Penn’s Master of Environmental Studies

Master of Environmental Studies student in the field

It’s time to go all in for the environment

In the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Environmental Studies, you build broad knowledge and deep expertise that positions you for a successful career addressing complex environmental issues. Our innovative Ivy League program gives you a rigorous, interdisciplinary education tailored to your unique goals as an environmental professional. Master of Environmental Studies students also benefit from the exceptional research opportunities and vibrant intellectual community that make Penn world-renowned.

  • Choose from concentrations in Environmental Biology, Environmental Policy, Environmental Resilience and Adaptation, Environmental Sustainability, Resource Management, and Urban Environment—or develop an individualized concentration with support from your advisor
  • Take courses in schools across the University, including Wharton, Penn Law, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Fels Institute of Government, and the Stuart Weitzman School of Design
  • Build your professional networks and take advantage of individualized professional development coaching
  • Gain hands-on experience through industry internships and fieldwork opportunities
  • Enroll full or part time as your schedule allows, so you can pursue your education without interrupting your career
  • Complete the 12-course program in two to four years, depending on course load
  • Earn a dual degree in business, nonprofit leadership, public health, public administration, law, city and regional planning, veterinary medicine, or a multi-master's degree in international environmental management
  • Study in a green campus in the heart of Philadelphia, a city committed to a sustainable future
Zhao Liu

MES/ML/MS ‘25—expected

“I decided to go to Penn because I knew Penn has numerous interdisciplinary opportunities and the MES is a very diverse and multidisciplinary program, so I can learn environmental and legal knowledge here and also strengthen my business background.”

Amisha Shahra

Master of Environmental Studies ‘22

“I took one of Professor Bill Braham”s classes in large-scale restoration projects for the certificate that centered around nature-based solutions to wastewater and water management issues, like constructed wetlands. The class pushed me further into the sustainable water management space.”