Graduate education at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) is highly customizable to each person’s interests and aspirations. All of our faculty and students come from a diverse array of academic, professional, and personal backgrounds. If you care passionately about creating a more sustainable, just world, you can find your focus and community at SEAS. Explore the environmental master's degree options below to start planning your personal path.
The SEAS Master of Science program allows students to study in one of seven specializations: Behavior, Education, and Communication; Ecosystem Science and Management; Geospatial Data Science; Environmental Justice; Environmental Policy and Planning; Sustainability and Development; and Sustainable Systems.
Students pursuing a Landscape Architecture master’s degree choose from two tracks: a three-year program open to students from all backgrounds and a two-year program for those interested in obtaining a second degree in landscape architecture at the master's level, practicing landscape architects seeking advanced education, and those interested in pursuing a doctoral degree.
SEAS offers a PhD in Environment and Sustainability with two primary tracks: Resource Ecology Management, with an ecology and science focus; and Resource Policy and Behavior, with a social science focus.
The hallmark of the SEAS master's program is its interdisciplinary focus. This can be extended even further through the pursuit of a dual degree. Because the school is part of one of the greatest research universities in the world, the options are many.
The Accelerated Master’s Degree (AMD) program through PitE and SEAS is a master’s program for qualified Environment majors. There are two AMD programs open to undergraduate U-M students majoring in Environment:
Master of Science in Environment and Sustainability (MS) - Normally a 2 year program - 42 credits
Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) - Normally a 3 year program - 44 credits
SEAS administers four graduate certificate programs that may be pursued by current U-M graduate students enrolled in degree-seeking programs, or individuals who have received a U-M post-baccalaureate degree within the last five years. They include: Sustainability, Industrial Ecology, Spatial Analysis, and Environmental Justice.
The Program in the Environment (PitE) is a university-wide collaborative undergraduate program overseen by SEAS and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Students take courses in the natural and social sciences and in the humanities. Core requirements are supplemented by specialization and capstone courses that draw from a variety of academic perspectives.