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.


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.


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.


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 multi-day residency in New York.

Click here to listen to an information session discussing the new Online Sustainable Finance Certification option.


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.


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.



Application Type: Master's Affiliated CPA Program

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.


Samantha Ostrowski

Associate Director

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

The Earth Institute, Columbia University


Mariví Perdomo Caba

Senior Program Manager

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

The Earth Institute, Columbia University



Office of Admissions

Mail Code 4119

203 Lewisohn Hall

2970 Broadway

New York, NY 10027-6902





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 inquire@sps.columbia.edu 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 sostrowski@ei.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 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 cprecht@ei.columbia.edu


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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