Integrate your environmental studies across disciplines in a community of people who are driven to change the world.

Dear MES Community,   

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, our program is working to support graduate education and research, while protecting the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty, and community members. As current circumstances require us to work distanced from each other, we will continue to foster connectivity and emphasize the value of our Evergreen learning community, now more than ever. Faculty are working over spring break to modify their course material for remote learning and will maintain regular communication with their classes via canvas.   

Through this time, many of our community members may experience personal hardship. To offer additional support, MES has created a list of Community Resources ( for anyone confronting a variety of challenges in the weeks ahead. We'll continue to update this page and encourage folks to share resources you find valuable. MES, and our greater Evergreen community, are with you all during this pandemic, and encourage you to reach out with questions or concerns.   

Stay safe and be well,   

Kevin Francis ( &   
Averi Azar (


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The Master of Environmental Studies (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.

Graduates from the Master of Environmental Studies program have gone on to work in many different environmental fields, as well as study at the Ph.D. level. Learn more about graduates and their work.

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. It’s the ideal location for studying and enjoying the natural environment.

Influence Environmental Policy and Practice

As the state’s capital, Olympia is home to legislators and state agencies, with opportunities to learn and influence environmental policy and practice.

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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