Students enrolled in the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy Program are awarded a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University’s world-renowned School of International and Public Affairs after a single year of intensive study. The curriculum provides a management and policy analytic core and a natural and social science earth systems concentration. Students complete a total of 54 points over three semesters, beginning in the summer.
The summer term features the fundamental science of earth systems and conservation biology, as well as an introduction to environmental policy and management issues. In the fall and spring, students delve deeper into the formulation and management of public policy. The physical and social sciences are linked throughout the program so that students gain an integrated understanding of earth systems.