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 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.

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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