Environmental Policy


MES students have ample opportunities to present their work at events such as the Graduate Research Forum in May each year.

Students concentrating in environmental policy usually fit into one of three areas. 

Most policy students develop programs around land-use planning and land-use regulation.  These students, who are preparing for careers in private consulting or public sector work, combine courses developed for the MES with courses in City and Regional Planning or Landscape Architecture. 

Other students examine environmental regulation at the federal, state and local level.  These students primarily take courses developed for the MES program or in the Fels Institute for Government program. They generally work in the public sector after graduation.

Still others study business and environment, preparing for careers in business.  They take many courses such as risk management and cost benefit analysis in the Wharton School. 

Student Research

Typical Courses from the MES program

Typical Courses from Other Schools at Penn

Wharton School

  • BPUB 761 - Risk Analysis and Environmental Management
  • LGST 806 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • OPIM 762 - Environmental Sustainability and Value Creation
  • INSR 805 - Risk Management
  • LGST 815 - Environmental Management, Law & Policy

Engineering School

  • EAS 502 - Renewable Energy and Its Impacts.  Technology, Ecology, Economics, Sustainability

School of Design

  • CPLN 648 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Urban Studies Program

  • URBS 454 - City Limits: The Impact of Urban Policy

Fels Institute of Government

  • GAFL 589 - Policy Development

Law School

  • LAW 540 - International Climate Change
  • LAW 777 - Environmental Lawyering





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