Academic Programs

Students who develop a knowledge base around climate change will have a key advantage when building their careers, as they will have the expertise required to address challenges for decades to come. Education opportunities at the Climate School will support all different interests and desired levels of climate knowledge.

The Climate School will offer a range of degree and non-degree programs to train the climate leaders of the future.

Degree-granting programs

  • We are excited to announce the first Climate School 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. Students who matriculate in this program in Fall 2021 will be students of the Climate School. The program will continue to benefit from the support of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

  • The Climate School will develop new and/or expanded masters and doctoral programs, including joint programs.

  • In partnership with other schools across Columbia University, the Climate School will offer undergraduate courses.

Non-Degree Programs

The Climate School will offer non-degree education programs for a wide cross-section of society, including K-12 programs for teachers and students, leadership and communications training, and executive and other professional programs for businesses and governments.

All programming will be taught by world-renowned Columbia faculty, researchers, and practitioners who are experts in their field. Non-degree programs will offer the same level of rigor and quality as our degree programs, and allow the Climate School to deliver high-caliber programs on a flexible schedule to participants around the world.

Professional Learning: The professional learning program provides working professionals and adult learners with the knowledge and skills needed to further job-related interests and careers across a variety of subjects. This program is for you if: you work in a climate- or sustainability-oriented career and want to gain new skills to enhance your current role; you want to explore a career shift into this area; or if you are simply a lifelong learner seeking new knowledge and experiences.

Pre-College Programs: The pre-college programs are for high school students in grades 9-12 who are interested in extending their learning beyond the classroom and sharpening their knowledge and skills in the areas of climate change and sustainability. Whether you are a budding climate change activist or a maker who loves to tinker with new tools and technologies, we will have something for you.

Educator Training: E.I. Teach, the Earth’s Institute’s professional development program, is designed to provide K-12 educators with cutting-edge tools and content to address climate change, the environment, and sustainability in their classrooms through our world-renowned scientists.

Summer 2021

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Join us for the first-ever Columbia Climate School in the Green Mountains, held in-person this summer in Castleton, Vermont, to mobilize action, drive impact, and affect change in response to our warming planet. You have a critical role to play in finding solutions to a fast and evolving future where climate change continues to disrupt our way of life. Bring transparency to the complexities of the climate crisis and gain real-world experience to demonstrate your impact. 

  • Program Dates: June 27 - July 9, 2021 (13 days, 12 nights)
  • Designed for: Students Grades 9-12 (and rising 9th grade students)
  • In-person Columbia faculty in Castleton, Vermont

Engage with experts from the inaugural Columbia Climate School and learn about cutting-edge innovations in action. Meet, collaborate, and build partnerships with like-minded students and tap into collective strengths for action. Activate your ambition to drive and sustain change in your communities.

You Can Lead on Climate Action

Climate change is one of the defining issues of this century, and it is not only a scientific issue. From shifting extreme weather that will threaten food production to rising sea levels that will drastically reshape cities and countries, the impacts are going to be felt in every aspect of society and will be unprecedented in scale. Once primarily the domain of climate scientists, the impacts of climate change on humans and environmental systems have become a focus for professionals in many different industries, from education to finance and insurance to construction.

One of the key ways that we can promote dialogue and participate in addressing solutions to the climate crisis is by elevating the voices of those who are going to be most affected by climate change. We need your participation and engagement in decision-making processes if we are to achieve a just and sustainable future. We will help you learn to impact change through an in-depth exploration of current climate topics. 

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