Master of Science in Climate Science and Solutions

“I have seen the challenges resulting from what I consider to be a severe shortage of individuals who are educated and trained to effectively work in greenhouse gas and climate change fields.”—Ann Bowles, Senior Program Manager, American National Standards Institute, Greenhouse Gases Program

Program Learning Objectives

  • Understand and explain the physical nature of global climate change;
  • Apply national and international standards to conduct professional greenhouse gas inventories;
  • Evaluate the social and economic externalities of climate change;
  • Describe the ethical, scientific, and policy strengths and weaknesses of current and proposed mitigation and adaptation strategies;
  • Identify, analyze, synthesize, and communicate scientific information and uncertainties for public and professional audiences; and
  • Participate in a professional internship and identify a career path that meets the needs of the growing climate industry.


Degree requirements

This is a 36-credit program that includes five core courses (18-credits) focused on the following:

  1. science of climate change;
  2. the economics of natural resources and climate change;
  3. the science and management of greenhouse gases;
  4. the principles of sustainable systems; and
  5. environmental discourse around climate change mitigation and adaptation.

You will select electives to tailor your degree toward biological, engineering, social, policy, or economic approaches to climate solutions.

In addition to 12-credits of electives, students participate in a 6-credit career development program, including a professional summer internship. Both the electives and the internship allow students to personalize their degree.

 For more details about specific courses and requirements, see the program of study and the academic catalog.


Find out how to apply for admission to our program.


National Science Foundation Professional Science Master's