University of Colorado Denver

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Environmental Sciences


1380 Lawrence St., Room 1251

Denver, CO 80217

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MS in Environmental Sciences

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Environmental Sciences is a multidisciplinary study of the natural/physical environment. Academic fields involved in environmental sciences include chemistry, biology and ecology, physics, geology, geography, anthropology, engineering, political science, law, economics, and the health sciences.

At CU Denver, the MS in Environmental Sciences emphasizes the natural/physical sciences and engineering with the addition of the social sciences and humanities. The program is designed to provide training in engineering, natural/physical sciences and social sciences.

Graduates of the MS in Environmental Sciences program are involved in many different areas, such as reviewing environmental impact statements, monitoring groundwater quality and communicating with the public. Many students have found employment in various agencies (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Survey, Colorado State Department of Public Health and Environment) and private­sector environmental and engineering firms. ​


  • Customizable and flexible curriculum
  • Multidisciplinary study of the physical environment
  • Specialized concentrations available
  • Service-learning projects
  • Thesis or Non-Thesis options


Specialized Training in: Air quality, Ecosystems, Environmental Health, Environmental Science Education, Geospatial Analysis, Urban Agriculture, Water Quality

Financial Support: Three types of financial aid are available: student hourly teaching assistantship; research assistantship positions funded by grants to specific program faculty; and the regular package of financial aid (primarily loans) available through the financial aid office. Incoming students will be automatically considered for program­distributed assistance at the time of admission to the program. Internships are available through the CU Denver.

Applications: Applications are due by March 1 (Fall).

Career paths of graduates: Environmental scientists enjoy a wide-range of job opportunities in government agencies, non-governmental organizations, education, and private industry. Environmental careers span a broad variety of professions in the physical/natural sciences and engineering, commonly interfacing with policy and planning. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median pay for environmental scientists and specialists in 2015 was $67,460 per year, and are expected to increase 11% higher than average through 2024.

Why CU Denver? As Colorado’s only public urban research university, CU Denver educates a diverse student body through quality academics, ambitious research and creative work, and civic engagement in the city we call home. Graduates gain the powerful combination of immersive classroom and real-world experiences that are in demand today, while the city benefits from well-educated, top talent and a new generation of knowledge that fuels the future of Denver and our region.

We are committed to diversity and equity. Students from all backgrounds will find resources & support on campus.


The University of Colorado Denver is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

International Student Requirements:

International students must meet ALL of the standard requirements and also must provide: • Original transcripts and documentation in English (or a certified English translation) of the completion of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or the equivalent • Documents required to process immigration documents • Certified English translation of all academic records and references not in English • $75.00 international non-refundable application fee • Evidence of proficiency in English as demonstrated by one of the following: - Citizen of a country whose official language is English - TOEFL or IELTS - Graduate of CU Denver’s ESL Academy - Earned bachelor’s degree or higher from a foreign or US accredited institution where the language of instruction was English. - Earned a bachelor’s degree from the US or successful completion of at least 2 semesters (12 credits) of full-time study in a graduate-level master’s program at an accredited institution with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 39

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Students are encouraged to work with the University's Financial Aid Office to obtain information on financial aid opportunities. University of Colorado Denver FASFA Code: 004508

Locale: Large City

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