Master of Environmental Studies

Master of Environmental Studies Degree

Applications now available for Fall 2015. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis until we fill our cohort of 45 students. Applications for Fall 2016 admission will be available October 1, 2015 with a priority deadline of February 15, 2016. (updated 5.20.15)

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Evergreen’s Graduate Program on the Environment offers a Master of Environmental Studies (MES) degree. This interdisciplinary degree teaches graduates to be creative, critical thinkers with the research skills required for the complex nature of professional environmental work and leadership.

We recognize that the best environmental solutions come from a wide variety of perspectives—that is why we accept all majors, and why our students, who come to us from across the US and abroad, represent a wide range of ages, cultures, and expertise. Regardless of a student’s educational or work background, we train our graduates to build upon their strengths by creating holistic approaches to environmental challenges through exploration and collaboration.

Getting an MES at Evergreen

MES students on a field tripHighly Participatory & Interdisciplinary Curriculum

  • Explore the ecological, economical, political, social, and cultural impacts of various environmental challenges through the required core sequence.
  • Develop specialized skills in a wide variety of environmental subjects with electives.
  • Research an environmental issue of your choice while completing your thesis.
  • Receive narrative evaluations that assess your performance instead of grades; classes at Evergreen are credit/no credit.

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  • Compare our costs to other institutions and see that we're below the national average.

MES student in the labA Promising Career

  • Gain work experience through optional paid or unpaid internships.
  • Alumni are employed in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, or working on a Ph.D.
  • Network with government and nonprofit professionals in Washington State's capital.
  • Learn the interdisciplinary skills needed for today's professional environmental work.

A Leader in the Field

  • We've educated almost 700 environmental leaders since 1984.