Viridis Graduate Institute

Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities

Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities Program


Ideas give us eyes, let us see.  Ideas are both the shape of events, their constellation in this or that archetypal pattern, and the modes that make possible our ability to see through events into their pattern. – James Hillman


Degree Program:

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


Viridis Graduate Institute has designed truly diverse interdisciplinary programs in Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities (also known as ecological humanities). The programs bring together robust ideas, practical applications, and a deep knowledge of our world from multiple disciplines of Natural Sciences, Arts & Humanities, and Social Sciences.

These fields stimulate ideas about who we are and who we want to become; what our role is with each other – with the natural world, and in what ways we can individually and collectively participate more consciously in our evolutionary processes.

A Master of Arts in Social Sciences encourages creativity and collaboration in fostering a mature aesthetic response to the world’s complex issues. Our programs promote new narratives for connection with ourselves, others and the natural world. This makes all the difference as to the quality of our world.

Ecopsychology mines ideas from ecology, biology, mythology and archetypal psychology to explore and transform unconscious narratives that underlie our actions, civic illiteracy, and the policies and decisions that effect our world in both creative and destructive ways.

Environmental humanities provides 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.

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.

The Master’s program has 3 ReWilding Residencies, 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.

Sample courses: ecopsychology, archetypal psychology, sustainability, ethics, myth & narrative, integrative geography, humans, disease & environment, nature & culture, economics, humans and environment.

Contact VGI for Master’s 2015-17 Curriculum

This is an excellent next-step program for students graduating from environmental studies, the social and natural sciences, business, or the humanities. As an additional 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, policy, education, community leadership, local and international activism, personal coaching, and for life-long learners.

All programs are held online through an engaging live interactive e-learning platform.


Application Deadline

June 1

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.

Fall start date: September 14, 2015.  

ReWilding Residency

Degree programs begin with ReWilding Residency,  September 3-6, 2015.

Fall 2015 Location:  California. Kaweah River house, one mile from from the main entrance to Sequoia National Park.

We will get to know each other, begin our instruction with you and explore some of the most beautiful landscapes together.


Admissions Process


Tuition and Other Fees

Master’s Program Tuition 2015


Fee Breakdown:

Tuition: $11,000

Summer Internship: $400

Technology fee  $300

Application and Registration fee (nonrefundable): $200

eLibrary fee $100

Other Fees

Graduation fee $50

ReWilding Residency (3 per 2 year program $1125). There are 2 ReWildings the first year and 1 in the second year.

ReWilding fee: $375 four day residency (Thursday evening – Sunday noon).

Airfare and Meals are not included in ReWilding fee. Students make their own convenient flight and transportation arrangements for each ReWilding Residency. Meals are student’s responsibility for each residency. The ReWilding Residencies take place in National Parks or areas where food is easily available.

Total Master’s Degree: $13,175

Payment schedules and plans are available.

Payments and Payment Plan Options

QUESTIONS for Office of the

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.

Tuition fees do not include textbooks costs. We make every effort to provide information for textbooks, Kindle versions, e-Books and Google books.


Competency Based Education

Competency Units

Each course is 3 competency units. There are three courses per quarter totaling 60 CU’s. Students must complete 60 CU’s to graduate with Master of Arts in Social Sciences 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 Master’s 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.

Students will:

  • Gain on-the-job experience
  • Have an opportunity for permanent job placement
  • Establish important local, regional and international relationships
  • Benefit from Mentorship

Program Time Frame

VGI Academic Calendar

Length of Program: 7 quarters

Fall Quarter: September – November  (December off)

Winter Quarter: January – March

Spring Quarter: April – June

Summer Quarter: July – August



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 materials are supplied only in English. Students are expected to be proficient in the oral and written use of the English language. International students are subject to the same admission requirements, fees, and responsibilities as domestic students. International students are reminded that Viridis Graduate Institute provides course materials and instruction only in English. Oral and written proficiency of the English language is presumed.

Work Experience

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.

Credit Transfer

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.

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VGI Fast Facts

All programs are online in live interactive format

Masters Program

  • Length of program: 2 years with Summer Internship
  • ReWilding Residency – students meet with instructors in natural habitat twice a year.
  • Application deadline: June 10

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 10

Executive Certificate Program: Ecopsychology and the Enterprise of Flourishing

  • Next course September  2015.
  • Length of program: 14 weeks (semester)
  • Open Enrollment. CEU’s available.

Introduction to Ecopsychology

  • Next course: October 2015
  • Length of course: 2 hour Webinar
  • Open Enrollment. CEU’s available.