ID Graduate Degrees
Master of Environmental Design (MED)
The Master of Environmental Design is a post-professional degree that provides graduate students with advanced knowledge and understanding. The purpose of this master’s degree is to train prospective or practicing professionals to address the complex interdisciplinary nature of environmental design. The program offers a choice between Plan A thesis or Plan B research project. Students will develop a highly individualized plan of study with a focus in a relevant design area such as Golf Course Architecture, Landscape Reclamation, Visual Quality Modeling, Landscape Restoration, Interiorscapes, Wellness/Therapeutic Garden Design, Landscape Development Systems, Plant Management Systems, Adaptive Reuse Facilities for Tourism and Recreation, Park Safety Design and Development, and Design with Ecological Systems.
The Master of Environmental Design degree program addresses four areas of professional development. These include:
- Acquisition of in-depth knowledge in the area of environmental design theory;
- Development of problem-solving skills within an interdisciplinary professional context;
- Development of technological expertise and knowledge base in a selected area of environmental design; and
- Advanced ability in graphic, written, and oral communication skills.
This degree is planned to provide an alternative to traditional professional degrees by addressing the needs of students with undergraduate design backgrounds who wish to work in an interdisciplinary setting while pursuing an area of individual interest. Download the MED degree requirementsAll graduate students must complete and have a signed 2015 Academic Program of Study on file with the School. Note: This PDF is an Acrobat form and must be opened with the Abobe Acrobat Reader (www.adobe.com/products/reader.html). If a “Please wait…” page pops up when you clicked the PDF link, then go back to the previous page and simply right-click on the link from your browser and select save. Then, you can open up the file using your Adobe Acrobat Reader software. Students should consult with their faculty advisor and file original and amended forms as appropriate.
Planning, Design and Construction - Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Design Concentration)
The Doctor of Philosophy in Planning, Design and Construction with a concentration in construction management, environmental design, or urban and regional planning will enable students in the School of Planning, Design and Construction to meet future challenges. Graduates of this program will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the effects of plans, regulations, design, materials, project management techniques, and construction systems on the economic, environmental, and social concerns of stakeholders and society. Download the degree requirements and the PhD Student Handbook (2013, 2014).
Meet Your Advisors
Student Services Office
102 Human Ecology
Eric J. Strauss, PhD, JD, AICP
Professor, Urban and Regional Planning
Director, SPDC Master’s Programs
Human Ecology Building, Room 313
517.353.8715 or 517.647.0349
Pat L. Crawford, Ph.D.
SPDC Associate Director
Director, SPDC PhD Programs
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture
Human Ecology Building, Room 101A