Dual Degrees

We've partnered with several of the University of Pennsylvania’s world-class graduate programs to provide you with the opportunity to earn a second degree while studying in the Master of Environmental Studies program. You must be accepted to each program separately, but all dual degree programs are available to you even after you begin the Master of Environmental Studies degree. With a dual degree program, you gain deep expertise in two areas, doubling your networks and knowledge.

Download: MES Dual Degree Handbook 2021-2022

Watch the video below as Dr. Yvette Bordeaux, Master of Environmental Studies Program Director, gives an overview of the dual degree options available to students.

If you are having trouble seeing this video, you can watch it on YouTube.


While enrolled in the Master of Environmental Studies degree, you may also pursue one of four certificate options. In many cases, courses taken in the degree program will overlap with requirements for the certificate and can be double-counted.

The certificates include:

Submatriculation for Penn undergraduates

If you are a current on-campus undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania and know you want to pursue a Master of Environmental Studies degree, you can submatriculate into the program (Note: students in online undergraduate programs are not eligible for submatriculation). Submatriculates begin their graduate studies while still completing an undergraduate degree. Read more about submatriculation into the MES program.

Master of Environmental Studies Virtual Café

Join us on the first Tuesday of every month for an online chat, hosted live from noon - 1 p.m.

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Photo of Marina Battle Rullo (MES ’23)

MES in the Community

A building doesn’t exist in a bubble, says Marina Battle Rullo (MES ’23); as a sustainability consultant for an architecture firm, she can weigh in on energy, water, and community impacts that add up over time.