Master of Environmental Studies

About MES Students

MES students come from a variety of backgrounds.

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 diverse range of ages, cultures, and expertise.

MES students are admitted as a cohort.
Each entering class of 45 students takes the core sequence as a group, forming a tight-knit community that leads to lasting professional and personal relationships. Continuing students work to integrate their first-year colleagues into a strong, supportive learning community of about 90 students overall, dedicated to increasing their knowledge and understanding of the many facets of professional environmental work.

MES students are active in the community.
Meet our MES Ambassadors and check out our MESsages blog to find out what MES students are up to!

MES Student Demographics 

MES Fall 2014 Undergraduate Majors

(as of Nov 2014)

Fall 2014 Cohort Fall 2013 Cohort Other Cohorts

Total Students

Number of Students
45 37 17


Average Age 30 29 35 31
Age Range 18-55 22-45 26-51 18-55
% Women* 64%


47% 66%
% Students of Color** 11% 22% 12% 15%
% Non WA Resident 27%


0% 26%
% Veteran


5% 24% 9%
% AmeriCorps Alums
16% 11% 18% 14%


*The national average of women earning master's degrees is 63% according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
**The national average of students of color earning master's degrees is 27% according to the National Center for Education Statistics

MES Student Profiles

Josh, 1st year MES studentJosh Carter
1st Year
Ecology and Botany/Mycology

Natalie, 1st year MES studentNatalie Sahli
1st Year

Molecular Ecology/Population Dynamics

1st Year

Citizen Science/Climate Change

Bethany, 2nd year MES studentBethany Alender
2nd Year

Volunteer Conservation Efforts

Sierra Blakely, MES 2nd year studentSierra Blakely
2nd Year
Marine Zoology/Aquatic Ecology

Julian, 2nd year MES studentJulian Close

2nd Year
Environmental Sustainability