The Master of the Environment (MENV) Graduate Program at the University of Colorado Boulder is an innovative, interdisciplinary professional master’s degree that equips students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to address the complex environmental challenges of the 21st Century. This 21-month, immersive, cohort-based graduate program transforms students into leaders in a wide range of careers in conservation, consulting, energy, natural resources, planning, policy, sustainability, outdoor industry and more. The MENV program is administered by the Environmental Studies Program, and partners with units and disciplines in the community and across the Boulder campus, including the Environmental Design Program, the Law School, Leeds School of Business, among others.

The program focuses on applications and problem solving, and is comprised of the following parts:

  • Core courses
  • Required specialization courses in one of five specializations
  • 18 credit hours’ worth of electives 
  • Capstone project

Throughout the program, students develop and hone their skills and leadership capacities through workshops, peer-to-peer mentoring, professional skills courses, the capstone project and other "real-world" opportunities through partnerships with outside firms, agencies and organizations.

Students become conversant in the language, knowledge, techniques and methodologies of various disciplines while developing general analytical skills, problem-solving abilities and the adaptability that is indispensable to professional success.

MENV provides a foundation of multidisciplinary knowledge and communication and analytical skills that enable students to address increasingly complex environmental and related social challenges in a wide range of professional careers.


Masters of the Environment site
GRE not required
Fall: January 15 (Priority Deadline), March 1 (Final Deadline)