Master of Science in Environment and Sustainability

Students in the MS program select one of six specializations:

Behavior, Education, and Communication

As a Behavior, Education, and Communication specialist, you will learn how people think, what drives them, and the conditions under which they behave most reasonably and creatively.

Environmental Informatics - Geospatial Data Science

Our interdisciplinary Environmental Informatics specialization prepares industry leaders to develop and use analytical and computer-based methods to assess and protect the Earth’s natural resources.

Environmental Policy and Planning

Our Environmental Policy and Planning specialization focuses on building the professional skills to design and implement effective policies and plans while considering the human and institutional behaviors that underlie environmental problems.

Conservation Ecology

As a student in this interdisciplinary specialization, you will become a change-driven scientist capable of developing novel approaches to the sustainable management of wildlands, protected areas, and aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice students and researchers examine how and why inequalities arise and are maintained around the world.

Sustainable Systems

Sustainable Systems graduates are equipped to become leaders through an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on systems thinking, as well as a sound understanding of ecological principles, the capabilities of technology, and the mechanisms that reshape economic and social progress.

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 two 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:

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.