Master in Environmental Management (MEM)

Master in Environmental Management

Degree Type

Master in Environmental Management

Department

School of Environment & Sustainability (ENVS)

If you want to become a sustainability or environmental consultant, start your own business and more, you’ll need to acquire the skills and expertise offered in Western’s Master in Environmental Management (MEM) program.

Program Overview

Cultivate the knowledge you need to change the world.

Western’s Master in Environmental Management (MEM) is different from your typical graduate program. We offer a project and portfolio tailored to your environmental career vision and a commitment to immersive education through our unique block schedule. In the program, you’ll have the opportunity to apply course theory and material to meet the needs of community and affiliated partners. There will also be an abundance of opportunities for you to engage with professionals in the field, attend panels, workshops, events and participate in immersive multi-day field experiences to establish your network.

Over 85% of MEM students are placed in environmental management careers after graduating. Our curriculum is routinely updated to remain relevant to the demands of the market. Intensive courses provide skills such as managing projects, navigating conflict, building climate change literacy and developing a suite of technical skills from GIS to life cycle assessment. Our “Field Fridays” integrate classroom learning with real-world experience, while project-based learning will allow you to gain professional experience. Through the dynamic curriculum, you’ll develop a portfolio of skills to give you a competitive advantage in your field.

Research in our backyard

Western’s MEM program, on a campus surrounded by a living laboratory in the heart of the Rockies, offers interdisciplinary training for building environmental and community resilience.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
ENVS 601 Introduction to Environmental Management 5 View
ENVS 605 Science of Environmental Management 3 View
ENVS 608 Environmental Politics and Policy 3 View
ENVS 611 Integrative Skill in Environmental Management 3 View
ENVS 612 Quantitative in Environmental Management 3 View
ENVS 615 Science of Climate Mitigation and Adaptation 3 View
ENVS 616 Environmental Organization Development and Management 3 View
ENVS 617 Global Sustainability 3 View
ENVS 618 Public Lands Management 3 View
ENVS 620 Studies in Sustainable and Resilient Communities 3 View
ENVS 623 Studies in Environmental Management 1-6 View
ENVS 625 Studies in Integrative and Public Land Management 3 View
ENVS 690 MEM Project Development 5 View

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

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News & Research

School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies announces recipients of Dean’s Award for Inclusive Excellence

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Western professor publishes book focused on sustainability in business

Western professor publishes book focused on sustainability in business

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Western staff member featured in CBS Denver news story

Western staff member featured in CBS Denver news story

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Western’s Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) chapter highlighted as the Collegiate Chapter of the Month by national organization

Western’s Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) chapter highlighted as the Collegiate Chapter of the Month by national organization

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Western professors, grad students advocate for sustainability at UN Food and Agriculture Organization meeting

Western professors, grad students advocate for sustainability at UN Food and Agriculture Organization meeting

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Western Professor and Students Publish Study on Fire Ecology

Western Professor and Students Publish Study on Fire Ecology

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Western Business School Appoints New Outdoor Industry MBA Director

Western Business School Appoints New Outdoor Industry MBA Director

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Western Students Earn NextCycle Incubator Grant

Western Students Earn NextCycle Incubator Grant

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Western’s MEM program helps start ecological restoration in Gunnison Valley

Western’s MEM program helps start ecological restoration in Gunnison Valley

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Embarking on a field-based learning adventure

Embarking on a field-based learning adventure

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Master in Environmental Management professor publishes two new books

Master in Environmental Management professor publishes two new books

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Fellowships

Master in Environmental Management (MEM) Fellowships

Western’s MEM program offers a suite of graduate fellowships to reduce tuition, enhance organizational partnerships, elevate the quality of projects and to improve career competitiveness for select students. If you have applied to the MEM Program, please indicate your interest in specific fellowships in an email to the corresponding faculty fellowship supervisor listed on the page below. The number of program fellows will be determined each year by the quality and quantity of the candidate pool.

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Making an impact

Our School of Environment and Sustainability focuses on resilience, adaptation and applying knowledge to enable our students to be change agents.

Additional Resources

Apply

Application Deadlines MEM program May 1: Applications due (application fee waived) May 20: Deposits due Start date for MEM distance summer course June 1 NOTE: For all 3+2 applications, …

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Program Prerequisites

All three tracks (Global Sustainability, Integrative and Public Land Management and Sustainable and Resilient Communities) requires a B.A. or B.S. degree and the following prerequisites which must be…

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Residential and Distance Options

Globalizing a sense of place The MEM program at Western Colorado University offers a globally informed, place-based, environmental leadership education to its students. The MEM presents a hybrid …

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Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Financial Aid Credits Tuition/Credit Fees/Credit* Total Tuition & Fees Year 1 Summer 5 $730.03 $50.40 $3902.15 Fall 9 $730.03 $50.40 $7023.87 Spring 9 $730.03 $50.40 $7, …

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Our Curriculum

Our Curriculum Description of the Master in Environmental Management Program Your academic journey begins in an online ENVS 601 summer class through dialog with your faculty mentor considering …

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Community Events

The Headwaters Conference Every fall, Western Colorado University hosts a gathering of scholars, writers, poets, journalists, public officials, community activists, social and natural scientists and …

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ENVS Network

The ENVS Network documents people, organizations, and projects involved with the School of ENVS. Each year, Master in Environment Management students complete a 600 hour project, connecting people and organizations worldwide.

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Fellowship Opportunities in MEM

Fellowship Opportunities in the Master in Environmental Management (MEM) Program Western’s MEM offers a suite of graduate fellowships to reduce tuition, to enhance organizational partnerships, to …

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Peace Corps Fellowship

All RPCV’s who are interested in developing projects in conjunction with organizations abroad may be considered for the Global Sustainability Peace Corps fellowship.  The Fellowship comes with up …

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MEM Sponsor/Partner Testimonials

Matt Feier Director of Planning at Crested Butte Mountain Resort “I had the opportunity to work with a group of Western MEM, developing a sustainability proposal for Crested Butte Mountain …

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Sustainability Professionals

According to the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, a “…sustainability practitioner [is] a professional who works to advance sustainability in organizations and communities. …

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MEM Writing Workshop

Writing Workshop Tutors Writing Workshop tutors offer assistance at any point in the writing process: brainstorming, outlining, polishing a final draft, or preparing a piece to submit for publication …

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MEM Success Stories

Success Stories Over 85% of Western MEM students are placed in environmental management careers after graduating. Our curriculum is applied and relevant, providing skills such as managing projects, …

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Center for Mountain Transitions

Empowering students to advance just and sustainable mountain communities, from the Rockies to the world.

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Center for Public Lands

The Center is a hub for cross-boundary land management work and study.

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Center for Cold-Climate Food Security

The School of ENVS seeks funding for the Center for Cold-Climate Food Security to amplify experiential educational opportunities around high-alpine and cold-climate food production, while addressing hunger in the Gunnison Valley.

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Dean, School of ENVS

John C. Hausdoerffer, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Environment & Sustainability

Contact Information

970.943.2248

Campus Location

1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81230