Office of Graduate and Online Programs at Green Mountain College

Why you should consider this program

Distinctive in its Bioregional Approach, students in GMC's online Master of Science in Environmental Studies program apply the skills and knowledge they acquire to the issues affecting their own communities and surrounding ecosystems. In so doing, students move beyond conventional education, enabling them to identify and develop solutions to address real-world problems. Designed to foster a high level of interaction, students engage each other in thought-provoking asynchronous online discussions, exposing them to the environmental challenges, and innovative solutions, impacting their classmates in their own bioregions. Students then solidify these bonds during the optional onsite residency held in Vermont each fall. This format establishes a global network of scholars and professionals with a shared passion for tackling the most complex environmental challenges. The MSES program provides a comprehensive foundation in environmental science, sustainability, law, policy, and organizing principles, with particular emphasis on the practical application of knowledge. Its flexible nature allows students to focus their coursework on topics most relevant to their professional careers. Altogether, the MSES program is ideal for anyone just launching a career, seeking growth within an established position, or pursuing an entirely different path altogether. The world needs environmental leadership now more than ever! Request information today!

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 25,200 $ 14,600 $ 10,600
Out of state $ 25,200 $ 14,600 $ 10,600
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

50% tuition discount throughout the program and up to $1000 for travel expenses to attend the annual MSES residency held on campus in Vermont each fall. Given that the program is 100% online, cost of living is entirely dependent on each individual student's geographic location.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


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Internships in the MSES program typically occur within ENV 6010: Practicum. The practicum is an applied experience in which the student is expected to integrate into a community of professionals in his/her local bioregion. The student will construct a working and learning environment in which knowledge and skills gained from graduate courses (and personal experiences) are brought to bear on a significant issue or set of issues, within the context of the students program concentration. Final products of the practicum will vary, depending upon track and goals as stated by the student in the practicum proposal. Students typically find the experience they want in their own community, gain approval from an on-site supervisor, then write a proposal for what the work will entail. The proposal is reviewed by the Program Director who will approves as is, or recommend modifications. Once approved, the Program Director identifies a GMC faculty supervisor who coordinates between the student and on-site supervisor for the duration of the practicum. Among the materials the faculty supervisor receives at the end of the practicum are a final report from the student, a report of the product the student was working on, and a report from the on-site supervisor.

Jobs for program alumni

Natural Resource Consultant College Instructor of Sustainability & environmental Studies Watershed District Manager Environmental Journalist National Wildlife Refuges Park Ranger Program Manager, Clean Water Initiative Program Ph.D. Fellowship studying Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Resource Specialist at the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks and many, many more!

Other details

Program length

2 years

Application requirements

Applicants must submit official undergraduate transcripts, an essay detailing their interest in the program, a current resume or C.V., and three letters of recommendation.

Admissions process

Upon applying to the program, you will be contacted by an Admissions Advisor to review the program and the application process. At this time, inform your advisor that you intend to pursue the Coverdell Fellowship and he/she will assist accordingly.

Program begins

Fall classes begin mid-September. Spring classes begin mid-February.

Non-traditional options

  • Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship
  • Online degree program
  • Low residency or distance learning

The MS Environmental Studies program can be completed 100% remotely!

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Jacob Rogenski, Director of Admissions

1 Brennan Circle
Poultney, Vermont 5764