The Environmental Studies graduate program is an interdisciplinary program with specializations (secondary core areas) in Sciences, Policy and Values & Theory. Other programs of study can be designed based on available courses and faculty support and expertise.
Beginning in Fall of 2016, a new professional master’s degree, the MENV (Masters of the Environment) will be offered. Please note that the MENV application is separate from the other ENVS program applications.
The 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: 8 hours of a common core ; 6-9 hours of Theory and Methods; and 8-10 hours of electives chosen to broaden and deepen the graduate training. Both a thesis and nonthesis option is offered.
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: 8 hours of a common core; 6-9 hours of Theory and Methods; 6 hours of required Interdisciplinary Electives and 8-10 hours of electives chosen to broaden and deepen the graduate training. 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 cohort-based in-residence professional degree program designed for new or early career professionals. The program focuses on applications and problem solving. It has five parts: (1) core curriculum (9 hours), (2) 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 2016, students may choose from three topical specializations: Policy & Management, Planning & Community Engagement, or Renewable & Sustainable Energy.
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 MENV: How to Apply
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 GRE 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.
Attention applicants for the MENV:
January 1: international priority deadline, for full consideration
January 15: domestic priority deadline, for full consideration
March 1: final deadline.
Note: We strongly encourage all potential applicants to apply by January 15 for full consideration. Space is limited for this competitive program, and we will prioritize those applicants who make the January 15 deadline.
University of Colorado Boulder
Environmental Studies Program
4401 Discovery Drive
Boulder, CO 80309
MS, MS/MBA, MS/JD and PhD inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
MENV inquiries: email@example.com