Graduate education in climate change

Global climate change is one of the most pressing challenges facing humankind. The current and projected effects of climate variability affect societies and economies on all scales. There is a growing demand for professionals in all sectors to possess a holistic knowledge of climate change science, policy and management. GEM offers two graduate programs that equip its students with the specialized knowledge and skills necessary to manage, minimize, and mitigate climate change and extreme weather impacts.

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Program overviews

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Master of Climate Change (MCC)

Delivery mode, study option: On campus, coursework

  • On campus coursework can be completed in one term full-time.

Registration option(s): Full or part-time

The MCC program provides a unique educational experience for students looking for advanced training and expertise specific to climate change. Graduates will be part of the first generation of climate change professionals and able to pursue diverse career paths in all areas of government, civil society, and local/international development.

Students complete a Master's Research Paper or Graduate Studies Practicum, gaining valuable research or work experience within the program curriculum.

Students in the MCC program will:

  • Achieve systematic understanding of climate change science, policy and management

  • Interpret and evaluate climate change research and policy   

  • Gain professional skills in research execution, collaborative problem solving, and effective written and oral communication.

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Graduate Diploma (GDip) in Climate Risk Management (CRM)

Delivery mode, study option: Online, coursework

Registration option(s): Part-time

The CRM diploma is for the early-to mid-career professionals who must integrate climate risk management into their regular professional duties. This part-time, entirely online program focuses on applied skills that are relevant across multiple disciplines and professions.

Professionals in the CRM diploma program will:

  • Develop competency in climate science, risk, and opportunities

  • Achieve in-depth knowledge in three of the following:

    • Accessing and interpreting climate change data

    • Incorporating climate change into business decisions

    • Managing climate change risk

    • Greenhouse gas accounting and management