SEAS Admissions FAQ

SEAS offers two master's programs: a Master of Science (MS) in Natural Resources and Environment and a Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA). MS students can choose a concentration in one or more of six different fields of study. Our MLA program has a two-year track for those who hold an accredited bachelor's degree in landscape architecture and a three-year accredited track for those who do not.

Our PhD program develops the creative abilities of select exceptional students, training them for independent work that contributes to original research and scholarship at the forefront of their chosen fields. Applicants for the PhD in Natural Resources and Environment program may choose either Resource Policy and Behavior (social focus) or Resource Ecology Management (ecology focus). Our doctoral program is small and highly selective. We typically admit an incoming doctoral cohort of six to eight students each fall.


The School for Environment and Sustainability houses its application through the online Rackham admission system. You can get an overview of the process on Rackham’s admission page. This page includes information on how to apply and send both test scores and transcripts to attach to your application

The application for Fall 2020 admission will open in early September.

December 15, 2019 (11:59 p.m. EST): FINAL deadline for Ph.D. application submission. Applications completed after this date will not be considered for Fall 2020 admission.

December 15, 2019 (11:59 p.m. EST): PRIORITY application deadline for Master’s program (MS/MLA). Applications submitted by the priority date will be the first applications reviewed by the Office of Academic Programs.
January 15, 2020 (11:59 p.m. EST): Master's program application deadline for full financial award eligibility. To be considered for all funding opportunities for Fall 2020, you must submit a complete application by this date.
April 30, 2020 (11:59 p.m. EST): FINAL deadline for Master's application submission

Yes - The School for Environment and Sustainability encourages dual degrees. There are two types of dual-degree programs: formal and self-initiated. If you would like to be a dual-degree student, you must submit a separate application and supporting documents to both graduate programs. Each department has its own admissions processes and criteria and does not use input from other departments during the admissions decision-making process.

Yes. You cannot officially add a second field of study until after your first semester in the program.

Our minimum application requirements reflect that of the Rackham Graduate School. We do not have any specific course or degree prerequisites to apply to our master's programs. Both the MS and MLA programs have core curriculum coursework to provide you with a baseline of both natural and social systems. More than 100 different undergraduate degree majors are represented in our student community, making the student classroom experience diverse and vibrant. Generally, it is preferred that applicants have some variety of hard science or ecology coursework in their background if they are applying to the more ecology focused concentrations in our MS program.

We generally recommend, based on an average of previously admitted students, a GPA of 3.5 (on 4.0 scale). GRE scores must be less than five years old. For international students, we recommend a TOEFL score of 102 or higher to be competitive.

Prospective students who would like to be considered for merit-based financial awards during the admission review process must submit a complete application by January 15th, 2020, for the 2020-2021 academic year. If you are chosen for initial incoming student awards, the amount will be stated in your admission decision letter. Financial aid is also available in the form of work-study, and more. All questions regarding student loans or the FAFSA should be directed to the general Financial Aid Office at the University of Michigan.

Master's projects are interdisciplinary problem-solving experiences conducted by groups of master's students as the capstone of their SEAS program. Projects provide students with a team experience that approximates a future work environment while also serving client organizations with solutions to complex environmental issues and useful products. These projects focus on the substantial capabilities of our students and faculty on problems faced by real-world clients.

Every year, our Career Services staff surveys each graduating class, about six months after graduation, to see if/where they are working, gauge average salary info, and to know which organizations are hiring SEAS grads. You can find the annual survey results and other career services information at the following link.

SEAS holds several events throughout the year for both prospective and admitted students. If you are unable to make these events and would like to schedule a formal visit to SEAS, please complete the form linked here to submit your information, and a school representative will be in contact with you.


If any of your questions remain unanswered, feel free to send an email to, and a SEAS Admissions Coach will respond to your inquiry.