University of Vermont

2012-2013 Catalogue

Natural Resources: Master of Environmental Law and Policy/Master of Science in Natural Resources (MELP/MSNR) (Master of Science)


Dual Degree Program with Vermont Law School

The Master of Environmental Law and Policy (M.E.L.P.)/Masters of Science in Natural Resources (M.S. - Natural Resources) Dual Degree Program offered by Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center and the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources gives students an opportunity to deepen their graduate education by integrating significant aspects of the complementary disciplines of environmental law, policy, and science.

For more information about this program, visit the MELP/MSNR Program website.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Course of Study

Students in the Dual Degree Program may earn both degrees with a total of forty-two credits. Students must meet each school's degree requirements, including required courses and thesis preparation. Students take a minimum of twenty-one credits at VLS toward the M.E.L.P. degree and a minimum of twenty-one credits at UVM toward the M.S. (Natural Resources) degree. Students may transfer a maximum of nine credits between the two programs. Courses to be transferred must meet the requirements of the Dual Degree Program. Transferred credits may be applied toward both degrees.

Students have a maximum of five years to complete the Dual Degree Program. Course credits to be transferred must be taken within that five year period.


Students interested in the Dual Degree Program are required to apply separately to each school. Each school admits students according to its own criteria for admission. Dual Degree applicants may be discussed and coordinated by admissions officials at both schools, when appropriate. Students may apply for admission to the Dual Degree Program at any time prior to the awarding of the degrees.


Students admitted to the Dual Degree Program are assigned academic advisors in each school. These advisors assist with curriculum planning, program requirements, and similar matters. Advisors are faculty members familiar with the course requirements for both schools.


Each school applies its own grading system to students in the program. Students must be in good academic standing at both schools to remain in the program. Each school issues its own transcript.


After completing the requirements for either degree, students will receive a diploma from the appropriate school and may attend graduation.



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