FOR PROSPECTIVE GRADUATE STUDENTS
STUDY OF ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
This page is for individuals
interested in pursuing graduate studies at the University of Michigan School of
Natural Resources and Environment.
AND CONSERVATION BEHAVIOR
The study of the environmental psychology and conservation behavior is conducted within the behavior graduate
program of the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE).
This program is designed for graduate students interested in the behavioral aspects
of natural resource and environmental stewardship issues. The program prepares
students to pursue a wide variety of environmental careers.
SNRE has significant faculty strength in the behavioral and social sciences. Over
one third of the School's faculty are social scientists with research expertise
in such areas as environmental psychology, environmental sociology, environmental
education, political science, and conflict management. In addition, The University
of Michigan's excellence in the social sciences is reflected in its top-rated
disciplinary departments as well as in world-renowned research centers such as
the Institute for Social Research. The Behavior program benefits from this excellence
both within the School and across campus.
Drawing from the disciplines of psychology, sociology, and anthropology and the
applied fields of landscape architecture, education, public health and social
work, the curriculum focuses on understanding individual and community behavior
in order to develop effective environmental programs and policies.
For a short description of the field of environmental
homepage provides information relevant to prospective applicants. We encourage
you to check with the SNRE Office of Academic Programs. You can call them at (734)
764-6453 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
for further information about our programs and application requirements. One thing
to note is the emphasis we place on relevant work experience
between completion of your undergraduate degree and the start of your graduate
To get application forms and information about graduate admissions click here.
In your application cover letter let us know what you hope to learn and research
during your studies -- a formal, full proposal is not needed nor appropriate
at this stage, but please do provide a sense of the environmnetal issues that
are bringing you back to school. It also helps to know what you hope to do once
you graduate: where are you headed? What do you want to work on? With whom do
you want to work? How will a degree from SNRE help? Providing answers to these
questions is much more important than providing us with an autobiography.
The SNRE Master's degree
has an opus requirement that can be satisfied in several ways. These include an
interdisciplinary group research project, a traditional individual research thesis
and a research seminar. The group project typically involves 4-7 individuals in
team problem-solving applied to a real-world problem (e.g., increasing recycling
in multi-family dwellings). The individual research thesis typically involves
work in a specialty area (e.g., implications of cognitive map theory for environmental
decision making) and often requires a summer of research work. Students are usually
accepted under the group research project requirement but can petition to do an
individual research thesis.
Funding for graduate
students has always been a challenge. More information is available from the SNRE
financial aid webpage or from the UM
financial aid webpage.
The SNRE has a number of teaching assistantships. Individual faculty members sometimes
have grants that can provide hourly wages for research work and, more rarely,
provide tuition waivers. Besides being rare, the latter are highly competitive
and so it is difficult to predict an individuals chance of success. Many
of our students are able to find funding from a variety of sources, including
serving as GSI's (Graduate Student Instructors) in SNRE as well as in other departments
(e.g., psychology, anthropology, urban planning, biology). Usually, a determined,
planful student finds support.
LIFE IN ANN ARBOR
Ann Arbor is a fantastic
place to be a graduate student. Below are some websites that give a sense of