The Environmental Studies graduate program is an interdisciplinary program offering MS and PhD degrees. Dual degree options with Law and Business also are available.
The Environmental Studies Department also administers a professional master’s degree, the (Masters of the Environment (MENV) Please note that the MENV application is separate from the MS and PhD ENVS program applications.
The MS and PhD graduate program in Environmental Studies trains students for careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Graduates will have:
Please check the ENVS program website for the most up to date information on graduate degree requirements.
The degree requires completion of 36 credit hours as follows including 8 hours of a common core. Both a thesis and nonthesis option is offered, althought nonthesis option is only available to dual degree MS/MBA and MS/JD students.
This is a dual degree program offered in conjunction with the Leeds School of Business. Requires 36 hours of graduate work in Environmental Studies and 43 hours of MBA course work (with 12 hours of Environmental Studies course work applying towards the required 55 credits for the MBA). The MBA program will be considered the student's primary program.
MS/JD or PhD/JD
This is a dual degree program offered in conjunction with the Law School. The Law School will grant credit for acceptable performance in graduate level Environmental Studies courses towards the JD degree for up to nine (for MS students) or 12 (for PhD students) hours of the required 89 credits for the JD degree. Environmental Studies will grant up to 9 credits (for MS students) and 12 credit hours (for PhD students) of acceptable performance in Law courses. The JD program will be considered the student's primary program.
The degree requires completion of 32 course credit hours as follows including 8 hours of a common core;.. Thirty (30) dissertation hours are required, for a total of 62 credit hours. The degree requires passing the comprehensive examination and preparation and successful defense of the doctoral dissertation.
The MENV program is a 17-month, 42-credit hour, cohort-based professional degree program designed for new and early career professionals. The program focuses on applications and problem solving using system-based approaches. The curriculum consists of five components: (1) the core curriculum (9 hours), (2) and a choice of topical specializations (12 hours) that are supported by (3) skills courses (6 hours), (4) electives (6 hours), and (5) a Capstone project (9 hours). In Fall of 2017, students may choose from five topical specialization areas: Sustainable Food Systems, Policy & Management, Renewable & Sustainable Energy, Social & Environmental Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability Planning and Management.
Please refer to Environmental Studies Program: How to Apply for more information and specific directions. PhD, JD/PhD, MS, and joint MS/MBA or JD/MS applicants must:
MENV applicants should refer to the MENV website for the latest updates. They should:
Essay 3: (For those applying for the Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation specialization ONLY) Describe your idea. This specialization requires that applicants submit a description of the idea that they wish to develop throughout the 17-month program. The idea must be a project, program, service, product, non-profit, or private venture that addresses social and/or environmental challenges. Applicants must provide a tentative title and a description of their idea, including problem/challenge to be addressed, the proposed approach/potential solution to that problem/challenge; and expected outcomes). The student's idea can be an existing idea, or something brand new that could be implemented by a government or non-profit organization; a new product that will be marketed and sold by a private company; a new non-profit or private enterprise that delivers a specific service or range of services; or a new programmatic effort designed to achieve corporate sustainability. We seek a clear presentation of the idea, the problem or challenge that the idea seeks to address, and the expected outcomes if the idea were to be implemented (750 words).
Minimum Standards for Applicants
GRE required with a recommended minimum score of 50% or above for all applicants EXCEPT MENV. MENV applications are strongly recommended, but not required to submit GRE scores.
Exceptions: MS/MBA applicants may submit GMAT scores. MS/JD and PhD/JD applicants may submit LSAT scores.
A limited number of teaching assistantships are awarded each year for MS and PhD students. Applicants are encouraged to apply for outside fellowships (NSF, etc.) or research assistantships with individual professors. MENV applicants are not eligible for financial support through teaching or research assistantships. All admitted students should submit a FAFSA.
December 1: International priority deadline for full consideration
December 15: Domestic priority deadline for full consideration
Final Deadline: Rolling admissions until May 1, 2017 or cohort is at capacity. (Note we strongly encourage all potential applicants to apply by December 15 for full consideration. Space is limited for this competitive program, and we will prioritize those applications that make the December 15 deadline.)
University of Colorado Boulder
Environmental Studies Program
4401 Discovery Drive
Boulder, CO 80309
MS/PhD Phone 303-735-1043
MENV Phone: (303) 735-8138
MENV Website: http://www.colorado.edu/menv/
MS, MS/MBA, MS/JD and PhD inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
MENV inquiries: email@example.com