Micro-Program in Climate Change
New: Several merit-based scholarships are available for the winter 2020 session courtesy of generous support from Énergir. There is no formal application process, and candidates will be considered based on the strength of their application.
Finding solutions to the problems brought on by climate change requires educating a new generation of global citizens well-versed in the concepts, issues, and challenges associated with such a complex topic. Bishop’s University has responded to this need by developing a new graduate-level Micro-Program in Climate Change. The new program, the first English-language program of its kind in Québec, will offer instruction from leading experts on the science of climate change, its impacts, and strategies for its mitigation. At the end of the program, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Take a position and provide evidence to support arguments concerning major issues in climate change science
- Develop an understanding of the causes and effects of climate change on local, regional, and international scales, in major regions of the world (poles, tropics)
- Articulate a range of plausible solution strategies to confront climate change in terms of adaptation and mitigation
Graduates of the Micro-Program will be well positioned to compete for jobs in both government and the private sector. Moreover, the Micro-Program could be used as a springboard for further study, whether it involves graduate school in a climate or environment-related field, or a professional degree such as law school or an MBA. Indeed, the Micro-Program has been designed so that it will provide students with a solid understanding of both the scientific and non-scientific aspects of climate change and thus will be highly applicable to a range of career options.
To complete the Micro-Program, students will do three three-credit masters-level courses (for a total of nine credits) from a list of four potential courses:
All courses will be offered in the winter semester of each year. Students may take all three courses in one semester, or take courses over a period of several years. Students who take all three courses in the same semester will be registered as full-time students at Bishop’s as this is a graduate-level program. The courses will consist of a combination of seminar, lecture, fieldtrip, and laboratory instruction.
The basic entry requirement will be an undergraduate degree in any field from a recognized university with at least a B standing in the final two years of study. There are no specific pre-requisites, but students will need to be comfortable with basic mathematical and scientific concepts.
The admission deadline for the Winter 2020 session is August 30, 2019 at 4:00 PM. All application materials and questions about the program can be sent to Ms. Jean Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information for International Students
We welcome international students into the Micro-Program in Climate Change. The language of instruction is English. In order to be accepted, international applicants will also need to submit proof of English-language proficiency, sent directly to the university from the testing organization. We accept any of the following:
- TOEFL (minimum overall score of 237 for computer-based or 90 for internet-based testing)
- IELTS (minimum overall score of 6.5)
- MELAB (minimum overall score of 85)
- CAEL (minimum overall score of 70)
- Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) minimum score of C
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) minimum score of C
- Pearson Test of English: Academic (PTE: Academic) minimum score overall score of 61
In addition, international tuition and fees for the Micro-Program are approximately $6000 CAD (subject to change without notification). Bishop’s University does not offer tuition waivers, although a small number of competitive scholarships are available to help partly offset this; prospective students are automatically considered for these upon receipt of their applications. In addition, accommodation, food, and local transportation costs are estimated to be approximately $1000 CAD per month.