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Climate Adaptation

Graduate Certificates | Climate Adaptation

Climate Adaptation

Entrance Exam: Not Required

The Graduate Certificate in Climate Adaptation is designed to give students an appropriate background in climate change science and its implications for society to support the development of informed policy and business decisions. The certificate combines climate change science with broad knowledge of climate-sensitive sectors to support the development of effective adaptation and mitigation strategies. This program supports the goals of students interested in careers in climate change adaptation and current professionals in climate-sensitive sectors who are concerned with the aspects of planning or setting policies affected by global climate change.

The program's 12 credit hours (four courses) can be completed online. It provides a comprehensive graduate-level credential for students who want to maximize their flexibility. Students may choose to complete the certificate online or in person. The certificate is the ideal choice for professionals who need a versatile option to further develop their knowledge of climate adaptation. Additionally, professionals who are located internationally can complete all of the coursework online from their home countries. Certificate students seeking further professional growth in the area of climate adaptation may, during the course of instruction, choose to apply for the on-campus Climate Change & Society master's degree.


Applicants must meet one of the three following requirements:

  • be a graduate of an accredited four-year college or university and have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study;
  • have a master’s degree;
  • be a degree student in good standing in an NC State University graduate program.

You may submit your graduate application for the Graduate Certificate in Climate Adaptation on the Graduate School website. You can check the status of your application at any time. International students must include complete transcripts, a degree statement and TOEFL or IELTS scores. Applicants should have a minimum 3.0 grade point average.


This 12-credit graduate program includes four 3-credit graduate courses. At 2020-21 tuition rates, the cost of these courses is $462 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,311 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $5,544 for North Carolina residents and $15,732 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Career Prospects

The emerging demand for climate adaptation expertise crosses multiple sectors. New opportunities in climate change careers are increasing; we can help students reach their goals. The coursework is innovative, professional, and practical. Designed to provide critical skills and knowledge expertise in climate science and adaptation, this certificate program will equip students to make meaningful contributions to a variety of sectors.