Applying to the School of Natural Resources & Environment

Thank you for your interest in our graduate programs. Please read this page in its entirety before starting your application. Prospective students must use the University of Michigan's Rackham School of Graduate Studies online application to apply for the programs at the School of Natural Resources and Environment. Rackham oversees most of the graduate programs at the University, including admissions and graduation policies and procedures.

Upcoming Fall 2016 dates

  • Find out where we will be recruiting this year.
  • January 5, 2016 - deadline for masters student eligibility for full financial award consideration.  In order to be considered for all funding opportunities, you must have a complete application submitted by Jan. 5, 2016. Applications submitted after Jan. 5 could be reviewed in batches towards the end of the submission period.
  • January 5, 2016 - final deadline for Ph.D. applications.  Applications completed after Jan. 5, 2016 will not be considered for Fall 2016 admission.
  • April 30, 2016 (11:59 p.m. EST) - final deadline for all masters student applications.

Application Instructions:

  • Completed Online Application
  • Statement of Purpose (Masters, two pages double-spaced maximum). Your statement of purpose is your opportunity to introduce yourself to faculty and explain how graduate study at the school fits into your plans. Faculty members use the statements to understand your education and career objectives, as well as to see how well you write and organize your thoughts. Ideally, your statement should be concise, not more than two pages, but should also be a well-written statement about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives. Please indicate the field of study and the faculty members with whom you wish to work.
  • Statement of Purpose (PhD): Every statement of purpose is different, depending on the background and interests of the applicant. In general, good statements are 500-1000 words (two to four pages double-spaced). The statement should discuss your academic and/or professional background, especially how that background has prepared you to pursue doctoral level work at SNRE. As much as possible, it should also describe your intended research focus and which professors you envision guiding you through the process and why. The more specific you can be the better. Obviously, many students change their minds about exactly what they want to do when they get here, but faculty want to see that you are relatively focused and aware of what pursuing doctoral research entails. It is also helpful to link some of your research proposals with faculty members who could serve on your advisory committee. Please visit the SNRE faculty webpage for a further description of faculty members and their interests.
  • Personal Statement (500 words). This statement is meant to convey how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, have motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. The personal statement will be included in your application materials sent to the SNRE review committee, but traditionally evaluation has focused on the Statement of Purpose and this will likely continue to command the bulk of their attention. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
  • Resume.
  • Official test scores. University of Michigan Test Codes: GRE Test Code: 1839 - No department code required GMAT Test Code: SN1-J6-40 (accepted in lieu of GRE for dual business applicants) TOEFL Test Code: 1839- All non-native English speakers who are not US citizens/Perm. Res. or have not received a 4yr bachelor degree from a U.S. institution (with exceptions for England, Canada or Australia, as English is the primary language), a TOEFL, MELAB, IELTS or ECPE score is required.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate or postgraduate institution(s) attended. Transcripts must be received by both the School of Natural Resources and Environment (electronic) and Rackham School of Graduate Studies (official paper copy). Please read the procedures at the bottom of this page for submitting both sets of transcripts.
  • PhD Writing Sample: We recommend that you submit a short paper that you have turned in for a class, preferably on some environmental topic. However, faculty rarely have time to read more than a couple of pages. If you are considering sending a scientific paper or thesis, it is best to only send the abstract or introduction rather than the complete document. If you have been working prior to applying to graduate school, a document that you have written for an employer could also be considered a writing sample. We request that you be the only author on the writing sample, rather than submitting a jointly written paper.
  • MLA applicants: Portfolio optional (click for mailing address)
  • PhD Landscape Architecture applicants: Professional degree in landscape architecture or concurrently earning a MLA at Michigan required. Portfolio optional (click for mailing address).
  • Dual-Degree Application Details: Dual-degree students must apply to the graduate program at each respective school. Each school requires a separate application and supporting materials (official transcripts, statement of purpose, resume, test scores and letters of recommendation). If an applicant is admitted to both programs, the applicant may choose to pursue a dual-degree program. Each school and/or program must be notified of your decision. In your Statement of Purpose, you should indicate your interest in pursuing a dual-degree program. More information can be found in the dual degree section.
  • Application fee ($75 USD for domestic applicants, $90 for international applicants) To be paid by credit card online via a secure site. Once your fee is paid, you will receive an e-mail containing directions for checking to see if your application materials have been received. It also will include the method for updating your personal information, if needed.  If you are a current Peace Corps, AmeriCorps or Vista Volunteer, you may request an application fee waiver through the Rackham Graduate School.  Fee waiver requests may take an additional 8-10 days to process, so plan accordingly.
  • The CIC FreeApp program: The FreeApp program from the Committee on Institutional Cooperation is designed to expand participation of underrepresented minority groups in graduate education. Through this program, applicants can request a fee waiver for graduate applications to Ph.D. programs at CIC institutions.

The online application system allows you to submit your entire application package electronically. You may begin filling out the application form, save it, add information, edit and proofread it as needed. You may submit your completed document when ready (once your submit the application, you can not make changes). Confidential letters of recommendation should also be submitted electronically. Natural Resources and Environment faculty will begin reviewing your completed application once the January 5 deadline has passed.

If you have any questions about any aspect of the application process, please contact School of Natural Resources and Environment's Admissions staff at the Office of Academic Programs or call 734.764.6453.

SNRE Admissions FAQ

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about applying to SNRE.

You can find more about admissions requirements on Rackham's website.


Procedures for submitting two sets of transcripts:

Rackham (set 1):

Mail one set of official transcripts from undergraduate and postgraduate institutions to:

Rackham Graduate School
Attn: Transcripts/ U-M ID# (if known) or Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy)
915 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070

* It is your responsibility to request that transcripts be sent to Rackham from all previous institutions.

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School of Natural Resources and Environment (set 2):

For your convenience, we have moved to a completely electronic application. An unofficial copy (front and back) of your transcript/s should be uploaded within the online application for review purposes (after you upload your resume, you'll be asked to upload your transcript/s). This process allows for a more efficient review. *Please remember that this set is for review purposes only and that Rackham will still require an official paper set (see above).