Climate Change & Society at NC State University


A Bridge Between Knowledge and Action

The Climate Change & Society (CCS) program at North Carolina State University is designed to give students an appropriate background in climate change science and its implications for society to support the development of informed policy and business decisions.


Glacier retreat due to climate change

Given the effects of climate change will impact a wide variety of sectors, the program is appropriate for individuals who plan to pursue careers in the public, private, or non-profit sectors. Students from a diverse set of academic backgrounds will receive instruction to bolster their knowledge and skills. Incoming students possessing a math or science background will have the opportunity to learn vital communications skills and the policy process, whereas those with liberal arts or business backgrounds will gain fundamental knowledge of climate science.


The Climate Change & Society program consists of a one-year Professional Science Master’s degree (with a 2-year part-time option). NC State’s Climate Change & Society program combines climate change science and climate-sensitive social-economic sector information to support developing sound decisions for adaptation to and mitigation of climate change. Students in the program have the opportunity to learn from international experts in climate science, economics, policy, and communications.


This program supports the goals of students interested in careers in climate change adaptation and current professionals in climate-sensitive sectors who are concerned with the aspects of planning or setting policies affected by global climate change.


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