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For Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and Spring 2024, tuition is $2,524 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.​


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

$300.00 per term

Certificate Students

$250.00 per term


University Services and Support Fee**

M.S. Students (Full-time)

TBD per term 

M.S. Students (Part-time)

TBD per term

Certificate Students (Full-time)

TBD per term


Certificate Students (Part-time)

TBD per term


Transcript Fee

$105.00 one-time fee for all new students

Orientation Fee (beginning Fall 2021)***

$150.00 one-time fee for all new M.S. students


Late Registration Fees

$50.00 during late registration period

$100.00 after late registration period

International Services Charge

Required of all international students. $135.00 per term

Withdrawal Fee

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

Health and Related Services Fee****

Full-time Students (12+ credits)

$654.00 per term 


Half-time Students (6-11.99 credits)

$327.00 per term 


Part-time Students (1-5.99 credits)

$218.00 per term 

Technology Fee

$35.00 per term

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

* Student Activities Fee – Assessed to support in-person and online student-facing services and events including but not limited to: Academic Support, Career Services, Graduation, Student Engagement Programs, and SPS student organizations. All events can be found on SPS Engage at

** 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.

*** Orientation Fee – Required one-time fee for all entering degree students in their first term, covering the costs of mandatory orientation programming.

**** Health Service Fee – Required of all students. Includes clinical services provided on campus as well as integrated off-campus services. See for details. Students who pay the Health Service Fee in Spring are not required to pay the Health Service Fee in Summer. The Summer Fee applies to new summer students only.


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 Columbia Health for details and rates.


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:

Earth Institute Funding Opportunities


Earth Institute Sustainability Management Fellows Program

The Earth Institute Sustainability Management (EISM) Fellows program provides fellowship funding for use toward the cost of tuition. The Sustainability Management Admissions and Fellowship Committee will determine fellowship recipients and award amounts based on demonstrated financial need, academic  and professional merit.


Faculty Support Assistantships

Each semester, the program offers more than 30 faculty support assistantships to highly achieving students on a competitive basis. Students who are awarded these positions assist instructors with administrative duties associated with courses in the program. Assistantships pay students $20 per hour. Students will also be eligible to apply for the dozens of other assistantships offered by other Earth Institute-affiliated graduate and undergraduate programs.

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 $17, 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.

Earth Institute Funding Opportunities
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