The Master of Arts in Climate Action Leadership (MACAL) is your invitation to become part of the international movement working to change the climate story from a tale of disaster to one of transformation. 

Program Summary

This program is the perfect next step for those early to mid-career professionals who want to do more than follow the status quo – who want to grow their skills and lead change. 

The MACAL graduate program sits at the nexus of climate science, social science, justice, policy, and change leadership. It is designed to prepare practitioners across disciplines and sectors to create the social, political and economic changes we need to lead efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-induced impacts (UN Sustainable Development Goal 13).

This 36-credit degree offers a built-in 18-credit graduate diploma. It uses an open learning curriculum that challenges students to reach beyond the classroom walls to respond to real-world problems and generate real-world solutions. This transdisciplinary curriculum is designed to address the rapidly growing demand for climate adaptation professionals with a background that combines social and applied sciences, the braiding of Western and Indigenous knowledge systems, with creative and problem-solving skills to address complex challenges.

Climate action leadership is urgently needed. Join the MACAL program and the growing community of climate action leaders and change-makers envisioning and working towards a new, just and resilient world.

Climate Adaptation Employment

Just as the shift to green energy and a low greenhouse gas economy (climate mitigation) is creating new jobs and transforming existing ones, so too will the focus on identifying and managing climate risks and planning and implementing adaptation strategies. As investments in moving to a climate-just and climate-resilient economy are increasing, so too are employment opportunities in diverse sectors such as: business, public services, construction, forestry, engineering sectors, infrastructure (water, energy, transportation) sectors, agriculture and food systems, and education and training. For more on climate-action related employment check out some of the following:

  1. International Labor Organization (2018). The employment impact of climate change adaptation. Input Document for the G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group, International Labour Office – Geneva, ILO, 2018
  2. American Society of Adaptation Professionals Jobs and Opportunities board.
  3. ECO Canada’s From Recession to Recovery: Environmental Workforce Needs, Trends and Challenges Updated Labour Market Outlook to 2025
  4. The OECD’s Making the Green Recovery work for jobs, income and growth policy brief.

Dr. Robin Cox

Program Head

Deb Morrison

Associate Faculty

Elizabeth Childs


Craig Brown

Associate Faculty

Michael Lickers

Associate Faculty

Todd Thexton

Associate Faculty

Beth Page

Associate Faculty

Liese Coulter

Associate Faculty

Shandell Houlden

Associate Faculty

Eva Malisius

Associate Faculty

Program Schedule

2021-23 Program Infographics