Admissions

 

Admission Requirements

Viridis Graduate Institute is a distance learning community. Admissions criteria have been established to ensure that applicants possess the ability to be successful in a distance learning environment. All programs are delivered through Zoom technology. Zoom provides a real-time (synchronous) classroom environment for students and faculty to engage in an interactive learning experience.

It is highly recommended that you apply and submit all required application materials as early as possible. In most cases, the earlier we receive your complete application, the sooner you will receive an admission decision. This helps plan for the fall ReWilding excursions.

Please review Technology Requirements.


 

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

Credits: 54 quarter credits

Program Length: 2 years

An applicant for the master's program must have a bachelor's 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 program.

The following is required to be received by VGI to be considered for admission:

  1. Online Admission Application Form. The applicant will be notified within 24-hours of receipt if eligible to proceed with admissions.
  2. Please submit the Application Fee of $100 with the Online Application. Payment information is found at the bottom of the form.
  3. Download Master of Arts Student Enrollment Agreement 
  4. Official Transcripts – From previously attended colleges and universities. They may send the Registrar an electronic file.
  5. Scanned Color Copy of a Government Issued Identification(e.g. driver's license or  passport)
  6. Two Letters of Academic Recommendation – The letters of recommendation should be written by persons competent to judge the applicant's probable success in a doctoral program. These letters are generally written by the applicant's former professors who are able to give an in-depth evaluation of the applicant's strengths and weaknesses with respect to academic work. Additional recommendations may come from employers or supervisors who are familiar with the applicant's work experience. All letters of academic recommendation must be written in letter format and may be submitted to vgi.registrar@viridis.edu by the authors.
  7. Scheduled Interview – Upon submission of the admission materials and Student Enrollment Agreement, the applicant will complete a Zoom interview with Viridis Graduate Institute.

Please submit Enrollment Agreement and all required documents to: vgi.registrar@viridis.edu

Mail Official Transcripts to:
Viridis Graduate Institute
Attn: Registrar
417 Bryant Circle, Ojai, CA 93023

 

 

Doctor of Arts with Emphasis in Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities

Credits: 90 quarter credits

Program Length: 3 years

An applicant for the doctoral programs must have a master's 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 doctoral degree programs.

The following is required to be received by VGI to be considered for admission.

  1. Online Admission Application FormThe applicant will be notified within 24-hours of receipt if eligible to proceed with admissions.
  2. Please submit the Application Fee of $100 with the Online Application. Payment information is found at the bottom of the form.
  3. Download Doctoral of Arts Student Enrollment Agreement
  4. Official Transcripts – From previously attended colleges and universities. They may send the Registrar an electronic file.
  5. Scanned Color Copy of a Government Issued Identification(e.g. driver's license or  passport)
  6. One Letter of Academic Recommendation – The letter of recommendation should be written by persons competent to judge the applicant's probable success in a doctoral program. The letter is generally written by the applicant's former professors who are able to give an in-depth evaluation of the applicant's strengths and weaknesses with respect to academic work. All letters of academic recommendation must be written in letter format and may be submitted to vgi.registrar@viridis.edu by the authors.
  7. Scheduled Interview – Upon submission of the admission materials and Student Enrollment Agreement, the applicant will complete a Zoom interview with Viridis Graduate Institute.

Please submit Enrollment Agreement and all required documents to: vgi.registrar@viridis.edu

Please mail Official Transcripts to:

Viridis Graduate Institute
Attn: Registrar
417 Bryant Circle, Ojai, CA 93023

Applicant's required materials are reviewed. The applicant is notified if any required information is missing. The applicant will be contacted by email within three days of the interview at the email address on the application form with information about admission status.


International Students

Applicants with non-U.S. educational credentials are welcome at Viridis Graduate Institute.

As a distance education provider, international students do not need to travel to the United States to attend our programs, therefore, we do not provide Visa Services.

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.

English Language Proficiency Assessment

Applicants whose native language is not English 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 6.5 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 6.5 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 English as a Second Language Placement Test;
  • A minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Examination;
  • A minimum B-2 English proficiency level identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) standards and assessed through various ESOL examinations, including the University of Cambridge;
  • A transcript indicating completion of at least 30 semester credit hours with an average grade of "B" or higher at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or accepted foreign equivalent that is listed in the International Handbook of Universities where the language of instruction was English.

 

Viridis Policy for Non-English Transcripts

International student transcripts must be in the original language and include an official English translation. The translation cannot be done by the applicant.

Foreign Credential Evaluation

Applicants with non-U.S. educational credentials must first obtain a foreign credentials evaluation from:

  • World Education Services (wes.org)
  • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ece.org)
  • International Education Research Foundation (IERF) at (ierf.org)

 

NOTICE CONCERNING TRANSFERABILITY OF CREDITS AND CREDENTIALS EARNED AT VIRIDIS GRADUATE INSTITUTE

Viridis Graduate Institute does not not accept transfer credits to either the Master of Arts or the Doctor of Arts programs. 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 Doctoral 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.

Viridis Graduate Institute has not entered into an articulation or transfer agreement with any other college or university. Viridis Graduate Institute does not award credit for prior experiential learning, including assessment, due to the specialization of our programs.

Enrollment

In order to enroll at Viridis Graduate Institute, an applicant must be accepted for admission and submit the enrollment agreement and enrollment fee. Applicants may accelerate the enrollment process by submitting the enrollment fee and the completed enrollment agreement with the application. However, this does not guarantee admission. Applicants who submit enrollment materials and are not eligible for admission will be refunded the full enrollment fee.

For questions on admissions requirements or the distance education environment, email: VGI Registrar at vgi.registrar@viridis.edu or call 1-805-889-0169.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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