The Climate Change Graduate Certificate coursework is designed to provide students with knowledge of the physical science basis of climate change, its societal impacts and adaptation and mitigation strategies. The program strengthens the interdisciplinary climate science curricular opportunities at the graduate level and prepares students to contribute to the development of informed scientific, policy and business climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies.
The certificate requires 12-13 hours of coursework.
See also: the MA degree in Geography with a concentration in Climate Change
Required Entrance Exam: GRE (score must be no more than 5 years old)
Required number of references to specify in the online form: 3
Supplemental Information: Resume (Required upload for application submission); letter addressing reasons why applicant wishes to enter the program, not to exceed two pages stating reasons why applicant wishes to enter the program (upload on the Additional Information page in the online application)
Basic Conditions for Consideration of Admission: Meeting or exceeding the conditions below does NOT guarantee admission. All applications for a given entry term will be weighed based upon the number of seats available and the quality of the complete application packages.
Admission to Climate Change: The faculty will give preference to applicants who meet or exceed the following: An undergraduate GPA at or above a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and at least one score on the GRE (V, Q , or A) at or above the 50th percentile.
- Spring: 11/1
- Summer Session 1: x
- Summer Session 2: x
- Fall: 7/1 (2/15)
The priority application deadline in parentheses above must be met for early consideration in the review process.
- You will study alongside faculty and fellow students actively engaged in researching: climate change, biome change, GIS applications (viticulture; flood modeling; property valuation; visualization), globalization processes, economic development, community development, transportation and land use, precipitation climatology, mountain environments and natural hazards.
- Appalachian’s geographic setting supports research framed around mountain and/or rural settings.
- Faculty members conduct research across the U.S. and in Latin America, East Africa, and Europe.
- You will gain interdisciplinary education and research experience, which is critical in today’s professional workforce. Established research clusters include AppalAIR, AppAqua and Carbon Emissions Inventories and Energy Policy Research.
- All graduate programs at Appalachian have small class sizes, providing intimate classroom interaction.
- The School of Graduate Studies offers scholarships, fellowships and assistantships to support eligible, full-time, degree-seeking students.
Dr. Derek J. Martin
Graduate Program Director