If it is after the application deadline for the current year (March 26, 2018) and you would still like to apply, please contact Amy Wolkowinsky to discuss your options.


The Climate Science and Solutions (CSS) Professional Science Master's program combines a foundation of climate science and sustainable systems studies with professional training and organizational skills to help graduates succeed in the growing climate industry.

Program highlights 

  • 18-month, non-thesis based program is designed to help students directly apply science and policy skills in organizational settings
  • Students meet with faculty, industry professionals, and a career coordinator to refine their professional interests and develop a portfolio of their applied projects
  • An international Advisory Board of professionals ensures the program is meeting the current needs of the growing climate industry and provides direct assistance to students in growing their professional network, securing internships and advancing in their career
  • The Association for Energy Engineers (AEE) has become a Climate Science and Solutions partner by offering current students and alumni a 40% discount on their OnDemand bundles and $50 off certification exams. Their certifications will help further the career of any CSS student or alumni who wants to be an energy management professional. Contact the Professional Development Coordinator for further details.

Our students

Excellent candidates for this Professional Science Master’s program have undergraduate backgrounds in:

  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Business
  • Other academic areas that are committed to learning and applying the science of climate change

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 develop the professional skills needed to establish your career in the growing climate industry.

Financing your education

Our Office of Student Financial Aid can help you estimate the cost to attend graduate school.

Financial assistance 

The CSS program is a member of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) and provides resident tuition rates for students from qualifying western states.

In addition, there are several options for financing your education, including:

  • Graduate assistantships
  • Scholarships
  • Need-based stipends
  • Project specific funding
Our Financing Your Education page provides information on the range of current opportunities and resources.

NAU President's Climate Commitment

Former President Haeger signed the American College and University President's Climate Commitment in 2007. NAU is one of the top five Summa Cum Laude signatories from a list of over 670 schools! NAU is making impressive strides towards reaching its pledge of carbon neutrality. Dive deeper into Green NAU to learn how you can get involved and help NAU become a model institution for environmental stewardship.

To learn more about NAU's culture of sustainability, check out Green NAU.

“The Master’s in Climate Science and Solutions provides a rare, integrated combination of academic climate science and professional management training for leaders of tomorrow’s low-carbon economy.” 

– Dan Kalafatas, CEO, 3 Degrees Group, Inc. 

National Science Foundation  Professional Science Master's