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MPA Program: Apply Now for Fellowship Opportunities

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Apply now for your chance to join the MPA ESP Class of 2016!

The early decision deadline to apply for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs is approaching on November 1. By submitting your application for our early decision deadline, you will be considered for a prestigious Environmental Sustainability Fellows award, so start your application today!

Environmental Sustainability Fellowships will be awarded for the academic year 2015-2016. Environmental Sustainability Fellows will each receive $20,000 toward their tuition. In order to be considered for an Environmental Sustainability Fellow appointment, we invite candidates to apply by the early decision application deadline of November 1, 2014.

Nearly half of all students in the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program receive partial fellowships based on merit and need. Applicants must apply by the January 15, 2015 deadline to be considered for a partial program fellowship.

Visit our website to learn more about the application process. Applicants must complete the online application form (please select Summer 2015) and supply the following documents to be considered for admission:

– Personal Statement
– Professional Resume
– Academic Resume
– Three Letters of Recommendation
– Transcripts from Undergraduate Institutions (unofficial copies can be used for admissions)
– GRE or GMAT scores
– Students who received their bachelor’s degree in a country where English is not the primary language of instruction must submit TOEFL scores.

This 12-month program — jointly developed by Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and the Earth Institute— trains sophisticated managers and policymakers to apply innovative, interdisciplinary and sustainable solutions to environmental issues. Our integrated approach reflects the system-level thinking that is needed to understand ecological interactions and maintain the health of Earth’s interconnected systems.

Graduates are working in diverse organizations domestically and globally as consultants, environmental protection and restoration specialists, project managers, policy analysts, directors of environmental services, environmental and public health advisors, teachers, researchers, and environmental biologists and engineers.

For more information about the program, please visit our website at or contact Sarah Tweedie, Assistant Director, at or 212-854-3142.

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