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TAKE ON THE WORLD'S BIGGEST CHALLENGES

MPA IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLICY

This immersive one-year program prepares future environmental sustainability leaders to address the most serious and complex environmental problems the earth will face. Launched two decades ago, it is the world’s premier program of its kind, and is offered jointly by the School of International and Public Affairs and Columbia's Earth Institute. It seamlessly integrates science with environmental policy and management. Graduates hold key positions in important organizations worldwide in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

The Program Experience

FAST FACTS

Reach

A global alumni network of thousands of School of International and Public Affairs and Earth Institute program graduates, who hold key positions of environmental leadership across sectors. 

 

Opportunity

Alumni employers include Apple, the City of New York, Natural Resources Defense Council, the San Francisco International Airport, the Sierra Club, KPMG, the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State, the Vornado Realty Trust, and The World Bank.

 

Leadership

Students learn directly from leading policy and management practitioners, along with top scientists of the world-class Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

WHY YOU SHOULD APPLY
  • Turn your passion into real, tangible change.

  • Urgent need for effective environmental leaders.

  • Columbia’s top-ranked sustainability programs, resources, and network.

  • Practical training that combines mission-driven science, management, and policy.

  • Immersive one-year program format saves time and money.

  • Graduates combine career status and compensation with personal fulfillment.

Virtual Events for Students During the Pandemic

Can We Feed Billions of Ourselves Without Wrecking the Planet?

 How modern agriculture can be made more environmentally benign, and economically just:

An interview with Dr. Shahid Naeem, director of the Earth Institute for Environmental Sustainability and lead author of the new book Sustainable Food Production

Let’s Build a Train From Brooklyn to Queens and Someday to the Bronx

In a move to reduce the problem of train-deprived neighborhoods, Governor Hochul, in her first state of the state address last week, announced her intent to build an inter-borough express train. 

How might this impact NYC's environmental sustainability, use of land, overall attractiveness, and the potential for building affordable housing?

 

Alumni Spotlight: Stacia Carrington

Stacia leveraged her master’s degree from the Environmental Science and Policy program to achieve her goal of working to mitigate the wildlife trafficking crisis with Focused Conservation.

Here she elaborates on her time at Columbia, discusses her career path, and provides advice to current students.