Graduate Studies

Ph.D. in Earth & Environmental Sciences

The graduate division of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers a Ph.D. degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences.

The Department functions as the educational arm of Columbia University in the fields of earth and environmental science. Its staff and facilities overlap with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory , the university's research arm in those fields.

Please visit the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences website to learn more about this program.


Masters Programs

Masters of Science in Sustainability Science

The program focuses on the scientific methods and tools that can be used to observe, monitor, and respond to environmental impacts. The program harnesses the expertise of the Earth Institute's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University -- a world leader in the earth sciences. The curriculum emphasizes the practical application of science in addressing the critical sustainability issues of our time. Graduates work within a variety of public and private organizations, integrating scientific knowledge in decision-making. A part-time option and evening classes accommodate the schedules of working professionals.

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Master of Public Administration degree in Earth Systems Science, Policy and Management

Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs offers a Master of Public Administration degree in Earth Systems Science, Policy and Management .

The program trains public managers and policymakers to apply innovative, systems-based thinking to environmental issues. Students spend the summer on the campus of Lamont-Doherty completing an Earth systems science curriculum, then spend the fall and spring semesters on the Morningside Heights campus studying management and policy.


M.A. Program in Climate and Society

The M.A. Program in Climate and Society is an interdisciplinary 12-month program that deals with climate variability, climate change, and climate impacts, particularly with respect to the developing world. The program combines elements of earth and environmental sciences, environmental management and policy, economic development, and decision making under uncertainty. This program is designed to provide training in research and policy making for students from the U.S. and abroad, particularly those who are interested in agricultural policy and planning, water resources, health, and risk and insurance topics.

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Other Programs

Several Columbia Departments that deal with aspects of the Earth and environment, including the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology and the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering , also offer Masters degrees.