How to Apply

Applications are being accepted for Fall 2023. In accordance with USU’s support of the April 15th Resolution, prospective students will not be required to accept offers of admission to CAS until April 15th; however, you are welcome to accept prior to the deadline. Please see Admission Requirements for more information on program requirements.

Applications are accepted from incoming Master students and in-coming and continuing Doctoral students.  Incoming students must have applied to a graduate degree program that offers the Climate Adaptation Science specialization. For most departments, the program begins in the first semester in the program and has most activities in year two. PhD students in Sociology and Applied Economics will typically apply for the CAS program in their second year and enter the CAS specialization in the third year of their PhD program, with the most intensive CAS work in their fourth year.

Admission to the Climate Adaptation Science specialization is contingent on departmental admission to a disciplinary degree program and will be coordinated with that program.

To apply to the Climate Adaptation Science specialization, please provide the following materials, submitted as a single pdf to the Thad Nicholls.

  • Name, Department, and Degree Program
  • List of any fellowships, research assistantships, or other financial support you have received
  • An essay of no more than 500 words that describes what attracts you to the Climate Adaptation Science research training program, what you want to gain from it, your prior relevant experience (educational, paid, volunteer, or recreational), and what you would bring to the program. We specifically want to know how you will contribute to your cohort and what your research and career goals are.
  • Resume

Please also provide two letters of support, one of which must be from your graduate advisor. These letters should address your interest in and aptitude for interdisciplinary research and how an interdisciplinary degree would benefit your professional capacities and career goals. Additionally, the letter from your graduate advisor should explain how your anticipated or current disciplinary graduate research relates to climate adaptation and how it might be extended to interdisciplinary topics. The letter also must provide assurance that your advisor approves of your participation in the CAS specialization and will work with other CAS faculty as needed to support your research. The letters of support should be sent to Thad Nicholls.