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

Watch the introductory video.

  • 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


Electric vehicles and the infrastructure needed to support them are critical elements of a decarbonization strategy.

A pragmatic, operational focus on outcomes is a better approach than an effort to achieve symbolic victories that appeal to ideologically oriented partisans.

If we can wed the genius of free enterprise to the goal of a less polluted planet, we might find a pathway back to an American environmental consensus.


The Sustainability Space: Climate Fiction, Future Cities Moderated by Lynnette Widder

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 will explore a variety of critical topics, ranging from energy to equity and more.

Full schedule of days/times:
· Tuesday 12/1 (8-9am)
· Thursday 12/10 (1-2pm)

LEED Green Associate Exam Training with Narada Golden, Vice President WSP

Online via Zoom. To RSVP for skill-building seminars, students should log into their account on the Earth Institute Job List. Go to “Events”; “Workshops” and register for the events that interest you.

Friday, December 11

3:00 - 5:30 PM

Saturday, December 12

9:00 - 11:30 AM

Sunday, December 13

9:00 - 11:30 AM

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 their account on the Earth Institute Job List. Go to “Events”; “Workshops”.


Tuesdays from 3:00-5:00PM

 Climate Careers Symposium: Leadership in a Time of Global Crises: Overcoming Obstacles

The series continues on December 2nd with a roundtable discussion featuring Professor Amy Hungerford, Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Ruth Fulton Benedict Professor of English and Comparative Literature. Professor Hungerford will address the obstacles and challenges to career development, as well as the opportunities, in a time of unprecedented change as professionals are confronted by needs for disciplinary breadth, collaborative skills and global perspectives.

Saturday December 12, 6PM-7:30PM

Integrative Capstone Workshop Final Briefings

The Integrative Capstone Workshop serves as the culminating educational experience for students in the M.S. in Sustainability Management Program, designed to integrate the distinct fields of the program’s sustainability management curriculum. Online via Zoom

Tuesday, December 8

6:10 PM - 8:00 PM EDT



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 for the Fall 2020 semester. 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


Program Application Deadline: December 30th

For more information about the HBCU Fellowship, 

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