Viridis Graduate Institute

Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities

Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities Program

Whatever is rejected in the self appears in the world as event. -C.G. Jung

Degree Program

Doctor of Arts with Emphasis in Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities

There is an ecological turn happening in both education and in the culture. This ecological turn makes visible the need for a scholarly transdiscipline that aligns the heuristic and analytical power of science with the reflective creativity of the humanities. It also calls for a new humanitas, new narratives for those who care about our world and our manner of living to educate themselves in order to answer the call of the 21st-century global citizen.

Ecopsychology answers this call.

Ecopsychology draws appropriately from biology, ecology, depth psychology, mythology, and the arts. Its emphasis on the many synergistic connections in our biological, ecological, and psychological life serves to expand our critical understanding of being in an interdependent world.

Ecopsychology teaches students to redefine interconnected problems in order to reach creative solutions based on new understandings of complex situations. Ecopsychology enables us to recognize and transform the outmoded narratives that underpin many of our global challenges.

VGI pedagogy brings together robust ideas, practical applications, and a deep knowledge of our world from multiple disciplines of Natural Sciences, Arts & Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Environmental or ecological humanities provide avenues for reflection on what it means to be human in a world of interconnected landscapes, human, and animal presences. It promotes an ethical stance toward all of life; and examines new forms of environmental leadership that include social and environmental justice.

A Doctor of Arts with an Emphasis in Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities degree has a focus on the ethos of ecopsychology, narrative underpinnings driving destructive practices, deconstruction of outmoded ideas and thinking, creating fresh new ideas, and understanding in a deeply systemic way the multiple interactions and interconnections between our physical world and our psychological life.

Viridis Graduate Institute’s Doctor of Arts is an academic degree of the highest level.

The Doctor of Arts (D.A.) is a terminal doctoral degree, an academic degree of the highest level.  The D.A. degree was created as higher degree option to the Ph.D. (research degree) and Ed.D. or D.Ed. (Doctor of Education).

Doctoral Program Learning Outcomes

Prerequisites for Doctoral Program:

  • Master Degree Required: Yes
  • If a student matriculates from VGI master’s program all Ecopsychology prerequisites are met. If not, the student must take the required Ecopsychology coursework by enrolling in the Executive Certificate Program: Ecopsychology Fundamentals in order to complete the required ecopsychology courses and obtain 9 CU/credits.
  • Degree Must Be in Same Subject Area: No
  • Non-USA Students Eligible: Yes

Time Commitment for Degree

Doctoral students must complete YEAR 1 of three (3) quarters of coursework in no less than nine (9) months, and one course in no less than four (4) months; YEAR 2 of one course in no less than fourteen (14) months; and YEAR 3 the Dissertation project, which must be completed in no more than twenty-seven (27) months from the end of year two from the date of enrollment. The maximum time to complete the program is 3 years (3 terms).

Quarter System 10 weeks. There are three courses per quarter. Classes meet weekly for two hours with the professor in live real time online format.

Real Time Technology

Viridis Graduate Institute excels in distance education. Each course meets weekly through ZOOM for live classroom learning with the students and faculty. Every class meets weekly via real-time audio and video, where students are active participants in the discourse. Each class engages students in the lively exchange of ideas at the center of active learning.

We believe this to be the most effective and productive distance education tool, as students are focused, they have meaningful interaction and feedback from the faculty and classmates, it builds community among the cohort and within the institute, and it allows faculty to do what they do best – teach.

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Online Applications are accepted year around. In order to secure your place in class, the Doctorate Program application must be in by June 15 for fall program start date and to ensure attendance at the ReWilding Residency.

Support Materials Deadline June 30.

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

Fall program start date: September 11, 2017.  

Student Orientation: August 28 12-2pm PST

ReWilding Experience

Degree programs begin with ReWilding Experience, September 7-10, 2017. Denali National Park, AK.

The Doctoral program has 2 ReWildings, where students and faculty meet in a natural setting for an extended weekend. This is one of the most popular aspects of our program, where we share time in nature and get to know each other outside of the virtual classroom.

Tuition and Other Fees

Admissions Process

Our focused curriculum combined with accomplished educators prepare students to tackle community and global issues by applying skills, training and knowledge toward creative, practical and inclusive solutions that effect sustainable change across diverse career or vocational choices.


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VGI Academic Calendar

Competency-based programs allow students to demonstrate through assessments that they have acquired the set of competencies (levels of knowledge, skill, and ability) required for a particular degree or certificate.


The transferability of credits you earn at Viridis Graduate Institute is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the (degree, diploma, or certificate) you earn in the Master’s Program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the (credits or degree, diploma, or certificate) that you earn at Viridis Graduate Institute are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at Viridis Graduate Institute will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Viridis Graduate Institute to determine if your (credits or degree, diploma or certificate) will transfer.

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:

  1. 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 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 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

Notice to Prospective Degree Program Students

This institution is provisionally approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer degree programs. To continue to offer this degree program, this institution must meet the following requirements:

  • Become institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, with the scope of the accreditation covering at least one degree program.
  • Achieve accreditation candidacy or pre-accreditation, as defined in regulations, by (date two years from date of provisional approval), and full accreditation by (date five years from date of provisional approval), and full accreditation by (date five years from date of provisional approval)

If this institution stops pursuing accreditation, the following will happen:

  • The institution must stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and
  • Provide a teach-out to finish the educational program or provide a refund.

An institution that fails to comply with accreditation requirements by the required dates shall have its approval to offer degree programs automatically suspended.

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VGI Fast Facts

All programs are online in live interactive format

Masters Program

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

Doctorate Program

  • Length of program: 3 years
  • ReWilding Experience
  • Application deadline: June 15.

Executive Certificate Program: Ecopsychology Fundamentals

  • Next course March 8, 2017
  • Length of program: 14 weeks
  • Prerequisite for Doctoral Program

Introduction to Ecopsychology

  • June 6, 2017 (6-8pm PST)
  • Length of course: 2 hour Webinar
  • Open Enrollment.