Columbia Climate School's The Earth Institute - MA in Climate and Society | MPA in Environmental Science and Policy | MS in Sustainability Management | MS in Sustainability Science

Columbia University
New York, NY


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The earth is witnessing environmental change that is unique in its history. Energy demands are growing at an ever-faster rate; increased levels of greenhouse gases are warming the planet; water shortages are causing crises in multiple areas of the world. These are all the unintended consequences of human activity. Rather than continue on this path, we must learn about these consequences to better manage our interaction with natural systems.

The Columbia Climate School's Earth Institute offers students an unparalleled selection of sustainability programs at the graduate level, which combine the expertise of leading Earth Institute researchers and faculty in the fields of environmental policy, sustainability management, and climate change with the resources of a premier institution of higher education.

The 12-month MA Program in Climate and Society trains professionals and academics to understand and cope with the impacts of climate variability and climate change on society and the environment.

The MPA Program in Environmental Science and Policy is an intensive 12-month professional degree program that offers more science instruction than any other policy program in the world, integrating environmental issues within the instruction of policy and management analysis.

The MS Program in Sustainability Management provides practical training to both full and part-time students seeking to further their careers as sustainability professors or transition into a sustainability field by combining academic leadership, scientific rigor, and professional practice to form an interdisciplinary community dedicated to making advances in global sustainability practice.

The MS Program in Sustainability Science focuses on the scientific methods and tools that can be used to observe, monitor and respond to environmental impacts, enabling a practical application of science to address the critical sustainability issues of our time.

Drawing on the superb educational and research facilities of Columbia University, these programs combine elements of established programs in earth sciences, earth engineering, international relations, political science, sociology, and economics with unique classes in interdisciplinary applications specially designed for the programs' students. At the information session or graduate fair, you will have the chance to learn how the Earth Institute is developing the next generation of environmental policy leaders.

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