Program Structure

When students apply for the Graduate Diploma in Climate Risk Assessment and Opportunity, an Area of Specialization must be selected.

All students must take the mandatory multidiciplinary common course, as well as three courses offered in their Area of Specialization. 

Mandatory Common Course

Multidiciplinary Aspects of Climate Risk (CLMTRISK 9001)

This course will tackle an interdisciplinary approach to climate risk. It will focus on the breadth of climate risk in relation to Engineering, Science, Social Science, and Business, and how these fields work together to tackle the larger problem of climate risk and climate change. By the end of the course, students should be able to understand the complexity of climate risk, including the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to tackle climate risk issues.

Areas of Specialization

The Graduate Diploma in Climate Risk Assessment and Opportunity offeres 4 Areas of Specialization for students to choose from. In addition to the mandatory common course, students are required to take 3 courses from within their chosen Area of Specialization.

Business and Climate Impact (Ivey Business School)

The Business and Climate Impact concentration equips working professionals in a wide range of sectors with decision-making frameworks and tools to identify, assess and mitigate risks in a business context. Just as important, this concentration prepares professionals to explore and shape business opportunities to make a purposeful and strategic contributions to solving one of the most pressing issues facing business and society.

Climate Risk and Infrastructure Resiliency (Engineering)

The overall purpose of this concentration is to introduce engineers to methods to conduct climate risk assessments for infrastructure and building design. The courses in this area cover (i) basic concepts in climate change and climate hazard, (ii) methods for conducting climate and extreme weather risk assessments, and (iii) a project to implement and learn these tools, develop an understanding of uncertainty, and communicating climate risk assessments to various groups. 

Climate Risk and Financial Modelling (Science)

The specialization of Climate Risk and Financial Modelling addresses sustainability and the environment through the understanding of environmental systems using integrated scientific knowledge. Learners will be able to critically assess complex environmental systems that are constantly evolving and subject to the influence of climate change. Natural hazards and sustainable exploration are key components of this interdisciplinary graduate diploma. In addition, learners will build on their ability to define and describe scientific information including Environmetrics, financial management, and quantitative modeling of climate risks and natural disasters to tackle critical environmental and sustainability challenges facing our evolving planet.

Climate Change Governance (Social Science)

Climate risk governance  occurs at  multiple levels of government  and includes  private sector and civil society organizations.   Acute impacts of climate change and severe weather will be particularly intense in urban environments placing municipalities in a pivotal role for adaptation strategies.  Municipal governments  can be central agents of positive change for both carbon reduction and justice.


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