Program Details

A two-year program in the Pacific Northwest that trains tomorrow's environmental leaders using natural and social sciences.

Olympia, United States
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Environmental Science

Program Overview

Program Description:

The Graduate Program on the Environment at The Evergreen State College is a unique, interdisciplinary program in beautiful Olympia, Washington.  Students use natural and social sciences to study and solve environmental problems through required core courses, electives, internships, independent study, and a required thesis. 

Graduates go on to work in government, natural resources, nonprofits, environmental education, policy, and sustainable business.  The program is made for experiential learners—classes are in the evenings leaving time for jobs, internships, and volunteer experiences.  Students may attend full-time (two years) or part-time (three years). We recognize that the best environmental solutions come from a wide variety of perspectives--that is why we accept all majors, and why our students, who come to us from across the US and abroad, represent a wide range of ages, cultures and expertise.


Classes at Evergreen are credit/no credit, and narrative evaluations are used in place of grades to assess performance, reflecting both student and faculty assessment of learning. In addition, the faculty to student ratio is 15:1; so students may gain full access to faculty expertise.  Students earn a Master of Environmental Studies (MES) upon completion. Scholarships and tuition waivers are available for qualified students. We waive the application fee for AmeriCorps Members, AmeriCorps Alums and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. You will find the most up-to-date information by searching for us online.

Additional Program Information

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) provides internationally recognized, specialized accreditation for business programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level. AACSB Accreditation is known, worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognized form of specialized/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn. New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC), a higher education accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Financial Aid:
Application, $50 nonrefundable application fee, official transcripts, statement of purpose, resume, three letters of recommendation, GRE. Prerequisites: one course in social science, one course in natural science, and one course in statistics. We are currently taking applications for Fall 2015. The priority deadline is February 15, 2015.
International Requirements:
One of the following: 1. A bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution of higher education or from an institution in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, or the United Kingdom; or 2. Official documentation from an institution (other than those listed in #1 above) verifying that the applicant's bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree is from an institution where all instruction is in English; or 3. One of the following minimum English language proficiency test scores demonstrated through submission of official scores at the time of application: TOEFL paper test: 600; TOEFL computerized test: 250, TOEFL online test: 100, or IELTS: 7.5.