Master of Environmental Studies

About MES Students

Forest and Beach Walk With MESA

View a video slideshow of MES students on a
walk in the forest and beach of our campus.

MES students come from a variety of backgrounds.
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 40-45 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, see our Facebook page to see what students are up to, and check out our research page to see how they are contributing to the environmental field.

MES Student Demographics

Pie chart of 2013 cohort undergraduate majors

Demographics Fall 2013 Cohort Fall 2012 Cohort Other Cohorts Total Students
Number of Students
40 32 18 90
Average Age 29 30 37 31
Age Range 21 - 46 21 - 50 23 - 57 21 - 57
% Women* 70% 66% 61% 67%
% Students of Color** 25% 9% 11% 17%
% Non WA Resident 42%


0% 27%
% Veteran


9% 6% 9%
% AmeriCorps Alums
10% 19% 2% 16%

*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 MES student, Rudi AcevedoRudi Acevedo
1st Year
General Environmental Studies

Image of MES student Jennifer GarleskyJennifer Garlesky
1st Year

Water Resources Management and Policy

Image of MES student Wendy Loosle
1st Year

Sustainable Agriculture and Community Development

Image of MES student James HarringtonJames Harrington
2nd Year

Fisheries Restoration

Image of MES student Rachel StendahlRachel Stendahl
2nd Year
Marine Conservation and Environmental Education

Image of MES student Sam WilsonSam Wilson
2nd Year
Sustainable Development and Transportation