12 months
29000 USD/year
29000 USD/year
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Gain the professional skills and hands-on experience needed to effectively confront climate change and promote sustainability with the Climate Change and Global Sustainability program of the School for International Training.


Why a master's in Climate Change and Global Sustainability?

Climate change is a pressing concern at global, regional, and local scales. This program provides an opportunity to the gain knowledge, skills, and global experience to address climate change and enhance the sustainability of environments and responsible human livelihoods. By using natural and social sciences to engage with communities, environments, practices, and policies, we can limit climate change and mitigate and manage its impacts on our world. The Climate Change and Global Sustainability program of the School for International Training will prepare you to work in the fields of climate change science, policy, conservation, development, or community advocacy.

During your first semester in Iceland, meet your cohort, participate in orientation, and gain a deeper understanding of the country’s pathbreaking energy alternatives to fossil fuels. You will also explore Iceland’s methods for reducing carbon dioxide output; its core policies of environmental governance; and its changing geopolitical role as a leader in European energy innovation.

In your second semester, travel to Zanzibar, exploring the effects of climate change on tropical ecosystems; communities of the Indian Ocean; and best practices for balancing natural resources with sustainable growth. You will also interact with scientists, activists, and leaders as you learn about agriculture and aquaculture; food chains and markets; water and food security; government policies; and coastal urban planning.

Spend your final semester undertaking a professional practicum at a prominent environmental or climate change organization. This will allow you to apply what you have learned to a professional setting while gaining real-world skills for your résumé. You will also complete a capstone paper reflecting on your experience.

Created especially for mission-driven professionals who seek a comprehensive introduction to climate science (advanced knowledge of science not required), and are passionate about sustainable development, ecological conservation, and resource management, the master’s in climate change and global sustainability will allow you to get the skills, expertise, and hands-on experience you need to make a difference locally or globally.

Career Paths

Students who have graduated with this degree have worked in careers such as:

  • Resource management, climate change consultant
  • Senior researcher, NGO, nonprofit, think tank
  • Environmental or sustainability program manager
  • Program manager in climate change, resiliency
  • Public health analyst or advocate
  • Energy efficiency expert
  • Environmental protection specialist
  • Project head in environmental education
  • Independent consultant, nonprofit or corporate

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • 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
  • Climate Change and Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Natural Resources Management in an Era of Environmental Change

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Priority Deadline: January 31


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • US bachelor’s degree or an equivalent that demonstrates academic ability (not applicable for some certificate programs). Applicants from institutions outside the US must hold the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing.
  • Demonstrated English language ability
  • Intercultural and professional experience
  • Demonstrated ability to use experience as a source of learning

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14500 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    29000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14500 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Brattleboro

1040 - 1548 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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