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2013-14 MS in Climate Science and Policy

Course Descriptions

For a complete list of course descriptions in the climate degree, click below.

Nick Martin '13

Policy Analyst, Pace Energy and Climate Center, White Plains, New York

Nick Martin

"During my time at Bard CEP, I was supported in securing two internships at leading environmental think tanks, one at the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C., and the other at Development Alternatives in New Delhi, India. Both of these internships provided invaluable experience in my career field of choice, where I worked on policy research quality issues and climate adaptation/food security issues, respectively. After finishing my MS degree in climate science and policy, I was successful in securing a position with Pace Energy and Climate Center as a policy analyst."

The Faculty

Students discuss some of the benefits of working with the faculty at Bard CEP.


Masters in Climate Science and Policy

Masters in Climate Science and Policy
The climate degree covers the interplay between climate systems, ecosystems, and agricultural systems on the one hand and solutions on the other, training future policy leaders to guide efforts in greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation. The curriculum incorporates science, economics, policy, law, and tools of analysis.

Cutting-Edge Curriculum

The program leading to the master of science degree in climate science and policy offers three options. Most students follow the two-year program, which includes a four- to six-month internship and a Master’s Project. The climate degree covers the interplay between climate systems, ecosystems, and agricultural systems on the one hand and solutions on the other, training future policy leaders to guide efforts in greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation. The first-year curriculum focuses on climate science, energy consumption, and the agriculture and ecosystem linkages to climate. It connects core scientific principles to socioeconomic impacts, infrastructure investment, and political and legislative responses to global climate change.  VIEW MORE >>

Second Year

The second year of the program is designed for students to explore their career interests through a re-quired internship and by researching and writing a Master’s Project. Both the internship and the project allow students to specialize in their career and academic interests. The two-year curriculum ensures that graduates develop both broad and deep knowledge of environmental and climate policy issues; a power-ful suite of analytical, communication, and problem-solving skills; professional experience in their cho-sen field; and finally, specialized expertise on the particular topic of their research project. VIEW MORE >>

Professional Internships

The internship provides hands-on experience working with professionals in the field and facilitates entry into the job market. Internship arrangements with public, private, and nonprofit organizations offer a wide range of choices and provide real benefits to the student and the collaborating organization. Conducted during the summer and fall semester of the second year, internships are at least 30 hours a week and four consecutive months in duration.

Bard CEP helps students find internship opportunities with a variety of institutions, and is continuously expanding the list of internship sponsors. The internship allows students to follow their preferred areas of specialization locally, elsewhere in the United States, or abroad. The internship gives students an applied focus to their degree and an opportunity to learn in a professional setting the job-specific skills they will use upon graduation. Internships also expand professional networks, often leading directly or indirectly to employment. Below is a select list of student internship placements. VIEW MORE >>

Flexible Student Research 

The Master’s Project is an original presentation with practical application to a particular environmental problem and its policy implications. Normally linked to some part of the internship, the project should reflect the multifaceted nature of an actual environmental issue and integrate aspects of the natural and social sciences and humanities in the analysis and policy recommendations. Recent Master’s Projects examine important environmental concerns covering an array of areas, including water and wildlife management, pollution prevention and regulatory review, land-use planning and environmental justice, preservation of natural resources and the rural character of smaller towns, economic growth and sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, and more.  VIEW MORE >>