Sustainable Finance | Management

ON-CAMPUS & ONLINE OPTIONS


ONLINE COURSES BEGIN IN FALL 2020

The Certification in Sustainable Finance prepares students to meet the growing demand for professionals who understand and can integrate the fundamentals of both corporate sustainability and financial analysis. Courses cover the special risks and opportunities revealed by the integration of environmental, social, and governance factors in capital markets, innovative financing methods to fund the transition to a global low-carbon economy, sustainable project and infrastructure finance, responsible and impact investing, green and carbon accounting, and environmental markets.

"The move to a low-carbon economy challenges conventional investment wisdom, compelling investors to refine and redefine their investment strategies. Sustainable Finance is a hands on program that offers next generation solutions to today's most pressing challenges. It equips students to demonstrate how investments in sustainability driven businesses lead to improved financial performance and create a resilient long-term investment portfolio." - Dazzle Bhujwala, M.S. Sustainability Management, 2018

 

Students will learn traditional financial and accounting tools supplemented with sustainability-specific methods and topics. The certification program equips graduates with the practical information and tools they need to understand the impact of environmental sustainability in corporate financial management and in financial markets, and to enable them to prepare for and manage the consequences of both.

The certification comprises courses that cover concepts at the intersection of sustainability and financial management, such as sustainability economics, investment, accounting, risk management, and communication. Students will gain a foundation in the core concepts of corporate finance and an understanding of the sustainability drivers in finance. Students will also learn to analyze the non-financial metrics of businesses.

The Certification may be taken as a complement to other graduate degree programs, including the Master of Science in Sustainability Management, or it can be taken as a stand-stand-alone program.

FACULTY

Course instructors include both expert faculty and practitioners, who are leaders in the fields of sustainable finance, economics, accounting, corporate sustainability, and environmental markets, and risk management.

STUDENTS

The Certification in Sustainable Finance is geared to professionals with a strong interest in sustainability and finance. The Certification is well-suited to practitioners in one or both of these areas, who desire formal training in sustainable finance, but also to professionals who aspire to enter this field. The certification is applicable to industries such energy, financial services, real estate development, technology, transportation, and utilities.

CURRICULUM

Courses are offered in the evening on the Columbia University campus to accommodate the schedules of students working full-time. Beginning in Fall 2020, students may also opt to complete the certification primarily online, along with a residency of five days in New York. The certification can be completed through part-time or full-time enrollment. Students enrolled on a part-time basis can complete the certification requirement in as many as four semesters. Students enrolled on a full-time basis can complete the certification requirements in one semester. The Sustainable Finance Certification requires the successful completion of four courses, or 12 points, from the following course offerings.

  • Financing the Clean Energy Economy*

  • Cost Benefit Analysis*

  • Sustainable Investing and Economic Growth*

  • Energy and Sustainable Development*

  • Solar Project Development*

  • Impact Finance for Sustainability Practitioners*

  • Sustainable Finance

  • Global Environmental Markets

  • Energy Markets and Innovation

  • Financing Natural Infrastructure

  • Accounting, Finance, and Modeling of Sustainable Investments
  • The Business and Ecology of Sustainable Forestry


  *Will be offered online during the 2020 - 2021 academic year. Please note that         course offerings are subject to change.

COMMUNITY

The students who enroll in the Sustainable Finance Certification are members of the Earth Institute, the School of Professional Studies, and the greater Columbia University community. The Earth Institute reaches across the University to draw and integrate expertise from numerous academic disciplines, in order to propose solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. The Earth Institute comprises two dozen research centers, and it is affiliated with more than 30 academic programs. Students who pursue the Certification have access to the Institute’s leading experts in the field of sustainability, as well as the rest of the University’s world renowned faculty. The students study alongside a new generation of problem solvers who are enrolled in the Earth Institute’s academic programs. All students have access to the Earth Institute’s Professional Development program and the hundreds of extracurricular activities that the Institute organizes each year.

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TO APPLY

Admission to the program is highly selective. Prospective students interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to meet with the director, the associate director, and the faculty.

Application Deadlines

Fall enrollment: May 15th

Spring enrollment: November 1st

Need help applying? Click here.

 

Mariví Perdomo Caba

Program Manager

M.S. in Sustainability Management and M.S. in Sustainability Science

The Earth Institute, Columbia University

mp3221@columbia.edu

 

Office of Admissions

Mail Code 4119

203 Lewisohn Hall

2970 Broadway

New York, NY 10027-6902

212-854-9666

apply@sps.columbia.edu

CONTACT US

If you would like to receive more information about the M.S. in Sustainability Management program, please contact Kristie Stack, Associate Director, at kd2528@columbia.edu.

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 the graduate school fairs that we attend throughout the United States. For more information, please contact Mariví Perdomo Caba, Senior Program Manager, at mp3221@columbia.edu.

Program Contacts

Kristie Stack

Associate Director

kd2528@columbia.edu

Mariví Perdomo Caba

Senior Program Manager

mp3221@columbia.edu

 

Office of Admissions
School of Professional Studies
203 Lewisohn Hall
212-854-9666
sustainability@sps.columbia.edu

IMPORTANT DATES

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Spring 2020: November 1, 2019

Fall 2020: May 15, 2020

Online Information Session

Monday, February 3, 2020

6-7 PM (EST)

Online via Zoom

Register

 

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