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.
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 and events, and participate in immersive multi-day field experiences to establish your network.
Our curriculum is routinely updated to remain relevant to the demands of the market. We have an engaged community of students who choose either a residential or distance option, as our hybrid courses are accessible from anywhere in the world. We have three different tracks for students to choose from: Global Sustainability, Integrated and Public Lands, and Sustainable and Resilient Communities. Through the dynamic curriculum and ENVS Network, you’ll develop a portfolio of skills to give you a competitive advantage in your field. Over 85% of MEM students are in environmental management careers after graduating.
Learn more about the MEM program in our MEM Welcome video.
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.
At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.
|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|
Andrés Esparza, MEM
Extended Studies Instructor, Guest Lecturer on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) for Outdoor Industry MBA
Jonathan Coop, Ph.D.
Professor of Environment and Sustainability, MS in Ecology and Master in Environmental Management
Karen Hausdoerffer, MFA
Lecturer in Environment & Sustainability, Graduate Writing Workshop Director
Melanie Armstrong, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Environment and Sustainability, Center for Public Lands Director
Micah Russell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Environment and Sustainability, Integrative and Public Land Management Director
Assistant Professor of Environment and Sustainability, Sustainable and Resilient Communities Director
“I recommend this program for anyone who wants to grow professionally and that wants more than to go through the motions of grad school, but wants to be well-equipped life after school. You have to have the right skill set, the right mentality, an ‘I can do it’ spirit to be able to be competitive out there. That’s what the program gives you.”
"Lindsey Lunsford's work towards a healthier community contributes to the rural south's reclamation of the "Carver Way of Life," impacting the health of many communities."
“As an international student, I felt welcomed into the MEM community. I regularly consulted with my accessible professors and fellow students while implementing my graduate project in the Gunnison community with passion, experience and newly gained knowledge.”
"I believe that society and cultures are connected to nature and when that connection is severed for any reason then displacement, marginalization and impoverishment can occur."
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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.
Making an impact
Our School of Environment and Sustainability focuses on resilience, adaptation and applying knowledge to enable our students to be change agents.