Integrate your environmental studies across disciplines in a community of people who are driven to change the world.

The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery are the latest reminders of systemic racism, violence and injustice towards People of Color in our countryWe grieve these deaths, and so many others. We stand with the Black Lives Matter movement and support its work to dismantle systems that continue to favor whiteness and oppress People of Color.  

Environmental professionsespecially, have been dominated by white faces and voices stemming from historical racism within natural resource conservation in the United StatesMeaningful steps toward more diverse representation has been painfully slow; complacent behaviors and attitudes cannot persist if we expect to make real progress. An important part of the work means educating oneself about the Black Lives Matter movement and its historical context, and realizing the place each person has within it.  

As one step toward deepening collective awareness and understanding, we’ve created Resources on Systemic Racism and Environmental Justice web page with recommended sources from faculty, staff, students, and alumni.  

The Master of Environmental Studies (MES) degree is an interdisciplinary degree that will prepare you for the complex nature of professional environmental work. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to be an environmental leader.

Graduates from the Master of Environmental Studies program have gone on to work in many different environmental fields, as well as study at the Ph.D. level. Learn more about graduates and their work.

The Best Environment for Studying the Environment

We’re located at the south end of the Salish Sea (Puget Sound) in Olympia, Washington, so you’ll be close to mountains, rivers, wetlands, forests, and shorelines. It’s the ideal location for studying and enjoying the natural environment.

Influence Environmental Policy and Practice

As the state’s capital, Olympia is home to legislators and state agencies, with opportunities to learn and influence environmental policy and practice.

You’ll also appreciate the vibrant local food scene, including the Farmer’s Market and Evergreen's own organic farm. Find out more about what makes Olympia special.

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