Viridis Graduate Institute

International School of Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities

Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities Program

Master of Arts in Social Science

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


Viridis Graduate Institute is on the forefront of a changing landscape in education.

Master of Arts in Social Science with an Emphasis in Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities (MASSEEH) 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 humanities based education.

The Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities Program offers fresh ideas, images and narratives for our connection with the natural world and with ourselves, our human nature.  The EEH program encourages creativity and collaboration in drawing up a mature aesthetic response to the world’s complex issues.

Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities (also known as ecological humanities) represent new and creative fields of inquiry that are interdisciplinary and intellectually stimulating. Environmental Humanities draws on many environmental sub-disciplines that have emerged in the humanities over the past several decades (in particular environmental philosophy, environmental history and environmental anthropology).

Ecopsychology utilizes ecological, biological and depth psychological principles essential to sustainability to examine and transform deeply rooted unconscious narratives that drive human practices, civic illiteracy, policies, and decisions for how we design and craft our world in both creative and destructive ways.

VGI graduates are prepared to tackle community and global issues by applying 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.

EEH program 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.

Our Program Goals

Application Deadline

June 1

Applications are accepted year around. In order to secure your place in class, the MASSEEH application must be in by June 1 for fall program start date.

VGI will be starting our second Master’s program in EEH September 14, 2015.  Applications are being accepted.

ReWilding Residency

MASSEEH program begins 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.

How to Apply

Tuition and Other Fees

MASSEEH Program Tuition 2015


Fee Breakdown:

Tuition: $11,000

Summer Internship: $400

Technology Fee (nonrefundable) $500

eLibrary Fee $100

Other Fees

Graduation Fee $50

ReWilding Residency

ReWilding Fee: $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.

Payment Plans are available.

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.


Payment schedules and plans are available.

For a copy of MASSEEH curriculum map please contact VGI


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 MASSEEH 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 MASSEEH 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 Start Date

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

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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Creating a more conscious world through education and action

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 1

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 1

Executive Certificate Program: Adaptive Leadership in Ecopsychology & Sustainability

  • NEW course April 15 – July 15, 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.