College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2013-2014

School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability

Climate Science and Solutions, Master of Science

This degree will give you the academic background and the professional skills needed in sectors of the economy dealing with sustainability, climate mitigation, and carbon markets. In this non-thesis academic plan, you will learn: the science behind climate change, the policy basis of climate change mitigation, and the fundamentals of greenhouse-gas accounting.

Around the core curriculum of climate science and economics, topics in environmental sustainability, and greenhouse gas science and management, you will select electives to create an emphasis oriented toward your interests in engineering, policy, or economic approaches to climate solutions. A key component of the program is the summer internship that will provide you with professional development through on-site direct experiences with a private firm, government agency, or non-governmental organization that works in the carbon management and market sector.

Careers

What Can I Do with a Master of Science in Climate Science and Solutions?

In seeking to address the challenges  associated with climate change, organizations across the globe are increasingly looking for employees with skills that cross disciplines, including science, public policy, and economics. Our Climate Science and Solutions degree takes the interdisciplinary approach needed to prepare you to address global climate change issues. Here, you can accelerate your career, boost your skill set, and learn to operate more effectively in a variety of professional environments.

Our program will educate you on the science of climate change, and the policy, economics, and technology of climate change mitigation. You will select electives to create an emphasis oriented toward your interests in biological, engineering, policy, or economic approaches to climate solutions. The program also offers internships that will provide you with professional development through on-site direct experience with a private firm, NGO, or government agency working in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Policy analyst
  • Research assistant
  • Climate change analyst
  • Carbon offset project designer


University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 36
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Additional Fees/Program Fees Additional Fees and/or Program Fees apply.

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy 


    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Personal statement or essay
    • Resume or curriculum vitae
Master's Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
     

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