Opus Options

All SEAS master's students complete a program opus: project, thesis, or practicum. The majority of students complete a project. If you are interested in completing a thesis or practicum instead, talk with your faculty advisor about which path is right for you.

Master's Project

An interdisciplinary problem-solving research endeavor 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. For more information about Master's Projects, explore links below or contact seas-projects@umich.edu.

Master's Project Course (EAS 701.888)
Project lists, deadlines, and related news

Master's Thesis

An individual work that is creative, scholarly, and based on independent research. Theses usually include a literature review to delineate a problem or gap in knowledge, statement of objectives, formulation of hypotheses, explanation of methods, collection and analysis of data, report of results, and discussion of conclusions. Results of a thesis should be publishable in a peer-reviewed journal.

Master's Thesis Course (EAS 700)

Master's Practicum

The application of natural resource problem-solving (analytical) techniques. This includes the principles of decision analysis and design formulation or evaluation of alternatives for management, planning, or development. A practicum must include all the scholarly elements of an opus: theoretical framework, literature review, conclusions, etc.

Master's Practicum Course (EAS 700)