Prospective Students

Dean Marie Lynn Miranda

Why choosing SNRE is the right choice ...

Right now, you are contemplating a career in environmental science, management, policy or design. Let me explain why you should pursue such a career and why the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan is an ideal place to earn your graduate degree.

The need for thoughtful, well-trained leaders to address environmental sustainability has never been greater. Climate change, biodiversity loss, habitat fragmentation, urbanization, water scarcity, desertification, poverty: These are the global problems the next generation of environmental leaders will tackle. They are complex, multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary.

SNRE is the hub for interdisciplinary environmental studies at the University of Michigan. We have natural science faculty working side by side with environmental policy and landscape design experts. Whether through systems modeling, engineering, geographic information systems or economic analysis, we bring an entrepreneurial mindset to finding solutions to the problems of sustainability. As a result, our graduates understand the scientific underpinnings of environmental problems and can formulate solutions that are technically, economically and socially feasible. That's environmental sustainability for the long term.

We teach you to speak the language of ecologists, economists, political scientists, engineers, social scientists, planners and business people. You will be equipped to walk between the worlds of academia, business and government. Our graduates work within corporations large and small to transform not only how businesses think about environmental sustainability but also how they practice it. The University of Michigan wants students who will change the world. I hope you decide that SNRE is right for you.

Our graduates lead environmental groups and work for organizations including The Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund and the Natural Resources Defense Council. They are land and water managers working at the local, state, national and international policy levels.

The University of Michigan wants students who will change the world. Learn more about the university, spend time on our site, visit and explore our degree programs.

Marie Lynn Miranda

Professor and Dean, School of Natural Resources and Environment