Apply to MEM



Deadline for applications is May 1st, 2018 for our June 1st start date 

  • We are looking for candidates who balance academic excellence with leadership experience. Find out more information on the MEM program prerequisites.
  • Our program starts every year in the summer, with a moderate distance workload.
  • If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Mandy Casteel-Denney, MEM Office Facilitator, at 970.943.2248 or email her at
  • International students please check out this website for what additional documents are needed.
  • Admissions packages must include the following items, which can be uploaded when you start the application process by clicking on the "Apply Now to MEM" button (above) :
    • 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. You can also request them from Student Clearing House.
      • If you earned your degree at a US institution:

        Official academic transcripts are required for admission. Transcripts must be sent directly to Western from the issuing institution.  If you have not received your degree at the time of application, official, final-degree-verifying transcripts will be required at the time of degree completion.

        If you earned your degree outside the US:

        If you were educated overseas, please submit a detailed credential evaluation prepared by a National Association of Credentials Evaluation Services member.  The evaluation must include a detailed listing of the courses completed while you were enrolled at the overseas institution, the grade received in each course, and an overall evaluation of your cumulative coursework.  If you will not have earned a degree prior to applying to Western’s graduate program, please request that the evaluation agency note the US equivalency of the anticipated awarded degree.   Evaluations must be sent directly from the evaluation service agency. Photocopies are not accepted.  Applicants submitting an official transcript evaluation do not also need to submit official transcripts. We do require official, final-degree-verifying transcripts if you have not received your degree at the time of application.

    • A one-page document outlining environmental employment, leadership and volunteer experience, submitted in the online admissions application.
    • 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,  submitted in the online admissions application.
    • Two letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors in related fields, which will be submitted by the recommenders via the online admissions application.
    • If applying for the distance exception, please also upload 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

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Hard copies should be sent to:

Western State Colorado University
Graduate Studies Office, 118 Crawford Hall
600 North Adams
Gunnison, CO 81231
Fax: 970.943.7068