SNRE Admissions FAQ

Thank you for your interest in our programs! Here are some of our most commonly asked admissions questions. We hope this information helps you through your application process.

What kinds of programs do you offer?

We offer two masters programs: a Masters in Science and a Masters in Landscape Architecture. Our MS program has six different concentrations (we call them fields of study) for you to chose from. Our MLA program has two tracks: a two year track for those who possess a Bachelors in Landscape Architecture and a three year track for those who do not. Our doctoral programs are small and highly selective. We typically admit an incoming doctoral cohort of 6-8 people each fall. We offer two degrees within our PhD program: a doctorate in Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) and a doctorate in Landscape Architecture. Applicants for the NRE PhD program should chose either Resource Policy and Behavior (social focus) or Resource Ecology Management (ecology focus).

What are your GPA and GRE requirements?

We generally recommend, based on an average of past admitted students, a 3.5 (on 4.0 scale).  GRE scores should also be less than five years old. International students must have at least an iTOEFL score of 84 to apply, but we recommend a 102 or higher to be more competitive.

Are there prerequisites to apply?

No. We do not have any standard prequisites to apply to our programs.  Both the MS and MLA programs have core curriculum coursework to provide you with a baseline of both natural and social systems.  Over 100 different undergraduate degree majors are represented in our student community, making the student classroom experience diverse and vibrant.  Generally it is preferred that an applicant have some kind of hard science or ecology coursework in their background if they are applying to the more ecology focused concentrations in our MS program.

Can I do two fields of study (concentrations)?

Yes. Mention your interest in a second field of study in your Statement of Purpose or you can add an additional field of study once you start.

What kinds of jobs do SNRE graduates get?

Every year our Career Services staff surveys each graduating class, about 6-7 months after graduation, to see if they are working, gauge average salary info, and to know which organizations are hiring SNRE grads. You can find those job placement stats here.

Can you tell me more about the Masters Project?

Master's projects are interdisciplinary problem-solving experiences conducted by groups of Master's degree students as the capstone of their academic programs at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment. Projects provide students with a team experience that approximates a future work environment while also providing client organizations with solutions to complex environmental issues and useful products. These projects focus the substantial capabilities of our students and faculty on problems faced by real-world clients.

What kind of financial aid is available?

Prospective students who would like to be considered for merit-based Incoming Student Awards during the admission review process must submit a complete application by January 5th. If you are given one our incoming student awards, the amount will be stated in your admission decision letter. If you received a decision letter stating that you have been admitted with no award amount stated, you were offered admission only and not an incoming award. All questions regarding student loans/FAFSA should be directed to general Financial Aid Office at the University of Michigan.

Can I do a dual degree?

Yes. The School of Natural Resources and Environment encourages dual degrees. In general, any dual-degree program eliminates 1 to 2 semesters' worth of credits. There are two types of dual-degree programs: formal and self-initiated. The main difference: formal dual-degree programs have agreed upon a set curriculum. Students can "create their own" dual degree with almost any department on campus. Those are called self-initiated dual degrees. In a self-initiated dual-degree program, the Rackham Graduate School will allow a student to double count up to one-sixth of the total credits, but you still need to meet the requirements of each program. If you would like to be a dual-degree student, you must submit a separate application and supporting documents to each department. Departments have their own admissions processes and criteria and do not use input from other departments during the decision making process.