In the Managing Climate Solutions (MaCS-HSG) certificate, master students develop entrepreneurial solutions to one of the most pressing societal challenges of our time: climate change.
Certificate on Managing Climate Solutions
Upgrade your HSG Master’s degree
Turn your career climate positive
Taught in English (24 ECTS)
About the Programme
The certificate programme MaCS-HSG addresses one of the biggest societal challenges of our time. Climate change is now widely acknowledged, but how can it be successfully tackled?
This is the key question to be answered by future leaders in business and society. Through the additional qualification in Managing Climate Solutions, students will complement their core Master`s programme at the University of St. Gallen with dedicated courses enabling them to understand the magnitude of the challenge, to explore the range of possible solutions, to craft behaviorally informed strategies, and to shape a positive future in a carbon-constrained world.
Why you should get involved
Become part of the solution. Develop your skills in managing climate solutions, a top priority in today’s business environment. Help your future employer recognize your expertise and strengthen your network of climate-positive innovators.
The program consists of (a) an introductory course “Climate Solutions 101” in the fall semester, combining a physical kick-off with blended learning elements and a compact course in the second week of the semester break, (b) a set of elective courses from various Master programs at the University of St.Gallen, and (c) a mandatory course “Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Climate Solutions” in the spring semester, where the students will implement a specific climate solution. The design of the program allows electives to be partially recognized for the student’s main Master degree.
Climate Solutions 101 is a specifically designed course for MaCS students and the first get-together of the cohort. The course provides the students with a basic scientific understanding of climate change and its consequences and presents potential climate solutions. The focal topics are climate science, economics & policy and implications for business.
The course will start with a physical kick-off, followed by online learning modules and quizzes. In the second week of the break, a block seminar combining guest lectures, team work and excursions will take place. Professors and climate specialists will present different perspectives on the relevant topics. Students will apply their newly acquired knowledge and get first-hand experience of managing climate solutions. At the end of the course, students submit a reflection paper to fulfill the course requirements.
Lecture dates 2021
Kick-off: September 18th, 2021; 10:15-18:00 h
Block seminar: November 8th – 12th, 2021; 9:15-18:00 h
Closing session: November 25th, 2021; 8:15-12:00 h
The second compulsory course, Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Climate Solutions, will take place in the spring semester. Service learning will be used as a teaching method with the aim to implement a project on campus or in the region that has a positive effect on the climate.
A set of elective courses can be selected from the three core areas (1) Climate and Sustainability, (2) Energy Transition & Governance and (3) Low Carbon Innovation. Students have to complete at least one course per core area.
The preliminary menu of elective courses can be found here.
How to apply
To apply for MaCS, submit your motivation letter and CV by June 30th, 2021. Please note the earlier application deadlines for admission to the main Master’s programmes!
HSG alumni (who no longer have an HSG account) please contact us through the contact form at the bottom of this site and we will initiate the further procedure to apply for MaCS.
The programme’s academic director, Prof. Dr. Rolf Wüstenhagen is a director of the Institute for Economy and the Environment (IWÖ-HSG) and has a long-standing experience in energy and climate-related research and teaching. An expert advisory board, including faculty from five different schools of the University of St.Gallen and a climate scientist from ETH Zurich, will contribute to teaching the MaCS curriculum and provide an interdisciplinary learning experience.
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