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.

Hear from our Program Director.

  • 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

Dr. Art Lerner-Lam


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

Capstone Workshop


Sustainability Science Capstone Workshop Investigates Microplastics in the Hudson River

Faculty: Dave Goldberg


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

Making Ports More Sustainable — And Why it Matters

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

Alumna Isabela Brown

Chasing Storms and Change

Alum Jeffrey Fralick

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

Connecting Venture Capital Experience to Sustainability

Alum Kevin Webb

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

Success of NY Offshore Wind Industry Depends on Collaboration with Scallop Fishery

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

App Will Track Harmful Dust From Bauxite Mining in Guinea

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.

Want to Grow Forests? Protect Wolves.

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

by Alum Kevin Webb


Integrative Capstone Workshop Final Briefings

Quantifying Air Pollution Heterogeneity in New York City

Client: Upward Bound and New York City Public School System

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Time: 7:30 - 8:00 PM

Online via Zoom

MS. in Sustainability Science Class of 2020

The Earth Institute and the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University are proud to celebrate the inaugural graduates of the Sustainability Science program.  Congratulations to the Class of 2020!



Notice on Campus Visits

In light of the evolving Covid-19 situation and the University’s guidelines for on-campus activity, Columbia University SPS Admissions has suspended all in-person campus visits for the Fall 2020 semester. We invite prospective students to drop by our virtual walk-in hours with general admissions questions.


Weekly virtual walk-in hours 

Tuesdays (10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT)

Thursdays (12:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT)


Admissions Counselors can connect you directly to students, alumni, faculty, and facilitate virtual class visits. You can also register for an information session. Our virtual events allow you to interact with our admissions staff and learn more about the Columbia SPS community.  If you have any questions, please contact our office at or 212-854-9666. 


If you would like to receive more information about the M.S. in Sustainability Management program, please contact Samantha Ostrowski, Associate Director, at

Campus Visits, Graduate School Fairs & Company Presentations

We are eager to host you on the Columbia University campus or to meet you at one of our information sessions.


Our program offers a part-time option for working professionals. If your company would like to host an information session, please contact us. For more information about the graduate school fairs that we attend throughout the United States, please contact Chandler Precht, Program Manager at


Program Contacts

Samantha Ostrowski

Associate Director

Mariví Perdomo Caba

Senior Program Manager


Office of Admissions
School of Professional Studies
203 Lewisohn Hall




Fall 2021: May 15, 2021

Spring 2022: November 1, 2021


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