Education

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 will provide the interdisciplinary knowledge base for future climate leaders across diverse interests and backgrounds.

Explore all climate, environment, and sustainability programs at Columbia.

Degree-granting 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.

  • 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.

Affiliated Programs

  • The Earth Institute, which is now part of Columbia University’s Climate School, offers a rich collection of sustainability and environmental education programs in partnership with schools across the university. Explore here.

  • The Earth Institute also offers co-curricular programs designed to expose students to its innovative work while allowing them to contribute to ongoing research projects. The co-curricular programs include research assistantships, internships, and travel funding for fieldwork.

  • Download A Guide to Educational Programs in Environment and Sustainable Development at Columbia University (PDF) for details on existing undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as certificate programs, across the university.

Courses

Many departments and programs at Columbia University offer courses on climate, the environment, and sustainability. The Earth Institute provides a searchable list.

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

Sustainability Start-ups: Creativity in the Transition to An Environmentally Sound Society
April 18, 2022

I am amazed by the work I’ve seen by my students and graduates as they translate their environmental principles into practical sustainability practice in a world desperate for innovation.

Students Secure Funding to Prototype Lamppost Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles
February 18, 2022

A company that grew out of a Sustainability Management class project aims to accelerate EV adoption by making access to chargers more equitable.

Offshore Wind Farms Could Capture Carbon From Air and Store It
January 28, 2022

When the wind can produce more power than is needed, that unused power could be used to remove carbon from the air and lock it away.