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Columbia University’s Master of Arts program in Climate and Society

There is still time to apply to Columbia University’s Master of Arts program in Climate and Society (C&S). The need for professionals who understand the links between climate and society is acute, and grows ever more so as human activity alters the global atmosphere. The 12-month Columbia M.A. in Climate and Society will give you the knowledge and skills to meet this need.

Housed in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences within Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), the Climate and Society program shares its name and as well as its mission with the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), a research unit of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the Earth Institute.

The core coursework is a set of tailor-made courses providing a scientific basis for inquiry that stresses interdisciplinary problem solving. The core consists of dynamics of climate variability and change, regional climate and climate impacts, quantitative models of climate-sensitive natural and human systems, and the integrative policy course titled managing and adapting to climate variability and change. A professional development seminar and a choice between a summer internship and research thesis complete the required core. Five electives across the fall and spring allow students to tailor the program across disciplines including economics, energy, sustainable development, atmospheric science and more.

Scholarships are available. If you would like more information about the program, or the application process, please contact us at or 212-854-9896.

Application Deadline: April 1

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