Master's Projects

Master's Projects are interdisciplinary capstone experiences that enable SEAS master's students to develop solutions to pressing problems faced by real-world clients. Students work on research teams with client organizations and faculty advisors to address complex environmental issues and design innovative, impactful products. This hands-on experience enables students to develop transferable skills that will help them secure future jobs and internships. Project ideas are developed by faculty, students, and organizations.


SEAS students are required to enroll in the Master's Project Course (EAS 701.888) and must submit a project report at the end of the experience. The Master's Project Handbook provides detailed information about project structure, planning, and completion requirements.


Projects provide students the opportunity to analyze and propose solutions to real-world environmental problems. Teams of 5+ students develop the project scope based on a proposed idea from the sponsoring organization, referred to as the client. The team works with the client until project completion.

Explore Projects

In the News

Project List: Review our latest project list and sort by title, client organization, location, and more.

  • "In Progress" refers to projects started the previous year that are currently being finished.
  • "Past Project" refers to projects completed since 2006.

Project Reports: Project reports, including those prior to 2006, are available in Deep Blue, the university's online repository.

  • Click "Browse by Communities & Collections" then "Environment and Sustainability, School for (SEAS/SNRE)" to search by title, author, subject, or date.
  • If you cannot find a master's project report in Deep Blue, please contact the U-M Shapiro Science Library at (734) 764-7490 (select option 2) to see if a bound copy of the report is available. If there is only one copy available, you can read the copy in the library. If there is more than one copy, you may check it out (if affiliated with U-M).

Submit Master's Project Idea

Email Proposal Submission Form (Word doc) to by December 2, 2019. Preference may be given to proposals received by a preferred review deadline of November 11, 2019. For questions, contact: 

Office of Academic Programs / 1520 Dana / (734) 764-6453 /