Join us in the fight for a better world
University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment provides the intellectual challenges and scientific experiences that will prepare you to be a leader and agent of environmental sustainability. You will learn in the classroom, field, and lab. You will work on team projects with prominent client organizations or pursue independent research with world renowned scholars. You will find internship opportunities in government, the private sector, and NGOs. You will be guided by faculty who are leaders in their fields. And you will join a worldwide community—8,000 strong—of alumni, students, scholars, and professionals who champion bold ideas for a better world.
- Our customizable learning experience offers all the benefits of a small, intimate school embedded in a world-class research university.
- Our interdisciplinary emphasis joins natural and social scientists, designers, and engineers within SNRE and inspires cross-campus collaborations.
- Our century-long tradition of active, place-based, engaged learning transforms knowledge to application.
- Our global engagement equips students to change the world.
Join us in helping to protect the Earth’s resources and achieve a sustainable society.
Our graduates are employed at these institutions and more
Keurig Green Mountain
The World Bank
Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice
Green Sports Alliance
National Wildlife Federation
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)
San Diego Zoo
The Climate Registry
The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
US Green Building Council
World Resources Institute (WRI)
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Black and Veatch
Environmental Consulting & Technology (ECT)
Environmental + Energy Economics: E3
McKinsey and Company
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)
Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
The White House
US Department of Energy
US Fish and Wildlife Service
USDA Forest Service
SNRE's approach to environmental education marries the best of conventional coursework with innovative experiential learning in all of its disciplines (natural science, social science, design, and engineering). This active, engaged pedagogy inspires critical thinking and creative problem solving to equip students, faculty, and research scientists with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.
Master’s fields of study
To transform passionate, eager students into empowered sustainability experts, the SNRE curriculum combines traditional classroom learning with innovative teaching methods in the lab, in the University of Michigan’s impressive network of natural areas, and around the world through individually tailored internships and research projects.
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, students may customize their dual degree with U-M’s 18 other schools and colleges.
All students in SNRE's master’s program complete one or more of the following courses:
Ecology: The Science of Context and Interaction ensures that all students have the basic ecological knowledge necessary for the MS and MLA programs.
Environmental Decision-Making: Economics and Environment develops the elements of economics that are essential for environmental professionals.
Environmental Decision-Making: Governance teaches students to think critically about social, political, cultural, and economic contexts under which environmental problems arise.
SNRE's graduate programs comprise two master’s programs, Natural Resources and Environment (MS) and Landscape Architecture (MLA), and one doctoral program (NRE PHD). In addition we offer three graduate certificate programs: Industrial Ecology, Spatial Analysis, Environmental Justice.
MS and MLA students complete an opus: a project, practicum, or thesis.
SNRE also offers special programs for veterans and active-duty military, returned Peace Corps volunteers, laboratory researchers, and students with families.
A master’s projects and practicums are interdisciplinary problem-solving research endeavors conducted by a team of students. Projects expose students to group experiences to prepare them for similar situations in the workplace. For clients, projects provide useful products and solutions to complex environmental issues.
Like the dissertation that is required of all PhD students, only less ambitious, a thesis is an individual work that is creative, scholarly, and based on independent research.
Currently, nearly 100 students are engaged in master’s projects or practica with about two dozen clients representing private enterprise, nonprofits, local and federal government, and international NGOs.
SNRE 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 are reflective of faculty research interests and parallel the fields of study identified in the MS program.
A PhD candidate will be deeply involved in research efforts, defining and understanding critical natural and environmental resource problems, and developing new knowledge and management strategies to address these problems. These students are expected to become leaders in research, in training other professionals, and in developing the scientific knowledge base for formulating policies and management practices that contribute to the sustainable use of natural resources.
SNRE provides a five-year funding package to accepted students. The securing of funding is a shared responsibility by SNRE and the faculty advisor, and can carry some responsibility as a graduate student instructor or graduate student research assistant.