Overview

The MA in Climate and Society is a 12-month interdisciplinary graduate 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 and social sciences as they relate to climate.

Columbia University, the Earth Institute and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory are at the forefront of climate research and applications. Climate and Society sits at this nexus and takes an interdisciplinary approach to the causes and impacts of the climate crisis as well as how to prepare society. The program draws on faculty members' expertise in earth sciences, climate dynamics, statistics and real-world problem-solving. Students are further able to take courses in law, international relations, engineering and other disciplines to tailor the program to their interests.

The program is housed in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and benefits from partnerships with the Earth Institute, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society as well as other affiliated institutions.