Accepting Applications

If you are interested in joining the next graduate cohort in July 2014, you must submit two separate applications: one to North Cascades Institute and one to Western Washington University. If North Cascades Institute and Western Washington University Graduate School application materials are received by January 15, student will receive a $500 residency fee discount. If they are received by February 15, students will receive a $250 residency fee discount.

Apply for admission to Western Washington University's Graduate School

The Western Washington University Graduate School application is available on the web at or by contacting the University. Specify that you are applying for admission to the M.Ed. in Environmental Education, Residency Option (program code: G-NSNCI). The application requires that you submit results from Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT); schedule a test date as soon as possible.

Western Washington University Graduate School Application

Apply to North Cascades Institute

Send the Institute Residency Application directly to North Cascades Institute.

North Cascades Institute Residency Application

North Cascades Institute Graduate Program Scholarships

North Cascades Institute is proud to offer four scholarships for graduate students in our residency program. These scholarships were created to attract and reward applicants based upon diversity, financial need, merit and volunteer service. Scholarship amounts range from $500 - $2,000. To apply, please submit your scholarship application along with your application for admittance to the North Cascades Institute Graduate Program.

North Cascades Institute Scholarship Application

Financial Aid

Financial aid applications must be submitted by February 15 for priority consideration. Federal financial aid applications (FAFSA) and information is available from Student Financial Resources at Western Washington University.

What happens next

The admissions committee will examine both parts of the application together. We will process your application and notify you of our decision as rapidly as possible so that you can make your plans. You will receive a letter from the Dean of the Graduate School informing you of our admissions decision.

Graduate Program Resources


M.Ed. Graduate Program Brochure

Institute Residency Application


NCI Residency Information
WWU Graduate School Application
WWU Tuition & Aid
WWU Student Financial Resources


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Grad Program Brochure


Western Washington University is the highest-ranked public master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest according to 2013 college rankings from U.S. News and World Report!