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), encouraging creative and critical thinking, collaboration, and 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.

The degree program’s pedagogy brings together robust ideas, practical applications, and a deep knowledge of our world from multiple disciplines of Natural Sciences, Arts & Humanities, and Social Sciences.

The Master of Arts in Social Sciences (MASS) is one of the most flexible graduate level degrees.

The Master of Arts in the Social Sciences degree is perfect for individuals who want to take advantage of the resources within several disciplines to study a problem or simply to strengthen their training in applied or public service occupations (such as teaching, environmental or conservation work, health care professions, starting your own business, criminal justice, research and data analysis, environmental or cultural resource management, service or policy practice, or nonprofit program management).

The MASS program is designed to emphasize the skills that graduates need to become responsible, informed, and ethical workers (skills such as, ecological literacy, civic competence, logical thinking, aesthetic sensibility, historical consciousness, and an understanding of social scientific inquiry, diversity, and social values).

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 affect our world in both creative and destructive ways.

Environmental 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.

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.


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
  • Minimum Bachelor GPA (4.0 Scale): 3.0 or Higher
  • Bachelor Degree Must Be in Same Subject Area: No
  • Non-USA Students Eligible: Yes

Program Length: 2 years

Quarter System: 10 weeks

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).

Contact VGI for Master’s Course Descriptions

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.

Application Deadline

June 15

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.

Program required materials due June 30.

Fall program start date: September 1, 2016.  

Degree programs begin with ReWilding Residency, September 1-4, 2016. Glacier National Park, MT.

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

Fall classes begin: September 12, 2016





VGI Academic Calendar


Viridis Graduate Institute’s online educational delivery system (OCEANS) is designed for students to learn from a variety of methods and materials. WebEx technology provides a robust virtual global classroom provides the best technology for student / teacher interaction, as well as for students to develop friendships and community.

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 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.

Students will:

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

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.

Transfer of Credits

The following information on transfer credits is included in the Viridis Graduate Institute Catalog. Credits do not transfer due to the specialization of the degree.

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.

International Students

Applicants with non-U.S. educational credentials are welcome at Viridis Graduate Institute. Applicants must follow the same process outlined above and provide the following:

  1. Proof of English language proficiency, or TOEFFL scores.

TOEFL Requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English, cannot show Proof of English language proficiency, and who have not earned a degree from an appropriately accredited institution where English is the principal language of instruction must demonstrate college-level proficiency in English through one of the following:

  • Master’s Degree: A minimum score of 530 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), or 71 on the Internet Based Test (iBT), a 5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS) or 50 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report.
  • Doctoral Degree: A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), or 80 on the Internet Based Test (iBT), a 5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS), or 58 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report.
  • A minimum grade of Level 3 on the ACT COMPASS’s English as a Second Language Placement Test;
  • A minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency

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VGI Fast Facts

All programs are online in live interactive format

Masters Program

  • Length of program: 2 years with Summer Fieldwork
  • ReWilding Residency – students meet with instructors in natural habitat twice a year
  • Application deadline:  June 15.

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 15.

Executive Certificate Program: Ecopsychology and the Enterprise of Flourishing

  • Next course September 14, 2016.
  • Length of program: 14 weeks
  • Open Enrollment. CEU’s available

Introduction to Ecopsychology

  • Next course: June 2, 2016
  • Length of course: 2 hour Webinar
  • Open Enrollment. CEU’s available