Information For Prospective Graduate Students
This page provides general information for students interested in
study in GIS, remote sensing, and spatial analysis in the School of
Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan.
First, you should look at a number web pages for more information
our program. Several useful pages are listed here
Our Master's students have nine fields of study to choose from.
I generally admit students into either the Environmental Informatics or Terrestrial Ecosystems fields of study. Masters
of Science and PhD
degrees are available. Although group projects on some real world
problem may be used to fulfill the requirements for a Master's degree,
it is also common for students to write a thesis on an individual
topic. The PhD requires a dissertation and requires a minimum
of credits, but there is only one required course. In order to be accepted into the program, a faculty member must agree to
serve as the student's advisor. It's best to contact the faculty
member(s) you think you want to work with before applying. Feel
to contact me. I also direct
the University's Graduate
Certificate Program in Spatial Analysis, which can be taken
concurrently with one of our graduate programs, or within five years
after completion of a graduate program at UM or elsewhere.
Funding is available to SNRE students through teaching and research
assistantships, which require a work commitment from the student, as
as fellowships, which come without such time commitments.
assistantships (called graduate student instructorships, or GSIs) and
assistantships usually come with a full tuition waiver and a health
First year students are usually not guaranteed funding unless assigned
to a research project. GSIs are allocated competitively each semester.
Other opportunities for assistantships exist in the College of
and various other departments on compus. Most students are able to find
funding to offset the cost of at least some of their time here. At any
given time, I may or may not have funding for a new student or know of
If you are interested in being considered for admission, you need to
complete an application packet as described on the OAP
Good luck to you.
December 20, 1999, updated
September 4, 2006.