An environmental studies graduate degree program that spans science, policy, management, sustainability, resilience and adaptation, and many more fields
The Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program at the University of Pennsylvania offers rigorous, Ivy League academics in environmental studies and exceptional opportunities to conduct research in the field. In addition, you gain the industry connections and individualized professional development you need to take on today's environmental challenges and excel in your work, whether as a researcher, policy advocate, management consultant, or executive.
Built with flexibility in mind, you can choose from a variety of concentrations or create your own—all with the guidance of our world-class faculty and built upon the foundation of Ivy League courses. Many of our distinguished professors also influence practices outside the University, bringing their experience and broad networks from the worlds of scientific research, sustainability, policy, resilience and adaptation planning, and management into the classroom. Our working students find meaningful ways to blend their graduate school and professional work by partnering with faculty to design projects and research that tackle real-world environmental challenges from their workplace.
The heart of the Master of Environmental Studies program is the passion of our students and faculty to create change in the world, from helping to preserve habitats to implementing energy-efficient policies to planning for climate change at the local and national levels.
Career paths for Master of Environmental Studies graduates
Graduates of Penn’s Master of Environmental Studies program have entered a myriad of roles and industries around the world—scientific researcher, conservationist, and global corporate sustainability manager to name a few.
The University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
The University of Pennsylvania is authorized to operate by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.The University of Pennsylvania is an approved institutional participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.
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- Environmental Chemistry
- Environmental Biology
- Environmental Geology
- Environmental Law
- Environmental Policy
- Environmental Business
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- 24 months
- 36 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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Fall: December 15 (Priority deadline)
DisciplinesEnvironmental Sciences View 419 other Masters in Environmental Sciences in United States
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Application to the Master of Environmental Studies program will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Undergraduate academic record at an accredited college or university
- Work experience
- Career objectives and reasons for choosing the Master of Environmental Studies program at Penn
- Letters of recommendation
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, if applicable
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International47344 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 23672 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
National47344 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 23672 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
Per semester (4 courses) full-time tuition and fees for summer 2019 – spring 2020: $25,786
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.