Masters of the Environment Graduate Program (MENV)
4001 Discovery Drive, UCB 397
Boulder, CO 80303
The Master of the Environment (MENV) professional master's degree 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, Colorado Law, Leeds School of Business and the Department of Economics.
The 17-month, cohort-based, in-residence professional degree program is designed for new or early career professionals, preparing leaders at the local, state, national and global levels to sustain the long-term health of the biosphere and pursue sustainable development. MENV graduates 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.
The program focuses on applications and problem solving, and is comprised of the following parts:
- the core curriculum
- a choice of topical specializations
- a 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 problems in a wide range of professional careers in the environment, energy and natural resources.
For more information, visit the Masters of the Environment website.
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 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.
Students must complete at least 48 credit hours of coursework during the 17-month program, to include:
- core courses
- a specialization area
- four electives
- a capstone project and labs
|ENVM 5001||Foundations of Environmental Leadership||3|
|ENVM 5002||Analyzing Socio-Environmental Systems||3|
|ENVM 5003||Ethics and Values in Environmental Leadership||3|
|ENVM 6001||Capstone Innovation Lab 1||1|
|ENVM 6002||Capstone Innovation Lab 2||1|
|ENVM 6003||Capstone Project||5|
|ENVM 6004||Capstone Innovation Lab 3||1|
|ENVM 6100||Special Topics for Master of the Environment Program (The Scientific Basis of Environmental Change)||3|
|ENVM 6101||Special Topics for Master of the Environment Program (Applications in Environmental Change)||1|
|Specialization courses and electives||27|
|Total Credit Hours||48|
All MENV students complete a year-long capstone project. These projects provide hands-on, learning-by-doing experiences embedded in the context of an organization's needs and capacities, while also providing client organizations with specific solutions to identified complex problems and useful projects. These might include management plans, models, analyses, prototypes or proof-of-concept projects. The capstone project is co-developed by students and the partner entity, whether industry, government or nonprofit.
Students learn how to identify and apply the best processes and tools to solve environmental and natural resource problems using a combination of theory, case studies, and practice.
|ENVS 5100||Special Topics in Environmental Studies (Environmental Decision Making)||3|
|ENVS 5701||Policy, Politics and Management: Foundations||3|
|ENVS 5702||Policy, Politics and Management: Theory and Practice||3|
|ENVM 5004||Public Finance and the Environment||3|
Renewable & Sustainable Energy
This specialization track is intended for those interested in energy policy or wanting a career in the energy sector, including in both renewable and conventional energy.
|ENVM 5005||The Business of Sustainable Energy||3|
|ENVM 5006||Energy Policy in the 21st Century||3|
|ENVM 5007||Energy Systems and Technologies||3|
|ENVS 6301||Environmental and Energy Economics||3|
This specialization track will prepare students to design and implement sustainability initiatives.
Students will choose four courses:
|ENVS 5100||Special Topics in Environmental Studies (Environmental Collaboration)||3|
|ENVS 5100||Special Topics in Environmental Studies (One Water)||3|
|ENVS 6302||Sustainable Landscapes, Sustainable Livelihoods||3|
|ENVS 6303||Transportation and Sustainable Cities||3|
|ENVD 5346||Spec Topics: Environmental Design (Planning for Land Use & Environmental Change)||3|
The Sustainable Food Systems specialization track will train students to approach key food system challenges critically and innovatively.
|ENVM 6100||Special Topics for Master of the Environment Program (Future of Food)||3|
|ENVM 6100||Special Topics for Master of the Environment Program (Global Food Systems)||3|
|ENVM 6100||Special Topics for Master of the Environment Program (Evaluating Food Systems)||3|
|ENVS 6305||Reducing the Environmental Impact of Food Systems: Evidence-Based Solutions||3|
MENV students will develop an understanding of the interconnections and feedbacks within human and natural systems. Specific learning goals will be to:
- Develop a place-based understanding. Students will understand and apply different approaches to thinking about places and their identities, specifically considering how context affects thinking about environmental issues and creation of appropriate solutions.
- Learn and practice new methods and techniques in a wide array of environmental applications.
- Apply understanding of the dominant structures, processes, and dynamics within and between environmental, social and economic systems.
- Analyze contemporary concerns about the environment.
- Create and evaluate new ideas to promote their own or others’ engagement in the environment and to find solutions to today’s pressing problems.