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 2018 MENV Open House for prospective students on Friday, October 19, 2018. In addition, we will hold several on-campus information sessions and off-campus recruiting events throughout the fall. Click on the links 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. 

Applications Deadlines (The application will go live on August 1, 2018.)

  • Priority and MENV Scholarship Deadline:  Friday, January 11, 2019

  • Final Deadline:  Rolling admissions until Monday, April 1 2019 or the cohort is filled. Applications received after April 1, 2019 will not be considered for Fall 2019 admission.

  • Note: We strongly encourage all applicants to apply by January 11, 2019 for full consideration. Space is limited for this competitive program.

  • If applicants wish to be automatically considered for program-wide scholarships, they must submit their application by the priority deadline.

  • For the financial aid application deadline, contact the Financial Aid Office.

  • Admission decisions for priority applicants will be sent by March 1. All other applicants will be notified on a rolling basis throughout the spring.


To be considered for the MENV program, students must have a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the international equivalent. We recommend a minimum of one year of professional experience or applicable training prior to applying. The MENV program selects students who we believe will achieve academic and professional success while adding value to the graduate community. The MENV 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. Online application: You must apply through CU Boulder Graduate Admissions. Review the How to Apply information before starting the process. International applicants must follow the directions on the International Admissions website.
  2. Transcripts: An unofficial transcript from each institution attended (including work that appears as transfer credit on a later transcript) should be uploaded to your online application. To ensure review, transcripts must be submitted to CU Boulder by the deadlines listed above.

  3. Two (2) recommendation letters: Submit recommendations directly online through the application system. Make sure to give your recommenders enough time to write and submit their letters before the application deadlines listed above; incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The MENV admissions team strongly recommends submitting one professional and one academic recommendation. 

  4. Two (2) essays (required as part of the online application):

    1. Statement of Purpose: MENV is a unique graduate program. Please describe your educational and professional goals and how the  MENV program, as well as your chosen MENV specialization, can help you achieve them.

    2. Personal Statement (choose one): MENV is a cohort-based program that relies on a strong sense of community. Please describe the ways in which you’ve created community and built meaningful relationships in your past and how you plan to contribute to the MENV, CU, and Boulder communities - or - Please tell us about challenges you have faced in your past, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other experiences, and how they have shaped your decision to pursue a career in the environment, sustainability, or energy sector.

  5. Professional Experience: As part of the online application, applicants are required to enter how many years and months of professional work experience they have. Please only include paid work experience or paid internships that occurred after graduation from an undergraduate institution and/or any relevant experience (such as military experience, or work that took place during a ‘gap’ year) that occurred before graduation from an undergraduate institution. If you have any questions about what qualifies as work experience, please contact a member of the MENV admissions team at Resumé: You must submit a resumé with your online application. Please include all relevant education, training, skills and professional experience that make you a good candidate for the MENV program.

  6. Test Scores: GRE: The MENV program does not consider the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as part of its review process. After extensive review, the admissions committee has decided that the GRE, although a useful indicator for some graduate programs, does not accurately predict the success of a student pursuing a professional program such as the MENV program. TOEFL: International students whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL exam. 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.

  7. Interview (recommended, not required): Applicants to the MENV program are encouraged to schedule a 20-minute interview with a member of our admissions team prior to your application being reviewed. If you would like to be considered for the priority deadline, your interview must be conducted before January 11, 2019. For applications after the priority deadline, please schedule your interview before submitting your application or it will not be considered in the review of your application. Please note that while we will do our best to accommodate all interview requests as we approach the application deadlines, we recommend scheduling your interview well in advance of the deadline to ensure availability. Please visit [Calendly link] to reserve your interview slot. After scheduling your interview, you will be asked to send the MENV admission team an updated copy of your resumé.  This will be used for interview purposes only; you will also submit an updated resumé as part of your application package. You will have the opportunity to ask questions during the interview, but please be advised that the main purpose of the conversation is for the admissions team to get to know you, your background, and why you believe the MENV program is a good fit for your professional goals. For general questions about the program, please arrange a separate time to talk with an admissions advisor. The electronic interview scheduling system will open on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

  8. Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $60 USD is required of all domestic applicants ($80 USD for international applicants). You must pay via credit card when submitting your online application. Application Fee Waivers: Requests for application fee waivers will be considered if an applicant has participated or is currently participating in one of the following programs: AmeriCorps, Fulbright, Leadership Alliance, McNair, Peace Corps, or U.S. Military. To request a fee waiver, please email Laura Fisher at with proof of participation in one of the above named programs. Please note that review of fee waivers may take up to 10 days, so plan accordingly. We are unable to offer refunds once applications fees have been paid. 

Applicants are responsible for submitting all the required materials by the deadlines listed above. Incomplete applications and applications not received by the April 1, 2019 final deadline will not be considered for Fall 2019 admission.

It is your responsibility to ensure your application is complete. We hope to have priority admissions decisions sent no later than March 1, 2019. Applicants who apply after the priority deadline will receive admissions notifications on a rolling basis throughout the spring. Applicants who are accepted to the MENV program will be invited to attend our Admitted Students' events from April 4 - 6, 2019. 

Deferral Policy

The MENV program does not typically allow admitted candidates to defer enrollment unless there are extenuating circumstances. If you are admitted and would like to request consideration for deferral, please send a written request to Laura Fisher ( by the admissions confirmation deadline of April 15. Please note that if you do not submit your request for deferral before the confirmation deadline, you will need to reapply for consideration for future enrollment. 

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