About


Photo by Brian Kahn

Photo by Brian Kahn

The M.A. Program in Climate and Society is a twelve-month interdisciplinary Master of Arts program that trains professionals and academics to understand and cope with the impacts of climate variability and climate change on society and the environment. Through classes and research, students gain knowledge in both climate science as well as social sciences as they relate to climate.

Columbia University and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory are at the forefront of research on climate and climate applications. The M.A Program in Climate and Society combines elements of established programs in earth sciences, earth engineering, international relations, political science, sociology, and economics with unique classes in interdisciplinary applications specially designed for the program’s students.

The M.A. Program in Climate and Society is housed in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) and benefits from a partnership with the International Research Institute for Climate & Society (IRI) as well as other affiliated institutions, and is one of seven full-time Master’s programs offered by the Earth Institute.