This program is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in management that takes into account both the environment and the economy. Graduates transform how organizations do business by formulating and implementing sustainability strategies. The coursework combines the study of management with classes in state-of-the-art sustainability practice and science, with full-time and part-time options for those with current professional obligations.

Those with an undergraduate STEM degree may also be interested in the 

MS in Sustainability Science

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  • Columbia's excellence in
    sustainability education

  • Classes taught by leading practitioners and researchers

  • Flexible curriculum, part-time option, and evening classes

  • Large alumni network of sustainability professionals



While we need to mitigate climate change and will need government-driven public policy to do that, we must also adapt to the climate change that is already underway.

We should be able to find it in our hearts to help children, dreamers, and refugees, and our new president gives me hope we can do just that.

Human technology and ingenuity have created a world of comfort, curiosity and creativity. But we have failed to account for their impacts on the systems that sustain the planet and in turn sustain human life.


To RSVP for skill-building seminars, science writing coaching and career counseling sessions, students should log into their account on the Earth Institute Job List (Your user name is your UNI_ei. Your UNI password will not work, you will need to create a unique password). Go  to “Events”; “Workshops” and register for the events that interest you. For more information please email us.

Integrative Capstone Workshop - Midterm Briefings


Tuesday, February 23rd
6:10 PM - 8:00 PM
Online via Zoom

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Individual Sustainability Career Counseling Sessions

30-minute slots

5:15 PM - 8:45 PM



10:00 AM -11:30 AM


Facilitated by career coach Cathy Gibbons

Successful Opinion Writing for Newspapers, Magazines, Websites and Blogs

March 13, 2021

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)

Online via Zoom

Instructor: Claudia Dreifus, Interviewer & Reporter, New York Times & Science Times

Science Writing Coaching with Claudia Dreifus

The Earth Institute is offering free one-on-one science writing coaching with prize-winning science journalist Claudia Dreifus, contributor to the New York Times and the New York Review of Books. Professor Dreifus will be available for 30-minute coaching sessions. Sign up will close on the Friday of the previous week. Log into your account on the Earth Institute Job List. Go to “Events”; “Workshops”.


Tuesdays from 3:00-5:00PM

The Sustainability Space: 

Asset Owners, Sustainability, and Inclusion

Thursday, March 18th

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (EST)

Online via Zoom

Moderated by Bhakti Mirchandani, Lecturer; Director of Responsible Investing, Trinity Church Wall Street 


The Sustainability Space Series 

The Sustainability Space is a series of virtual, discussion-based events for students studying sustainability at The Earth Institute, Columbia University. Hosted by faculty and student group leaders, these discussions explore a variety of critical topics, ranging from energy to equity and more.

Sustainable Mass Transit

The Energy Sector

Improving Equity

The Ethics of Sustainability in Global Fashion

Nurturing Green Shoots - Directing Capital Into Sustainable Finance

Integrity in Corporate Governance to Achieve Sustainability

Coastal Sustainability

Climate Fiction, Future Cities

An Approach to Sustainable Business with Soapply Founder



Notice on Campus Visits

In light of the evolving Covid-19 situation and the University’s guidelines for on-campus activity, Columbia University SPS Admissions has suspended all in-person campus visits. We invite prospective students to drop by our virtual walk-in hours with general admissions questions.


Weekly virtual walk-in hours 

Tuesdays (10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT)

Thursdays (12:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT)


Admissions Counselors can connect you directly to students, alumni, faculty, and facilitate virtual class visits. You can also register for an information session. Our virtual events allow you to interact with our admissions staff and learn more about the Columbia SPS community.  If you have any questions, please contact our office at or 212-854-9666. 


If you would like to receive more information about the M.S. in Sustainability Management program, please contact Samantha Ostrowski, Associate Director, at

Campus Visits, Graduate School Fairs & Company Presentations

We are eager to host you on the Columbia University campus or to meet you at one of our information sessions.

Our program offers a part-time option for working professionals. If your company would like to host an information session, please contact us. For more information about the graduate school fairs that we attend throughout the United States, please contact Chandler Precht, Program Manager at


Program Contacts

Samantha Ostrowski

Associate Director

Mariví Perdomo Caba

Senior Program Manager


Office of Admissions
School of Professional Studies
203 Lewisohn Hall





Fall 2021: May 15, 2021

Spring 2022: November 1, 2021

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