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Graduate Studies

U-M’s 19 schools and colleges and $1 billion research program provide the foundation for interdisciplinary study of the complex area of sustainability.

The university offers a wide range of related master's and doctoral programs, dual-degree opportunities, fellowships, and more—with superb research facilities for graduate students. Click on the links below for examples of these sustainability-focused graduate-level opportunities at the university.

Architecture & Urban Planning

Urban and Regional Planning. Analyze, evaluate, integrate, and apply critical thinking in interdisciplinary planning processes.

Urban Design. Post-professional architecture degree exposing students to the variety and complexities of urbanization throughout the world.


Applied Climate. Applying an understanding of climate science to engineer adaptation and mitigation solutions.

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science. Climate change, space weather, and a system view of Earth and space.

Chemical Engineering. Finding long-term solutions to the problems caused by increased energy use.

Civil and Environmental Engineering. Design, plan, and improve the built environment and infrastructure systems.

Concentrations in Environmental Sustainability. A traditional engineering degree coupled with advanced study in environmental sustainability.

Energy Systems Engineering. Develops engineering knowledge of both energy technologies and energy systems

Engineering Sustainable Systems. Dual degree program between Engineering (Mechanical, Civil and Environmental, or Chemical) and SEAS

Environment and Sustainability (SEAS)

Behavior, Education and Communication. How individuals and organizations think, their motivation and communication.

Ecosystem Science and Management - Conservation Ecology. Applied plant ecology, ecosystem ecology, spatial analysis, and management of forest and agro-forestry systems.

Environmental Justice. The processes through which inequalities arise from social, political, and environmental actions and policies.

Environmental Policy and Planning. Effective policies and plans that consider underlying human and institutional behaviors.

Geospatial Data Sciences - Environmental Informatics. Computational and analytical techniques, including GIS. The science and societal issues behind problems.

Landscape Architecture. Design excellence and scientific sophistication in the ecological design of landscapes.

Sustainability and Development. Training to meet the rapidly growing need for professionals and researchers across the spectrum of sustainability and development sectors at local, national, and global scales.

Sustainable Systems. Systems thinking and systems dynamics modeling applied to global environmental and social change.

Erb Institute

MBA/MS Program. Dual degree program between Business (Ross) and SEAS focused on fostering sustainability through the power of business.

Institute for Social Research

Robert and Judy Marans/Kan and Lillian Chen Dissertation Award in Sustainability and Survey Methodology. Support for a doctoral candidate from any unit who intends to conduct a survey on an environmental sustainability problem that is central to their dissertation.

Law School

Environmental Law Clinic. Provides opportunities for law students to litigate and develop policies to protect natural resources and the environment.

Dual Degrees and Interdisciplinary Opportunities. Enables law students to pursue dual degrees with many schools and colleges.

Literature, Science, and the Art

Chemistry. Research themes in sustainable chemistry, bioorganic, bioinorganic, bioanalytic, energy science, and more.

Geological Sciences. Research themes in environmental geochemistry, geohydrology, oceanography, climate change, and more.

Public Health

Certificate in Risk Science & Human Health. Addressing complex health risks in a rapidly changing technological, social, economic, and political landscape.

Environmental Health Sciences. The impact of environmental conditions on human health.

Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology. The effects of environmental and occupational exposures on human health.

Public Policy

Public Policy and Administration. Analytical skills, scientific foundation, and socio-behavioral understanding for policy work.