MEM Admission Requirements

Program Prerequisites

  • B.A. or B.S. degree required before attending first Summer term in MEM Program.
  • Minimum prerequisites, which must be completed by end of first MEM Fall term:
    1. college-level statistics course.
    2. two, college-level, natural- or environmental-science courses (Biol, Geol, Envs, Phys, Chem, Sci), at least one course with lab or field component.
    3. two, college-level, social-science courses.
  • Integrated Land Management recommended prerequisites, which must be completed by end of first MEM Fall term:
    1. one upper-level Ecology course.
    2. one GIS course.
  • Sustainable Resilient Communities Recommended prerequisites, which must be completed by end of first MEM Fall term:
    1. one course in Economics (Micro or Macro preferred).
    2. Financial Accounting.
  • Faculty mentor may recommend further coursework or certifications for students to complete before Master’s Portfolio is due in Spring II, depending upon student career ambitions and professional career standards. Student will be notified of this as part of the admissions offer.

Admissions Criteria

A holistic package, balancing academic excellence, with leadership experience encouraged. Admissions packages must include:

  • Official academic transcripts showing a recommended 3.0 undergraduate GPA or above in relevant courses. To avoid delay please request an official copy from your previous college or university to be sent directly to Western's Graduate Studies. For International Students transcripts must be in English.
  • A one-page document outlining environmental employment, leadership and volunteer experience.
  • A one-page statement of purpose describing the student’s intellectual and professional interests in environmental management and potential idea for a master's project.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors in related fields. Professor or supervisor must submit the letter of recommendation directly to Extended Studies:
  • If applying for the distance exception, please include a one-page essay describing environmental leadership opportunities to be used as your home base for the MEM Be sure to detail: 1) how the opportunity enhances the MEM experience; and 2) how it would contribute to the residential program.
  • For International Students: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – International students must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting TOEFL or IELTS results.  Minimum scores on the TOEFL are iBT (internet based test): 79-120, Paper Version: 550, Computer-Based Test: 213. Applicants from countries where English is the SOLE OFFICIAL language of instruction (Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada-except Quebec, England, the Gambia, Ghana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad, Tobago, Uganda, and Wales) are typically not required to submit TOEFL results. For more information on TOEFL, please visit

*If you are an International Student please visit the International Graduate Students page, to see additional requirements.

MEM graduate student openings are filling up for 2016-2017. Please contact Dr. John Hausdoerffer at about applying for 2016-2017.

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Materials that are mailed should be sent to:

Western State Colorado University
Graduate Studies Office
600 North Adams
Taylor Hall 303
Gunnison, CO 81231
Fax: 970.943.7068