Viridis Graduate InstituteEcopsychology 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
Master of Arts Degree Program
Degree: Master of Arts in the Social Sciences 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.
Master of Arts Program Objectives:
- The student will develop competency in dealing with complex and contested issues,
- The student will develop competency 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 develop skills of self-reflection and the capacity to act with principled dignity.
Master of Arts Degree Program
Viridis Graduate Institute’s Master of Arts program in Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities is a 2-year, 60-credit program. 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.
Program Length: 2 years
Time Commitment for Degree:
Students must complete coursework in no less than eighteen months (18) months (6 quarters) from the date of enrollment. The thesis project must be completed in six (6) months from the end of final spring quarter. The maximum time to complete the program is 2 years (2 terms).
The Master of Arts in Social Sciences with an Emphasis in Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities is one of the most flexible graduate level degrees.
Ecopsychology teaches students to redefine interconnected problems in order to reach creative solutions based on new understandings of complex situations, new narratives, and new practices. Ecopsychology enables us to recognize and transform the outmoded narratives that underpin many of our global challenges. Change the narrative and you change what you do in the world.
Environmental or ecological humanities provide 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.
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.
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.
An applicant for the master’s degree program must have a bachelor’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 master’s degree programs.
- Bachelor Degree Required: Yes
An applicant for the master’s program must have a bachelor’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 master’s program.
- Minimum Bachelor GPA (4.0 Scale): 3.0 or Higher
- Bachelor Degree Must Be in Same Subject Area: No
- Non-USA Students Eligible: Yes
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 environmental industries, conservation work, medical and therapeutic fields, community/urban design, business and executive leadership, governance, policy, education, community and civic leadership, local and international activism, personal coaching, and for life-long learners.
Applications are accepted year around. In order to secure your place in class, the Master’s Program application must be in by June 15 for Fall program start date.
Fall program start date: September 11, 2018.
Student Orientation: August 28 12-2pm PST
Degree programs begin with ReWilding Experience, September 6-9, 2018.
The Master’s program has 3 ReWildings, 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 some of the most beautiful landscapes of our nation’s national parks.
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.
Student Summer Fieldwork
Students engage in summer field work experience their first year in the Master’s program. Students choose an appropriate 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
NOTICE CONCERNING TRANSFERABILITY OF CREDITS AND CREDENTIALS EARNED AT VIRIDIS GRADUATE INSTITUTE
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.
We look forward to your participation.
Creating a more conscious world through education and action
VGI Fast Facts
All programs are online in live real-time interactive format
- Length of program: 2 years with Summer Fieldwork
- ReWilding Experience – students meet with instructors in natural habitat
- Application deadline: June 15.
- Length of program: 3 years
- ReWilding Experience
- Application deadline: June 15.
Executive Certificate Program: Ecopsychology Fundamentals
- Next course March 2018
- Length of program: 12 weeks
- Application Online
Introduction to Ecopsychology
- January 2019 (4-6pm PST)
- Length of course: 2 hour Webinar
- Open Enrollment.