Financial Aid

The MA in Climate and Society awards a limited number of scholarships annually. The majority of students fund their studies privately or through students loans. 


The program offers a limited number of partial scholarships annually. The scholarships are awarded based on merit and offered to a limited number of applicants. The average award is $10,000. 

Every student who applies to the MA in Climate and Society is automatically considered for a scholarship and there is no separate application. If a student is awarded a scholarship, they will be notified in their offer letter. 

The majority of students fund their studies privately or through loans. 

The program funds a number of graduate research assistantships (GRAs) that are available exclusively to Climate and Society students and involve work with members of Columbia's climate research community. GRAs require an average of 6-8 hours of work per week and pay $2,000 per semester. GRAs are available in the fall and spring semesters only.

All interested students will be invited to apply for positions during the first month of the program. 

Applicants to the Climate and Society program who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are typically eligible for federal student loans. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Office of Financial Aid provides resources and support to Climate and Society students navigating the loan application process.

Students admitted to the MA in Climate and Society are encouraged to apply for external funding and scholarship opportunities. Columbia University and the Earth Institute maintain a list of external funding opportunities.