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University of Colorado - Boulder — Environmental Studies Program

Program Type:
Master's International
Environmental Studies Program
Degrees Awarded:
Environmental Studies (MA)
Admissions Deadlines:

January 1st each year

Admissions Cycle:

Admission in February-April for Fall semester enrollment.

Program Founded:
November, 2010


Various types of financial assistance are available for qualifying students. Grants & Fellowships also available to CU-Boulder ENVS students, as well as Graduate Internships.

ENVS students in the PCMI program will:

  • Become full-fledged members of the highly competitive Peace Corps program;
  • Learn to apply their academic knowledge in a high-need international environment;
  • May earn up to 6 credit hours for Peace Corps work, to be arranged through the ENVS department; and
  • Graduate with an excellent academic credential, plus a globally renowned experiential credential.



Beyond our back yard. Studying the environment around the world.

The Environmental Studies Program (ENVS) offers interdisciplinary BA, MS, and PhD degrees. ENVS brings together faculty from the environmental sciences, social science, history, philosophy, engineering, law, business, and policy, serving over 900 undergraduate majors and roughly 50 graduate students, including students in dual degree programs with law and business.

Graduate specializations include the sciences (social, biological, and physical), policy, and values. Students in the ENVS graduate program focus on a diverse array of fields. These include science policy, decision-making, climate change science, biogeochemistry, disease ecology, microbiology, environmental economics, law, technology policy, energy systems, and many others.

ENVS is unique among CU's graduate programs in emphasizing the integration of science, policy, and values in interdisciplinary research and study. More information about ENVS, including faculty profiles, can be found at http://envs.colorado.edu/about/.

The graduate program is small and highly selective with ~10% of applicants admitted in recent years. Students interested in combining an ENVS MS with the Peace Corps Master's International (MI) program are encouraged to discuss their interests with the ENVS graduate program director and staff. Students are also encouraged to indicate their interest in this combined program within their application materials. Students may earn up to 6 credit hours for their Peace Corps work.

The ENVS/PCMI program will consist of a minimum of 36 credit hours, depending on the program pursued. The degree program will normally consist of 4 semesters of academic study (in residence).


The ENVS Peace Corps MI program takes place within the context of the existing ENVS MA degree requirements described at http://envs.colorado.edu/grad_program/.

Acceptance into the CU Geography MA program requires:


For more information please visit the UCB Peace Corps website: http://www.colorado.edu/iece/peacecorps/masters.html.

For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Benjamin Hale
Graduate Director

Environmental Studies Program
397 UCB
Boulder, Colorado 80309

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