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, or law, 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

Master of Environmental Studies ‘19

“Be brave and broad in your course selection. The different perspectives forced me to think differently about the work I was doing in environmental policy, and it’s very helpful for me to have knowledge of how we think about cities and areas spatially, how environmental investigators work in the field, and how to engage with the public around social policy issues.”

Master of Environmental Studies ‘18

“I took a risk management class my first semester and was enthralled. I realized I was really interested in energy efficiency, environmental health, and environmental justice—and especially, all the fascinating ways that they are linked. And my new position at Philadelphia Gas Works allows me to combine all of the different things I studied.”