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M.S. Degree Waiver

Goals and Process

The purpose of Graduate Student Cooperative and Project NatureConnect is to research and offer nature-connected psychology and education that help the United Nations meet its manifest for environmentally sound personal growth and social justice.

The Program achieves its purpose through expertise in Webstring Science: The Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP.) Involvement in NSTP helps people solve the personal, social and environmental problems that result from the difference between the disconnected way we learn to think and how nature works.

Petitions for a waiver of the Masters Degree are granted when a Ph.D. candidate documents that they have the training and ability to meet the program's goals and process (above) on a Master's level as defined in the Applied Ecopsychology M.S. program description. This consists of 40 graduate units at 48 hours of learning/unit, about 1500 hours. [Be sure to call the staff at 360-378-6313 before undertaking this step as you may be eligible for other options]

Select Here for streamlined, more compact and specific information via the PNC Organization and Application website at www.ProjectNatureConnect.org

The challenge of the M.S. waiver petition is for students who have a Bachelors Degree to take the

- ECO 500 Global Citizenships Orientation Course

- ECO 508 Natural Attractions and Intelligence Course 

- ECO 501 Introduction to Educating and Counseling With Nature Course 

- ECO 800 Bachelors Comprehensive Exam 

and add your knowledge of NSTP from them to your past experiences.  This is accomplished through the
ECO 700 courses
where you create persuasive
Challenge Exams and
Challenge Exam Petitions

that show you have completed study and life experience beyond the Bachelors and equivalent to that required for an MS.

You then petition that you can incorporate NSTP into your personal field of expertise as well as, or better than, a student first coming out of college with an MS degree.

It is the sole responsibility of a candidate to submit reasonable evidence that shows they meet the criteria for obtaining an M.S. waiver as described above.

Based on the rationale below, a formal Petition for an MS Waiver can consist of convincing integration of the candidate's background and experiences as follows:
[Be sure to call the staff at 360-378-6313 before undertaking this step as you may be eligible for other options]

1. Cover with

  • title of the proposal
  • candidate's name,
  • address,
  • telephone,
  • email,
  • present occupation or profession
  • a goal statement of up to 100 words.

2. Opening Petition Statement to the Program Director that conveys why the candidate believes they have equivalent education and the dedication that enables them to utilize and research Applied Ecopsychology or Integrated Ecology NSTP on a Master's level.

3. Candidate's Overview and Integration Statement Convincingly petition and show you presently operate on a Master's level of competency personally and professionally with respect to NSTP** and/or your profession.

This statement is like an equivalency of your MS project or thesis with the subject being "I Work on an NSTP Master's Level of Competency" Make it as strong as possible. Prove your point by the way you develop and organize this paper. Show how many hours you have in your field and compare them to the 1500 hours required in an MS program.

For Example: If you are a parent in a successful family, show that you know more and are better equipped to fulfill this role adding NSTP to it, than would a student be who has just graduated from college with and MS in Parenting but who has never been a parent. 

4. Once your petition is accepted for MS equivalence, all your previous and future PNC coursework will apply towards your next degree (Ph.D. or Post Graduate Professional Degree or certificate level. The courses are located at http://ecopsych.com/akamaiMS.html)

NSTP science rationale:


Below are nine Organic Psychology basics of the Natural Systems Thinking Process that help people solve the personal, social and environmental problems that result from the difference between the disconnected way we learn to think and how nature works.


The heart of our unsolvable problems is psychological. We are in denial. We deny that we are addicted to a story that says for us to live we must conquer, exploit and subdue nature, including our inherent human nature. Every other part of nature survives in balance through attractions that unite build and sustain consensual, mutually supportive relationships. NSTP enables us to think and act this way by identifying and addressing our denial and addiction.

1. Nature can be seen as a unifying attraction process that organizes, preserves and regenerates itself to produce an optimum of life, diversity and balanced cooperation without producing garbage, madness or death as we know it. Nature's way of expressing attraction/love prohibits the pollution, abusiveness and stress that deteriorate life.

2..We are born part of and attached to nature but learn to spend 99.9% of our conscious time and thought detached/disconnected from nature. Our psyche is dismembered from its origins. It silently suffers its profound loss of contact with its nurturing sensory and sensibility roots in nature's ways and intelligence. However, any word or incident that reminds us of our psychological dismemberment breaks the silence. It triggers the emotional pain of our disconnection into consciousness and we feel it. As reflected by the state of the world, indoors or outdoors, our mentality is guarded, stressed, ill, wanting and destructive due to our painful deficiency of nature's peace, wisdom, and beauty (10, 16F).

3.When we provide material, social, or financial rewards for nature-disconnecting stories and technologies, we become psychologically bonded to them and their destructive effects. Things that experience these effects suffer.

4.The web of life is a global ecosystem of which people are part. To be part of a system one must in some way be in communication with the system. The Organic Psychology of the Natural Systems Thinking Process enables a person to restore their inherent 53-sense ability to consciously register, enjoy, and respond to communication with nature. It accomplishes this by helping us bring into our awareness the webstring attraction loves that we share with the web of life and make sensory contact with them in nature, backyard or backcountry.

5. People experience webstrings as sensory attractions, uncomfortable sensations are webstrings that attract us to seek additional webstrings and continue to participate.

6. Attractiveness is conscious of itself. When people think in consent and connection with webstrings they experience an attractive global consciousness that leads to unity at every level of endeavor.

7. There is an age old purpose and non-verbal process that sustains nature's web of life and its members, including people. That attractive purpose and process is to support life in balance. In this regard there are no known substitutes for the real thing. People must connect with genuine nature or suffer from the imperfections of the substitutes we create for it.

Since in this model there is no substitute for the real thing, if a person is not in conscious connection with webstring attractions, they are probably playing God in some way without the wisdom to do so.

8. Because we are nature renegades, to reconnect with nature, relationships must be entered by gaining consent and measured by their long term effects on global life in balance.

9. To reverse our imbalance and its discontents, continuing, thoughtful, shared, sensory contacts with webstring attractions in natural areas reconnect our thinking with nature's ways. This produces more sensitive and responsible personal, social and environmental relationships. A person can learn to trust and use nature connected experiences to help produce unity and balance.



Readily available, online, natural science tools
for the health of person, planet and spirit
P.O. Box 1605, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
360-378-6313 <email> www.ecopsych.com
The Natural Systems Thinking Process

Dr. Michael J. Cohen, Director

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All programs start with the Orientation Course contained in the book
The Web of Life Imperative.