Dual-degree master's programs

The hallmark of the SNRE master’s program is its interdisciplinary focus. This focus can be extended even further through the pursuit of a dual degree. Because the school is part of one of the greatest research universities in the world, there are many options. Each natural resources and environment field of study provides an excellent foundation for earning a dual degree.

Our formal dual-degree programs with the following disciplines have been approved by U-M's Rackham Graduate School:

Engineering (2.5 years, 54 credits):

This program prepares students to protect, restore, and create contrived and natural systems that are socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable. It is administered jointly with University of Michigan’s College of Engineering. Students may choose from three specializations: sustainable energy systems, sustainable design, and sustainable water resources. Students graduate with a master of science (MS) in natural resources and environment and a master of science in engineering (MSE).

Business (3 years, 77 credits):

This program equips students with the skills and knowledge to create environmentally and economically sustainable organizations as executives, managers, and environmentalists. The program is administered by the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise on behalf of SNRE and University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Students graduate with a master of science (MS) in natural resources and environment and a master of business administration (MBA).

Urban planning (3 years, 75 credits):

This program provides students with the analytical skills, theoretical and scientific foundation, and socio-behavioral understanding to become urban planners, preservationists, policy analysts, or environmental advocates. It is administered jointly with University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Students graduate with a master of science (MS) in natural resources and environment and a master of urban planning (MUP).

Law (4 years, 124 credits):

This program trains students interested in either corporate law or trial practice to integrate knowledge related to natural resources and environmental problems with methodologies and skills inherent in the legal profession. It is administered jointly with University of Michigan’s Law School. Students graduate with a master of science (MS) in natural resources and environment and a juris doctor (JD).

Self-initiated dual degrees

You can also combine your SNRE field of study with any appropriate unit within the university’s 18 other schools and colleges in your pursuit of a master’s degree.  Close to one-third of our master’s students elect to pursue a formal or self-initiated dual degree.

Our students have initiated dual degrees that combine an SNRE MS with:

Rackham Graduate School guidelines allow dual-degree students to double count one-sixth of the total credits normally required to complete both programs.

How to apply for a dual degree

Dual degree students must apply to each program at its respective school. Each school needs a separate application and supporting materials (transcripts, letters of recommendation, résumé, test scores, and statement of purpose), in addition to the materials supplied to Rackham Graduate School. If an applicant is admitted to both programs, then the applicant may choose to pursue a dual degree program. Each school/program must be notified of your decision. In your statement of purpose, you may indicate that you are interested in pursuing a dual degree program.

For more information on pursuing a dual-degree program, please contact the Office of Academic Programs (OAP).