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51572 USD/year
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Penn's Master of Environmental Studies program helps you translate your passion for the environment into a fulfilling career. Our program offers an exceptional education in environmental science, opportunities to conduct research in the field, and the professional networks you need to excel in your work as a researcher, policy advocate, teacher, or business executive.

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The Master of Environmental Studies program provides you with the knowledge base you need to understand complex environmental issues—and allows you the flexibility to develop unique expertise and professional experience in the field of your choice. Penn’s degree is exceptional among environmental studies programs for the breadth of options it offers. With the help of a dedicated academic advisor, you create a curriculum suited precisely to your goals.

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 science courses. 

You may choose from the following concentrations:

  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Resilience and Adaptation
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Resource Management
  • Urban Environment

Many of our distinguished professors also influence practices outside the University, bringing their experience and broad networks from the worlds of policy, business, and consulting into the classroom. Our working students find meaningful ways to blend their academic and current professional experiences by partnering with faculty to design projects and research that tackle real-world challenges from their workplace.

Master of Environmental Studies students may enroll on either a part-time or full-time basis. Your time to graduation will vary depending on how many classes you take each semester and whether you take summer classes. Full-time students can complete the program in two years, taking three or four classes per semester. Part-time students typically complete their work in three years, taking one or two classes per semester. Individuals working full time are advised to take no more than two courses per term.

Programme Structure

As a Master of Environmental Studies student, you will complete 12 courses that reflect a balance between disciplinary focus and interdisciplinary knowledge. Your course of study includes the following elements:

  • The Proseminar: Contemporary Issues in Environmental Studies
  • Research Methods course
  • Foundation courses 
  • Professional concentration courses
  • Capstone Seminar

The capstone project is a distinguishing feature of the Master of Environmental Studies program, blending academic and professional experiences and serving as the culmination of your work in the program. You will design a project drawing from your learning in and outside the classroom to demonstrate mastery of your concentration area.

Please visit our program website for more information on courses and curriculum: www.upenn.edu/chemistry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Fall: December 15 (Priority deadline)


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

The Master of Environmental Studies program is designed for individuals with a wide variety of backgrounds and levels of experience. Successful students in the program have come from many different undergraduate educational backgrounds such as economics, political science and English.

Your 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

Tuition Fee

  • National

    51572 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25786 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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