Environmental Leadership MA
Anne Parker's class

Environmental Leadership
Master of Arts

What would it take to heal the Earth? What kind of leaders do we need to help us take our planet—and ourselves—to a more sustainable and just future?

These are the central questions you’ll explore in Naropa’s Master of Arts program in Environmental Leadership.

As a student in Naropa’s Environmental Leadership graduate program, you will learn to identify systems that separate us from the world, locking us in destructive cycles. You will unravel habits and learn to rebuild and retool new, environmentally just patterns, graduating empowered and ready to help create a responsible future.

Through the intensive study of living systems theory, ecopsychology, sustainability, social justice, nonprofit management, entrepreneurship, and mindfulness, you will develop leadership skills that will prepare you to become a compassionate advocate for a healthier, more viable world.

Equipped with these skills, students who graduate from Naropa’s Environmental Leadership master’s program go on to myriad careers as change agents, establishing socially conscious businesses, working internationally, directing nonprofits, making a difference in government, managing farms, and working as community organizers.

Wilderness Solo

You will complete an eight-day field retreat in the spring, culminating in a three-day wilderness solo experience that will connect you to both the landscape of your mind and the Colorado West.

 

Applied Environmental Leadership Project

Apply the skills you’ve learned in your Environmental Leadership master’s program in a project that leads to increased sustainability in an organizational or community setting.

Naropa Environmental Leadership students have completed projects for the Colorado Organization for Responsible Economy, Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Project, City of Boulder Parks and Recreation, and Groundwork Denver.

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Credits Required

39

The two-year program combines classes in group dynamics, the environment, social justice and sustainability with applied experiences in the community and Colorado wilderness.

Degree Requirements
Mischa Delaney

Alumni Highlight

“I specifically chose Naropa for my master's degree because I knew the Environmental Leadership program would not only teach me the theory and practical applications I needed to have a successful career in the environmental/sustainability sphere, but that it would also show me how to be a grounded and well-rounded person in all aspects of my life.”

— Mischa Delaney

Environmental Leadership

 

Featured Environmental Leadership Courses

  • Inner Work for Environmental Leaders 
  • Groups as Living Systems I
  • Transforming Systems
  • Multicultural Perspectives for Environmental Leaders
  • Nonprofit Management & Social Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership Skills Seminar
  • Sustainability: Policy and Practice
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Anne Zonne Parker, Program Lead for Environmental Leadership Program at Naropa

Faculty Spotlight

I see my key role as offering inspiration and guidance to the next generation of environmental leaders and activists. My mission is to invite students to fall in love with the earth.”

— Anne Zonne Parker, PhD
Program Lead, MA Environmental Leadership // Core Faculty

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