Sustainable Development (B.A.) and

Sustainability Management (M.S.)

The combined Sustainable Development and Sustainability Management program — offered 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. These students in this program are trained to understand the complex environmental challenges facing the world, and develop practical skills in managementquantitative analysis, and sustainability to transform the way that 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, and the theory and practice of sustainable development. Students develop expertise in critical areas, such as food, water, health and climate change, and are they trained in important skill areas such as economic analysis and GIS modeling.

Building upon the strong foundation of their undergraduate coursework, students who are 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 to understand the systematic and organizational role of sustainability in any organization.


Students in the Undergraduate program in Sustainable Development of Columbia University, who are in good academic standing, may apply to the M.S. in Sustainability Management program in the spring of their junior year or the fall of their senior year. Students will receive provisional acceptance and will be required to maintain a 3.0 GPA in Sustainability Management classes. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for the purpose of the application; official transcripts must be submitted once the undergraduate degree is conferred. The application fee for sustainable development students will be waived. For more information on the application process, click here.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students who wish to have a decision in advance of registration for the following semester should submit by the earlier deadline noted below.

Fall Admission (Juniors): May 15 (Early Deadline: March 15)
Spring Admission (Seniors): November 1 (Early Deadline: October 1)


Admitted undergraduate students may take up to two Sustainability Management courses that count toward the master’s degree during their senior year. These courses will be accepted for advanced standing in the Sustainability Management but may not be counted toward students’ undergraduate degree requirements. These courses are:

  1. SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management

  2. One Approved Physical Dimensions of Sustainability Course.

Click here for a sample schedule.


For more information please contact Natalie Unwin-Kuruneri, Associate Director of Education,



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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