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Application Deadline Extended for the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy Program

The Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy program has extended its application deadline to Thursday, November 15th due to the disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy. Our thoughts go out to everyone in the region, including members of our university community, who have experienced a severe impact on their homes and communities as a result of the storm.

Hurricane Sandy has brought to national and international attention the very environmental and policy issues that our students are trained to analyze and manage, including natural hazard mitigation, climate change adaptation, and energy. Join the next class of environmental professionals who study these issues and more— apply by November 15th for early decision and fellowship consideration.

The application process is simple. Here is a checklist of the application materials:
Online Application Form
• Undergraduate Education Transcripts (unofficial copies can be used for
• Personal Statement (please follow the prompt in the application link)
• Professional Resume
• Academic Resume
• 3 Letters of Recommendation
• $95 Application Fee

You are invited to learn more about the program at our next online chat session on Monday, Nov. 12th from 1:00 PM-2:30 PM. Please RSVP here.

For more information please visit our website at For specific questions or to arrange a class visit, you can contact Sarah Tweedie, Assistant Director, at or 212-854-3142.

Students in the Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy (MPA-ESP) program enroll in a year-long, 54-credit program offered at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), in partnership with the Earth Institute. Students are immersed in courses that combine Columbia’s hands-on approach to teaching public policy and administration with pioneering thinking about the environment. During the summer semester, students learn the fundamentals of environmental science, while the fall and spring semesters focus on teaching the policy and economics necessary to becoming successful environmental analysts and managers.

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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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