Natural Resources and Environment and Public Policy (MS/MPP)

The School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy offer a dual degree program, leading to the Master of Science in Natural Resources and Environment (MS) and Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees.

Program Overview

Qualified students pursue concurrent work in natural resource and environmental issues and public policy. Students are provided with the analytical skills, scientific foundation, and socio-behavioral understanding needed to become effective environmental and natural resources policy practitioners. The program produces graduates well-trained in advanced analytic methods and policy processes and well-informed on the structure, functioning, and management of environmental problems.

Course of Study

Students admitted to the combined program are required to complete the first year courses in one school during the first year and to complete the first year courses at the other school in the second year. Students may begin at either school. During the third year of the program, students are permitted to elect courses in either school and are generally not restricted in their choices beyond fulfilling the required course work. Students enrolled in either program can apply to the other during the first year of study, but not later.

Degree Requirements

Rackham Graduate School guidelines allow dual degree students to double-count one-sixth of the total credits normally required to complete both programs. Students may integrate the 48 credit-hour MPP program with the 42 credit-hour MS program (totaling 90 credit hours) into a 75 credit-hour program, with 15 credits double-counted. Students must satisfy the degree requirements of each school and should consult with their advisor about graduation requirements for each degree.

MPP non-credit requirement:
Students must complete a 10 week summer internship in a policy-related position.

Please note:

  • Joint degree MS-SNRE/MPP students may waive (without petitioning) Statistics (PubPol 529) based on successful completion (B- or higher) of NRE 538 (Natural Resources Statistics). Students may waive NRE 538 based on successful completion of PubPol 529.
  • No credit is awarded for core courses successfully waived by passing waiver exams; credit must be earned with PubPol electives.
  • Dual degree students will be required to complete at least one PubPol 638: Integrated Policy Exercise (IPE) in their first or second year. All MPP students, including dual degrees, have the option of completing a second IPE or enrolling in PubPol 778: Project Skills Workshop to complete the requirement. Learn more about the Integrated Policy exercise and this requirement.

Please contact the School of Natural Resources and Environment for additional information about program requirements beyond the core curriculum.

Please see the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies for additional dual/joint degree information requirements.

Admission Requirements

Students must file separate applications to and be admitted by both schools. An application fee must accompany each application. Interest in the dual degree program should be indicated on the application form. Current students who are applying to a secondary program should use the Rackham Dual Degree Application.


For more information or an application, please contact:

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Office of Student and Academic Services
2236 Weill Hall
Phone: (734) 764-0453
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The School of Natural Resources and Environment
Graduate Admissions
440 Church Street
1520 Dana Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1041
Phone: (734) 764-6453