University of Michigan Organizational Studies – Transfer Application

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Do you want to join one of the fastest growing, most in-demand fields and Do you want to join one of the most in-demand fields and create a better world through the power of organizational studies?

Org studies can be applied to almost any industry, which is one reason it is an exciting, sought-after degree for employers. The Umich Org Studies transfer application is open to internal student transfers each winter, offering a limited number of spots. Below we’ll share everything you need to know about this application. Here is what you can expect to learn.


Here is what you can expect to learn.

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Quick Stats for Internal Transfers

Consider this: you must have at least sophomore standing to apply. Unlike other internal transfer programs on campus, you may only apply to the program ONCE. You need to make it count.

Consider this: the average GPA of admitted students is 3.6-3.8. Demonstrated performance in and outside of the classroom is incredibly important.

Consider this: this program is growing in popularity each year and has a highly competitive admissions process. Only ~25% of internal transfer applicants get admitted.

  • That is an exceptionally low transfer acceptance rate. If you are interested in applying to the Org Studies program as an internal candidate through the internal transfer process, we highly encourage consulting with an admissions expert at The Application Authority to ensure you are submitting your strongest possible application.

Quick Stats for External Transfers

Consider this: only 39% of Michigan transfer applicants from other institutions get admitted, and the figure is even lower for the Org Studies program.

  • That is an exceptionally low transfer acceptance rate. If you are interested in applying to the Org Studies program as an external candidate through the Org Studies transfer process, we highly encourage consulting with an admissions consultant at The Application Authority to ensure you are submitting your strongest possible application.

Qualifications and Prerequisites:

Keep in mind that you must have at least sophomore standing to apply to the program.

Qualifications and Prerequisites
To be eligible for admission to the UM Org Studies program, you must:

  • Complete Intro Psych 111, 112, 114, or 115
  • Complete Intro Soc 100, 102, 195, or 300
  • Complete ECON 101

Questions we are often asked:

  • We are often asked if students can take prerequisite classes P/F. You may, but know that Org Studies admissions officers uncover all P/F grades. Submitting a supplementary explanation about why you took a course P/F may be necessary and/or beneficial.
  • Also, you must have completed at least two prerequisites at the time of the application. You may be currently enrolled and completing the third at the time of the application.
  • You may take an ORGSTUDIES 200-level course prior to submitting your application, but it will NOT be given extra weight in admissions decisions.
  • There is no minimum GPA to apply to the program, but having a highly competitive GPA above 3.6 is advisable.
  • AP/IB/A-Level credit in Psych and/or Microecon is acceptable to fulfill OS prereqs.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Foremost, the ideal candidate has completed all prerequisites and performed at an exceptional level both quantitively and qualitatively, and through continued or enhanced significant extracurricular involvement.

  • Grades – For the ideal candidate, great grades are essentially non-negotiable. The Umich Org Studies program expects admitted candidates to be performing at an exceptionally high level, so the average admitted candidate will have almost all As and perhaps a B or two. The ideal candidate will show consistent high performance and positive upward trajectory. If you have a grade below a B on your transcript or a P/F on your transcript, a supplemental explanation may help your case.
  • Extracurricular involvement and org studies-related interests – the ideal candidate should demonstrate significant involvement in 3+ activities at a level greater than passive member. At least 2+ of these activities should have some degree of org studies-related involvement.


Org Studies admissions want to see that you can perform at the curricular level required by Org Studies, but also that you have explored, pursued, clarified, and confirmed your interests and future org studies-related goals. The Org Studies program will help you grow, but they expect students to have demonstrated their interest in organizational studies and have clearly defined career goals they are working toward. They also expect applicants to be significantly involved community members.

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Essays, Resume, and Other Application Requirements

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Required essay (two questions)

Question 1: Why do you want to major in Organizational Studies? The Admissions Committee is interested in scholarly ideas that have intrigued you and how the study of organizations in a liberal arts context fits into your overall educational objectives.

Question 2: Tell us about what you would bring to the OS program. You may discuss skills, experiences that have piqued your interest in organizations, activities in which you have participated (e.g. internships, volunteer service, extra-curriculars), career aspirations, or obstacles you may have faced (such as economic challenges, having attended an under-resourced high school, being a first- generation college student, etc.)

(600 words total)


  • One-page resume that highlights your objectives and applicable background.
  • Optional essay to explain special circumstances (such as a bad grade).

Important Dates

October: Application Opens

Januaray 15: Applications are due

Last Friday in February: Decisions are released

Takeaway: Begin working on your application by late 2024 and submit by January 15.

Key Considerations

You may only apply to the Org Studies program ONCE. And admission is so competitive that the OS program recommends that you develop a strong back-up plan in case you are not admitted.

Takeaway – the Umich OS program has very strict, specific application requirements and expectations for the essays.


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