Micro-Program in Climate Change
New: We are happy to announce that the winter 2021 session of the Micro-program will be offered online. In addition, we also plan to offer an in-person version of the program for those who are willing and able to be on the Bishop’s campus, although whether we can do this will depend on how the health situation unfolds. A final decision concerning this will be made in the fall of 2020.
Several merit-based scholarships are available for the winter 2021 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.
The Micro-Program consists of a broad range of courses covering cutting-edge topics in climate change science. The selection of courses we teach varies from year-to-year. In the winter 2021 semester we will be offering ESG 502, ESG 561, ESG 575, and ESG 577. To complete the Micro-Program, students will do three of these three-credit masters-level courses (for a total of nine credits).
At present, the courses are only 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 University as this is a graduate-level program. The courses consist of a combination of seminar, lecture, fieldtrip, and laboratory instruction.
Micro-program courses (four offered every year)
To apply, go to the Bishop’s University Online Application page, look under the Winter (January 2021) section and click the “Graduate Winter Application form” link. Applicants will need at least a B average in the last two years of their undergraduate degree to be eligible for admission. In terms of application materials, you will need to upload official versions of all university transcripts, a CV, a statement indicating why you would like to be in the program and what you hope to gain from it (no more than 400 words), and two letters of reference. The letters can be uploaded to the website or emailed directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The admission deadline for the Winter 2021 session is October 15, 2020, at 4:00 PM. All questions about the program can be sent to Ms. Jean Porter at email@example.com.
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.
Because the Micro-Program is less than 6 months in duration, no Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) or study permit is required. However, upon acceptance into the program, all international students will need to apply for a SX-1 visa (short term studies visa) from the Government of Canada. Questions concerning the immigration process can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or +1-647-836-8472.