Viridis Graduate Institute

Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities

Tuition and Fees

Doctoral Program Tuition and Fees 

Viridis Graduate Institute treats all students as “full-time” and charges tuition at a standard, flat, per-term tuition, not per-credit or per-course. Tuition covers access to all course lectures (with the exception of scheduled maintenance or unforeseen Internet broadband service interruption), curriculum syllabi through the student portal and learning management system (OCEANS); faculty support; coursework assessments and feedback; and online classes.


Viridis Graduate Institute is a DISTANCE EDUCATION PROVIDER. Our educational offerings are delivered in real time online through ZOOM technology where students and instructors meet weekly in a live interactive classroom platform.

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

Standard Number of Credit Hours / Competency Units (credit equivalents) for this program: 63

Time Commitment for Degree: Doctoral students must complete year one of three (3) quarters of coursework in no less than nine (9) months, and one course in no less than four (4) months; year two of one course in no less than fourteen (14) months; and year three of one course, 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).


Year 1 program cost (tuition + fees): $9,600 for the initial first term (12 months), which is based upon the tuition rate in effect on the Scheduled Start Date. During the student’s first term and first calendar year of enrollment, tuition will not be increased under this term of the agreement.

Year 2 program cost (tuition & fees): $3,100 for the second term (12 months), which is based upon the tuition rate in effect on the Scheduled Start Date. Students are enrolled in  EEHUM 709 Dissertation  Formulation and  Research Methodologies; a 13 ½ -month course that guides students through the second year of the dissertation process. During the student’s second term of enrollment, tuition will not be increased under this term of the agreement.

Year 3 Program cost (tuition $ fees): $3,100 for the third term (12 months), which is based upon the tuition rate in effect on the Scheduled Start Date. Students are enrolled in EEHUM 710 Dissertation Project, the writing and research of the dissertation.


Tuition Summary

Type Tuition ReWilding Fee Fees Total Frequency Refundable
Enrollment Fee $100 $100 One-time fee No
Student   Tuition   Recovery Fund Fee $0 per $1,000 of Institutional charges $0 One-time fee No
Tuition & Fees Year 1 $8,400 $8,400 One-time fee Yes
ReWilding   Experience   Fee (Fall and Spring qtr)

ReWilding fees paid separately.

$500 Fall

$500 Spring

$1000 per trip Yes
e-Library fee $100 $100 One-time fee Yes
Technology fee $100 $100 One-time fee Yes
Total Cost Year 1   $8,400  $1000  $200 $9,600
Tuition & Fees Year 2 $2,500 $2,500
Dissertation Fee $500 $500  Year 2 Yes
Technology fee $100 $100  Annual
Total Cost Year 2   $2,500   $600 $3,100
Tuition & Fees Year 3 $2,500 $2,500
Dissertation Fee $500 $500  Year 3
Technology fee $100 $100  Annual
Total Cost Year 3   $2,500   $600 $3,100
TOTAL Program Cost $15,800



Students may select a payment plan schedule.

Biannual Tuition & Fees Payment Schedule ($14,800). Students make five (5) payments $2,960 over the two (2) years of the three (3) term / year program. Payments are due August 1, December 1 of 2017; and April 1, August 1, December 1, 2018. (This includes Tuition, Dissertation fee, e-Library fee, Technology fee).

Monthly Tuition Payments ($14,800). I agree to make fourteen (14) monthly payments of $1,000 and a final monthly payment of $800.00. I understand that the payments are due on the 5th of each month, starting on August 5th of program start year. (This includes Tuition, Dissertation fee, e-Library fee, Technology fee).

ReWilding Experience Fee ($500 per ReWilding = $1,000). I agree to pay $500 thirty (30) days before each ReWilding start date.   (ReWilding Fees Paid Separately). 

ReWilding Experience

ReWilding courses are from Thursday – Sunday (Thursday arrival – Sunday departures). Lodging is included in ReWilding fee and is based on shared occupancy (two double beds per room / two students per room). However, if a student requires a private room, they must make their own room reservation. The ReWilding fee still applies. Airfare and Meals are not included in ReWilding fee. Students make their own convenient flight and transportation arrangements for each ReWilding. Meals are student’s responsibility for each residency. The ReWilding Experiences take place in National Parks or areas where food is easily available. See Student Handbook under Other Fees for estimated meal costs. Fee is paid in full 30 days before the date of ReWilding.

Dissertation Project Fee: The Dissertation Project fee covers faculty and administrative costs for support and time working with students throughout their dissertation process.

E-Library Fee: The e-Library fee covers the required technical support for managing and maintaining the online library for student research.

Technology Fee: The technology fee covers technical staff and online technology required for a distance learning institute. 

Finance Fee – $0

Other General Service Fees Not Included in Tuition

Graduation Fee (due 60 days before graduation) $50.00
Late Fee (on monthly payments) $5.00
Official Transcript Fee $10.00
Reactivation Fee $50.00
Returned Check Fee $30.00
Diploma Replacement $75.00
Student ID Replacement $25.00
Dissertation Extension (Year 4) Fee $8,000
Thesis Extension Fee $4,000

Financial Aid: Viridis Graduate Institute does not participate in government funding programs. Though the primary responsibility for education financing rests with the student, we encourage applicants to explore any of the following avenues of financial assistance:

  • Viridis Graduate Institute’s Interest-Free Tuition Payment Plan

Annual Percentage Rate                 0%  (The cost of your credit as a yearly rate)

Finance Charge                                $0   (The dollar amount the credit will cost you)

  • Employer Tuition Reimbursement Programs
  • Private Scholarships

Textbook Costs The cost of textbooks is not included in the quoted tuition. You may purchase them from a vendor of your choice.



Total Tuition & Fees: $15,800

Estimated books: $700.00

Graduation fee: $50.00

Estimated entire TOTAL: $16,550


Refund Policy and Student Right to Cancel


VGI’s interdisciplinary programs in ecopsychology and sustainability create a new framework for global citizenship and for being residents on the planet.