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M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy

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

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Those interested in...

  • Turning their passion into real, tangible change

  • Fulfilling an urgent need for effective environmental leaders

  • Expanding their career options and opportunities

  • Utilizing an immersive one-year format that saves time and money

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

  • Pursuing practical, hands-on training at the intersection of science, management, and policy

The Columbia Difference


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


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


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.

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The M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy program is offered by Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs in partnership with The Columbia Climate School, which includes Columbia’s Earth Institute and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and all their affiliated research centers and educational programs. The climate crisis is one of the greatest threats facing humanity, presenting challenges that are immense and urgent. In response, Columbia has created the Climate School to develop innovative education, support groundbreaking research, and foster essential solutions, from local to planetary in scale.

The Columbia Climate School


State of the Planet is the official news site of the Columbia Climate School.

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Upcoming Events & Information Sessions




MPA-ESP Spring Capstone Midterm Briefing

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Professor and Director of Columbia’s M.P.A in Environmental Science and Policy Program Dr. Steven Cohen discussed environmentally sustainable growth.

Hear environmental leader Dr. Cohen address pragmatic approaches to environmentally sustainable growth from his newest book.

Prospective Student Interest Form

Thank you for your interest in Columbia University's School of Professional Studies. Please click the “Go” button below to complete a Student Interest form in which you can tell us more about yourself and your academic goals. After you submit the Student Interest form, we will provide you with more detailed information about the program.

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If you have a quick question or would like to receive more information about the M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy program, please contact us via the prospective student interest form above or click here.

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