Why Choose Michigan?

It's easy to answer this question: Michigan offers the most comprehensive education in the environment in the United States. The School of Natural Resources and Environment is the only one in the nation to teach the natural sciences, social sciences, and design as one shared educational experience. Here, students are equipped with the interdisciplinary tools necessary to tackle the most challenging sustainability issues of our time.

Environmental problems are complex, so you will need skills that are fundamentally different from those provided by traditional disciplinary programs. As a graduate student, you will conduct field research, work on team projects, intern with industry, government and/or environmental groups, assist in classroom and laboratory teaching, and take a leadership role in designing your educational experience and the future direction of the school by participating in all faculty committees, including the Promotion and Tenure Committee.

Unparalleled breadth and depth

SNRE's educational approach exemplifies the values and priorities of our world-class faculty. These internationally accomplished scholars and practitioners work on the full spectrum of global change issues. Their research is broad, deep, and interdisciplinary, and our master's and doctoral degree programs reflect this.

Master's students, for example, take two specially designed core courses, which are taught each year. This range of knowledge provides all students with a common foundation. Students may choose from one of six fields of study to gain in-depth specialization, or they can combine fields of study—such as Sustainable Systems with Environmental Justice, or Conservation Ecology with Environmental Policy and Planning—to meet their particular career goals.

The University of Michigan is one of the greatest research universities in the world, recently named one of the world's 25 best universities and the best school in the Big Ten, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities. SNRE serves as the hub for environmental research and education on campus, and plays a substantial role in U-M's Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, Graham Sustainability Institute, and many more. Our sister schools—business, law, engineering, public policy, public health, social work, education, and others—are well-regarded and highly ranked. What does this mean for you? It means Michigan's vast intellectual resources are at your disposal, enabling you to further extend the breadth and depth of your studies in any area you choose. In short, the world's leading experts in almost every subject are right here on campus.

Dual-degree opportunities

The opportunity to earn a dual degree is another defining feature of an SNRE education. There are several formal dual-degree options and we encourage interested students to pursue dual degrees with any appropriate unit on campus.

Whether you focus exclusively on your master's degree or pursue a dual degree, you will have access to the 300-plus faculty members working on environmental issues across the University of Michigan campus and the significant array of research opportunities they represent.

Graduate certificate programs

If appropriate, you may round out your graduate studies with the addition of a certificate in Industrial Ecology, Spatial Analysis, or Environmental Justice. Students enrolled in a University of Michigan graduate program or those who have completed a post-baccalaureate degree in the past five years are eligible for these programs.

Professional focus

SNRE is a professional school devoted to education at the master's and doctoral levels. Students interested in an undergraduate degree should enroll in the Program in the Environment, which is offered jointly with U-M's College of Literature, Science and Arts.

For graduate students, the school's professional orientation readies you for work in the real world. Students who choose Michigan do so because they seek the intellectual development and professional credential that equips them to become agents of environmental change in their respective careers. Alumni currently hold positions of influence at such diverse places as the Nature Conservancy, Gas South, Utah State University, the Peace Corps, Design Workshop, and the U.S. Forest Service. In 2007, Michigan joined the Peace Corps/Coverdell Fellows Program for returning volunteers, and in 2010 created a Peace Corps Masters International program.

There has never been a clearer need or a better time to work in the environmental arena. And there is no greater place than Michigan to earn your graduate degree.

For more information, contact snre.admissions@umich.edu.

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