For Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021, tuition is $2,266 per point (credit). Tuition is calculated based on the total number of points registered for in a given semester. Full-time students are registered for 12 or more points in a given semester.


Tuition and fees are subject to Board of Trustee approval and may change. For an outline of the most up-to-date tuition and fees for Summer 2020, please visit


This listing is intended to summarize possible charges that could be incurred against a student’s account. Certain charges depend upon specific circumstances, as noted. Fees that are not billed to the student account, such as course fees or placement test fees, may be required but are not listed here.


Student Activities Fee

M.S. Students

$270.00 per term (Fall 2020 only)

$300.00 per term

Certificate Students

$50.00 per term


University Services and Support Fee*

M.S. Students (Full-time)

Fall & Spring

$261.00 per term (Fall 2020 only)

$531.00 per term (Spring 2021 only)

$575.00 per term


$479.00 flat rate (Summer 2019)

$275.00 (Summer 2020 only)

M.S. Students (Part-time)

Fall & Spring

$132.00 per term (Fall 2020 only)

$402.00 per term (Spring 2021 only)

$446.00 per term


$240.00 flat rate (Summer 2019)

For the Summer 2020 term only, the fee is waived for part-time students.

Certificate Students

Full-time students (Fall & Spring)

$261.00 per term (Fall 2020 only)

$531.00 per term

Part-time students (Fall & Spring)

$132.00 per term (Fall 2020 only)

$402.00 per term

Transcript Fee

$105.00 one-time fee for all new students


Late Registration Fees

$50.00 during late registration period

$100.00 after late registration period

International Services Charge

Required of all international students. $110.00 per term

Withdrawal Fee

Required of any student who drops all courses for which he or she has registered. $75.00 per term

Health Service Fee**

$610.00 per term (Fall & Spring)

$300.00 (Summer 2020, applies to new summer students only, not spring continuing students)

Technology Fee

$35.00 per term


Expanded CUIT Account Fee (optional)

Entitles students to extended CUIT computer lab privileges. $35.00 per term


Student Medical Insurance

All full-time students must provide proof of insurance or enroll in one of the University plans. This fee is optional for part-time students. See for details and rates.

Tuition and fees are subject to the Columbia University Board of Trustees approval and may change.

* University Services and Support Fee – Students are required to pay a University Facilities Fee depending on their registration. Full-time students are those registered for 12 or more points over a 16-week term. This fee is subject to Board of Trustee approval and may change.

** Health Service Fee – Required of all full-time students; optional for part-time students. Includes clinical services provided on campus as well as integrated off-campus services. See for details.


Deposit Requirement

In order to secure a place in the program, admitted students must pay a nonrefundable deposit of $2,000 to the university by the deadline stated in the acceptance letter. The deposit is credited toward the student’s tuition upon matriculation and is nonrefundable. Under no circumstances can the acceptance deposit be waived. Students who fail to remit their deposit by the deadline forfeit their place in the entering class. Students who make deposits but do not enroll on the agreed date lose their deposits.



Financial Resources available to students include the following:

Columbia University Student Financial Services

School of Professional Studies Financial Resources

Earth Institute External Funding Opportunities


Earth Institute Sustainability Management Fellows Program

The Earth Institute and the M.S. in Sustainability Management program are offering more than $72,000 in fellowship funding in academic year 2020 - 2021. The average fellowship award is expected to be $6,000 per recipient. The Admissions and Fellowship Committee award fellowships based on applicants’ demonstrated financial need and academic and professional merit. Fellowship applications are available to admitted students as of May 15, 2020. Fellowship applications are due on July 1, 2020. Fellowship recipients will be announced on August 1, 2020.


Course Grading Assistantships

Each semester, the program offers more than 30 course grading assistantships to highly achieving students on a competitive basis. Students who are awarded these positions assist instructors with the grading of assignments and other administrative duties associated with courses in the program. Assistantships pay students $6,000 on average per semester.


Earth Institute Internships


The Earth Institute offers more than 20 internships to students every academic year. These positions are available throughout the Earth Institute’s research centers, administrative units, and academic programs. Interns are paid an hourly rate of $15, and they may work up to 20 hours per week in the fall and spring semesters, and up to 35 hours per week in the summer. Hiring for internships takes place on a competitive basis.




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

For more information about the HBCU Fellowship, 

please visit this website or contact

If you would like to receive more information about the M.S. in Sustainability Management program, please submit your contact information below.

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