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Sustainable Development (B.A.) and

Sustainability Management (M.S.)

The combined Sustainable Development and Sustainability Management program — in collaboration with The Earth Institute, Columbia College, the School of General Studies, and the School of Professional Studies — prepares students to become sustainability practitioners. Students are trained to understand the world's complex environmental challenges and develop practical skills in management, quantitative analysis, and sustainability to transform how organizations do business. Students earn both a bachelor's and a master's degree in just five years.


Undergraduates in the Sustainable Development program at Columbia University are uniquely prepared for this graduate program, having undertaken interdisciplinary studies focused on the natural and social sciences, as well as the theory and practice of sustainable development. Students develop expertise in critical areas, such as food, water, health, and climate change, and they are trained in essential skill areas, such as economic analysis and GIS modeling.


Building upon the strong foundation of their undergraduate coursework, students accepted into the Sustainability Management program will learn to draw from interdisciplinary perspectives in general and financial management, quantitative analysis, public policy, and the physical dimensions of sustainability. Students will receive practical professional training to help them understand the systematic and organizational role of sustainability in any organization.

For more information on admission, application deadlines, and curriculum of the Accelerated

Program, visit the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development website.


For more information, please contact Sylvia Montijo, Program Manager, Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development,

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