Climate and Society

Program Category: MA Programs
Director of Graduate Studies: Ben Orlove and Mingfang Ting
Email Address: climatesociety [at]
Degree Programs: Full time: Free-Standing MA

The MA 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 twelve-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
  • 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 a transcript showing courses and grades per school attended, a statement of academic purpose, and three 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 Early Admission: Thursday, January 28, 2021
Deadline for Fall Admission: Thursday, March 4, 2021
Resume Requirement: Yes
Writing Sample: No
GRE General: No
Degree Programs: Full Time
Free-Standing: Yes
Letters of Recommendation: 3


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. A list of your undergraduate science courses must be included with the application.

To be considered for financial support, please submit your application by the priority deadline date. Applications submitted by the priority deadline will receive a decision by March 2. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis.