Master in Environmental Management (MEM) 3+2

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master in Environmental Management

Degree Type

Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

Department

Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

An increasing focus on the environment and its resources has made environmental managers an essential asset for many businesses, nonprofits and government entities. If you want to help enforce environmental regulations in air quality, waste, water and pollution in a variety of in-demand positions, an advanced degree in environmental management will set you up for success.

Program Overview

Help develop solutions to the most pressing environmental challenges of our time.

Imagine building a livelihood based on your environmental values. Imagine learning in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains with our inspiring backyard as your transformative classroom. Imagine earning a Master in Environmental Management (MEM) and a bachelor’s degree in one of seven undergraduate programs in just five years. It’s all possible at Western through our accelerated MEM 3+2 program.

Our unique and innovative accelerated degree program allows you to customize your educational experience. Choose an undergraduate program in Biology; Business Administration; Environment & Sustainability; Politics & Government; Psychology; History; Recreation & Outdoor Education; or Sociology and pair it with a Master in Environmental Management. You can then choose to focus your degree on Integrative & Public Land Management, Sustainable & Resilient Communities or Global Sustainability. Through a wide selection of fieldwork, research and internship opportunities, you’ll gain the experience and skills needed for a purposeful career as an environmental policy analyst, conservation scientist or sustainability consultant.

Research in our backyard

Master in Environmental Management (MEM) 3+2 live and learn in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains with our inspiring backyard as a transformative classroom experience.

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

Faculty & Staff

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.

The data below is automatically collected by Burning Glass Technologies, a firm that sources job market data and provides analytics. The statistics illustrate general trends in U.S. careers, but do not precisely represent every job and salary.

Scholarships

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

News & Research

School of Graduate Studies

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

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Western Colorado University adds new accelerated master’s pathway

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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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Get Involved

Expand your community and your network.

There are so many ways that you can maximize your educational experience at Western. Take advantage of these opportunities to advance your career.

  • Clubs & Organizations: Join the Organics Guild, Sustainability Coalition or Wildlife Society.
  • Coldharbour Institute: Experiment with sustainable building design, resilient food systems or community organizing in the Gunnison Valley.
  • Conferences: Attend the Headwaters Conference, the Colorado Water Workshop and Sage Grouse Spring Symposium.
  • Earthship Academy: Learn how to construct a self-sustaining building capable of producing food and saving energy.
  • High Country News: Check out the independent news source’s new satellite office located in Kelley Hall.
  • Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory: Find a research assistantship at one of the premier biological research stations in the world.
  • Solar Energy International: Engage in the local, regional or global conversation about the renewable energy era.

Sustainable practices

Students work in Chipeta Garden where they focus on composting, gardening and hosting events, such as their annual farm-to-table event.

Additional Resources

Tuition & Aid

MEM 3+2 students have access to financial aid for four years, during which they also have access to program-specific aid. For the first three years, students in the program pay undergraduate tuition …

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How It Works – MEM 3+2

Students apply to Western as traditional undergraduates and choose between one of seven undergraduate programs that are designed to prepare them for the Master in Environmental Management (MEM) while …

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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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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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Department Information

Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

Executive Director

Marlo Frazier

Executive Director, School of Graduate Studies Operations

Campus Location

1 Western Way
Quigley Hall 118
Gunnison, CO 81231