Climate and Society is a 12-month interdisciplinary M.A. program. Students must complete a minimum total of 34 graduate level credits and maintain a 3.0 GPA to graduate. A 3.0 GPA must also be maintained in the core courses. Students will complete one residence unit in the fall, one residence unit in the spring, and an extended residence unit in the summer.

A set of tailor-made core courses provide a scientific basis for inquiry and stresses interdisciplinary problem solving. In addition to the core courses, Climate and Society students take a minimum of four electives for a total of 12 credits that can be taken across Columbia’s graduate schools, which include the School of International and Public Affairs, the Mailman School of Public Health and the Law School. Electives must be taken for a letter grade. They cannot be taken pass-fail.

Students start as a cohort in the fall, attend classes full-time during the fall and spring semesters, and complete an internship over the summer. Degrees for the M.A. Program are awarded in October.

Course of Study

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Dynamics of Climate
Variability and Change
3 credits
Regional Climate
and Climate Impacts
3 credits
Summer Internship: Climate and Society
6 credits
Quantitative Models of
Climate-Sensitive Natural
and Human Systems
4 credits
Applications in Climate and Society
3 credits
Managing and Adapting to Climate
3 credits
Elective #2
min 3 credits

Elective #3
min 3 credits
Elective #1
min 3 credits
Elective #4*
min 3 credits

13 credits

15 credits

6 credits

*One elective must be a social science course