About the Program

Erb Institute Dual-Degree students earn an:
MBA from the Ross School of Business

MS from the School for Environment and Sustainability


2.5 to 3 years

providing the flexibility to meet your goals within your timeline


30 courses on:

  • social sustainability,
  • entrepreneurship,
  • corporate responsibility,
  • change management and
  • energy

School Curriculum

Michigan Ross

Michigan Ross supports the philosophy that we can build a better world through business. With its Ross Experiences in Action-Based Learning: REAL. you will be hard-pressed to find another graduate program with the range of opportunities to start, advise, lead, and invest in real-world businesses.

At Ross, you will develop a foundation of business fundamentals in core courses, further customize your experience through electives and take what you’ve learned out of the classroom to develop real-world business solutions and strategies.

School for Environment and Sustainability

At SEAS, you will choose one of seven specialties to personalize your curricular experience. Whether you’d like to focus on learning how to influence human behavior, or how and why inequalities arise and are maintained around the world in relation to issues like climate vulnerability and energy transitions, SEAS has a specialization that will set you apart.

  • Sustainable Systems
  • Behavior, Education, and Communication
  • Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Ecosystem Science and Management – Conservation Ecology
  • Geospatial Data Sciences – Environmental Informatics
  • Sustainability and Development

Sample of Sustainability-Focused Electives

EAS 512/513Strategies for Sustainable Development I & II
EAS 528Foundations of Sustainable Food Systems
EAS 530Decision Making for Sustainability
EAS 574Sustainable Energy Systems
MO 637Social Intrapreneurship: Leading Social Innovation in Organizations
TO 620Global Supply Chain Management
EAS 501Environmental Finance
FIN 583Energy Project Finance
The Sky’s the Limit

“The research that I’ve been involved with at the University of Michigan has … shaped my career path. I’ve analyzed the sustainability implications of connected and automated vehicles and now flying cars.”

– Jim Gawron, MBA/MS 2019

Role of flying cars in sustainable mobility
Published in the Journal of Nature Communications
April 9, 2019

Business + Sustainability + ?

Going all in on a dual degree already sets you apart from the pack. You can further personalize your program by earning an additional certificate in an area of your interest.

Go Global

Some of the most memorable experiences during your Erb experience will happen outside of the classroom. Both Ross and SEAS have degree requirements that allow you to take your learning into your own hands.

Customize Your Program
While the Erb dual-degree program involves a number of requirements, you have myriad ways to customize your time at the University of Michigan. From the selection of electives to clubs at both Ross and SEAS, you can tailor your program to your interests and career aspirations.

Two Internships

As an Erb student, you’ll complete two internships, giving you the chance to try something new and explore various roles and industries. If you’re still defining the career path you’d like to take, you can test out two different experiences to find the role that’s right for you. Erb students intern across the globe at companies ranging from the Environmental Defense Fund to McKinsey & Company.

Erb On the Road

In addition to courses offered at Ross and SEAS, you will take Erb On the Road—a three-day immersive expedition with other incoming Erb students to grow as a community and see sustainability in action across Michigan.

Erb On the Road combines orientation with outside-the-classroom learning. You will travel to meet with business leaders, community activists, organic farmers and energy executives to learn firsthand about the promise and pitfalls of sustainability in the state of Michigan and the world at large. This networking and educational experience provides foundational knowledge about business and sustainability, while also encouraging you to reimagine business as usual.