The Earth Institute

The MA in Climate and Society is an Earth Institute affiliated education program. The Earth Institute is the largest research institute at Columbia University. It blends research in the physical and social sciences, education and practical solutions to help guide the work onto a path toward sustainability.

The Earth Institute's scientists seek answers to questions about the fundamentals of the earth's systems and the life they sustain: climate and geology, oceans and atmosphere, food, water, public health, energy, hazards, and ecosystems. The complex nature of these questions requires interdisciplinary research. The institute reaches across the university to forge collaboration among scientists, faculty, students and experts in a great variety of disciplines. 

The Earth Institute is dedicated to training a new generation of sustainability professionals equipped with the interdisciplinary problem-solving tools to address environmental problems, like the effects of climate change. Through the Earth Institute students are provided with opportunities and support for research assistantships, internships, extracurricular programming including speaker series, networking, professional development and other practical skill-building activities.