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Dual Degree Opportunities : Natural Resources

The Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise is a partnership with the School of Natural Resources & Environment, which explores how organizations can achieve long-term success through the harmonization of economic, environmental and social interests. The institute’s world-class MBA/MS Program is an integrated three-year experience in which students earn two Masters degrees.

Erb Institute MBA/MS students complete one year of required courses within each school (Ross and SNRE), allowing them to develop an essential knowledge base in both business and environmental disciplines. After completing the core requirements within each school, students typically specialize in a primary area of interest, such as renewable energy, sustainable development, industrial ecology, eco-entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, conservation, green marketing, corporate responsibility, or sustainable production. To serve student interests, the program sponsors several specialized course offerings, which are taught by University of Michigan faculty and visiting practitioners.

Beyond the classroom, Erb MBA/MS students develop critical competencies by engaging in real-world research projects focused on issues of sustainability. Past research projects have included ecosystem analysis, policy appraisal, cross-sector partnership evaluation, life cycle assessment, environmental accounting, energy system modeling, and environmental strategy development. The geographic scope of these projects ranges from local community initiatives to on-site work in developing countries.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in two distinct summer internships during their three years in the program. This allows students to explore a wide range of career options across the non-profit, corporate and governmental sectors. The internships also provide invaluable work experience for students to draw upon as they embark upon their new careers.

Students admitted to the Erb Institute MBA/MS dual program must satisfy all degree requirements of each school, as follows:

  1. The MBA 57 credit hour degree program including:
  • 45 Ross MBA credit hours; made up of:
    • Roughly 30 MBA core credit hours (note: successfully-waived core courses do not earn degree credits, and must be replaced with additional Ross electives)
    • Roughly 15 elective hours in Business Administration
    • Communication requirement
  1. The SNRE MS credit hour degree program including:
  • 32 SNRE MS credit hours made up of:
    • A minimum of 25 or 32 hours (total amount depends on student's field of study) of SNRE credits, including a project/thesis
    • A maximum of 7 graduate-level elective credits from other schools within the University (note: courses taken at RBS to fulfill this SNRE degree requirement do not count toward MBA degree requirements)

The total credit hours for the dual degree program must be at least 77. Students who have been accepted to the Erb Institute MBA/MS Program before they arrive on campus may begin their studies in either school. In addition, first-year students at either Ross or SNRE may apply for admission to the dual-degree program after they have begun their graduate studies.

Candidates interested in the program must file separate applications to and be admitted by both schools. Applicants must indicate on both applications that they are applying for the Erb MBA/MS.

For basic information about the Erb MBA/MS program, please see the Erb Institute web site at:
Please see below for a sample plan of the curriculum of this dual degree program.

Year 1      
Fall Term Courses 
* Note: Some SNRE starters have been able to add Business core to their first term schedule
 as long as they meet the pre-requisites and there is space permitting.
Laboratory in Social and Natural Science NRE 508 1
Ecology: Science of Context and Interaction NRE 509 3
Environmental Governance, Choices, Institutions and Outcomes NRE 510 3
Erb Institute Seminar NRE 526 1.5
Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid BA 612 2.25
Competitive Environmental Strategy NRE 513 3
Total      13.75
Winter Term Courses      Credits
Environmental Integrated Assessment NRE 580 3
Systems Thinking for Sustainable Development & Enterprise NRE 550 3
Green Construction and Design NRE 677 3
Corporate Governance: Wealth, Power and Responsibility LHC 506 2.25
Microeconomics with Natural Resource Applications NRE 570 3
Total      14.25
Year 2      
Fall Term Courses      Credits
Principles of Financial Accounting ACC 502 2.25
Applied Microeconomics BE 502 2.25
Applied Business Statisitcs OMS 502 2.25
Corporate Strategy STRATEGY 502 2.25
Financial Management FIN 503 2.25
Marketing Management  MKT 503 2.25
Human Behavior and Organization MO 503 2.25
Total      15.75
Winter Term Courses      Credits
Managerial Accounting ACC  552 2.25
Operations Management OMS 552 2.25
SNRE Masters Project Planning Course NRE 701 2
Social Entrepreneurship BA 675 2.25
Multi-disciplinary Action Project BA 553 7.5
Total      16.25
Year 3      
Fall Term Courses      Credits
Finance and the Sustainable Enterprise FIN 637 2.25
Social Enterprise: Innovation in the Information Society STRATEGY 646 1.5
Business Practices of Human Rights STRATEGY 735 1.5
Non-Market Strategy BE 550 3
SNRE Masters Project NRE 701 2
Sustainable Energy Systems NRE 574 3
Total      13.25
Winter Term Courses      Credits
Organizational Learning, Sustainability & Systems STRATEGY 736 1.5
Sustainable Manufacturing OMS 613 1.5
Social Institutions for Energy Production BE 527 3
Persuasive Management Communication LHC 524 1.5
Institutions for Sustainability NRE 565 3
SNRE Masters Project NRE 701 2
Total      12.5
Note: Core Course Requirements are listed in shaded boxes      

Note: At least three terms of full-time enrollment must be completed in Business Administration. Full-time enrollment is defined as 9 credit hours or more of coursework per term.

Sample Note: Credit per term will vary. Your credits per term may differ from sample.