Our Degrees and Programs
The University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment is a professional school dedicated to preparing the next generation of practitioners for leadership positions in the management of resources so that they may meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis.
Master's degree programs
The school offers two master's degrees: a Master of Science (MS) in Natural Resources and Environment and a Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA).
Students in the MS program specialize in one of six fields of study:
- Behavior, Education, and Communication
- Conservation Ecology
- Environmental Informatics: GIS and Modeling
- Environmental Justice
- Environmental Policy and Planning
- Sustainable Systems
Students pursuing an MLA degree choose from two tracks:
- Three-year accredited MLA degree
- Two-year program for those interested in obtaining a second degree in landscape architecture at the master's level, practicing landscape architects seeking advanced education, and those interested in pursuing a doctoral degree
Dual degree options
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, the options are many. Each natural resources and environment field of study provides an excellent foundation for earning a dual degree.
Popular dual-degree options are:
- Three-year MS/MBA program administered by the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, a partnership between SNRE and the Ross School of Business
- Three-year MS/MUP program with the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
- Four-year MS/JD program with the University of Michigan Law School
- 2.5-year MS/MSE program with the University of Michigan College of Engineering
The doctoral program
SNRE offers a PhD in Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) and a PhD in Landscape Architecture. Both curricula are research-based and support the pursuit of either a highly focused course of study or one that broadly addresses complex, interdisciplinary issues. The NRE doctoral program has two primary tracks: Resource Ecology Management, with an ecology and science focus; and Resource Policy and Behavior, with a social science focus. Areas of specialization within the PhD in NRE are reflective of faculty research interests and parallel the six fields of study identified in the MS program (listed above).
Each student's doctoral studies are guided by the dissertation advisor and committee, and are tailored to the scholarly interests of each student. The goal of the doctoral programs is to develop the creative abilities of exceptional students, training them for independent work that contributes to original research and scholarship at the forefront of their chosen fields.
Graduate certificate programs
SNRE administers three graduate certificate programs that may be pursued by current University of Michigan graduate students enrolled in degree-seeking programs, or individuals who have received a University of Michigan post-baccalaureate degree within the last five years. These include:
The undergraduate program
At the University of Michigan, undergraduate opportunities to study the environment are available through the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. Students may major in Program in the Environment (PitE) or complement another major area of study with a minor in the Environment or Global Change.
PitE's popularity increases each year. Its curriculum features prerequisite and core requirements, as well as a field experience and specialization requirements. For more information, visit the Program in the Environment website.