FAQ

Admissions FAQ

Please see the how to apply section for more details.

No. The program only admits students for the fall semester. 

Applicants should have a background in either natural or social science and/or have the aptitude to absorb the foundations of climate science and quantitative principles. Students come to the program from diverse range academic and professional backgrounds, and those with non-traditional backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit references that they believe best support their application. The admission committee would prefer at least two academic references but recognizes that professionals who have worked for several years may have difficulty obtaining references from their undergraduate studies. 

The GRE is not required for Climate and Society applicants.

The TOEFL or IELTS is required for applicants who did not complete their undergraduate degree at a four-year English institution. 

Applications for the MA in Climate and Society are handled through the admissions office of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The school allows applicants to apply to two MA programs or one MA and one PhD program. Prospective students can also apply to additional programs administered by other schools at Columbia.

Climate and Society offers a limited number of partial scholarships annually. The scholarships are awarded based on merit and are offered to a limited number of applicants.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Associate Director Cynthia Thomson.