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Admissions and Eligibility

The Master of Environmental Studies program (MES) 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

See our Application Overview for specific requirements.

Master of Environmental Studies application and deadlines

The first step toward earning your Master of Environmental Studies degree at Penn is completing the online application

You may apply to begin your studies during the fall or spring terms. Your application portfolio, including all transcripts, must be received by the following deadlines:

Spring 2015 admission
Application deadline: October 15, 2014 — Apply now!

Fall 2015 admission
Application deadline: April 15, 2015
Application will be opening in October 2014

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MES Information Session

Program Resources

Meet Program Director Yvette Bordeaux as she presents details about the Master of Environmental Studies program.

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Inside the Program

Environmental Studies Infographic

Our students are practicing and aspiring professionals taking courses on a schedule that works for them.

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