The Fall 2023 Application is now open! 

Priority Deadline for Fall 2023: January 15, 2023
Final Deadline for Fall 2023: March 1, 2023

  1. Online application: 
    You must apply through CU Boulder Graduate Admissions. Review the Prepare 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. One (1) essay (required as part of the online application):

    Personal Statement: MENV is a unique, cohort-based professional master’s program focused on cultivating a more sustainable and equitable future. Community is at our core. Please describe (1) your educational and professional goals and how the MENV program can help you achieve them and (2) how you can contribute to the MENV community. Please limit your response to 750 words, maximum.

  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. Score minimums are: internet based TOEFL score of 75; IETS score of 6.0; Duolingo score of 100. You can learn more about the English Profeciency Requirement here. Note, MENV requirements fall under the "All Other Programs" category on the chart.  

  7. Video Essay (strongly recommended, not required):
    All applicants to the MENV program are strongly encouraged to submit a video essay as part of their application. The video essay is embedded within the application system and is intended to help our application review committee get to know you beyond your paper application. 

    Upon starting the video essay, you will receive a prompt followed by two minutes to think through your response. You will then have three minutes to record your response. You do not need to use the full time allotted. If you are not satisfied with your answer, you have up to three opportunities to re-record. The prompt will remain the same for all three sessions, and you can return to the video essay and re-record your answer at any point before submitting the application. Please note that each recording is permanently deleted when you choose to re-record, so you will not have the option of choosing the “best of three” – your final recording will be uploaded for review.

    If you would like to complete an interview but cannot complete the video essay for any reason, including broadband internet issues or any other accessibility challenges, please email

  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. Application fee waivers will also be considered for applicants who have experienced financial hardship.To request a fee waiver, please email with proof of participation in one of the above named programs or a brief explanation of your eligibility for a fee waiver. 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 strongly encouraged to fill out a FAFSA or CAFSA application by the time they submit their application.  THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS. 

Applicants are responsible for submitting all the required materials by the deadlines listed above. Incomplete applications and applications not received by the respective admission deadlines will not be considered for that enrollment period.

It is your responsibility to ensure your application is complete. Admission decisions for fall priority applicants will be sent by March 1, 2022. All other fall applicants will be notified on a rolling basis throughout the spring. All applicants who are accepted to the MENV program will be invited to attend our Admitted Students' events. 

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

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