Master of Climate Change


Global climate change is considered by many scientists and high-level decision makers in government, business and civil society to be one of the most pressing challenges facing humankind.

The Master of Climate Change (MCC) program at the University of Waterloo was the first of its kind in Canada when it launched in 2013. The program has attracted students from around the world who have brought a diversity of professional experience and educational backgrounds to their studies in climate change.

The MCC program provides a unique educational experience to students interested in the rapidly evolving fields of climate change research and diverse career paths in climate change science, policy and management. The program is designed with the flexibility to meet the needs of recent graduates who endeavour to become part of the first generation of climate change professionals by building on their undergraduate degree with advanced training and experience specific to climate change. The program will also be of interest to mid-career professionals looking to upgrade their current knowledge and skills to take on the challenges climate change poses to their field.

"Climate Change is upon us and education is the most effective tool we have to mitigate and adapt to it. The University of Waterloo, as it did in the high tech revolution, is leading the way with an innovative program that will equip Canada to face our greatest challenge."

John Bennett
Former Executive Director, Sierra Club Canada
"Innovative policies to avoid the potentially catastrophic consequences of climate change are needed now in Canada and globally. The development and adoption of such policies requires more expertise and greater understanding of the science of climate change, and the choice of response options. The pioneering research and teaching at the University of Waterloo are an important and highly valued contribution to meeting this challenge. The University is to be congratulated for its enterprising efforts in creating an excellently designed Master’s Degree Programme in Climate Change."

Ian Burton, Emeritus Professor
School of Environment, University of Toronto.
"The challenges associated with a changing climate and extreme weather events are as formidable as humanity has ever faced. Accordingly, it is with substantial applause that I welcome the well-crafted Master’s in Climate Change program offered by the University of Waterloo – generations to come will benefit from the leadership that graduates of this program will convey globally."

Dr. Frank Frantisak (OC)
Former Senior Vice President, Noranda Inc.


Dustin Carey"Addressing the challenges presented by climate change requires an integrated and multifaceted skillset not typically cultivated by post-secondary programs. By founding the educational basis of the Master’s of Climate Change program on the working groups of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the University of Waterloo has aligned knowledge development with the priorities established by the international community of experts. As the public, private and non-profit sectors work to develop solutions to the emerging problems facing Canada, the MCC provides graduates with a robust capacity for leadership in the climate field" (Dustin Carey, MCC Alumnus, 2014/2015 cohort).

MCC students