In this program, you’ll learn:

  • Tackle a master’s in climate change and sustainability with SIT Graduate Institute. Climate change and sustainability are perhaps the greatest challenges facing us in the 21st century. Get the skills and hands-on experience you need to make a difference.The fundamentals of climate science and the challenges posed by climate change to environments, species, and human communities
  • Ecological and social research methods to study climate change and its impacts in the arctic and global tropics
  • How to analyze environmental and social data and interpret outcomes
  • How to communicate scientific outcomes for stakeholders and the public
  • The basic history of climate change research and the extent and types of physical evidence of global climate change
  • How to understand and critically evaluate general climate change modelling and models for strengths and weaknesses
  • The broad human dimensions of climate change impacts on settlements, water, food, and energy and the environmental governance strategies and community adaptations that mitigate it
  • How to identify and assess climate change impacts
  • Ways to balance natural resource management with more sustainable livelihoods for communities
  • How to apply environmental economics to the influences of climate change on community water and food security but also to urban planning and tourism
  • How to critically assess the roles and limitations of science and technology, market-based solutions, and regulatory mechanisms in climate policy
  • The functions of global environmental governance and the factors that influence climate diplomacy
  • The roles and perspectives of diverse stakeholders — states, international organizations, NGOs, and citizens — in defining, promoting, implementing, and resisting sustainable development agendas in an era of climate change
  • How relations among actors from different scales shape climate negotiations, both constraining efforts to enact change and enabling new opportunities that challenge the status quo


Semester One: Iceland (12 Credits)

  • Science of Global Climate Change
  • Political Economy of Sustainable Development and Environmental Change
  • Climate Change Methods and Impact Assessment in the Arctic
  • Energy and Climate Policy in Iceland

Semester Two: Tanzania (13 Credits)

  • Climate Change and Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Natural Resources Management in an Era of Environmental Change
  • Social and Ecological Methods on Tropical Coasts
  • Water, Food, and Climate Economics in Zanzibar

Semester Three: Practicum (11 Credits)

  • International Climate Policy and Diplomacy
  • Climate Change Policy-Advocacy Practicum
  • Capstone Project