Master of Environmental Studies

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

Caption: Image of Mount Rainier, our tallest mountain in Washington State, also known by it's original name, Tahoma, by the traditional stewards of Washington's lands, the Native American Tribes of the Yakima Nation, the Nisqually Indian Tribe, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, and the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, The Squaxin Island Tribe, as well as the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe.

The Master of Environmental Studies (MES) Program is a part of a nationally ranked master’s college at Evergreen based on our contribution to the public good in social mobility, research and promoting public service. The 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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