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TAKE ON THE WORLD'S BIGGEST CHALLENGES

MPA IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLICY

This immersive STEM-designated 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.

Program News

 Steven Cohen is

a former EPA consultant and the Director of the Earth Institute's Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management at

Columbia University. 

Recent interviews in:

Market Watch

Christian Science Monitor

Market Screener

Fox Weather

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Alumni Spotlight:

Jeffrey Fralick

After graduating from Columbia’s Sustainability Science program, Jeff took a bit of a detour but eventually ended up at his dream job as a Climate Risk Analyst.