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Graduate Programs

The information below highlights Interdisciplinary graduate programs at the University of Minnesota. To view a complete list of graduate programs avilable at the University, please see the individual campus catalogs.



Twin Cities

Applied Plant Sciences (M.S., Ph.D.)

Biological solutions to real-world problems come to life in the applied plant sciences graduate program at the University of Minnesota. M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered in the following specializations: Agronomy/Agroecology; Horticulture Science; Plant Breeding/Molecular Genetics; and Applied Plant Sciences.

Conservation Biology (Ph.D., M.S., J.D./Ph.D., J.D./M.S.)

The program strives to provide students with sound graduate training in the biological sciences relevant to the conservation of plant, animals and ecosystems, and to expose students to the social, political and economic sciences that relate to both the recognition and solution of conservation problems.

Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (M.S., Ph.D.)

The graduate program in ecology, evolution and behavior links faculty and students interested in the biology of organisms from molecules to ecosystems. Studies address questions from molecular mechanisms of evolution, the interactions of organisms in social groups and populations, the distributions and abundances of species in communities and ecosystems, to global biogeochemical processes.

Environmental & Energy Law Concentration (J.D., LL.M.)

Beginning fall 2011, the University of Minnesota Law School will offer J.D. and LL.M. students a concentration in environmental and energy law to help them prepare to practice in a wide range of areas in these fields. Nationally and internationally renowned faculty teach courses in environmental law, natural resources law, environmental justice, renewable energy law, water law, climate change, land use, and international environmental law, among others.

Law, Health and the Life Sciences (J.D.P.)

This program currently offers over 20 degree combinations for students who seek to combine a law degree with a graduate or professional degree in medicine, biological sciences, public health, environmental sciences, or science policy.

Master of Developent Practice (MDP) in international development

The degree provides training in policy analysis and management; health and education; natural sciences; social sciences, and interdisciplinary research methods. People choose this field because they are committed to public service and working on issues of poverty, social justice, and sustainable development in the developing world.

Natural Resources Science and Management (M.S., Ph.D.)

The NRSM graduate program offers degrees that are aligned with eight tracks: (1) forests: biology, ecology, conservation and management; (2) economics, policy management and society; (3) assessment, monitoring and geospatial analysis; (4) recreation resources, tourism and environmental education; (5) forest hydrology and watershed management; (6) wildlife ecology and management; (7) paper science and engineering; and (8) forest products.

Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (M.S.)

The master of science in science, technology and environmental policy degree trains students in the role of science and technology in the economy, food production and health, energy and the environment, security policy, and education. Training also covers the impact of science and technology on the political and economic relationships among nations.

Water Resources Science (M.S., Ph.D.)

This graduate program is a unique, multidisciplinary approach to water resources education. Through excellent research and classroom opportunities on both the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses and faculty from 25 departments, WRS students develop the breadth of scientific knowledge needed to understand the complicated aquatic ecosystems and watersheds on which they will work.


Environmental Education (M.E.)

The masters of education in environmental education is also awarded by the College of Education and Human Service Professions at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Graduate opportunities will be coordinated through the Center for Environmental Education (CEED) to provide the academic background and experiences necessary to be effective environmental educators in non-formal and formal educational settings. As part of these efforts, CEED will conduct research to investigate effective teaching and learning in environmental education.

Environmental Health & Safety (M.E.H.S.)

This program prepares graduates for professional careers in environmental health and safety – encompassing occupational safety, industrial hygiene, ergonomics, risk management and environmental health. However, the program strives not only to provide academic-based knowledge, but also the technical and practical skills necessary to be a successful EHS professional.

Integrated Biosciences (M.S., Ph.D.)

The IBS graduate program is a University-wide, multidisciplinary program designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in the biological sciences. Training will give students experience with cutting-edge technology to be competitive in academic, industrial and governmental settings.

Environmental Grads

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The University of Minnesota's natural resources science and management graduate program is consistently ranked one of the best in the country.