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Master of Science in Environmental Sciences

Admissions Requirements



Requirements for Admission

A baccalaureate degree in one of the natural/physical sciences or engineering (or equivalent background) is required for admission into the environmental science master's program. In addition, the minimum undergraduate science and math requirements for admission are:

  • two semesters general chemistry or biology with lab
  • one semester physics (may be algebra-based)
  • one semester of upper division statistics

If one prerequisite course is lacking, an applicant may be admitted but he/she must successfully complete the prerequisite in his/her first year in the program. If the prerequisite course is not completed in the first year, the student will be dis-enrolled from the program. Some of the core or elective courses offered in the program may require additional prerequisite courses. The prerequisites will not count towards the MS degree. Applicants who have fulfilled all of the prerequisites have a better chance of acceptance into the program.

The University of Colorado Denver has a minimum requirement of 2.50 undergraduate grade point average (GPA) for applicants to the graduate school. The number of applicants admitted to the MS in Environmental Sciences Program in any year depends, in part, on the availability of space. The program is very competitive; the average GPA of recently admitted students is well over 3.0.

Application Deadlines

We accept applications once per year, on January 20th, for admission in the following fall.

Click here​ to apply online

As part of the admission review process, applicants are required to submit:

  • a graduate application
  • a minimum of three letters of recommendation (these letters must include academic references are preferred)
  • official transcripts from all institutions previously attended
  • general Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (recommended for all; required for applicants with less than a 3.0 grade-point average)
Applicants must submit all materials not collected by the online application portal to the Graduate School, not the GES department. 
University of Colorado Denver Graduate School
Campus Box 163, P.O.Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364​

International students should obtain current admissions or apply online: International​.