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In addition to obtaining an education at one of the world’s most prestigious universities, those who enroll in Columbia University’s Master of Science in Sustainability Management degree program receive interdisciplinary training that will allow them to advance in their professional careers and become leaders in their fields. Students learn the use of cutting-edge policy and management tools they can use to help public and private organizations and governments address environmental impacts and risks, pollution control, and remediation to achieve sustainability.


Courses are taught by the world’s premier sustainability academics and researchers, along with leading sustainability practitioners in New York City. The curriculum emphasizes the physical dimensions of sustainability (e.g., water, energy, greenhouse gas emissions, and environmental infrastructure), general and financial management, economics, quantitative analysis, and policy so that students can thrive in the job market. Graduates have access to Columbia’s unparalleled resources and network of sustainability professionals, along with its global alumni base.


The program is customized for working professionals and is offered as both a full- and part-time course of study. Students have the flexibility to choose from a variety of courses to position themselves for career advancement. New York City serves students as a living laboratory for developments in sustainability practice, and as a source of many employers who hire program graduates.

Fast Facts

Columbia’s Earth Institute is the largest university-wide research organization in the world dedicated to sustainability research, practice, and education.

Columbia offers more than 200 environmental and sustainability courses each year, more than any other university.

The National Research Council ranks the graduate programs in Earth Science at Columbia number one in the United States.

Columbia’s global alumni network includes over 2,000 graduates associated with the Earth Institute's education programs.

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