Master of Environmental Studies

Master of Environmental Studies Degree

The Master of Environmental Studies (MES) degree teaches graduates to be creative, critical thinkers with the research skills required for the complex nature of professional environmental work and leadership.

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Any Major May Apply

The best environmental solutions come from a variety of perspectives. MES students come from many academic disciplines and careers. Whatever your background, you'll build on your strengths to create holistic approaches to environmental challenges. Review our admissions requirements to see how to prepare for MES.

Getting an MES at Evergreen

MES students on a field tripHighly Participatory & Interdisciplinary Curriculum

  • Explore the ecological, economic, political, social, and cultural impacts of various environmental challenges through the required core sequence.
  • Develop specialized skills in a wide variety of environmental subjects with electives.
  • Research an environmental issue of your choice while completing your thesis.
  • Receive narrative evaluations that assess your performance instead of grades; classes at Evergreen are credit/no credit.

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  • Our low tuition makes us one of the most affordable environmental studies degrees in the state and the country. 75% of students who apply for financial aid receive funding of some kind.

MES student in the labA Promising Career

  • Alumni have jobs in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, or are working on a Ph.D.
  • Gain work experience through optional paid or unpaid internships.
  • Network with government and nonprofit professionals in Washington State's capital.
  • Learn the interdisciplinary skills needed for today's professional environmental work.

A Leader in the Field

  • We've educated almost 700 environmental leaders since 1984.