This program is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in technical aspects of sustainability, helping organizations better understand, predict, and address environmental impacts. Ideal candidates have an undergraduate degree in science, engineering, math or related fields. Graduates will be skilled in the practical application of scientific skills and tools to address sustainability issues and become leaders in their fields. There are full- and part-time options for those with current professional obligations.

Those interested in a sustainability career but without an undergraduate STEM degree may be interested in the MS in Sustainability Management.

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  • Use scientific methods to observe and monitor sustainability

  • Analyze and model data to understand the environment

  • Employ scientific tools to respond to pressing sustainability issues

  • Integrate science in the decision-making of organizations


Talks@Columbia with MS in Sustainability Science Co-Director Dr. Art Lerner-Lam

Created an index that quantifies the major environmental impacts of shipping hubs.

Alumna Isabela Brown

A student asserts that wind development companies need to take fishermen’s concerns more seriously, so that both industries can coexist successfully.

Researchers at Columbia are developing an app that Guinean communities can use to hold mining companies accountable for controlling the dust they produce, which can harm health and livelihoods.

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Graduates of the program are equipped to apply their knowledge to help organizations and businesses address environmental impacts and risks to their operations.

Alum Jeffrey Fralick

Taking on the threats of climate change and incorporating sustainable practices into everyday life.


Sustainability Science Capstone Workshop Investigates Microplastics in the Hudson River


Read more about Dr. Goldberg's project on turning CO2 to stone

Alum Kevin Webb

Webb comes from a career of more than 8 years in early-stage venture capital

Reforestation is an important tool for fixing climate change, and green areas regrow faster and healthier with predators present.

by Alum Kevin Webb

Alum Kevin Webb

Last month, unusually high winds knocked down 15 giant sequoias in Yosemite

Daryush Nourbaha

The rapid spread of electric vehicles will help to reduce deadly air pollution in communities historically burdened by environmental injustice.


MS. in Sustainability Science Class of 2021

The Earth Institute and the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University are proud to celebrate the graduates of the Sustainability Science program. Congratulations to the Class of 2021!