Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs

Applied Physics

The Applied Physics Program is an interdisciplinary doctoral program that focuses on practical, real-life uses of physics in engineering and technology. Combining coursework from the Physical Science Division of the College of Literature, Science & the Arts and Michigan Engineering, the program is designed to suit students’ individual research interests and goals. By connecting the realms of science and engineering, students take on projects involving a diverse array of topics, such as optics, biophysics or nanoscience.

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Concentrations in Environmental Sustainability Program

The Concentrations in Environmental Sustainability Program allows students to obtain a Master’s in Engineering in an approved field of their choice while tackling issues of environmental sustainability. Coursework provides a comprehensive understanding of environmental regulations, policies, and practices that can apply to the innovations of engineering. Students can then incorporate these sustainable engineering practices into their professional careers.

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Engineering Education Research

The Engineering Education Research program identifies strategies to improve teaching and learning in engineering, to diversify STEM education and the engineering workforce, and to design solutions to the nation’s toughest engineering education challenges. ​The program includes both EER faculty who are embedded within the traditional engineering departments, and graduate students who are admitted to a college-wide program and are not affiliated with a specific department.

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Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Macromolecular Science and Engineering at U-M provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of synthetic and natural macromolecules in science and technology. With faculty and a curriculum that branches into the fields of engineering, dentistry, medicine and liberal arts and sciences, students can tailor their coursework to the discipline of their choice.

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Robotics

The Robotics Program offers MS and PhD engineering degrees that will integrate knowledge from across a range of technical fields for applications to robotics. The program focuses on three core disciplines essential to robotics: sensing of the environment, external agents, and internal body information to determine state information; reasoning with that information to make decisions for guidance, control, and localization; and acting upon the body and environment to produce motion or other outputs that enable the robot to locomote or interact with the environment. With the participation of faculty from a broad range of engineering disciplines, students have the opportunity to tailor their study to their interests.

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Tauber Institute for Global Operations

The Joel D. Tauber Institute for Global Operations is a joint venture between industry, the Ross School of Business and Michigan Engineering. The Tauber Institute helps prepare students for leadership positions in the areas of operations, supply chain and/or manufacturing. The program includes a 14-week summer team project at a leading international company.

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