The Multi-master’s program is a unique opportunity for graduate students to obtain three master’s degrees in two and a half years (full-time). The students take eight credits here at Penn in the Master of Environmental Studies program and then head to Ecole des Mines de Paris in Fontainbleau, France for five months and then to Beijing to study at Tsinghua University for three months. At both universities, students undertake courses, lectures, site visits, case studies and projects to deepen their knowledge about global environmental management issues. Their education is then capped by a six month internship with a company or NGO anywhere in the world; their internship report serves as their thesis.
Graduated students have had diverse, applied experiences, from working on carbon capture and storage to working for NBC Universal in greening their filming. The students chose internships in South Korea, China, the US, France and Hong Kong. Meili Gault is a student in the program defending her thesis on Chinese corporations’ social responsibility initiatives this month. Student Kevin Wu is working for InnoGreen in Hong Kong, where he is evaluating carbon offset projects for REDD+ funding around Southeast Asia. Zoe Reich, who completed the program in 2011, has been helping NBC Universal reduce filming costs while reducing their environmental footprint. Veronica Lee wrote her capstone paper on “Sustainable Development in Practice: Rural Planning for Eco-Tourism Development in Southern China.” The report provided a qualitative account of the energy, water, and material flows in and around the valley in YiXian County in southern China that would be necessary to accommodate a large influx of international and national tourists.
The program allows students a unique way to interact with European and Chinese businesses and academics. If you are interested in applying, please click here or here for more information and contact Yvette Bordeaux, head of the Master of Environmental Studies Program.