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Upcoming Information Sessions: Master of Arts in Climate and Society

Master of Arts program in Climate and Society

By Arezou Paksima

Climate and Society’s intensive 12-month curriculum gives students a firm understanding of the global and regional dynamics of climate change, knowledge of statistical methods for evaluating the impacts of climate change, as well as a familiarity with stakeholder politics and the policymaking process to implement change. Along with the core courses, students choose five electives to tailor the program to their own interests. These electives can be taken across Columbia’s graduate schools, which include the School of International and Public Affairs, The Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia’s Law School, and Business School, as well as in the many academic departments that constitute the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The capstone of the MA degree is a choice between a summer internship and a research thesis.

Now in it’s seventh year, the Master of Arts program in Climate and Society has over 140 alumni working in diverse fields in the non-profit, government, and private sectors working as policy analysts, educators, program managers, environmental engineers, and climate science advisors. Some graduates have gone on to PhD programs in diverse fields including Atmospheric Science, Political Science, Geography, Public Health, International Education, Earth and Environmental Science, and Earth and Environmental Engineering.

Join us at one of our two upcoming information sessions on November 18th and December 6th to learn more about the program, the application process, and to meet with faculty, current students, and alumni.

Date: Thursday, November 18th
Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Location: Columbia University, Schermerhorn Extension Room, 555

Date: Monday, December 6
Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Location: Columbia University, Schermerhorn Extension, Room 506

Priority Application deadline: February 15
Online Application

For more information, call the program office at 212-854-9896, email the Assistant Director, Arezou Paksima, at, or visit our website.

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Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

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