Natural Resources & Environment and Urban Planning (M.S. and M.U.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 Urban Planning (M.U.P.) degree from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning. The program provides students with the analytical skills, theoretical and scientific foundation, and socio-behavioral understanding to become effective practitioners. Potential career fields include, but are not limited to, environmental or land use planning, open space preservation, environmental policy analysis, and environmental justice.

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.U.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.

Launching your career

Examples of job titles: 

  • Transportation Planner
  • Environmental Planner
  • City Park Designer
  • City Planner
  • Wetlands Restoration
  • Stormwater Manager
  • Planning Analyst
  • Environmental Planning Consultant

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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 must be statistics)
  • integrative master's opus

Urban Planning Requirements

  • At least 30 MUP credits
  • A course in economics (NRE 570 fulfills this requirement.)
  • UP 503 Planning Analysis (NRE 538 fulfills this requirement. Fulfills NRE analytics requirement.)
  • UP 504 Quantitative Planning Methods II (Fulfills NRE analytics requirement.)
  • UP 505 Fundamentals of Planning Practice
  • Techniques
  • UP 513 Legal Aspects of the Planning Process
  • UP 540 Planning Theory
  • UP 610 Fiscal Planning and Management
  • A Capstone experience-- planning studio, thesis, or professional project (Might fulfill NRE Master's opus requirement. Likewise, NRE Master's opus might be used to fulfill MUP capstone requirement.)

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

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

2000 Bonisteel Blvd. Room 2150 
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069 
Phone: (734) 763-1275


Students must meet the admissions standards of and be admitted by both units.If the student is currently enrolled in a Rackham program she/he must complete the "Add a Degree aApplication " form and submit it with the other application documents. This form can be found here: Before graduation, form 6010 Dual Degree Course Elections must be completed to verify completion of requirements and minimum hours.