The online master’s program in climate change engineering and policy is designed to help current and aspiring environmental consultants and engineers, educators, and business professionals understand and respond to the sustainability needs of the public and private sectors.

The interdisciplinary curriculum, developed by environmental science and engineering experts at GW, provides an in-depth look at the intersections of technology, environmental policy and business. Courses included in this master’s program explore sustainable energy, climate science, and economics, allowing students to gain the knowledge needed to address the effects of climate change, whether they have a technical background or not.

Throughout the program, students will gain environmental management expertise and develop solutions to real-world problems related to sustainability and climate change, and will learn to:

  • Identify and evaluate mitigation and adaptation responses to climate change
  • Assess climate change challenges facing society
  • Explain the source and nature of uncertainties in climate science
  • Apply engineering concepts in climate change and environmental policy

Upon completing this master’s degree, students will be prepared to pursue careers in both the public and private sectors as:

  • Agricultural Environmental Specialists
  • Agronomists
  • Business Risk Managers
  • Campus Sustainability Directors
  • Conservation Planners
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Officers
  • Directors of Climate Risk
  • Ecology and Economy Integration Executives
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Environmental Management Officials
  • Environmental Scientists
  • Food Scientists
  • Green Building Administrators
  • Issue Managers
  • Project Management Professionals
  • Sustainability Chiefs
  • Sustainability Consultants
  • Sustainability Managers

GW was founded in 1821 through an Act of Congress. Since then, we have been fulfilling George Washington’s vision of an institution in the nation’s capital dedicated to educating and preparing future leaders. GW responds to the growing needs of our own community and society at large through our commitment to finding solutions to national and global problems. Study, act, solve. This is our formula for moving the world forward.


Our heritage of innovation and excellence has earned us recognition in:

  • U.S. News & World Report 2018
    • #56 National Universities
    • #26 Best Online Graduate Engineering Schools
    • #24 Best Colleges for Veterans
    • #89 Best Engineering Schools
  • The Princeton Review
    • The Best 382 Colleges: 2018 Edition
    • A ‘Best Northeast’ college in “2018 Best Colleges: Region by Region”
    • Colleges that Create Futures
    • Green Colleges
  • Forbes
    • #88 Overall (America's Top Colleges)
    • #70 in Private Colleges
    • #46 in Research Universities
    • #46 in the Northeast
  • Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017
    • World Rank 301-400
    • National Rank 100-119

Learn more about George Washington University's Online Master of Engineering in Climate Change Engineering & Policy.