Viridis Graduate Institute: International School of Ecopsychology
Master of Arts in the Social Sciences (MASSES) Program
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning acts of initiative there is one elemental truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitively commits oneself then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in ones favor all manner of unforseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no person could have dreamt would come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now. –Goethe
Viridis Graduate Institute is on the forefront of a changing landscape in education.
The Master of Arts in the Social Sciences with an Emphasis in Ecopsychology & Sustainability (MASSES) combines experiential and inquiry based learning in a dynamic face-to-face online global classroom with instruction in natural settings (ReWilding Residency), making education a more diverse, expansive and inclusive experience.
Our role as citizens of the Earth is being questioned at the deepest levels by global ecological and economic crisis, a changed climate, gender violence, and habitat destruction that are breaking individual and community psyches. We need now, more than ever, an ecopsychological education.
Ecopsychology is a comprehensive examination, exploration and inquiry into our manner of living. Students examine the human ecosystem, as well as organizations, institutions, communities and global societies as interconnected systems on earth.
The study of interactions among organisms that create the many ecosystems on our planet and their environment is the study of home, of our ecology. We are in relationship to all of life whether we are conscious of this or not – this is the study of our psychology. Psychology is the language psyche or soul uses to communicate and educate us about our behaviors and attitudes – about who we are.
VGI graduates are prepared to tackle community and global issues by applying ecopsychological skills, training and knowledge toward creative, practical and inclusive solutions that effect sustainable change in any organization, institution, industry, or vocation. Our focused curriculum combined with the most creative teachers make all the difference in providing students with a high quality education that has personal and social value.
Ecopsychology offers ways to change behaviors driving destructive patterns in our lives and how we think about solving some of the complex interconnected social, economic and environmental problems in our world.
This is an excellent next-step program for students graduating from environmental studies, the social and natural sciences, business, or the humanities. As a second degree, it offers a deeper complexity to an existing knowledge base for those in the health care and therapeutic fields, community/urban design, business and executive leadership, governance, policymaking, education, community leadership, local and international activism, personal coaching, and for those citizens interested in how we can participate in our evolutionary process.
VGI Faculty are renowned instructors who bring valuable life experience, diversity in theory and ideas, creative expression, and sound pedagogical practices to our programs.
All programs are held online through an engaging live interactive e-learning platform (WebEx). Our e-learning program is called OCEANS. Students meet weekly with professors in a face-to-face live virtual classroom.
Applications are accepted year around, however to secure place in class application must be in by June 1 for fall program start date.
VGI will be starting our second Master’s program in ecopsychology September of 2015. Applications are being accepted.
Tuition and Other Fees
Tuition for MASSES Program:
VGI believes that all individuals – regardless of income, socioeconomic background, or geographic location – should have access to quality, cost-effective higher education. Therefore, an essential part of our mission is to keep tuition very affordable.
Note: Tuition fees does not include textbooks costs, ReWilding fee, or graduation fee.
Summer Internship: $500
IT Fee (nonrefundable): $500
$375 four day residency (Thursday evening – Sunday noon).
Airfare not included in ReWilding fee. Students make their own convenient flight and transportation arrangements for each ReWilding Residency. ReWilding fees must be paid in full 30 days prior to the Residency date.
Payment schedules and plans are available.
Competency Based Education
Each course is 3 competency units. There are three courses per quarter totaling 61 CU’s. Students must complete 61 CU’s to graduate with MASSES degree. All Rewilding Residencies are mandatory and an essential part of the program.
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.
Student Summer Internship Program
Students engage in a summer internship their first year in the MASSES program. Students choose an appropriate internship site where they can begin applying ecopsychological principles and ideas, and to obtain training experience in an area of their interest.
- Gain on-the-job experience
- Have an opportunity for permanent job placement
- Establish important local, regional and international relationships
- Benefit from Mentorship
Program Start Date
The master’s program starts off with our fall ReWilding Residency: August 27-30, 2015.
We will get to know each other, begin our instruction with you and explore some of the most beautiful landscapes together.
Courses begin: September 14, 2015
Length of Program: 7 quarters
Fall Quarter: September – November (December off)
Winter Quarter: January – March
Spring Quarter: April – June
Summer Quarter: July – August
All degree courses meet weekly for two hours online with VGI instructor in live interactive format.
Viridis Graduate Institute’s online educational delivery system (OCEANS) is designed for students to learn from a variety of methods and materials. Our WebEx robust virtual classroom provides the best technology for student / teacher interaction, as well as for students to develop an interactive community on their own.
Bachelor Degree Required: Yes
Minimum Bachelor GPA (4.0 Scale): 3.0 or Higher
Bachelor Degree Must Be in Same Subject Area: No
Non USA Students Eligible: Yes
Dual Degree Options
Students may be enrolled with VGI and a second graduate school program simultaneously while pursuing a dual degree with MBA / MPA / MPP / MIA / MSN / MEM / MF / Med / MS Conservation / JD degrees.
International Students – English Proficiency Requirement
VGI programs are offered in English. Please be sure that you meet this requirement before submission of application.
Course work at Viridis Graduate Institute requires strong English language skills. VGI measures your English proficiency by either (a) your performance on the TOEFL or IELTS exam or (b) your educational background. We strongly recommend that all students whose first language is not English take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Minimum acceptable scores on the TOEFL exam are 600 for paper-based, 250 for computer-based, or 100 for internet-based. The acceptable minimum for IELTS is a score of 7. Students who have completed a bachelors, masters, or doctoral degree from an accredited institution in the United States or an English-speaking country will be considered for exemption from the TOEFL or IELTS.
Work experience in a related field is considered desirable, although not required. Students are selected for admission based on their academic background and related work experience.
Credits do not transfer due to the specialization of the degree. However, courses taken by the student are taken into consideration as part of the admission process.
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.
We look forward to your participation.
Creating a more conscious world through education and action
VGI Fast Facts
All programs are online in live interactive format
Online Masters Program
- Length of program: 2 years with Summer Internship
- ReWilding Residency – students meet with instructors in natural habitat twice a year.
- Open Enrollment
Online Executive Certificate Program: Adaptive Leadership in Ecopsychology & Sustainability
- NEW course begins September 2015.
- Length of program: 14 weeks (semester)
- Open Enrollment. CEU’s available.
Introduction to Ecopsychology
- January 8 – Feb. 5, 2015.
- Spring course April 9 – May 7.
- Length of course: 5 weeks
- CEU’s available.