M.Sc. On Campus

Community Climate Adaptation

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

12 months
28980 USD/year
28980 USD/year
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The Community Climate Adaptation MS degree program is a collaborative, research-based, joint-degree program offered through Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Department of Integrative & Global Studies (DIGS) and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE).


Students in the program will work within teams to use engineering, social science, and physical and biological science skills and expertise to address challenges of climate change impacts and capacities to adapt in communities around the world.

Climate change is one of the Global Grand Challenges of our time. This problem doesn’t separate well into silos; rather, climate change is perhaps best understood as an intensifier of a great number of existing problems. Communities from Worcester to Cape Town, and from Melbourne to Venice, are developing plans to help protect people and infrastructure from the impacts of a changing climate.

Research in the Community Climate Adaptation MS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute will involve teams of students who are situated at fieldwork sites in communities around the world. Students who will thrive in this program might come from technical or nontechnical backgrounds, and those with a wide range of academic and practical experience will bring their own expertise and perspectives to these collaborative projects.


The specific program emphasis on Community Climate Adaptation supports  graduates in acquiring theory and practice for jobs with NGOs, local/state governments, and other institutions or businesses. Today’s communities must respond to actual and projected problems of infrastructure inadequacy; potential loss of land and economic assets; water resource and water quality impacts; differential health and social impacts; extreme weather events; coordination with multiple agencies; and compliance with local/state/federal policy decisions, as they navigate the environmental, policy, and built-environment constraints imposed by the reality of climate change.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Qualitative Methods for Community-Engaged Research
  • Land Use, Development, and Controls
  • Climate and the Earth System
  • Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
  • Capstone Seminar: Comparative Climate Action

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


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Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Transcripts for all post-secondary colleges or universities
  • Application fee of $70
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on your qualifications for pursuing graduate study are required
  • Any international applicant seeking to attend WPI on an F-1 student Visa must submit official TOEFL scores or IELTS scores

Tuition Fee

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    28980 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 28980 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Worcester

1100 - 1620 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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