Submatriculation for Penn Undergraduates

An option for Penn Undergraduates is to submatriculate into the Master of Environmental Studies program.  Submatriculation allows an undergraduate student to begin their Graduate career before finishing their undergraduate program.

Submatriculation Benefits

  • In most cases submatriculation allows a student to finish both the undergraduate and graduate program in 5 years.
  • Four courses may be Double counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Students may enter the MES program as Submatriculates between their first semester junior year and first semester senior year.  Thus students may apply as early as second semester sophomore year and as late as second semester junior year. 
  • Students about to enter their last semester of their undergraduate career at Penn are not eligible for submatriculation but may apply for regular admission to the MES.
  • Students applying to the program must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, but higher GPA's are strongly recommended.
  • Students do not have to be Environmental Studies, Geology or Biology majors to be considered for the program.  Students in any major may apply.
  • Students are strongly encouraged (but not required) to take ENVS 200 Intro to Environmental Analysis before submatriculation.
  • Interested Penn Undergraduates should meet with both their undergraduate Academic Advisor and the MES Director as early as possible to determine if this program is right for them and to confirm eligibility.
  • A Submatriculation Application must be submitted to the student's school office and the director of the MES prior to enrollment in the program.
  • Students in schools other than Arts and Science (College or LPS) should talk to their academic advisors to determine if additional forms need to be completed.

Details about Course Double Counts

  • Double counted courses must be graduate level (typically numbered 400 or above) and must be approved by both the undergraduate and graduate academic advisors for their respective programs.
  • Appropriate courses taken prior to sub matriculation may be double counted with the approval of both the undergraduate and graduate academic advisors.
  • Double counted courses may be from any school at Penn.  However, they must be graduate level, appropriate for the MES curriculum, and approved by both the undergraduate and MES academic advisors.

College Students can learn more here.

LPS Students can learn more here.

Students in other Schools should contact their undergraduate academic office.

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