Viridis Graduate Institute

Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities

Master’s Program Admissions


Master of Arts in Social Sciences with Emphasis in Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities

VGI has an intrinsic interest in recruiting outstanding applicants who will return to advance sustainability in their own communities, regions, and in the world. The Office of Admissions is here to support you through the process of applying and choosing the best payment plan for your educational experience at VGI.

Applications are due June 1 of the program year.

Online Applications are accepted year around. In order to secure your place in class, the Master’s Program application must be in by June 1 for fall program start date.

Support Materials Deadline June 30

Please be sure that all of your support materials (transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) are submitted by June 30.

The 2016 Master’s Program begins in the fall with our ReWilding Residency: September 1-4, 2016.

It is highly recommended that you apply AND submit all required application materials as early as possible. In most cases, the earlier we receive your complete application, the sooner you will receive an admission decision. This helps plan for fall ReWilding Residency and ensure space for all students.

Admissions Process Steps

1. Submit Online Program Application: All programs require the completion of Master’s Program Application form.

2. The application is reviewed to be sure all information is present and the individual is suited for the program. The applicant is contacted by VGI to confirm receipt. The Student Enrollment Agreement is sent to the applicant.

3. Submit Student Enrollment Agreement and the non-refundable $100 Enrollment Fee (check, money order, credit card online). The Student Enrollment Agreement is to be filled out and signed by the applicant and submitted back to VGI Office of the Registrar: within seven (7) days of being sent Agreement by VGI. Documents the Student will receive for review: Student Handbook, VGI Catalog, School Performance Sheet.

4. Submit two (2) letters of academic recommendation: The letters of recommendation should be written by persons competent to judge the applicant’s probable success in a doctoral program. These letters are generally written by the applicant’s former professors who are able to give an in-depth evaluation of the applicant’s strengths and weaknesses with respect to academic work. Additional recommendations may come from employers or supervisors who are familiar with the applicant’s work experience. All letters of academic recommendation must be written in letter format and must be submitted to the university by the authors either through mail or e-mail.

5. Submit Official transcripts of bachelor’s degree: To be considered official, transcripts must come directly from the registrar’s office of the institution the applicant attends or has attended or from other appropriate official agencies. Transcripts can be emailed by the school directly to VGI Registrar (, or mailed directly to the following address from the sending institution:

Viridis Graduate Institute

414 Avenida de la Vereda

Ojai, California 93023, USA

6. Submit a scanned color copy of a valid government-issued photo identification (e.g. driver’s license or passport).

7. Applicant’s required materials are reviewed. The applicant is notified if any required information is missing.

8. A phone or Skype interview will be set up between the applicant and a VGI faculty or board member. Please allow             one half hour for this interview.

The purpose of the call is to:

  • Answer applicant questions
  • Review program dates
  • Confirm interest

9. The applicant will be contacted by email within three days of the interview at the email address on your           application form with information about your admission status.

The Institute will:

  1. Send back to the student a signed copy of Student Enrollment Agreement.
  2. Send “Welcome” email from President of VGI confirming acceptance into the program is sent to the student.

Transfer of Credits

The following information on transfer credits is included in the Viridis Graduate Institute Catalog. Credits do not transfer due to the specialization of the degree.

Consideration for admission will be based not only on the completion of an earlier course of study, but also upon the quality of the record presented and assessment via an interview process to establish the candidate’s personal fitness to pursue professional work.

International Students

Applicants with non-U.S. educational credentials are welcome at Viridis Graduate Institute. Applicants must follow the same process outlined above and provide the following:

  • Proof of English language proficiency, or TOEFFL scores.

TOEFL Requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English, cannot show Proof of English language proficiency, and who have not earned a degree from an appropriately accredited institution where English is the principal language of instruction must demonstrate college-level proficiency in English through one of the following:

  • Master’s Degree: A minimum score of 530 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), or 71 on the Internet Based Test (iBT), a 6.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS) or 50 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report.
  • Doctoral Degree: A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), or 80 on the Internet Based Test (iBT), a 6.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS), or 58 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report.
  • A minimum grade of Level 3 on the ACT COMPASS’s English as a Second Language Placement Test;
  • A minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Examination.

Payments and Payment Plan Options

Tuition &  Fees

Payment plans are available. If you are accepted into the program and choose to enroll, you will be expected to make your initial payment before the program starts, according to the payment plan selected in your application. VGI accepts cash, checks, and credit cards at no additional cost to the student. Payments can be made online using our secure Payment Form or by check. VGI does not accept post-dated checks and will not hold any check for deposit.

Please contact the Office of the Registrar with any questions about this process:

Creating a more conscious world through education and action

VGI Fast Facts

All programs are online in live interactive format

Masters Program

  • Length of program: 2 years with Summer Fieldwork
  • ReWilding Residency – students meet with instructors in natural habitat twice a year
  • Application deadline:  June 15.

Doctorate Program

  • Length of program: 1-year course work, 2 years dissertation
  • ReWilding Residency – students meet with instructors in natural habitat twice a year
  • Application deadline:  June 15.

Executive Certificate Program: Ecopsychology and the Enterprise of Flourishing

  • Next course September 14, 2016.
  • Length of program: 14 weeks
  • Open Enrollment. CEU’s available

Introduction to Ecopsychology

  • Next course: June 2, 2016
  • Length of course: 2 hour Webinar
  • Open Enrollment. CEU’s available