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.
Excellent candidates for this Professional Science Master’s
program have undergraduate backgrounds in:
- Environmental Studies
- Other academic areas that are committed to
learning and applying the science of climate change
and explain the physical nature of global climate change;
national and international standards to conduct professional greenhouse gas
the social and economic externalities of climate change;
the ethical, scientific, and policy strengths and weaknesses of current and proposed
mitigation and adaptation strategies;
analyze, synthesize, and communicate scientific information and uncertainties
for public and professional audiences; and
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:
science of climate change
economics of natural resources and climate change
science and management of greenhouse gases
principles of sustainable systems
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/
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.
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.
funding resources are available through independent scholarship and fellowship
programs including the following:
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:
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.”
Kalafatas, CEO, 3 Degrees Group, Inc.