Master's 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. Most students follow the two-year program, which includes a four- to six-month internship and a Master’s Project.
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First-Year Courses
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. Students are taught the basic concepts of environmental and natural resource economics, environmental policy, and detailed analyses of U.S. and international climate law and policy.
First Semester
Climate Science 
Natural Resource Economics
Climate Change and Agroecology
Climate Policy
Tools of Analysis: Statistics and Econometrics
Communication I
Second Semester
Climate Change and Water
Environmental Economics
Energy Policy
The Politics of Solutions
Tools of Analysis: Geographic Information Systems
Communication II
Final-Year Courses
The second year of the program is designed for students to explore their career interests through a required 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 powerful suite of analytical, communication, and problem-solving skills; professional experience in their chosen field; and finally, specialized expertise on the particular topic of their research project.
First Semester
Capstone Proposal
Second Semester
Topics in Environmental Policy
Leadership and Careers
Capstone Project and Seminar
  • The Master's Project 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.
  • The Professional Internship 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.