Climate and Society

 
Program Category: 
M.A. Programs
Director of Graduate Studies: 
Ben Orlove, Mingfang Ting

Degree Programs: Full time: Free-Standing M.A.

The M.A. Program in Climate and Society uses an interdisciplinary approach to train professionals and academics to understand and cope with the impacts of climate variability and climate change on society and the environment. The 12-month program emphasizes the problems of developing societies.

This program is designed to provide the necessary skills and needed background in the social and natural sciences to: policy administrators and other decision-makers in water resource management, agriculture, health, tourism and economics, especially from the developing world; policy professionals and administrators who want to pursue strategies in sustainable development; private sector professionals dealing with risk and decisions relating to environmental change; and educators, who are training a generation that can no longer ignore climate. It also serves recent graduates in the natural and social sciences interested in interdisciplinary environmental action or research. The program has an intrinsic interest in recruiting outstanding applicants from the developing world who will return to advance development in their own societies.

Special Admissions Requirements: 

In addition to the requirements listed below, all students must submit 1 transcript showing courses and grades per school attended, a Statement of Academic Purpose and 3 letters of evaluation from academic sources.

All international students whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from an institution in a country whose official language is not English, must submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS.

For more information, refer to our Admissions Information and Frequently Asked Questions pages.

Deadline for Fall Admission: 
Monday, March 17, 2014
Resume Requirement: 
Yes
Writing Sample: 
No
GRE General: 
Yes
Degree Programs: 
Full Time
Free-Standing: 
Yes
Other: 

Priority Deadline for Fall Admission: February 3, 2014
Final Deadline for Fall Admission: March 17, 2014

Some undergraduate-level coursework on climate or a related topic is preferred, along with some previous social science courses or experience in policy and administration, knowledge of calculus, and undergraduate-level courses in introductory statistics or data analysis.