Visit the Masters of the Environment Graduate Program

The best way to learn more about the Masters of the Environment (MENV) graduate program and our culture and community is to visit campus. We will host our 2017 MENV Open House for prospective students on Friday, October 20. In addition, we will hold several on-campus information sessions and off-campus recruiting events throughout the fall. Click on the links above to learn more about these events and to register. We would also be more than happy to schedule an individual campus visit on other days throughout the year. To arrange an individual visit, please email


Fall Admission only. The MENV degree is cohort-based, starting in August and ending in December the following year. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Applications Deadlines (***Note: The online application will open on August 1, 2017***)

  • International Students Priority Deadline:  Friday, December 1, 2017
  • Domestic Students Priority Deadline:  Wednesday, January 10, 2018
  • Final Deadline:  Rolling admissions until Friday, March 30, 2018 or cohort is filled. (Note: We strongly encourage all potential applicants to apply by January 10, 2018 for full consideration. Space is limited for this competitive program, and we will prioritize those applicants who make the January 10, 2018 deadline.)
  • If applicants wish to be automatically considered for program-wide scholarships, they must submit their application by the priority deadline. The MENV program will offer financial awards of up to $15,000. (Note: We will consider all interested applicants for work-study positions within the MENV program. Information on these student positions will be sent to admitted applicants.)
  • For the financial assistance application deadline, contact the Financial Aid Office
  • Admission decisions for priority applicants will be sent by the first week of March. All other applicants will be notified on a rolling basis throughout the spring.


To be considered for the Masters of the Environment graduate program, students must have a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited college and some applicable applicable training or professional experience. The MENV program at the University of Colorado Boulder selects students who we believe will achieve academic and professional success while adding value to the graduate community. The Master's Program selects the most talented and diverse candidates through a holistic review of the application materials. Decisions are based on academic and professional backgrounds, as well as individuals' potential to contribute both inside and outside of the classroom.

How to Apply

  1. Review the MENV Supplemental Information Form for more information and directions before beginning your application. Your application is not considered complete until this form is uploaded with your Graduate Admissions application. Please read the directions and submit both pages.
  2. Online application: You must apply through CU Boulder Graduate Admissions. Review their How to Apply information before starting the process. There can be a 72-hour delay from the time you request to open an application to the time you are able to enter it. Please plan in advance. If you open an account the day the application is due, you will not make the deadline. International applicants must follow the directions on the International Admissions web site. International students whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL test. You are not required to submit a score for the TOEFL if: your native language is English or you have completed at least one year of full-time study at a U.S. institution, or at an institution in a country where English is the native language, at the time you apply, and within two years from your desired admission term.
  3. Provide your GRE scores. This is strongly recommended but not required. Fall 2018 applications: to ensure review, GRE scores must be submitted to CU Boulder by Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (for priority applicants), and no later than Friday, March 30, 2018 for prospective students applying after the priority deadline.
  4. Two (2) recommendation letters are required - submit online (preferred) or directly to Graduate Admissions. Please be aware that the online application does not generate requests for recommendations until you submit the application and pay the fee. You should plan to submit your application with enough time for your recommenders to write and submit their letters. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. To ensure review, recommendations must be received by Friday, January 26, 2018 (for priority applicants), and no later than Friday, April 13, 2018 for prospective students applying after the priority deadline. 
  5. Provide two personal statements (required as part of the online application):
    • Essay 1:  Personal Information. Discuss your background, academic or personal achievements, life experiences, etc. that have helped shape who you are today. (750 words)
    • Essay 2:  Statement of Purpose. Discuss what your primary interests are and what you hope to accomplish. Elaborate on why the MENV can help you achieve your future goals. (500 words)
    • (Essay 3: For those applying for the Environmental Entrepreneurship specialization. More information coming soon.)
  6. An unofficial transcript from each institution attended (including work that appears as transfer credit on a later transcript) should be uploaded to your on-line application. To ensure review, transcripts for domestic applicants must be received by Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (for priority applicants), and no later than Friday, March 30, 2018 for prospective students applying after the priority deadline. Transcripts from international applications must be received by Friday, December 1, 2017. Instructions for Uploading Unofficial Transcripts to Your Application

Applicants are responsible for submitting all the required materials, including the application fee, by the due dates listed above. Applications that are incomplete on the due date may not be reviewed.

It is your responsibility to ensure your application is complete. Check for more details and to check the status of your application. We hope to have priority admissions decisions sent no later than March 1, 2018. Applicants who apply after the priority deadline will receive admissions notifications on a rolling basis between March 15 - April 30, 2018. Applicants who are accepted to the MENV program will be invited to attend our Admitted Students' Events from April 5 - 7, 2018. 

The University of Colorado Boulder does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or veteran status in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities.