Master of Environmental Studies

MES Estimated Costs

Evergreen’s MES degree is one of the most affordable environmental master’s degrees in the state and the country. Resident tuition is less than any other environmental degree in Western Washington. The full-time cost of attendance per year (including tuition, fees, books/supplies, room/board, transportation and miscellaneous costs) ranges from $23,682 to $35,844 (depending on residency), which puts us on the low end or below the average annual cost of grad school in the U.S. (which is $28,400 to $52,200 according to The Chronicle of Higher Education). The majority of MES students do not pay full price, and more than 75% of students receive some kind of non-loan aid, so check out our financial aid page to find out how to fund your MES education.

Note: The Washington State Legislature and the Evergreen Board of Trustees set the rate of tuition annually. Tuition is subject to change without notice. The rates below are the estimated costs for an academic year (Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters only).

Estimated Cost of Attendance*
2014–2015 (updated 3/19/14)
Full-time**
WA Resident
Part-time**
WA Resident
Full-time**
Nonresident
Part-time**
Nonresident
Total $23,682 $21,747 $35,844 $31,476
Yearly Tuition $8,721 $6,978 $20,883 $16,707
Mandatory Fees $702 $510 $702 $510
Loan Fees (only if taking out loans) $351 $351 $351 $351
Books/Supplies $1,032 $1,032 $1,032 $1,032
Room & Board $9,492 $9,492 $9,492 $9,492
Transportation $1,320 $1,320 $1,320 $1,320
Miscellaneous $2,064 $2,064 $2,064 $2,064

Please see Evergreen's Tuition Rates webpage and Student Fees webpage for a breakdown by quarter (including summer).

Some Native Americans and nonresident active duty military and their dependents (including spouses) living in Washington can apply to get resident tuition.

* Your financial aid package is based on the total cost of attendance, which varies based on the number of credits you take and if you have loan fees.  Depending on your situation, you can also appeal to increase your cost of attendance, thus increasing your financial aid.

**A full-time MES student takes 12 credits per quarter for 2 years.  A part-time student takes 8 credits per quarter for 3 years.  Students who take a different amount of credits other than 12 or 8 will be charged per credit as demonstrated on the Tuition Rates webpage. For financial aid purposes, 8 credits per quarter is considered full-time and 4 credits per quarter is part-time. To stay eligible for federal aid, students must be taking at least 4 credits per quarter.