Master of Environmental Studies

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.
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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. Center your core projects and thesis research in topics that fuel your passion.


Elwha Dam 2013 Field Trip

Influence Environmental Policy and Practice

As the state capital, Olympia is home to legislators and state agencies, with opportunities to learn about environmental issues and work with community partners. 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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MES Blogs

MES News: Find out what MES students are doing in the program!

MES Weekly Jobs Blog: Come to MES weekly for jobs, internships, and events for students and alumni!

Host an MES Intern

Get help with projects while providing critical learning opportunities to graduate students. Start planning or post your opportunities.

MES Info Sessions

January 25 at 5:00pm, PT: Register

February 1, at 5:00pm, PT: Register

February 8, at 5:00pm, PT: Register

February 15, at 5:00pm, PT: Register

February 22, at 5:00pm, PT: Register

March 1, at 5:00pm, PT: Register

March 8, 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 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.