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

The Masters of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP)/Masters of Science in Natural Resources (MSNR) Dual Degree Program offered by Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center and the University of Vermont’s School of 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.




Students in the Dual Degree Program may earn both degrees with a total of 42 credits. Students must meet each school’s degree requirements, including required courses and thesis preparation. Students take a minimum of 21 credits at VLS toward the MELP degree and a minimum of 21 credits at UVM toward the MSNR degree. Students may transfer a maximum of 9 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.

Download the VLS/UVM Dual Degree Program Planning Guidelines.




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.




Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center
800-227-1395, or 802-831-1239

University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources