The M.S. in Sustainability Management is co-sponsored by The Earth Institute and the School of Continuing Education. It includes new and existing courses at the University, taught by faculty and researchers who are leaders in the fields of earth science, engineering and environmental management. The program utilizes environmental and sustainable development research to provide practical training to a new generation of professionals who will address critical interdisciplinary issues.

The M.S. in Sustainability Management  is based upon years of experience in bridging research and practice. In response to the increasing global challenges all organizations face, from limiting their carbon emissions to managing their water resources, the program melds academic leadership, scientific rigor, and professional practice to form a unique interdisciplinary community dedicated to making lasting advances in global sustainability practice.

The program takes a bold and innovative approach to sustainability that prioritizes the protection of Earth’s systems and resources as well as the spread of social and economic opportunities for all people. To achieve sustainable development, the Earth Institute is conducting and applying interdisciplinary scientific research to address many cross-cutting issues while training a new generation of problem solvers to tackle these issues in all areas of society. Finding solutions to one problem, involves tackling other related challenges. This is at the core of sustainability management. This new generation of problem solvers need to be able to appreciate complex systems of water, environmental services, climate, waste and energy to be able to maximize efficient usage and minimize their negative impacts.

Currently, The Earth Institute is affiliated with 30 academic programs at Columbia University, and has developed numerous innovative courses training students to understand and address the pressing and complex issues of environment and sustainability management, and provides seminars and events in the field. Students enrolled in the M.S. in Sustainability Management are an integral part of this engaging and forward-looking community.

In order to receive the master’s degree in sustainability management, students must complete all requirements of the degree within three years with an overall grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better.

The 36-point program includes five required areas of study:

1. Integrative Courses in Sustainability Management
2. Economics and Quantitative Analysis
3. The Physical Dimensions of Sustainability Management
4. The Public Policy Environment of Sustainability Management
5. General and Financial Management

The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or the instructors as may become necessary.

Source: Columbia University

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