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Dual Degrees

We've partnered with several of the University of Pennsylvania’s world-class graduate programs to provide you with the opportunity to earn a second degree while studying in the Master of Environmental Studies program. You must be accepted to each program separately, but all dual degree programs are available to you even after you begin the Master of Environmental Studies degree. With a dual degree program, you gain deep expertise in two areas, doubling your networks and knowledge.  

The laws governing land, pollution and natural resources shape both the environment and humans’ relationships to the planet. To provide you with expertise in both environmental and ecological issues, and the laws that can determine the fate of both human and natural communities, the Master of Environmental Studies program has partnered with Penn Law to enable students to earn a dual Master of Environmental Studies/Juris Doctorate (MES/JD) degree in three years. This course of study will prepare students to assume positions of leadership in environmental law and policy making in both the public and private sector.

Due to the greater flexibility in scheduling generally offered by the Master of Environmental Studies program, our courses are typically taken during the summers, in the evening and online, enabling you to pursue law clerkships during the summer.

To begin the dual degree, you must apply and gain admission to both schools independently. Once admitted, you may choose the dual-degree program.

Visit the Penn Law website to read the full description of the MES/JD dual degree for additional JD program and admission requirements.

This dual degree allows you to earn both the Master of Environmental Studies degree and an MBA degree from Penn’s internationally renowned Wharton School in three years or less. The program grooms students for global leadership roles in environmental management, finance and other business specialties. 

The Master of Environmental Studies portion of your studies will deepen your knowledge of environmental issues, teach you technical environmental evaluation and offer you practical field experience. Classes in Wharton’s Environmental Risk and Management track will help you develop a range of skills and knowledge you can apply in business practice.

To begin the dual degree, you must apply and gain admission to both schools independently. Once admitted, you may choose the dual-degree program.

Visit Wharton's website to read the full description of the MES/MBA dual degree for additional MBA program and admission requirements.

The dual degree program with the Fels Institute of Government at Penn offers you the opportunity to earn the Master of Environmental Studies degree and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree concurrently. Many Master of Environmental Studies students go on to work in a range of non-profit and government roles. Earning an MPA in addition to the environmental studies degree qualifies you to expertly navigate environmental management challenges in the government and non-profit worlds. 

The Master of Environmental Studies degree grounds you in detailed environmental knowledge and provides an on-the-ground understanding of ecological issues. The MPA serves as a valuable complement, preparing you for leadership in government, non-profit organizations and private firms engaged in public sector work. Environmental policy issues are ubiquitous across all parts of the public and non-profit sectors, and the dual degree empowers you to embark on exciting careers where you leverage your unique expertise in environmental policy, resource management or the urban environment.

To begin the dual degree, you must apply and gain admission to both schools independently. Once admitted, you may choose the joint-degree program.

Visit the Fel's Institute of Government website to learn more about the MPA degree and admission requirements.

In collaboration with Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, the College of Liberal and Professional Studies offer students a dual degree option for a Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Environmental Studies (MES) for those who are interested in pursuing environmental public health. Careers in the field range from regulating air pollution, environmental education and geographic mapping to addressing complex and ever-changing legal regulation around environmental hazards to public health.

This dual degree program, which can be completed in three years of full-time study, expands the range of your skills and knowledge in this growing field. The Master of Environmental Studies program provides exposure to earth sciences, policy and other relevant disciplines that complement the MPH curriculum, which focuses on research, education and service learning in population health problems. Together, these programs allow you to go on to careers where you may demonstrate your expertise in environmental health, policy and its effects on communities at risk for disease and injury.

Additionally, the multi-disciplinary nature of the Master of Environmental Studies degree exposes you to faculty and students with similar interests in environmentally-related topics throughout the Penn community. The capstone project, which is a final culmination of your specific area of interest gives you the opportunity to participate in a research initiative related to this combined field of study.

To begin the dual degree, you must apply and gain admission to both the Perelman School of Medicine and the College of Liberal and Professional Studies independently. Once admitted, you may choose the dual degree program.

Visit Penn's Master of Public Health website to read the full description of the MES/MPH dual degree for additional MPH program and admission requirements.

The purpose of the multi-master's degree program in International Environmental Management is to bring together highly qualified individuals from France, China and the United States with a variety of master’s degrees in a unique and rigorous program that will prepare them to manage complex international environmental challenges.

Advanced students in the Master of Environmental Studies program may apply to this exceptional multi-master’s degree program in International Environmental Management after they have completed eight course units.

If you are accepted into the program, you will study at Tsinghua University in China for three months, and then at Mines ParisTech in France for four months. This study is followed by a six-month internship anywhere in the world.

In total, you will earn three degrees:

  • Master of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania
  • Mastère Spécialisè in Environmental Management from Mines ParisTech
  • Master of Engineering from Tsinghua University

Together, these credentials provide you with a powerful understanding of environmental challenges and policies around the world.

Our multi-master’s degree students often go on to exciting consulting positions and other jobs across the globe.

The program consists of:

  • Eight course units in the Master of Environmental Studies program at Penn
  • Four months of intensive seminars at Mines ParisTech in Fontainbleau, France
  • Three months of study at the Franco-Chinese Center of Environment and Energy at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China
  • A six-month internship with a corporation with which the student has previously arranged an internship to work on an environmental management problem. The report that results from this internship will serve as the capstone for the Master of Environmental Studies program.

Master of Environmental Studies students interested in this program must complete eight course units at Penn before applying to Mines ParisTech, which administers the France and China portions of the program. 

Applications are generally due to Mines ParisTech in January each year. Penn students who enter in the fall take a full-time load of courses in the fall and spring and apply for the following fall semester.

For more information on this program, please contact the Program Director.

Certificates

While enrolled in the Master of Environmental Studies degree, you may also pursue one of four certificate options. In many cases courses taken in the degree program will overlap with requirements for the certificate and can be double-counted.

The certificates include:

Submatriculation for Penn undergraduates

If you are a current undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania and know you want to pursue an Master of Environmental Studies degree, you can submatriculate into the program. Submatriculates begin their graduate studies while still completing an undergraduate degree. Read more about submatriculation into the MES program.

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