For the 2023-2024 Program




La Jolla, California


Full Time


January 17, 2024


March 13, 2024


July 2024 to June 2025

Program Overview

The Master of Advanced Studies in Climate Science and Policy (MAS CSP) Program is a one-year masters degree that fills an increasing global need for scientific, policy, and communication professionals to take action in response to the threats posed by climate change and to help effectuate the ongoing transition to a low carbon society.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the MAS CSP Program focuses on the physical science and policy dimensions of climate change. Whether your interests lie in public policy, education, environmental justice, journalism, finance, insurance, international development, research science, or another climate-related discipline, this is the foundational program to promote or advance your career. Students in the MAS CSP Program explore climate change from an interdisciplinary perspective, learning about the interconnected scientific, policy and political dimensions of climate change. Key areas of focus in the MAS CSP Program include the physical science basis of climate change, the impacts of ongoing climate change on human and ecological systems, existing climate politics and governance, and how to communicate climate information to key audiences.

Our graduates possess a broad understanding of the potential solutions to help government and industry achieve their energy reduction and climate mitigation and adaptation targets. Moreover, our alumni are poised to lead the societal transformation required to navigate the ongoing climate challenge.

Why Attend the CSP Program at Scripps Institution of Oceanography?

To avoid the worst consequences of climate change, we must take immediate, significant action at the local, state, national, and international level. Most importantly, we must drastically limit the amount of carbon and other heat-trapping gases we emit and increase our capacity to adapt to threats associated with ongoing climate change, such as extreme heat waves and intensified flooding events.

We carefully consider the range of potential responses and solutions available to help avoid the worst consequences of climate change. Cities engaged in climate action planning, state regulatory agencies, private firms advising clients about reducing their carbon footprint, and many others, all require professionals with a strong understanding of the key concepts in climate science and policy.