Doctor of Arts Program


There are remarkable processual movements among ecological processes, elemental composition, patterns of lifeforms and landscapes, and that of the universe as a whole, setting humanity within the wider deeper scheme of things.

The Doctor of Arts in Ecological Psychology 

3-year, 90-credit program

Academic term: Quarter system. There are 3 courses per 10-week quarter.

At Viridis, Ecological Psychology (ecopsychology) teaches that we interact with a complex and responsive planet – our fast-changing climate and its consequences is a prime example.

The current climate disruptions and the world-wide destructions caused by ecocide, culturecide and genocide are not new.

They are interrelated and stem from the part of our psychology that dictates exceptionalist and supremacist narratives and practices.

Narratives and their practices infuse people, communities, culture, policies, laws, treaties, and international relations. Education is the most valuable resource available to accomplish these tasks.

Our precarious times require individuals to be ecologically literate and psychologically capable to reconfigure the detrimental narratives and practices in communities and institutions that degrade the health and well being of our planet and all who share it.

Become a part of the creative thought, innovative actions, responsive narratives and practices that are fostered at Viridis Graduate Institute and that support the flourishing of all life on our shared planet.

Who do you want to take differently into the world?

Degree Options:

Doctor of Arts in Ecological Psychology & Environmental Humanities

Doctor of Arts in Ecological Psychology and Environmental Humanities with a Specialization in Climate Response & Resilience

Transformative Education

The Doctor of Arts degree is a terminal degree. One does not need a previous degree in either ecology or psychology. Viridis moves out of unuseful mechanistic and economic metaphors so prevalent in both of these disciplines. We study the most current thought and ideas that make for a dynamic ecological psychology.

Students engage with an advanced study of ecological psychology learning to transform detrimental narratives that underpin every human behavior and practice affecting nonhuman, human, and planetary despoliation.

A climate crisis is an psychological crisis.

The complexities of the world and a climate crisis require different narratives and practices affecting changes in policy, ecological and social justice actions, and practices for planetary livability.

Students in the Specialization in Climate Response and Resilience track complete the same doctoral curriculum. DA Capstone projects are geared toward climate issues. See Career Applications.


The D.A. program is excellent for educators, healthcare professionals, sustainability executives, environmental managers, energy industries, conservation and land restoration, community/urban design, civic governance and policy-making, community activists, artists, nonprofit executives, theologians, and economists.

The program also serves anyone who wishes to gain practical knowledge and ways to apply ecopsychology.

Clinical and Therapeutic Application

Students already licensed in the health care professions can immediately apply ecological psychology in their clinical and therapeutic practices.

Viridis Graduate Institute is a member of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology (APA Division 34), which includes Ecopsychology.

Unique Curriculum

Course descriptions are found in the VGI Catalog

Terminal Degree

The Doctor of Arts (D.A.) is a terminal degree and an alternative to a traditional research-based Ph.D. The Doctor of Arts terminal degree in higher education is acknowledged and respected academically and professionally across industries.

The purpose of the Doctor of Arts degree is to offer advanced ecological literacy and psychological capabilities for immediate application in a chosen profession or a new enterprise.

All doctoral students may earn a masters-in-passing degree upon successfully completing the first comprehensive examination and 48 graduate quarter credits from Viridis Graduate Institute.

DA Tuition


Student Testimonials

What is Ecopsychology?

Career Applications of Ecopsychology

We Look Forward to Your Involvement!

Google Reviews

Jessica *****

When I first looked at what the Viridis DA program offers I thought… “this is too good to be true.” After years of searching for somewhere that would be the right fit for me on my educational journey, I found it. Not only has my connection to the natural world grown stronger but I have found strength within myself and my psyche I never knew possible. This program truly is a life changing experience and equips you with the skills and knowledge to pass that experience onto others.

Almost in my final year of the program,I already find myself using ecopsychological application in all areas of my everyday life. My connections with the professors, staff, and my fellow students are stronger than anything I experienced in person during my undergraduate and graduate studies prior, which I didn’t think was possible with distance learning.

This program is for all the dreamers, the change makers, the ones that want to fight for equal rights of everything on this planet. A place you can be yourself and let your ideas flourish and develop. Enrolling in this program was the best decision I have ever made.

Stella *****

It’s a real life changing course, mind opening, awakening, developing senses and skills I was not aware I had or that I was not using. In just a few months, I’ve been learning so much about myself, my creative ability, about my environment, both on an ecological and psychological level.

VGI has a very supportive environment throughout, from Day 1, from the professors to the cohort itself, diverse, with various backgrounds, which adds to the richness of the course. I don’t feel it’s online at all thanks to the platform and resources made available. I feel connected all the time to my cohort and courses.

The content is certainly dense and deep. It challenges us and ruffles up quite a few feathers while exploring the meanders of our psyche.More importantly for me is that I find myself in the values of the program and of VGI, I’ve found my purpose and a great community of ecopsychologists. Very grateful to be part of this program indeed.

My only regret is : why didn’t I start earlier ?