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Carbon Ecology and Management

Master of Science

Next start date is June 3. No GRE needed and applying is free!!

Uncover the future of carbon management,

and lead the charge across sustainable ecosystems.


In a rapidly changing world, carbon is reshaping business and environmental practices. The M.S. in Carbon Ecology and Management program transcends mere theory and immerses students in the intricate web of carbon interactions. Understanding carbon dynamics is crucial for a resilient future, as it shapes ecosystems, economies, and climate systems worldwide.

Carbon isn’t just an element; it’s the heartbeat of our planet. From agriculture to finance, carbon plays a vital role. Practices like carbon sequestration in agriculture and renewable energy adoption underscore its centrality. Industries aim for carbon neutrality through innovations like carbon capture. Financial assessments now consider carbon footprints.

Our program goes beyond vague sustainability notions—it’s about tangible impact. The carbon field is booming and you can be a part of its future.

Program Overview


The M.S. in Carbon Ecology and Management program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of carbon dynamics in ecosystems, emphasizing the integration of ecological principles with advanced carbon management techniques. Through a multidisciplinary curriculum and practical exercises, students learn to analyze spatial data sets and apply data analysis tools such as GIS and remote sensing to assess carbon stocks and fluxes.

With a focus on real-world applications and experiential learning, graduates are equipped to address pressing challenges in carbon emissions, climate change, and sustainable development across various sectors, positioning them for impactful careers in environmental consulting, natural resource management, climate policy, and conservation.

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81k

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, including Health jobs in the U.S., 2022.

$76k

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, including Health average pay, 2022.

+8%

Estimated U.S. job growth for Environmental Scientists and Specialists,iIncluding Health jobs through 2032. 


*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics/O-Net. Unity Environmental University cannot guarantee employment. Salary data represents averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience.


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Experiential and Immersive Coursework

Forestry technician marking tree trunk for cutting in deforestation process, forester spray painting woods with aerosol can paint

Sustainable Land Use Planning and Carbon Management

This course delves into integrating carbon management into sustainable land use planning. Students explore ecosystem services, land tenure, and decision-making with a focus on cutting carbon emissions and boosting sequestration. Using case studies, simulations, and spatial analysis, students develop skills in stakeholder engagement and policy development to advance sustainable land management, mitigating climate change impacts.

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Remote Sensing of Carbon
Dynamics

This course explores cutting-edge technologies, introducing students to remote sensing for monitoring carbon dynamics globally. Students interpret satellite imagery to map carbon stocks, fluxes, and land cover changes. Practical exercises develop proficiency in using remote sensing tools to assess ecosystem carbon balance, detect land use changes, and inform carbon management strategies.

Mangrove trees along the sea.

Carbon Cycling and Climate
Change

This course delves into the complex dynamics of carbon cycling in ecosystems and its climate change implications. Students explore processes shaping carbon fluxes, from photosynthesis to decomposition, and assess human activities’ impact on carbon balances. Through case studies, simulations, and analysis, students develop strategies to mitigate carbon emissions in the face of climate change.


Degree Requirements and Courses


The Master’s in Carbon Ecology and Management degree requires 30 credits with a minimum 3.0 GPA. For more requirements, view our full course catalog. Then apply online for free to get started.

*Program accreditation pending

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Carbon Ecology and Management?

    Carbon ecology and management is the study and practice of understanding, monitoring, and effectively managing carbon dynamics within ecosystems to mitigate climate change and promote environmental sustainability. This field prepares professionals to develop strategies to enhance carbon sequestration, advocate for sustainable land use, influence policies, and leverage nature-based solutions.

  • What courses will I be taking?

    Research Core: 15 credits

    • RSCH 510 Research Fundamentals 
    • MATH 510 Tools and Technologies for Data Analysis 
    • MATH 525 Quantitative Research Design and Statistics 
    • GISC 505 GIS & Remote Sensing for Environmental Solutions
    • RSCH 610 Research Communication

    Major Program Core: 15 credits

    • ESCI 505 Carbon Cycling and Climate Change 
    • ESCI 507 Biogeochemistry 
    • GISC 620 Remote Sensing of Carbon Dynamics 
    • SNRM 620 Sustainable Land Use Planning and Carbon Management 
    • SUST 640 Policy and Governance for Carbon Management 

    For course requirements and a better look into your program, view our full course catalog. Then apply online for free to get started.

  • How much does it cost?

    Your online education should be affordable and manageable. Our team of distance education concierges will work with you through the admissions process to help you plan and pay for your degree. Learn more about the costs here.

  • How fast can I finish?

    The timeframe for completion is up to you! Enroll in 6 credits per term and complete the program within just one year. Alternatively, opt for part-time study by taking one course at a time. Whichever path you choose, we’re here to support your educational journey every step of the way. Contact your concierge or advisor to create your personalized plan.

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Program Features


Career Focus – Unity ranks in the top 15% of colleges for social mobility according to CollegeNET. Demand for employees with green skills is growing daily, and the sustainability core in every master’s program at Unity means that you’ll graduate with an environmental consciousness applicable to every career path.

Earn While You Learn – Our asynchronous model is designed to provide flexibility, allowing you to balance your studies with professional and personal commitments.

World Renowned Faculty – Learn from faculty who are working in their field, bringing their professional network and real-world insights into the virtual classroom, fostering valuable connections for your future career.

Applied Learning – You’ll be required to engage your local community and environment while completing your master’s degree, giving you practical, hands-on experience while allowing you to translate theoretical knowledge into real-world solutions. 

Personalized Support – You can rely on one-on-one professional advising, career support from your first day, unlimited mental health counseling, and more.



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