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 

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.



“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