Applicants to the Master of Environmental Studies program are evaluated according to the following criteria.
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and strong academic record.
- Current resume.
- The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required of all applicants except applicants with five or more years of professional experience or Penn undergraduate submatriculants.
- Two letters of recommendation from faculty or supervisors familiar with the applicant's abilities and scholarly work, including at least one academic reference, if possible.
- Written statement of career objectives and reasons for choosing the Master of Environmental Studies Program at the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. See specific essay questions.
- Most international applicants must also submit TOEFL scores (see: www.sas.upenn.edu/lps/english_proficiency). If the medium of instruction for your undergraduate degree was not English, you must submit an official TOEFL score. The minimum TOEFL scores required for admissions consideration are: 100 (iBT), 250 (CBT), or 600 (PBT). The TOEFL must be sent from ETS using the institutional code 2986. To locate a testing site near you or schedule an exam, visit the TOEFL website.
Upon review of an applicant's file, the admissions committee reserves the right to request TOEFL scores.
Although an undergraduate degree in a science such as Biology, Geology, or Chemistry is preferred, it is not required. Successful students in the program have come from many different undergraduate educational backgrounds such as Economics, Political Science, and English.
The Master of Environmental Studies program serves:
- Established environmental practitioners with a bachelor's degree who have encountered professional limitations as a consequence of insufficient education.
- Established environmental professionals who seek further specialized instruction in some aspect of environmental studies.
- College graduates whose current employment fails to engage their environmental interests, and who intend to use the MES degree to effect a career change.
- Degree candidates in professional schools who would like to combine the professional skills they will acquire from their primary programs with the substance of an environmental masters degree.
- Undergraduates at Penn in the School of Arts & Sciences, who choose to acquire the credentials that will enable them to accept responsible entry-level positions in the environmental field.
- Prospective students who are interested in pursuing green degrees and seek further education in sustainability.