Double Degree Opportunities to Tailor Skills and Expertise
SEAS students can take courses across the University of Michigan’s multitude of graduate programs.
Students may also pursue dual degrees, earning an MS from SEAS and a complementary degree from one of U-M’s 18 other schools and colleges. Roughly one-third of SEAS students pursue dual degrees.
Formal dual degree programs exist between SEAS and the College of Engineering, the Ross School of Business, the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and the Law School. Students may also pursue self-initiated dual degree programs with other schools and colleges.
Many SEAS students take advantage of U-M's other high-quality academic programs and interdisciplinary resources to pursue a graduate certificate. Certificate programs enable students to hone a specialized skill set in addition to the regular master’s degree program of study.
Bradley J. Cardinale, Professor: We have a lot of opportunities for double majors. One of the most popular double majors is between the School for Environment and Sustainability and the engineering program.
Cailin Buchanan, MSE/MS ’18: The dual program that I found at University of Michigan was one of the only programs I found that allowed me to combine my interests in environmental applications, and renewable energy, and sustainable thinking, along with engineering.
Bradley J. Cardinale, Professor: And increasingly, we have degrees with other social sciences programs on campus as well, where we can add the human dimensions to our environmental problems and try to solve not just the natural science problem but the social science problem at the same time.
Dorceta E. Taylor, Professor: Urban planning, public health, social work-- public policy is another place that we see that dual combination.
Joe Arvai, Professor: I think one of the great opportunities in SEAS, and at the University of Michigan in general, is that you can come here as a student and really chart your own course academically.
Dahlia Rockowitz, MS ’18: So in my time here, I've been able to take classes at other schools. I took a course at the law school, at the urban planning school, at the business school, and hope to continue to supplement my education at SEAS with other opportunities on campus.
Bradley J. Cardinale, Professor: We increasingly work with the business school and the Erb Institute to form majors between those who want to understand ecology, but also the economic applications, for businesses or government agencies.
Joe Arvai, Professor: Our students get to come in and, in just one additional semester, complete a Master of Science in SEAS but also receive an MBA from one of the best business schools in the United States and, frankly, in the world.
Jim Gawron, MS/MBA ’19: I think it's great to have a foot in both schools and to get everything that SEAS and Ross has to offer. So describing myself in 15 words or less, I am a rocket scientist turned environmentalist trying to create a more sustainable world through the power of business.
Joe Arvai, Professor: I think that when you're a business student working in sustainability or a sustainability student working in business, really, that's the challenge that's in front of you as well as: how do you balance economic, social, and environmental considerations? And anything that we can do to help our students better prepare themselves for making those kinds of decisions, that's where it's at for us.