The Climate Science and Solutions (CSS) Professional Science Master’s program is designed to train students in the scientific basis of global climate change while developing highly valued business skills. This 18-month, non-thesis based program is developed in consultation with an Advisory Board of professionals that ensure the program meets current and anticipated workforce needs.  

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.

Program of Study

The core course work for this 36-credit program includes five core courses (18 credits) focused on the following:

  • The science of climate change
  • The economics of natural resources and climate change
  • The science and management of greenhouse gases
  • The principles of sustainable systems
  • Environmental discourse around climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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. 

Click here to find a complete program of study.

Financing Your Education

Our Office of Student Financial Aid can help you estimate the cost to attend graduate school at NAU http://nau.edu/FinAid/Cost/

Financial Assistance

The CSS program is a member of the Western Regional Graduate Program http://wiche.edu/wrgp. Applicants from any of the 15 participating western states are eligible for in-state tuition.
Depending on availability, the CSS program may also have some limited funding resources (e.g., tuition waivers and assistantships) available to students accepted into the program. These funding sources will be awarded on a competitive basis.
Additional funding resources are available through independent scholarship and fellowship programs including the following:

Wyss Scholars:  The Wyss Scholars Program supports the graduate education of future conservation leaders in the American West. Northern Arizona University is fortunate to be one of four universities (including University of Michigan, University of Montana, and Yale University) to host Wyss Scholars. These future conservation leaders focus their graduate education on conservation science and policy with the aim of applying this knowledge to their careers in land management agencies and non-profit conservation groups working to protect landscapes in the Intermountain West. This program provides half of tuition costs, a $5k summer research stipend and additional funding upon graduation for students that seek careers in land management agencies and non profit conservation groups. To find out more about this scholarship opportunity go to:  http://wyssfoundation.org/fellows-scholars/scholars/

Professional Research Opportunities in Patagonia:

The School of Earth Science and Environmental Sustainability has partnered with the Omora Sub-Antarctic Research Alliance (OSARA) on a project funded by the National Science Foundation to provide opportunities to conduct scientific research in Argentina, based in the world’s southernmost city – Ushuaia. The project is entitled: Patagonian Research Experiences in Sustainability Science (PRESS): Understanding Social-Ecological Drivers & Consequences of Global Change. PRESS provides an in-depth research and educational experience Patagonia, where the combined expertise of 17 Argentine scientific and management mentors from the Austral Center for Scientific Research (CADIC), Argentine National Parks Administration (APN), and the National Universities of Tierra del Fuego (UNTDF) and Southern Patagonia (UNPA).  Graduate students with strong Spanish language skills may be eligible on a competitive basis to participate in a 15-20 week research program that covers housing costs and a stipend of $5,250 for participating researchers.

 For more information https://nau.edu/CIE/Global-Science-Engineering/Destinations/Structure/


“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.

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