For Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021, tuition is $2,266 per point (credit). Tuition is calculated based on the total number of points registered for in a given semester. Full-time students are registered for 12 or more points in a given semester. The tuition rate for Summer 2020 is $2,266 per point (credit). Tuition and fees are subject to Board of Trustee approval and may change.



This listing is intended to summarize possible charges that could be incurred against a student’s account. Certain charges depend upon specific circumstances, as noted. Fees that are not billed to the student account, such as course fees or placement test fees, may be required but are not listed here.


Student Activities Fee

$270.00 per term (Fall 2020 only)

$300.00 per term


University Services and Support Fee*

Full-time students (Fall & Spring)

$305.00 per term (Fall 2020 only)

$575.00 per term

Full-time students (Summer)

$479.00 flat rate (Summer 2019)

$275.00 flat rate (Summer 2020 only)


Part-time students (Fall & Spring)

$176.00 per term (Fall 2020 only)

$446.00 per term

Part-time students (Summer)

$240.00 flat rate (Summer 2019)

For the Summer 2020 term only, the fee is waived for part-time students.

Transcript Fee

$105.00 one-time fee for all new students


Late Registration Fees

$50.00 during late registration period

$100.00 after late registration period

International Services Charge

Required of all international students. $110.00 per term

Withdrawal Fee

Required of any student who drops all courses for which he or she has registered. $75.00 per term

Health Service Fee**

$610.00 per term (Fall & Spring)

$300.00 (Summer 2020, applies to new summer students only, not spring continuing students)

Technology Fee

$35.00 per term


Expanded CUIT Account Fee (optional)

Entitles students to extended CUIT computer lab privileges. $35.00 per term


Student Medical Insurance

All full-time students must provide proof of insurance or enroll in one of the University plans. This fee is optional for part-time students. See for details and rates.

Tuition and fees are subject to the Columbia University Board of Trustees approval and may change.

* University Services and Support Fee – Students are required to pay a University Facilities Fee depending on their registration. Full-time students are those registered for 12 or more points over a 16-week term. This fee is subject to Board of Trustee approval and may change.

** Health Service Fee – Required of all full-time students; optional for part-time students. Includes clinical services provided on campus as well as integrated off-campus services. See for details.


Deposit Requirement

In order to secure a place in the program, admitted students must pay a nonrefundable deposit of $2,000 to the university by the deadline stated in the acceptance letter. The deposit is credited toward the student’s tuition upon matriculation and is nonrefundable. Under no circumstances can the acceptance deposit be waived. Students who fail to remit their deposit by the deadline forfeit their place in the entering class. Students who make deposits but do not enroll on the agreed date lose their deposits.



Financial Resources available to students include the following:

Columbia University Student Financial Services

School of Professional Studies Financial Resources

Earth Institute External Funding Opportunities

Course Grading Assistantships

Each semester, the program offers 10 course grading assistantships to highly achieving students on a competitive basis. Students who are awarded these positions assist instructors with the grading of assignments and other administrative duties associated with courses in the program. Assistantships pay students $5,500 per semester. Students will also be eligible to apply for the dozens of curriculum and grading assistantships offered by other Earth Institute-affiliated graduate and undergraduate programs.

Earth Institute Internships

The Earth Institute offers more than 20 internships to students every academic year. These positions are available throughout the Earth Institute’s research centers, administrative units, and academic programs. Interns are paid an hourly rate of $15, and they may work up to 20 hours per week in the fall and spring semesters, and up to 35 hours per week in the summer. Hiring for internships takes place on a competitive basis.

School of Professional Studies Financial Resources

The School works to ensure that the cost of continuing education and professional studies do not stand in the way of students’ goals. Most students at the School use a combination of savings, scholarships, loans, outside grants, sponsors, or employer tuition benefits to cover the cost of attendance. Visit the  School’s financial resources website for more information.



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 daily virtual walk-in hours with general admissions questions or sign up for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor via the Contact link on each program’s webpage to discuss program-specific questions and application requirements. Admissions Counselors can connect you directly to students, alumni, faculty and facilitate virtual class visits. You can also register for a virtual 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 Science program, please contact Samantha Ostrowski, Interim Assistant 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




Spring 2021: November 1, 2020

Fall 2021: May 15, 2021


Nomination Deadline: October 2nd

Program Application Deadline: December 30th

For more information about the HBCU Fellowship,

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If you would like to receive more information about the M.S. in Sustainability Science program, please submit your contact information below.

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