Master of Science
Common core. Custom path. Capstone finish.
The professional master's degree program prepares students for leadership positions in environmental sustainability.
The program's hallmarks are:
- Field-based learning
- Applied professional training
- The use of scientific knowledge to inform management decisions
- Practical, effective approaches to changing behavior
Common core: MS students gain a common foundation in ecological science, environmental governance, and integrated assessment via three core courses and are offered the opportunity to advance quantitative skills during an intensive workshop prior to the start of their program.
Custom path: Students join the SEAS program from over 100 different undergraduate majors and, after completing the common core, may specialize in one or more of the following fields of study:
- Behavior, Education, and Communication
- Conservation Ecology
- Environmental Informatics
- Environmental Justice
- Environmental Policy and Planning
- Sustainable Systems
Additionally, one-third of SEAS students pursue a dual degree with another school or college at U-M.
Opus finish: All master's students complete an opus experience as the culmination of their program. Whether the opus is a group project, practicum, or thesis, students demonstrate critical thinking about an environmental problem and the application of appropriate analytical problem-solving techniques. Find more information on opus options here.