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

Doctor of Arts Degree Program

Degree: Doctor of Arts with Emphasis in Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities

Viridis Graduate Institute Mission

To provide a transdisciplinary education in the sciences and humanities that enables students to develop the competence and responsiveness required to creatively solve problems challenging our ecological and social systems.

Doctor of Arts Program Objectives:

  • The student will implement advanced level of competency and skill in dealing with complex and contested issues,
  • The student will implement advanced level of competency and skill in civic literacy, public responsibility, and be able to apply creative thought and imagination that can offer ways of transforming destructive narratives and practices into workable and sustainable solutions, and
  • The student will implement skills of self-reflection and the capacity to act with principled dignity.

Doctor of Arts Program

The Doctor of Arts is a carefully designed program emphasizing research into practice and completed over a three-year period. Ecopsychology draws appropriately from biology, ecology, psychology, literature, and the arts, in a cohesive sequencing of courses with graduate level educational materials that educate students with the critical knowledge and skills required to tackle complex environmental and social challenges in our world.

Credits: 90

Program Length: 3 years

Time Commitment for Degree:

Doctoral students must complete three (3) terms / quarters of coursework in no less than nine (9) months (Year 1); three (3) terms / quarters of coursework in no less than nine (9) months (Year 2); and Year 3 the Doctoral Project must be completed in no more than twenty-seven (27) months from the end of Year 1. The maximum time to complete the program is 3 years.

Quarter System: 10 weeks. There are three courses per quarter over two full academic years, the 3rd year students engage with research and writing the doctoral project.

Academic Year

Viridis Graduate Institute’s Academic Calendar is 30 weeks of instructional time, 3-10 week terms (fall, winter, and spring). There are four intersessions: EEHUM 01, 02 ReWilding Experience fall and winter quarters of Year 1 and EEHUM 03 and 04 fall and winter quarters of Year 2. Year 3 focuses on the doctoral project.

Viridis Graduate Institute Pedagogy

  • Openness to the inquiry, experiential learning, and diversity in learning.
  • The depth of materials that cultivate psychological reflection, critical analysis, creative thinking, imagination, and connection to daily life.
  • Balanced scope and accuracy in presenting issues, challenges, and global problems.
  • A curriculum that emphasizes development and application of thinking and feeling, skill and ethics in order to promote personal, ecological and social responsibility, problem-solving, and self-efficacy.

Ecopsychology, a transdisciplinary field of inquiry, bridging the sciences and humanitiesthat calls for a revision of old narratives and practices that no longer serve our fast-changing world, for a new humanitas. Recognizing and changing disparaging narratives is the most powerful tool we have available for making the necessary changes at the community, organizational, institutional, and global levels. 

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.

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

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).

Real-Time Technology

Viridis Graduate Institute excels in providing Distance Education Education that brings students and faculty together in real time. Each regularly scheduled synchronous class meets weekly through ZOOM with fellow students and faculty. Every class is held 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.

Doctoral Program Learning Outcomes

Prerequisites for Doctoral Program:

  • Master Degree Required: Yes

An applicant for the doctoral program must have a master’s degree from an institution accredited by an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education or an institutional agency recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or its successors. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores are not required for admission to the doctoral programs.

  • 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 credits.
  • Degree Must Be in Same Subject Area: No
  • Non-USA Students Eligible: Yes

Contact VGI for Course Descriptions

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.

Fall program start date: September 11, 2018.  

Student Orientation: August 28, 2018 12-2pm PST

ReWilding Experience

Degree programs begin with ReWilding Experience, September 6-9, 2018

The Doctoral program has 2 ReWilding Experiences per Year 1 and Year 2, 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.

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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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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.

Notice to Prospective Degree Program Students

This institution is waiting approval 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 real-time 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

Executive Certificate Program: Ecopsychology Fundamentals

Introduction to Ecopsychology

  • January 2019 (4-6pm PST)
  • Length of course: 2 hour Webinar
  • Open Enrollment.