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Applications are open for Fall 2017. The priority application deadline is February 15, 2017.

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Join the MES program at Evergreen. All undergraduate majors may apply.

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If you complete your application before the priority deadline, you’ll be guaranteed review for admission and some MES scholarships.

If space is still available after the priority deadline, we will continue to review applications until we fill our cohort of 45 students. Check online to see if we are still taking applications after the priority deadline. 

All application materials listed below must be received for your application to be considered.

Remember, you do not need to find a faculty sponsor before you apply. You'll be matched with a thesis advisor in your final year.

Qualities of a Strong Candidate

  • Excellent writing, communication, quantitative, and analytical skills
  • Educational background and/or work experience in environmental studies
  • Coursework in both social and natural sciences (15 quarter credits of each recommended)
  • Interest in interdisciplinary solutions to environmental challenges

Admissions Requirements

We look at your application portfolio as a whole to see if you have the qualities of a good candidate for the MES program.

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the last five years, unless you have already completed a Master’s, PhD, or other advanced degree. We do not have a specific score cut-off, because we look at your total application to see if you are a good match for the program.
  • Bachelor’s degree (in any subject) from a regionally-accredited institution of higher education or foreign equivalent. You may be admitted provisionally pending completion.

  • Prerequisite coursework in social science, natural science, and statistics. You can apply before completing all prerequisites, but you will need to provide proof of completion before starting MES. Review specific requirements.

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale for last 90 graded quarter hours or 60 graded semester hours of post-secondary school coursework from regionally-accredited U.S. institutions or foreign equivalent.

  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Evergreen Students and Alumni, since you don’t have a GPA, we read through all of your evaluations to determine whether you’re ready for graduate-level study.

    We will calculate your GPA after you apply. If it falls below 3.0 but you are otherwise well qualified, we encourage you to apply as we are able to make a few exceptions to this requirement every year.

  • International students have additional requirements. See the "International Students" section for more details.

Preparing Your Application

  • Select and contact three people to recommend you

    Request recommendations from people who can provide evidence of your ability to do excellent graduate-level work in writing, analysis, quantitative abilities, and general communication skills. Current or former faculty, supervisors, and colleagues are potential providers of recommendations. If you have graduated from college within the last two years of the Fall of admission, at least one of your references must be from a faculty member.

    Your recommenders will be asked to upload their recommendation letter to our online application, so be sure to have their email address and phone number ready when applying. 

  • Format your resume

    List key employment or other experiences relevant to your interest in environmental studies; include any significant public and community service activities.

  • Write a statement of purpose

    Tell us why you want to pursue graduate study in environmental studies at Evergreen in about 500 to 1,000 words. Describe in some detail your experiences in education, employment, and public or community work. Explain how they influenced you to seek a graduate degree in environmental studies.

    This statement helps the admission committee assess your interest and motivation for graduate study and helps the committee gauge the fit between what our program offers and what you hope to receive from it. Your essay will also be evaluated for clarity, analysis, and general writing skills.

  • Submit your official GRE scores

    Evergreen’s GRE code is 4292.

    If you are worried about taking the GRE, there are many test preparation options, and many of them are free.

    If finances are an issue, there are fee reduction options available.

    Only the GRE general test is required. You do not have to take a specific subject test.

    If you have not yet taken the test, be sure to designate that you want scores sent to Evergreen when you go to the testing center. If you have already taken the test, order an additional score report for Evergreen. Scores expire after 5 years.

    The GRE is offered around the world; in many U.S. cities it is offered most business days. The closest testing center to Evergreen is in Puyallup. Register for the GRE online.

    It takes up to three weeks for Evergreen to receive GRE scores after you've taken the test or ordered a score report, so be sure to give yourself enough time to meet our priority deadline. You can send your scores either before or after submitting your online application.

  • Request transcripts

    You will need to request and submit official transcripts from every college or university that you have attended. Transcripts are submitted separately from the online application.

    Evergreen Students and Alumni

    You will also need to request an official transcript from Evergreen for MES. You can order your Evergreen transcript online.

    If you transferred credit from another college or institution towards your Bachelor's degree, you will need to submit new official transcripts from those institutions.

    One transcript must verify the award of a bachelor’s degree. Provisional admission can be granted on the basis of work in progress near the completion of a bachelor's degree. We may need an updated transcript during the review process. A final transcript must be submitted before classes start to gain regular admission status. Students with non-English transcripts must have them translated into English and certified by a translation agency.

    A transcript is considered official if it bears the official seal and signature of the issuing institution and is either:

    1. Sent directly by the issuing institution.
    2. Or sent or delivered by the applicant, as long as it’s still in the issuing institution’s original sealed envelope.

    Evergreen accepts e-transcripts from colleges that are registered members with Docufide, National Student Clearinghouse, Naviance, Parchment, and Scrip-Safe International. If the e-transcript system asks for an email address, please use

    Otherwise, mail or deliver transcripts to:

    The Evergreen State College
    Graduate Admissions, Library 2002
    Attention: MES Admissions
    2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
    Olympia, WA 98505

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Application Fee Waivers

AmeriCorps and Earth Corps members and alumni, military veterans, returned Peace Corps volunteers, and McNair Scholars may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Request a waiver before completing your application! We cannot reimburse the application fee if you request a waiver after you pay the fee.

Our online application will be available in Fall 2016 and requires a $50 non-refundable application fee. 

You can pay the fee by credit card, debit card, or e-check.

Your application is only considered complete when we receive your online application, letters of recommendation, transcripts, statement of purpose, resume, GRE, and application fee. 

After You Apply

If you apply by the priority deadline, you'll receive your admission decision and financial aid letters starting in mid-March. In April, join us for the MES Admitted Student Afternoon to meet your new classmates and faculty.

As soon as you're admitted, we'll help you apply for MES-related jobs and internships, advise you on prerequisites, help you find housing, and answer questions about financial aid. We’ll keep you informed all the way up until you start classes in the fall.

Transferring Graduate Credits

If you took any electives from MES or from another regionally-accredited program, you may be able to apply up to 8 credits to your degree with Director approval.