In order to realize this potential, it is essential that we train a new generation of scientists and engineers who have a broad understanding both of nanomaterials and biological systems.

The tools, techniques, and ideas needed to investigate current problems cut across the traditionally defined academic disciplines. Researchers from diverse areas are needed to understand the issues and develop solutions. To prepare for the nanotechnology workforce, students must be educated broadly in multiple disciplines at the root of nanotechnology.

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Eligibility Criteria

Specific Course Requirements:

PIBS offers you the flexibility and convenience of applying to any of our 14 participating programs through one application. We welcome applications each year from September through December 1.

Although PIBS is a highly selective program, every application is carefully reviewed and evaluated. We work diligently to put together a motivated, diverse, and academically strong class of incoming students every year.

Strong candidates will possess:

  • Extensive research experience in a laboratory setting, including published abstracts or papers
  • Strong letters of recommendation from lab mentor
  • Motivation to pursue research in a resource-rich, interdisciplinary environment

In addition, we seek candidates who have:

  • An exceptional academic record
  • Excellent GRE scores


General Requirements :

The University of Michigan requires a high level of proficiency in English, so that all students are able to participate fully in University life, both in and out of class. Applicants that do not speak English as their native language are required to provide proof of English proficiency.

Testing requirements
Who must take an English Proficiency test?
All transfer applicants that do not speak English as their native language must provide proof of English proficiency. The English proficiency requirement is not based on citizenship. Non-native speakers of English must submit current, official test scores from TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS to complete a transfer application.

Exceptions to the English proficiency tests include only lifetime residents of Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States (other than Puerto Rico). Students who have recently and successfully completed at least 4 years of rigorous academic studies in one of the countries listedmight also be exempted if SAT critical reading scores are in the mid-600 range.

Applicants that meet the above criteria and wish to request an exemption from the English proficiency requirement must present SAT scores and send a written request containing full name, U-M ID and requested term of enrollment to:

University of Michigan
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
515 East Jefferson Street
1220 Student Activities Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316

Accepted English Proficiency tests
The University accepts the results of the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing System (IELTS). The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) is not accepted.

Generally accepted minimum scores
English proficiency scores are one component in the overall review of an application. Generally accepted minimum scores for each of the accepted tests are:

  • MELAB: 80-85 range with section scores of at least 80
  • TOEFL (PBT): 570-600 range with section scores of at least 57
  • TOEFL (iBT): 88-100 range with section scores of at least 23 in listening and reading, and at least 21 in speaking and writing
  • IELTS: 6.5-7.0 range with section scores of at least 6.5

Sending test scores
Test scores are valid for two years from the date an application is received. Expired scores will not be accepted. Copies of test scores or scores submitted by applicants are not accepted. Only test scores received directly from the testing agency will be accepted. TOEFL scores are not accepted unless received directly from ETS. The U-M Ann Arbor TOEFL code is 1839.

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Course Modules


  • Civil Engineering                  582          Environmental Microbiology
  • Chemistry                          501/502    Chemical Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering         418          Quantitative Cell Biology
  • Civil Engineering                  693          Environmental Molecular Biology
  • Biology                              427          Molecular Biology
  • Biology                              428          Cell Biology
  • BiolChem                           415/515    Intro Biochemistry

 II Physical Science

  • Chemical Engineering           538          Statistical and Irreversible Thermodynamics
  • Applied Physics/EECS           513/540    Applied Quantum Mechanics
  • Physics                             406          Statistical and Thermal Physics
  • Physics                             511          Quantum Physics
  • Physics                             520          Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Science                500          Materials Physics and Chemistry
  • Chemistry                          535          Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules
  • Chemistry/Mat. Sci.             511/510    Materials Chemistry
  • Biophysics                         520         Energetics, Interactions, Dynamics Biomacromolecules
  • Biophysics                         521          Physical Methods for the Study of Biomacromolecules
  • Chemistry                          454          Biophysical Chemistry II
  • Mechanical Engineering        631          Statistical Thermodynamics
  • Chemical Eng/Mat. Sci.        557          Computational Nanoscience of Soft Materials

 III Engineering

  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry     758          Methods of Computational Chemistry
  • Biophysics                         608          Biophysical Principles of Microscopy
  • Material Science                 512          Polymer Physics
  • Civil Engineering                  583          Surfaces and Interfaces in Aquatic Systems
  • Civil Engineering                  594          Environmental Soil Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering                  692          Biological and Chemical Degradation of Pollutants
  • Chemical Engineering           557          Computational Nanoscience of Soft Matter
  • Biomedical Engineering         556          Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics
  • Nuclear Engineering/MSE      590/662    Advanced Electron Microscopy Laboratory
  • Electrical Engineering           598          Photonic Crystals
  • Material Science                 693          Nanostructured Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage
  • Chemistry/Macro                 436/536    Laboratory in Macromolecular Chemistry
  • Mechanical Engineering        539          Heat Transfer Physics
  • Biomedical Engineering         561          Biological Micro-and Nanotechnology
  • Biomedical Engineering         599          Biomembranes, Transport and Signaling

Students’ course selections will be varied due to their vastly differing backgrounds.

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How to Apply

Prepare Your Application

Minimum Requirements

  • Applicants complete a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association; or Complete an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education or Commission responsible for higher education in the country where the degree is earned.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. Applicants are required to provide an official score report. Photocopies and/or faxes of English proficiency scores will not be accepted.
  • Persons holding master’s or doctoral degrees are usually not eligible to apply for study in the field of specialization and level for which they already have a degree.

Statements and Curriculum Vitae or Resume

The academic statement of purpose, the personal statement, and a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume work together to give a fuller picture of your interests, motivations, and experiences. These 3 documents must be uploaded to the ApplyWeb application.

  • Formatting
  • Include at the top of each document:
  • The type of document (Academic Statement of Purpose, Personal Statement, or Curriculum Vitae orResume)
  • Your name
  • The name of the graduate program
  • Your 8 digit U-M ID (if known)
  • Make sure margins are at least one-inch so nothing is cropped when you upload the documents to the application.

Letters of recommendation :

When you register your recommenders in the ApplyWeb application, each recommender will receive an e-mail notification to complete the recommendation form through ApplyWeb.
Letters of recommendation must be received no later than the graduate program application deadline.

Tips :

  • You will need each recommender’s name, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, institution or employer, and title.
  • Under the provisions of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, if you check "yes" to waive your right to see this document, you will not be granted access to this information as an enrolled student. It is recommended you check the waiver box “yes” for each recommender. Many recommenders will not submit a letter if you select “no.” You will not be able to change the waiver status once your recommender has signed into their recommendation account.

Resources for Prospective Graduate Students with Disabilities

  • Rackham Graduate School is dedicated to helping all graduate students at the University of Michigan with the resources they need to be academically and personally successful. As part of this mission, we seek to provide information and resources to students based on their different gifts, abilities and backgrounds.
  • Prospective students are encouraged to visit campus, sit in on classes, meet with other students in the program, and to contact Rackham or the prospective department regarding any disability-related questions or concerns. In the preparation of your graduate school application, please keep in mind that disclosure of a disability is completely voluntary and will be kept confidential. This information is only used for accommodation purposes.
  • If you have a psychological disability that could interfere with your academic success, it is important that you have your condition evaluated by a mental health professional. This evaluation is required for obtaining accommodations specific to students with disabilities. If possible, it is advisable that this evaluation be sought prior to enrollment, which will enable an earlier receipt of support and services as you transition into the academic and campus community.

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