Degree Programs

Ecological Psychology and Environmental Humanities 

Viridis invites world-wide participation - we are a distance education provider with all programs held live via zoom technology. Our classes are intimate where learning is an interactive engagement.

Degree Programs Overview

Ecological Psychology (Ecopsychology) is an educative approach that recognizes we live with a responsive planet that acts upon us as much as we act upon it. 

It is precisely this obligatory relationship with a shared home planet that requires us to examine and transform the reality of our narratives and their exploitative activities.

Complex patterns within human psychology, entangled in an affective ecology, carry stories of both needing relations with - and being a threat to - life.

The most striking examples are a climate crisis resulting in human and non-human forced displacement; diversity extermination and extinction of necessary species, and devaluation of the imagination.

Viridis Graduate Institute has designed a unique degree program to promote aesthetic skills (creative and critical thinking), imagination, emotional intelligence, communication confidence, ecological literacy, psychological sensibilities and capacities.

These necessary skills underpin our work in transforming detrimental narratives, behavior, and practices toward each other and the planet. They cultivate vital collaboration in communities and organizational partnerships necessary for delivering far-reaching and in-depth transformation to current interdependent ecological, social, and economic systems.  

VGI degree programs emphasize narrative transformation required for behavioral change necessary for a more collaborative, just, and aesthetic world.

By changing the narrative, one changes the behavior and therefore the practice, creating fresh new ideas and understanding in a deeply systemic way, the multiple interactions between our physical world and our psychological life.

An ecopsychological education is the most powerful tool we have available for making the necessary changes at the community, organizational, institutional, and global levels.

The emphasis on narrative change and reconfiguring behavior and practices, in combination with a supportive distance learning program, encourages personal and social development and flexibility.

The study of ecopsychology offers an extensive knowledge base that examines ecological and psychological processes:

  • energy exchange,
  • diversity/multiplicity,
  • no waste,
  • change,
  • relationality, 
  • Composting (ecological and psychological composting)  

The plaguing issues of our times are not new – they are persistent interrelated systems of psychological thought and practice.

An education in ecopsychology is one of involvement with the world. It is the psychological evolution of new naturehuman and natureculture narratives, ethics, and manner of living with a shared, agential, and finite planet. 

We are extending an understanding of collaborative survival into the way in which we see the world and respond to its problems, beauty, and needs.

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Master of Arts in Social Sciences with Emphasis in Ecological Psychology and Environmental Humanities Program

 2-year, 54-credit program.

Doctor of Arts in Ecological Psychology and Environmental Humanities Program

3-year, 90-credit program.

Viridis Graduate Institute's academic term: Quarter system. There are 3 courses per 10-week quarter.

MA and DA Graduates in Ecological Psychology and Environmental Humanities practice as non-licensed ecopsychology professionals, much like environmental or conservation psychology professionals, cultural ecologists, ecological sociologists, and social or cultural ecologists.


What is Ecological Psychology (ecopsychology)?


Pathways for Ecopsychological Application






Tax Deductible Educational Expense

While a personal accountant or Certified Public Accountant can best advise students regarding tax deductions, it is important to remember that the United States Code of Federal Regulations, Title 26, Section 1.162-5, Expenses for Education allows for personal income tax deduction of educational expenses including tuition, cost of travel, meals, and lodging, etc., so long as they: 1) Maintain or improve skills required by the individual in his employment or other trade or business, or 2) Meet the express requirements of the individual's employer, or the requirements of applicable law or regulations, imposed as a condition to the retention by the individual of an established employment relationship, status, or rate of compensation.

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