Master of Environmental Studies

About MES Students

MES students come from a variety of backgrounds.Image of 2015 majors pie chart

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 diverse range of ages, cultures, and expertise.

MES students are admitted as a cohort.
Each entering class of 45 students takes the core sequence as a group, forming a tight-knit community that leads to lasting professional and personal relationships. Continuing students work to integrate their first-year colleagues into a strong, supportive learning community of about 90 students overall, dedicated to increasing their knowledge and understanding of the many facets of professional environmental work.

MES students are active in the community.
Meet our MES Ambassadors and check out our MESsages blog to find out what MES students are up to!

MES Student Demographics 

(as of Oct 2015)

Fall 2015 Cohort Fall 2014 Cohort Other Cohorts

Total Students

Number of Students
44 40 14 99
Average Age 28 31


Age Range 21-49 19-56 23-46 19-56
% Women* 73%


100% 73%
% Students of Color** 18% 10% 21% 17%
% Non WA Resident 27%


14% 19%
% Veteran


8% 7% 7%
% AmeriCorps Alums


7% 17%


*The national average of women earning master's degrees is 63% according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
**The national average of students of color earning master's degrees is 27% according to the National Center for Education Statistics

MES Student Profiles

Image of Paige Anderson, MES studentPaige Anderson
1st Year
Environmental policy and natural resource management

Image of Dylan Kubina, MES studentDylan Kubina
1st Year
Wetland restoration and forest fire conservation

Image of Arielle Simmons, MES studentArielle Simmons
1st Year
Environmental policy, ethics, and literature

Image of Josh Carter, MES studentJosh Carter
2nd Year
Ecology and botany/mycology

Image of Rhianna Hruska, MES studentRhianna Hruska
2nd Year
Sustainable agriculture and urban ecology