Program Overview & Requirements

MENV is an interdisciplinary professional graduate degree program that equips students to address complex environmental challenges and prepares them to become leaders in a wide range of careers in the environment, energy, natural resources, and sustainability fields. Students take courses that equip them to solve real-world environmental and natural resource problems, and to understand how various stakeholders can be engaged effectively in the decision-making process.


The program is a 24-month, cohort-based, on-campus professional degree program designed for new and early career professionals. The program focuses on applications, problem-solving, and has four components: 
1. the core curriculum;
2. a choice of topical specializations, that are supported by 
3. electives; and, 
4. a Capstone Project.  


The MENV program prepares leaders at the local, state, national, and global levels to sustain the long-term health of the biosphere and pursue sustainable development. 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. 


Minimum Requirements (The most updated program requirements can be found here)

  • Students must successfully complete forty-eight (48) credit hours of academic work with 24 months.   
  • Students are required to take ten (10) credits of required MENV Core Courses.
  • Students are required to complete all required courses as dictated by their Specialization of choice.
  • Students are required to complete eight (8) credits of required Capstone courses and project work to successfully meet Capstone Project requirements. 
  • Students must supplement the required Core, Specialization, and Capstone requirements with electives of their choice to meet the 48-credit requirement. 


  • Up to (9) credit hours of graduate course work may be transferred from outside the program with prior approval from MENV & the Graduate School.
  • Up to six (6) credit hours may be at the undergraduate level (3000/4000 level only).
  • Students may petition to extend or condense the program duration time.
  • Students should familiarize themselves with the Graduate School Policies & Procedures and see the Academic Procedures in the MENV Sudent Handbook for additional information and requirements.  

Mission, Vision, and Values 


Educate students to advance sustainability solutions across a wide-range of environmental careers and sectors by promoting a community of learning through engaged and interdisciplinary classes with real-world professional experience.  



MENV provides environmental leaders with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to understand a changing world and build a more just, sustainable, and productive planet. 



  • We drive thought leadership to address and respond to the dynamism and transformative change in society and the environment. 
  • We have moved beyond traditional instruction, incorporating experiential and professional opportunities that prepare students to address real-world environmental challenges.
  • We embrace a paradigm of environmental education that values leadership, systems-based approaches, experiential learning, and problem solving. 
  • We recognize that environmental challenges transcend traditional sectors and professions, and therefore provide our students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in new and emergent fields. 
  • We leverage the environmental ethic and culture of innovation of Colorado’s Front Range and engage a wide range of stakeholders to create an active community of learning. 
  • We celebrate diversity and inclusiveness as fundamental to address the greatest challenges of the environment and society. 


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 our 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. 


Applicants must apply through the CU Boulder Graduate Admissions online application. Required materials include: unofficial transcripts from each institution attended, two recommendation letters, two essays, a record of professional experience and resume, and a non-refundable application fee. An additional video essay is recommended, but not required. All applicants who apply by the priority application deadline are considered for scholarship opportunities. 


Applications are reviewed by a committee comprised of MENV staff and faculty. All applications are reviewed independently by at least two reviewers. Applicants who apply by the priority deadline can expect to hear a decision within two months. Applicants who apply after the priority deadline are reviewed on a rolling basis until the final application deadline or until the cohort is filled. Once the cohort is filled, remaining applicants are placed on a waitlist and will be notified if any seats open in the incoming cohort. Accepted applicants must respond to their offer of admission by mid-April or their seat may be given to a waitlisted candidate.