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 change. You will learn in the classroom, field, and lab. You will work on team projects with nationally known clients. You will find internship opportunities in the government, 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 partners 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-old tradition of active, place-based, engaged learning transforms knowledge to application.
- Our global engagement equips students to change the world.
Join us to help 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 help students, faculty, and research scientists tackle the world’s most pressing environmental issues.
Master’s fields of study
- Behavior, Education, and Communication
- Conservation Ecology
- Environmental Informatics
- Environmental Justice
- Environmental Policy and Planning
- Landscape Architecture
- Sustainable Systems
To transform passionate, eager students into empowered sustainability experts, the SNRE curriculum combines traditional classroom learning with innovative teaching methods in the lab, across the University of Michigan’s expansive landscape of nature preserves, and around the world through handcrafted 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). Students on the MS track choose one or more of six fields of study.
MS and MLA students complete an opus: a project, practicum, or thesis.
About 30% of SNRE graduate students complete dual-degree programs across 13 other disciplines on campus. The most common dual degrees (in order of decreasing frequency) are with the MBA (through the Erb Institute), Engineering (through the Engineering Sustainable Systems program), Urban Planning, Public Health, and Economics.
SNRE also offers special programs for veterans and active-duty military, returned Peace Corps volunteers, laboratory researchers, and students with families.
A master’s project is an interdisciplinary problem-solving research endeavor conducted by a team of four to eight 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.
A practicum is a supervised application of a previously developed or studied theory. Practicum groups consist of one to three students.
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.