Natural Resources & Environment and Applied Economics (M.S. and M.A.E.)


The dual degree program confers the Master of Science (M.S.) degree from the School of Natural Resources and Environment and the Master of Applied Economics (M.A.E.) or Doctorate (PhD) in Economics from the Economics Department. The program provides students with depth in economic analysis as well as breadth in understanding environmental problems. Environmental issues are, by their nature, interdisciplinary. Analyzing them requires understanding the science underlying their causes, and correcting them requires influencing human behavior, through incentive schemes that are studied extensively in the social sciences. This combination of degrees leads to high-quality economic analysis based not on abstract assumptions, but on science, public policy, and behavioral methods. The program trains students to become skilled practitioners in economic analysis based on science, public policy and behavioral methods. Students may choose to concentrate in natural resource economics.

Launching your career

Examples of potential employers and job titles:

  • Environmental Interest Groups
  • Industry Trade Associations
  • Local Governments
  • County and Regional Planning Offices
  • Environmental Consulting Firms
  • State and Federal Agencies
  • Director, Environment and Energy (Economic Development Program)
  • Senior Environmental Project Manager
  • Economic Development Director
  • Economic Diversification Coordinator
  • Environmental Protection Economist
  • Marine Resource Economist

Job Posting Sites:
American Economic Association
Environmental Career Opportunities
Careers & Grants/National Center for Environmental Economics/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

SNRE Career Services

How to Apply

Rackham Graduate School Guidelines allow dual degree students to double count one-sixth of the total credits normally required to complete both master's programs. Students may integrate the 33 credit-hour M.A.E. program with the 42 credit-hour M.S. program (totaling 75 credit-hours) into a 62.5 credit-hour program, with 12.5 credits double-counted. The student must still meet all the basic requirements of each program. The master's requirements for both degrees are summarized below.

The Economics doctoral student should work through both sets of degree requirements with an advisor, as many of the NRE master's courses can be incorporated into the doctoral course of study. Some courses may be cross-listed (see departmental web pages or course catalogues for details).

School of Natural Resources and Environment Requirements

  • At least 25 NRE credits
  • Fulfill field of study core and the NRE core course requirements
  • Two analytics courses (one may need to be statistics)
  • Integrative master's opus

Department of Economics Requirements

  • A minimum of 24 credit hours in Economics
  • Six hours of graduate economic theory
  • Nine hours of statistics (Satisfies NRE analytics requirement)
  • Quantitative methods beyond the introductory course
  • Work in a cognate field

New applicants must submit an application to both the

School of Natural Resources & Environment
Graduate Admissions
440 Church Street
1520 Dana Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1041
Phone: (734)764-6453

and the

Department of Economics
238 Lorch Hall
611 Tappan Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1220
Phone: (734) 764-2355

Students must be admitted by both units and meet the admission standards of both units. Read more about How to Apply to SNRE.

If the student is currently enrolled in one program she/he must complete the "Readmission, Dual Degree, Change of Field Information and Application" form and submit it with the other application documents. Before graduation, form 6010 Dual Degree Course Elections must be completed to verify completion of requirements and minimum hours.