Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about the Climate and Society program. For questions about admissions, please see the Admissions FAQ.
Climate and Society FAQ
Applicants may submit a request to complete the program part-time.
Climate and Society is designed to be completed in-person at Columbia University. Students are permitted to attend the summer course remotely if their internship is located outside of New York City.
Yes, the MA in Climate and Society is a STEM-designated program. The STEM designation offers an additional benefit by allowing students in F-1 status to apply to extend their 12-month optional practical training (OPT) by an additional 24 months.
Broadly speaking, our students typically come from the earth, natural and social sciences. Students from non-traditional backgrounds such as music, architecture and photography have also successfully completed the program. People from those backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Climate and Society is not affiliated with any PhD program and does not guarantee admission to a PhD program. Approximately 30% of graduates, however, go on to PhD, law or other graduate studies within three years of graduating.