Program Format

Policy Driven. Science Centered. Global Reach.

Next Application Dates: The application is now open for Summer 2017, the early consideration deadline is December 11, 2017.

The standard deadline is January 25, 2018.

Program Timeline: The academic year starts in late July 2018 and ends mid-June 2019.

The UCSD Master's Degree in Climate Science and Policy consists of 50 quarter units of study. Coursework will be completed in one year. Following completion of the mandatory full-time summer program, part time study may be an option (see below).

The MAS CSP program starts each year in late July. All CSP students must enroll in the summer program, an intensive, 12-unit course that features an intensive Climate Math and Climate Communication "Boot Camp.” In Climate Math students learn climate science-related concepts in linear algebra and calculus. In an innovative @Climate communication course students will explore different aspects of climate communication ranging from diplomatic efforts with relevant audiences and simplification of complex scientific concepts and visualization of scientific data for policymakers to active engagement with stakeholders via knowledge exchange and experiential communication. This interactive course provides students with an integrated portfolio of skills in climate communication to engage with public and policymakers locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Climate Science and Policy Summer Boot Camp runs 8 weeks, there are 7 weeks of classes and a week-long off-site field trip. Classes are taught at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, begin at 9:00am and run until 5:00pm, five days a week.

During the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters, students are required to take various courses in the Climate Sciences and Policy program. Students may choose electives courses from many departments at UCSD.

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Program Format

The MAS in Climate Science and Policy program is an intensive program designed for professionals in industry, government and NGOs to take one year off to complete the degree.  
Part-time study, following completion of the 12-unit full-time summer boot camp, is approved on a case by case basis. Applicants who are interested in part time study must communicate with program representatives prior to the application deadline to discuss the part-time study option and the proposed pace of study. There will be a 2 year time-frame in which the degree must be completed.

The coursework for the year is listed below. For course descriptions, please see the Courses page.

Summer required course work:
Fall required course work:
  • SIOC 217A. Atmospheric and Climate Sciences I (4 units)
  • SIO 210C. Physical Oceanography (4 units)
  • ECON 281. Economics of the Environment (4 units)
Winter required course work:
  • SIOC 292. Introduction to Climate Science and Policy (4 units)
  • SIOG 260. Marine Chemistry (4 units)
  • SIOC 296. Climate Science and Policy Forum (A two-unit forum for all MAS students designed to assist students with their Capstone projects.)
  • One elective course (such as Isotope Geochemistry or Climate Sciences II or Organizational Leadership)
Spring required course work:
  • SIOC 299. Climate Science and Policy Capstone Project (see Past Capstone Projects)
  • SIOC 296. Climate Science and Policy Forum
  • One elective course (such as Climate Sciences III or Climate Sciences IV or research credit)

The total units required are fifty.