Master of Environmental Studies

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

Register for an MES Information Session to learn more about how the MES Program can help you achieve your academic and career goals!

Mount Rainier at Sunset
Mount Rainier, our tallest mountain in Washington State, also known by its 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.

The MES Program offers dynamic learning opportunities and flexible academic timelines. Check out some highlights and reach out with any questions!

Program Overview                   


Thesis of your own design         


Evening classes with full- and part-time options

Team-taught classes     

All majors welcome                         

Affordable tuition and scholarship opportunities

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.

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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.

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Influence Environmental Policy and Practice

As the state 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.

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

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MES Info Sessions ​

July 20 at 5:00pm, PT: Register

July 27 at 5:00pm, PT: Register

August 3 at 5:00pm, PT: Register

August 10 at 5:00pm, PT: Register

August 17 at 11:00am, PT: Register

August 24 at 5:00pm, PT: Register

August 31 at 5:00pm, PT: Register

Reach out to and request a meeting invitation for the date and time you are interested in attending!

Check out our Discover MES page for more details!


Systemic Racism & Environmental Justice Webpage: We want to acknowledge stolen lives – lives ended too soon by what Ruth Wilson Gilmore calls an unequal distribution of premature death. In particular we want to pay homage to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others who have lost their lives to the bigotry that leads to ongoing personal, mob, and state violence and we want to pay homage to the many others who have died prematurely as a consequence of these structures. We started to hear it said about 5 years ago as part of the Movement for Black Lives, and we may need to remind ourselves for a little while yet: “when black lives matter, everybody lives better.”

MES Community Resources: If you are experiencing economic or financial hardship due to COVID-19 please visit the the MES Community Resources page for an updated list of financial, educational, wellness, and food resources.