Master in Environmental Management 3+2

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master in Environmental Management
    • Accelerated Master's Degree

    Scholarships

    Institutional Scholarships

    Common Scholarships

    Western offers approximately 70 common scholarships for which a wide variety of students are eligible (e.g., locals, veterans, transfers). Apply for any number of these common scholarships using Western’s Common Scholarship Application, which is due April 1. For more information, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Early Action Credit

    If a student is accepted to Western by Nov. 1 and qualifies for a merit scholarship, the student will receive an additional $500 for the first year. Use our Net Price Calculator to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

    Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

    Western Colorado University alumni can nominate prospective students for a $500 scholarship ($250 per semester) for first year only. Application deadline is typically June 1. For more information, visit western.edu/mars.

    Neighboring States Program

    Students with a permanent address from one of the seven contiguous neighboring states to Colorado who have demonstrated financial need are automatically considered for a special $1,000 per year grant, totaling $4,000 over four years.

    The Western Neighboring States program can be added to WUE, CP or merit scholarships. So, if you are a permanent resident of one of those seven states—and show financial need—you are eligible.

    For more information about the Neighboring States program, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

    Presidential Promise

    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 western.edu/scholarships.

    Tuition Discount Programs

    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.

    Western Merit Scholarship

    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 western.edu/scholarships.

    Faculty & Staff

    Faculty

    Melanie  Armstrong, Ph.D.  headshot
    Assistant Professor & Public Lands Coordinator
    Phone:
    Office Location: Kelley Hall 109
    D. Scott Borden, Ph.D. headshot
    Director, Outdoor Industry MBA
    Phone: 970.943.2294
    Office Location: Kelley Hall 108
    Abel Chávez, Ph.D. headshot
    Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Environment & Sustainability
    Phone: 970.943.2017
    Office Location: Kelley Hall 104 and Taylor Hall 322
    Kate Clark, Ph.D. headshot
    Director of Undergraduate Environment & Sustainability Program; Graduate Faculty in Master in Environmental Management programs, Environment & Sustainability and Sociology programs
    Phone:
    Office Location: Kelley Hall 146
    Jonathan Coop, Ph.D. headshot
    Associate Professor
    Phone: 970.943.2565
    Office Location: Kelley Hall 105
    Luke  Danielson headshot
    Clark Sustainable Development Chair in Environment and Sustainability
    Phone: 303.912.0855
    Office Location: Kelley 206
    Jennie DeMarco, Ph.D. headshot
    Lecturer in Environment & Sustainability
    Phone: 970.943.2013
    Office Location: Leslie J. Savage Library 303
    Dave Ellerbroek, Ph.D. headshot
    Graduate Faculty for Sustainability Transitions
    Phone:
    Office Location:
    Suzanne Ewy, JD headshot
    Coldharbour Chair in Environment & Sustainability, Executive Director, Coldharbour Institute
    Phone: 970.943.2023
    Office Location: Kelley Hall 114A
    Karen Hausdoerffer, MFA headshot
    Lecturer in Environment & Sustainability
    Phone: 970.943.3450
    Office Location: Kelley Hall 142
    John C. Hausdoerffer, Ph.D.  headshot
    Dean, School of Environment & Sustainability
    Phone: 970.943.3450
    Office Location: Kelley Hall 142
    Corrie Knapp, Ph.D. headshot
    Associate Professor of Environment & Sustainability
    Phone: 970.943.3154
    Office Location: Kelley Hall 116
    Salif P. Mahamane, M.S. headshot
    Assistant Professor of Psychology; Graduate Faculty, MEM
    Phone: 970.943.7037
    Office Location: Kelley Hall 206
    Taryn Mead, Ph.D. headshot
    Graduate Faculty
    Phone: 970.943.3954
    Office Location: Kelley Hall 108
    Brooke Moran, Ph.D. headshot
    Professor of Recreation & Outdoor Education for MEM Graduate Program, Adjunct Graduate Faculty for Outdoor Industry MBA
    Phone: 970.943.2118
    Office Location: Wright Gym 223
    Jeff Sellen, Ph.D.  headshot
    Professor of Environment & Sustainability, Director of Colorado Water Workshop
    Phone: 970.943.3162
    Office Location: Kelley Hall 107
    Lynn Sikkink, Ph.D. headshot
    Professor of Anthropology
    Phone: 970.943.2062
    Office Location: Hurst Hall 31C
    Sally Thode headshot
    Lecturer in Environment & Sustainability
    Phone:
    Office Location: Kelley Hall 114A
    Jessica Young, Ph.D. headshot
    Professor of Environment & Sustainability, Master in Environmental Management and Master of Science in Ecology
    Phone: 970.765.8488
    Office Location: Kelley Hall 143
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master in Environmental Management
    • Accelerated Master's Degree

    Overview

    The Master in Environmental Management (MEM) 3+2 is a professional master’s program that prepares students for careers in building more environmentally and socially sustainable relations with the land. Undergraduates interested in the program can choose to major in Biology, Business AdministrationEnvironment & SustainabilityPolitics & Government, Psychology, Public HistoryRecreation & Outdoor Education or Sociology

    Once students reach the graduate portion of the program, they choose a track in Integrative & Public Land Management, Sustainable & Resilient Communities or Global Sustainability.

    This is the only program in Colorado where students can earn a bachelor’s degree and MEM in just five years. 

    How It Works

    Students choose between one of seven undergraduate programs that are designed to prepare them for the Master in Environmental Management (MEM) while meeting their specific interests. At the end of their sophomore summer, they apply to the MEM. If they meet the requirements, they become “MEM Candidates with Provisional Acceptance” at the end of their junior year. Students spend the summer, fall and spring semesters of their senior year taking the first 23 credits of the MEM. Those credits also count as their final undergraduate credits, and students earn their B.S. or B.A. upon completion of the courses. Students then enter their fifth year as “MEM Degree Seeking Students.” They complete their MEM that year with a 600-hour master’s project serving an environmental organization. The project can be completed anywhere in the world. 

    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 and are eligible for undergraduate financial aid. The fourth year, students pay full MEM tuition, plus six credits of undergraduate tuition; this qualifies them for better financial aid options. In the final year, students pay graduate tuition. Altogether, this reduces the price of a master’s degree by approximately one year from what a traditional program would cost.

    Tuition & Fees Chart

    Year 1

    Cost Per Credit

    Credits

    Fees Per Credit

    Total Cost (In-State)

    Total Cost (Out-of-State)

    In-State

    $276.00

    32

    $117.75

    $12,600.00

    ---

    Out-of-State

    $754.00

    32

    $117.75

    ---

    $27,896.00

    Year 2

     

     

     

     

     

    In-State

    $276.00*

    31

    $117.75*

    $12,206.25*

    ---

    Out-of-State

    $754.00*

    31

    $117.75*

    ---

    $27,024.25*

    Year 3

     

     

     

     

     

    In-State

    $276.00

    28

    $117.75*

    $11,025.00*

    ---

    Out-of-State

    $754.00*

    28

    $117.75*

    ---

    $24,409.00*

    Summer

    $725.03*

    5

    $55.40*

    $3,902.15* 

    $3,902.15*

    Year 4

     

     

     

     

     

    In-State

    $276.00*

    6

    $117.75*

    $2,362.50*

    ---

    Out-of-State

    $754.00*

    6

    $117.75*

    ---

    $5,203.50*

    Graduate

    $725.03*

    18

    $55.40*

    $14,047.74*

    $14,047.74*

    Summer

    $725.03*

    5

    $55.40*

    $3,902.15*

    $3,902.15*

    Year 5

     

     

     

     

     

    Graduate

    $725.03*

    18

    $55.40*

    $14,047.74*

    $14,047.74*

     

    Careers

    Students enter the workforce with the skills to succeed in their careers. Our graduates work at:

    • Bureau of Land Management
    • Central Colorado Foodshed Alliance
    • Coastal Mountains Land Trust
    • E9 Insight
    • Middle South Platte River Alliance
    • National Park Service
    • National Young Farmers Coalition
    • Natural Capitalism Solutions
    • Statistics Canada
    • Teton Science Schools
    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    • Yosemite Conservancy

    Learn More

    Reach out to John C. Hausdoerffer, Ph.D. for more information.