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ADMISSION FAQS

How do I apply?

For complete details on how to complete and application to the program, please visit the How to Apply section of our website. If you have begun a program application but have any questions about using the online application system, submitting application components, or checking to see if a component of your application has been received, please contact the School of Professional Studies Office of Admissions at sustainability@sps.columbia.edu.

What are the prerequisites for admission?

An undergraduate degree is the only formal prerequisite for admission to the program. There are several criteria, none of which in isolation plays a decisive role in granting or denying admission to an applicant. These criteria include grade point average, coursework in math and science, work experience, familiarity with sustainability, clarity of professional goals, especially as they relate to the program, and recommendation letters.

Do I have to take the GRE?

Official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test are not required but may be submitted in support of your application. GRE school report code: 3602.​

How do I submit my transcripts?

Please refer to our admission requirements page for more information on how to submit transcripts.

Does the M.S. degree lead to a Ph.D.?

The M.S. in Sustainability Science is designed as a terminal, pre-professional degree. The program is designed for students seeking to further their careers as sustainability professionals or transition into a sustainability field. The program is not designed to prepare students to enroll in a Ph.D. in a related field.

​Common Application Errors

 

In the Academic History section of your online application, you must list all institutions attended for at least one term, regardless of the number of credits received including: individual courses for academic credit, certifications, certificates, transfer coursework, study abroad, second bachelor’s degrees, and advanced degrees.

 

Letters of recommendation should be written by current or former supervisors or by faculty members with whom you have studied. If you own your own business and are your own supervisor, you may select a client as your recommender. Personal references are not appropriate.

If you have any questions about our admissions requirements or application process, please contact our admissions specialist at sustainability@sps.columbia.edu.

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