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The Masters of the Environment (MENV) Graduate Program is a professional master’s degree that partners with units and disciplines across the Boulder campus including the Environmental Studies Program, the Environmental Design Program, Colorado Law, the Leeds School of Business, and the Department of Economics, as well as external organizations and institutions from across of multitude of industries. It is a 17-month, cohort-based, graduate degree program designed for professionals seeking an edge in today's competitive marketplace. The MENV program focuses on leadership, problem-solving, and application, and has four primary curricular components: (1) the core curriculum, (2) a choice of topical specializations that are supported by (3) electives and (4) a Capstone Project.

CU Boulder’s MENV program will prepare leaders at the local, state, national, and global levels to sustain the long-term health of the biosphere. MENV graduates will apply interdisciplinary knowledge and build community in ways that achieve fair and effective solutions to environmental and social problems and promote thriving human and natural communities, balancing concerns for environmental health, economic well-being, and social equity.

Foundations of the MENV Graduate Program

Leadership: Leaders are made, not born. Leaders emerge over time through a combination of training and practice. The MENV program exposes students to variety of leadership philosophies and perspectives, and gives students the tools and unique opportunities for practice to help them develop their own leadership styles and become effective change makers in whatever career path they choose.

Problem solving: The “siloed” approach to problem solving is no longer relevant in today’s increasingly interdisciplinary world. The MENV program trains students to synthesize information, work across disciplines, and address tough challenges by seeing the bigger picture. Through systems-based approaches, students learn to understand the complexity of environmental and sustainability issues, effectively engage stakeholders in the decision-making process, and develop context-specific solutions that consider social, cultural, economic, political, regulatory, and ecological dimensions.

Practice: The most profound learning experiences often take place outside of the classroom where students must put into practice what they have theorized from behind a desk. As a professional program, the MENV program engages heavily with external partners in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors, and leverages the incredible environmental community that we have in Boulder, Colorado and along the Front Range. All MENV students complete a year-long Capstone project with a partner organization. This is not an internship, but rather a real world, long term project that is designed in concert with an organization, where students use their professional and technical skills to find innovative and unique solutions to environmental and sustainability challenges.

Specialization Areas

CU-Boulder’s Masters of the Environment program provides students with four choices for areas in which they can specialize. These include Environmental PolicyRenewable and Sustainable EnergySustainable Food Systems, and Sustainability Planning and Management. While all MENV students will take a common set of core requirements, these specialization areas provide students with the relevant tools and knowledge to go into a specific career track.