Climate and Society

Master Of Professional Science

Climate and Society Degree Track

This degree track within the Professional Master Program emphasizes the relationship between weather, climate and societal impacts. The financial consequences resulting from natural and anthropogenic climate change, rising sea levels, and extreme weather events pose important scientific and socioeconomic challenges, both in terms of urban planning and managing the financial risks associated with these changes. Employers in government, insurance, energy, and a number of other weather-impacted industries are seeking professionals who are fluent in both the fundamentals of business and the physical sciences.

Social vulnerability, mitigation strategies, and adaptive capacity in the face of climate change are strongly mediated by legal, socioeconomic, policy, psychological, epidemiological and cultural factors, including housing and construction codes, environmental risk perception, and health management/delivery. This theme draws on UM’s breadth and depth in interdisciplinary climatological and meteorological research, addressing risk management in the human health, fisheries, agriculture, water management, natural hazards, and coastal zone sectors. Faculty from RSMAS, Miller School of Medicine, and Geography contribute to the climate and society theme with their analysis of both climate trends and hazards, while faculty at the Schools of Law, Architecture, and the College of Engineering focus on the legal, material, and aesthetic aspects of the built environment that influence the mitigation of vulnerability and development of more resilient urban systems

Climate and Society (WCS)

The MPS in Climate and Society emphasizes the relationship between weather, climate and societal impacts.

Plan of Study Grid

Fall Credit Hours
ATM 651 or 614Introduction to Atmospheric Science or Introduction to Weather and Climate3
ATM 653Climate Change3
MES 660
& MES 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory (Can be taken in Fall or Spring)
GEG 648Climate Change & Public Health (or ELECTIVE)3
Credit Hours12
SpringCredit Hours
ATM 765General Circulation of the Atmosphere (or ELECTIVE)3
MES 662Spatial Analysis: Intermediate Course in Marine GIS (or ELECTIVE)3
RSM 620Climate and Society3
RSM 670Carbon and Climate (or ELECTIVE)3
Credit Hours12
SummerCredit Hours
ATM 805MPS Internship6
Credit Hours6
Total Credit Hours30
Elective Options

Students may take any elective on the RSMAS campus with the consent of their faculty advisor. Below are a few examples of courses past students in this program used as electives.

Course List

CodeTitleCredit Hours
ACC 671Accounting for Decision Making2
RSM 670Carbon and Climate3
ATM 732Climate Dynamics3
MES 720Coastal Law and Policy3
MES 618Coastal Zone Management3
ATM 663Mesoscale Meteorology and Severe Storms3
MES 602Economics of Natural Resources3
FIN 602Fundamentals of Finance3
ATM 611Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I3
MES 662Spatial Analysis: Intermediate Course in Marine GIS3
MES 710International Ocean Law And Governance3
MES 660Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems3
MGT 600Managing Responsible Behavior in Organizations3
ATM 633Atmospheric Boundary Layer3
MES 616Ocean Policy and Development and Analysis3
RSM 645Scientific Communication3
For more details, visit the UM Bulletin