University Catalog 2024-2025

Climate Adaptation (Certificate)

The Graduate Certificate in Climate Adaptation program at NC State University provides accredited, academic training in the emerging field of climate adaptation. The online, twelve credit program is designed to provide mid-career professionals and entry-level students with technological skills and specialization in climate adaptation. The certificate is a fully accredited credential and a potential path toward the Climate Adaptation degree program. Coursework includes Fundamentals of Climate Change Science, Climate Risk Analysis, Climate Communication and Introduction to Geographic Information Systems.

More Information

Climate Adaptation Program Website

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet one of the 3 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 their last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.
  • Have a Master's degree.
  • Be a degree student in good standing in a NC State University graduate program.

We recommend that students in a NC State University graduate program may apply after completing two of the courses required for the graduate certificate program with at least B grades. The graduate certificate program Director will manage the admissions process in consultation with the MEAS Director of Graduate Programs.

Provisional Admission

Applicants who do not meet the graduate certificate program requirements for full admission may be admitted provisionally based on the quality of their letters of recommendation and other criteria at the discretion of the Certificate Program Director and MEAS Director of Graduate Programs. Students who are admitted provisionally must maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to obtain full admission into the certificate program.

Applicant Information

  • Delivery Method: On-Campus, Online, Hybrid
  • Entrance Exam: None
  • Interview Required: None

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1st
  • Spring: December 15th

Plan Requirements

Required Courses
MEA 517Fundamentals of Climate Change Science3
MEA 518Adaptation to Climate Change3
MEA 519Barriers to Climate Change Literacy3
GIS 510Fundamentals of Geospatial Information Science and Technology3
Total Hours12