The climate crisis is one of the greatest threats facing humanity. The challenges are immense and urgent. In response, Columbia University has created the Climate School to develop innovative education, support groundbreaking research, and foster essential solutions, from the community to the planetary scale.


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The climate crisis is a challenge like no other. Tackling it requires innovative, coordinated, and transdisciplinary approaches from a top university, like Columbia. The Climate School will marshal the University’s strengths in basic disciplines and expand its resources to understand climate and its impact on society.

Columbia educates the world’s best and brightest, preparing them to be skilled, productive members of society. The Climate School will ensure that these students are equipped with the knowledge and tools to lead in the 21st century. By working with communities, businesses, and policymakers, the School will create new technologies, policies, and approaches to solving the climate crisis.

The Climate School will be defined by the following three principles:

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Education and Research

The School will develop and expand societally relevant and transdisciplinary research and impact programs, linking them to education offerings aimed at preparing students to address the climate crisis.

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Culture and Inclusion

A focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism will be interwoven in the school’s structure and all aspects of academic life, with the goal of creating a dedicated physical hub and sustainable living campus.

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Impact and Solutions

Solution-oriented projects, policy initiatives, events, networking, partnerships, communications platforms, and non-degree training programs are a few of the ways in which the School will connect Columbia’s knowledge to the world.


Master of Arts in Climate and Society

Announcing the first Climate School academic program: the Master of Arts in Climate and Society, a 12-month interdisciplinary program that trains professionals and academics to understand and cope with the impacts of climate change and climate variability on society and the environment.

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The Climate School builds upon the cutting-edge work of the many schools, institutes, and centers across the University.