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 transdisciplinary programs in Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities.

There is an ecological urgency being called for in both education and in the culture that develops required skills for the 21-century student-citizen. This ecological turn makes visible the need for a scholarly transdiscipline that aligns the best of ecological science with the reflective creativity of the humanities. Ecopsychology calls for a revision of old narratives and practices that no longer serve our fast-changing world, for a new humanitas.

Recognizing and changing disparaging narratives is the most powerful tool we have available for making the necessary changes at the community, organizational, institutional, and global levels. 

Ecopsychology draws appropriately from biology, ecology, depth psychology, mythology, and the arts.  Its emphasis on the many synergistic connections in our biological, ecological, and psychological life serves to expand our critical understanding of being in an interdependent world.

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.

The Master of Arts in Social Sciences with an Emphasis in Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities is one of the most flexible graduate level degrees

Master’s Program Learning Outcomes


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. There are three courses per quarter. Each course meets weekly for two hours with a professor in a live format.

Time Commitment for Degree

Credits: 60

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).

Real-Time Technology

Viridis Graduate Institute excels in distance education. Each course meets weekly through ZOOM for live classroom learning with the 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, and it allows faculty to do what they do best – teach.

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.

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, 2017.  

Student Orientation: August 28 12-2pm PST

ReWilding Experience

Degree programs begin with ReWilding Experience, September 7-10, 2017. Denali National Park, AK.

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.




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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.


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



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.

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

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.

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VGI Fast Facts

All programs are online in live real time interactive format

Masters Program

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

Doctorate Program

  • Length of program: 3 years
  • ReWilding Experience
  • Application deadline: June 15.

Executive Certificate Program: Ecopsychology Fundamentals

  • Next course March 2018
  • Length of program: 14 weeks
  • Prerequisite for Doctoral Program

Introduction to Ecopsychology

  • January 3, 2018 (4-6pm PST)
  • Length of course: 2 hour Webinar
  • Open Enrollment