Climate Change Science and Applications


The Nicholas School's 12 credit hour Climate Change Science and Applications certificate program is open to all Master of Environmental Management (MEM) and Master of Forestry (MF) students. To earn the certificate, students must complete required coursework in physical or natural science, social science, and integrated assessment modeling, as well as a climate-related elective specific to their individual concentration area. They also must demonstrate mastery of skills learned through these courses by applying them in their Master’s project or another equally substantive faculty-supervised capstone research project.

The certificate brings together coures taught by many of the top experts on climate change science, policy and law at the Nicholas School and from across Duke's campus.

A partial list of these courses includes:

Certificate coursework will be augmented with workshops and panel discussions on current topics in climate science, co-hosted by Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Duke Energy Initiative. Students can also select courses taught at North Carolina State University or the University of North Carolina to fulfill their elective requirement.

See a complete list of CSA Curricula here >

For more information about the Climate Change Science and Applications certificate program, contact Drew Shindell, faculty program coordinator, at