Academic Programs

The world requires knowledgeable leaders to work with businesses, communities, governments, and civil society to address the climate crisis. Education opportunities at the Columbia Climate School provide the interdisciplinary knowledge base for future climate leaders across diverse interests and backgrounds, including our Master of Arts in Climate and Society and partner programs in climate, environment, and sustainability.

Degree Programs at the Climate School

  • The Climate School proudly offers the Master of Arts in Climate and Society, a 12-month interdisciplinary program that trains professionals and academics to understand and cope with the impacts of climate change and climate variability on society and the environment. Apply by March 1, 2023 for fall 2023 admission! Learn More/Apply

  • The Climate School will offer new and/or expanded masters and doctoral programs in the future, and is currently in the conceptual stages of designing and developing these exciting new opportunities.

Partner Programs

We offer a rich collection of sustainability and environmental education programs in partnership with schools across the university, including our co-curricular programs MS Sustainability Management, MS Sustainability Science, and MPA Environmental Science and Policy.


Many departments and programs at Columbia University offer courses on climate, the environment, and sustainability. Search for courses.

Other Learning Opportunities

Our Professional Learning, Pre-College, and K12 Student & Educator programs offer the same level of rigor and quality as our degree programs. Taught by world-renowned Columbia faculty, researchers, and practitioners, these learning opportunities deliver high-caliber in-person and online programs on a flexible schedule to students, educators, and professionals around the world.

These offerings will prepare you to understand, analyze, and apply cutting-edge research to the complex problem of our changing climate. Be part of the solution to society's toughest climate change challenges.

Education News

Students Raise Their Voices for a Just Energy Transition
February 26, 2024

Two M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy Program traveled to Thailand to share their ideas in the 2023 Youth Voice Dialogue.

Preparing Students for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Sustainability
February 8, 2024

A Q&A with John E. Williams, Columbia Climate School’s sustainability programs director of student affairs and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Building Climate Justice: Empowering Communities Through Coastal Resilience at Columbia University
February 2, 2024

A new class in the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development aims to educate students on effective climate-adaptation planning through collaboration with community partners.