MES - Master of Environmental Studies
Founded in 1984, Evergreen's Graduate Program on the Environment is an internationally known program that prepares students to think critically and chart creative and radical possibilities to solve environmental problems. Graduates receive an interdisciplinary Master of Environmental Studies (MES) degree that prepares them for the complex nature of professional environmental work.
Our graduates are creative, critical thinkers who approach environmental challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective. Employers highly value our graduates because of their ability to understand the broader ecological, economic, political, social and cultural impacts of a single environmental issue. Graduates are professionals with the leadership, communication and research skills necessary to address current environmental issues. They go on to work in virtually all areas of the public and private sectors throughout the country and abroad.
Students who are interested in studying and interacting with our world's greatest environmental challenges are invited to apply . 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. Regardless of a student's educational or work background, we train our graduates to build upon their strengths by creating holistic approaches to environmental challenges through exploration and collaboration.
Our learning environment encourages students to work together in a cohort model, which forms a tight-knight community leading to lasting professional and personal relationships. Students engage with interdisciplinary faculty teams in a participatory learning environment; the majority of classes involve workshops, seminars and other experiential learning techniques. 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. Courses are at night, allowing students to work full- or part-time while earning their degree.
The curriculum includes four required core classes, six electives (including optional internships), and a thesis.
A majority of students receive some form of non-loan financial aid in the form of tuition waivers or scholarships.
NW Commission on Colleges and Universities
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. Priority deadline for Fall 2014 is February 15, 2014.
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International Student 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.
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Financial Aid Offered: Yes
Classification: Baccalaureate Colleges--Liberal Arts
Institution Sector: Public
Locale: Small City
Size & Settings: 1,000 - 4,999