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Program in Environmental Science and Policy School of International and Public Affairs Columbia University

  • New York, NY
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 64%36%
    student ratio
  • 70
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • November 1
    fall application deadline
  • Not Reported
    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees offered

Overview

MPA in Environmental Science and Policy

Students enrolled in the Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy program are awarded an MPA degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) after a single year of intensive study. The program is affiliated with The Earth Institute, a Columbia University research institution dedicated to finding solutions for sustainable development and addressing some of the world's most difficult problems. The curriculum, designed by The Earth Institute and SIPA, requires students to complete a total of 54 points over three semesters, starting the day after Memorial Day.

The program is based on 2 basic insights: institutional, social, and economic processes interconnect to form a system that both sustains and endangers the environment and specially-trained professionals are needed to maintain the health of the system.

Career Opportunities for MPA Degree Holders

Upon graduating from the MPA Program in Environmental Science and Public Policy, students are prepared to excel in a variety of professional positions in government, private, and non-profit sectors to address the environmental issues that threaten the long-term sustainability of life on Earth.

To date, 11 classes have graduated from the program, bringing the total number of graduates to 619. These graduates have entered into a diverse range of professions within the environmental policy field in non-profit, government, and private sectors. Graduates are working in organizations throughout the US and globally as consultants, environmental protection and restoration specialists, directors of environmental services, environmental and public health advisors, policy analysts, teachers, researchers, and environmental biologists and engineers.

MPA Program Curriculum

The intensive study begins with natural science courses, including Ecology and Urban Ecology, Climatology, Risk Assessment and Toxicology, Environmental Chemistry and Hydrology. Additionally students enroll in an Earth Systems and Environmental Policy course in the summer semester. In the autumn and spring, students take the core curriculum which focuses on sustainability management, financial management, microeconomics, and quantitative techniques, all of which provides the skills for developing policy and managing public organizations. Physical and social sciences are also linked throughout the program so that students gain an integrated understanding of earth systems and sustainable development.

Students enroll in Workshop courses during each of the 3 semesters of the program. During the summer and fall terms, students work on analyzing proposed pieces of legislation focusing on environmental issues. During the spring, students are able to work with clients on real-life problems with a range of public-sector clients. Twice a semester students give formal briefings on their findings. This course provides students with practical experience in the field.

Faculty and Research

The MPA in Environmental Science & Policy program faculty members are experts in their fields of study and come from a variety of professional backgrounds including management, consulting and government work. Their research spans an extensive range of subjects including development of environmental movements, ecology, economic and political development, energy and nuclear waste policy, environmental justice, global climate change, marine science, plant community ecology, and urban policy and politics.

For Faculty profiles, please visit Columbia's website at http://mpaenvironment.ei.columbia.edu/?id=facultyhttp.

MPA Program Costs and Financial Assistance Programs

The program's tuition and fees for 2013-2014 total $68,698.

Additional costs may vary according to personal choices. For more information about the cost of the program, please visit http://new.sipa.columbia.edu/admissions/preparing-to-apply/esp-tuition.

Applicants who are citizens or permanent residents of the United Sates are typically eligible to receive federal Stafford student loans. Applicants may also finance their education through private loans and scholarships and fellowships from independent organizations.

In addition, the School of International and Public Affairs and Earth Institute at Columbia University awards fellowships and scholarships to a limited number of incoming students (domestic and international). These awards are based on both merit and need.

If applications are submitted by the November 1 or January 15 deadlines, students will be considered for partial fellowship awards from the program.

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Higher Education at Its Best

Columbia University consistently ranks in the top Universities according to US News and World Report (#4 in 2012). The Environmental Science and Policy Program was ranked #3 for graduate programs in environmental policy and management within the category of Public Affairs.

Graduate Student Experience at Columbia University

Columbia University offers a wide-variety of student organizations, a well-equipped fitness center, and graduate student housing.

New York City offers an extensive array of cultural, recreational, and entertainment options such as Central Park, Broadway, and the Lincoln Center of Performing Arts.

Columbia University

Established in 1754, Columbia University in the City of New York is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York and the fifth oldest in the United States. With over 250 years of experience in higher learning, this esteemed university is the academic home to over 4,000 faculty members and more than 24,000 students who originate from 150 countries.

The university emphasizes cutting-edge research and first-rate academics and includes 3 undergraduate colleges, 14 graduate and professional schools, and 4 affiliated schools. Because of its unyielding commitment to scholarship and diversity, students gain the knowledge, abilities, and confidence needed to excel professionally and contribute to the global community.

Library and Computing Services

Columbia University's wide-array of academic resources includes a comprehensive library system and computer services. Its library system -- one of the tenth largest academic libraries in the country -- includes 22 libraries, 7.5 million volumes, and 84,000 serials as well as broad collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other non-print formats.


Location & Contact

Program in Environmental Science and Policy

School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University

420 West 118th Street, Suite 1408 MC 3328
New York, NY 10027
United States

Dr. Steven Cohen

Director

Phone: 212-854-3142
Fax: 212-864-4847
Email: sc32@columbia.edu

Sarah Tweedie

Assistant Director

Phone: 212-851-0261
Email: st2745@columbia.edu

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Environmental Sciences Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 62
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Workshops
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $95
    • Application Fee - International $95
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline November 1st November 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline January 14th January 15th Yes
    • Spring deadline February 15th February 15th Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, previous course work in biology and chemistry, and earth sciences (recommended), economics (strongly recommended)
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 15
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Federal Work-Study, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students70
    • Female Percentage64%
    • Male Percentage36%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students70
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino1%
    • Black / African American1%
    • White / Caucasian70%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian16%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown12%

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty18
    • Full-time Percentage44%
    • Part-time Percentage56%
    • Female Percentage50%
    • Male Percentage50%

Research

  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchEcological management of enclosed ecosystems vegetation dynamics, environmental policy and management, energy policy, nuclear waste policy, environmental and natural resource economics and policy, carbon sequestration, urban planning, environmental risk assessment/toxicology, environmental justice
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported


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