The Master of Arts in Environmental Leadership degree prepares the next generation of innovative thinkers, organizers, and activists to lead organizational and community transformation toward an environmentally just and sustainable society.
Engagement in the inherently interdisciplinary field of environmental studies calls for multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural, and collaborative leaderships skills. Employing an integrated, living-systems perspective and infused with insights from ecopsychology and contemplative traditions, the program offers a balance of theory, skills, inner development, and experiential application to train for this work.
Graduates of the MA in Environmental Leadership are prepared to lead creatively and compassionately from a strong inner foundation of self-knowledge. Under this new paradigm of leadership, our MA students are empowered to direct and manifest an emerging future that integrates multicultural perspectives, collaborative decision-making and cutting-edge environmental thinking on behalf of the earth and all living beings.
Environmental Leadership Master's Degree Highlights
- Enjoy a two-year, 39-credit professional MA residential program comprised of semester-long courses and an eight-day summer field course.
- Apply your leadership skills to a collaborative project within an organizational or community setting.
- Engage in new perspectives in environmental justice, systems thinking, and contemplative practice.
- Participate in an eight-day summer field course, including a three-day wilderness solo.
- Take classes in the afternoon or evening to accommodate your work schedule.
Sample Careers of Environmental Leadership Program Graduates
- Founder and owner, Boulder's Best Organics, Boulder, CO
- Resource Conservation Specialist, City of Boulder
- Director of an Indigenous Anishinaabe/Ojibway women's led organization in Michigan, Keepers of the Water, working to protect the water in the Great Lakes.
- Board of Directors, Naturally Boulder, a task force of the Boulder Economic Council
- National Outreach Coordinator, Northwest Earth Institute, Portland, OR
- Founder and Director, Community Cycles, Boulder, CO
- Education and Outreach Coordinator, Local Environmental Action Divison, City of Boulder
- Founder, Syzygy Community House, a nonprofit dedicated to creative sustainabilty prototyping and education
- Director Kwanpandin Institute for Contemplative Learning in Chiangrai and Bangkok, Thailand
- Executive Director, Colorado Canyons Association
- Special Assistant/Community Liaison, Office of the Mayor | City and County of Denver
- Project Manager at University Corporation for Atmospheric Research - managing online education, National Science Standards curriculum alignment, and a partnership with CLACE - a local bilingual afterschool science program
- Regis University, Affiliate Faculty, Master of Nonprofit Management Department and Master of Business Administration and Founder of Triple Bottom Line Partners
- Founder of the Environmental Leadership and Sustainability Initiative (ELSI Consulting)
- And more nationwide!
Related Naropa Sustainability and Environmental Initiatives
Naropa's sustainability statement and initiatives invites you to explore Naropa's many projects and persectives on sustainability initiatives in educational and the campuses.
Naropa's Commitment outlines Naropa's President's Climate Committment, our nationwide statement regarding our commitment to working towards carbon neutrality.
William D. Jones Community Greenhouse grows food for the Naropa Café and plants for Naropa's campuses.
Recycling and Zero Waste is part of Naropa's commitment to use resources wisely and limit the amount of waste generated by the University.
Alternative Transportation is provided. Naropa University provides all students and staff with an RTD Eco Pass, which offers free access to local and regional RTD buses. Naropa's Legacy Bike Fleet is a collection of maintained bicycles Naropa community members can "rent" and use for free.
Eco-Landscaping at Naropa reflects the University's decades-long practice to use sustainable and organic landscaping practices.