SNRE and Ford School of Public Policy (M.S. and M.P.P.)

The dual-degree program confers the Master of Science (M.S.) degree from the School of Natural Resources and Environment and the Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) degree from the Ford School of Public Policy. The program provides students with the analytical skills, scientific foundation and socio-behavioral understanding needed to become effective environmental and natural resources policy practitioners. The program produces graduates well trained in advanced analytic methods and policy processes, and well informed on the structure, functioning and management of environmental problems.

Launching your career

"My experience in the MPP/MS program was invaluable in helping me understand the politics of natural resources issues and develop the skills necessary to make informed policy decisions."  Nicole Fernandes, U-M MS/MPP Alumna, April 2008, National Park Service (NPS) Program Examiner - Office of Management and Budget

"I found the two programs to be very complimentary with the Ford School providing analytical skills and SNRE giving me the opportunity to explore the topics that most excite me." Simone Brant, U-M MS/MPP Alumna, December 2007, Berkeley Air Monitoring Group, Program Manager

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Sample Course Schedule:  Within SNRE, you have many Fields of Study (FOS) from which to focus your coursework.  Below are two sample course schedules, one with our Sustainable Systems FOS and one with our Environmental Policy and Planning FOS. These samples were derived from prior MS/MPP dual degree students and their course selections.  Please note: There are other courses within the fields of study as well as other  fields of study from which to create your dual degree curriculum.

Environmental Policy and Planning FOS with Public Policy (MS/MPP)

Sustainable Systems FOS with Public Policy (MS/MPP)

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 programs. Students may integrate the 48-credit-hour M.P.P program with the 42-credit-hour M.S. program (totaling 90-credit-hours) into a 75-credit-hour/three year program, with 15 credits double-counted. The student must still meet all the basic requirements of each program, which are summarized below.

SNRE 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

Ford School of Public Policy requirements

  • At least 33 SPP credits
  • PubPol 510 The Politics of Public Policy (PubPol 510 fulfills the NRE 562 requirement.
  • PubPol 513 Calculus
  • PubPol 529 Statistics (Fulfills NRE Statistics requirement. NRE 538 fulfills FSPP requirement.)
  • PubPol 555 Microeconomics (Fulfills NRE Microeconomics 570. )
  • PubPol 558 Microeconomics B (Fulfills NRE Analytics requirement.)
  • PubPol 580 Values, Ethics, and Public Policy
  • PubPol 587 Public Management
  • PubPol 638 Integrated Policy Exercise (taken twice)
  • PubPol 639 Quantitative Methods of Program Evaluation (required for students entering Fall 2012 or later.)
  • Ten week MPP internship [please link to]

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 Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 

735 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: (734) 764-3490

Students must meet the admissions standards of and be admitted by both units.

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.