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 (The online application system is currently closed. It will reopen August 1, 2018 for applicants wishing to matriculate in Fall 2019. Please check back this summer for updated requirements and application instructions.)

  • 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. Applications received after March 30, 2018 will not be considered for Fall 2018 admission.
  • (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. (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 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 Masters 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. 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. 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.
  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. Three (3) recommendation letters: Submit recommendations online (preferred) or directly to Graduate Admissions. You should plan to give your recommenders enough time to write and submit their letters. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. To ensure review, recommendations must be submitted to CU Boulder by the application deadlines listed above.
  4. Two personal statements (required as part of the online application):
    Essay 1:  Personal Information. Discuss your background, academic or personal achievements, and/or life experiences that have helped shape who you are today. (750 words)
    Essay 2:  Statement of Purpose. Discuss your primary interests in the MENV program, what you hope to accomplish with the degree, and your professional goals. (750 words)
  5. GRE scores (optional): This is strongly recommended but not required. To ensure review, GRE scores must be submitted to CU Boulder by the application deadlines listed above.

Applicants are responsible for submitting ALL the required materials, including the application, letters of recommendations, personal statements, resume, TOEFEL scores (if applicable), GRE scores (if taken), transcripts, and application fee by the deadlines listed above. Incomplete applications and applications not received by the March 30, 2018 final deadline will not be considered for Fall 2018 admission.​

It is your responsibility to ensure your application is complete. 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.