posted: October 01, 2007
This semester representatives from the Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science an Policy and the Master of Arts in Climate and Society are visiting campuses across the country and internationally. Interested students will have the opportunity to learn about these two exciting twelve-month masters programs and how they are at the forefront of training students to become leaders in the fields of environmental and sustainable development. Students will also learn about the application processes, upcoming deadlines, as well as details about the courses.
The Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy (MPA –ESP) is an intensive 12-month program that trains sophisticated public managers and policymakers, who apply innovative, systems-based thinking to environmental issues. The program challenges students to think systemically and act pragmatically. To meet this challenge, the program offers a high-quality graduate program in management and policy analysis that emphasizes practical skills and is enriched by ecological and planetary science. MPA-ESP graduates are the new generation of earth systems problem-solvers: individuals who are prepared for leadership positions in local, state, and federal government agencies, as well as in nonprofit organizations and the environmental divisions of private corporations. They are also well suited for designing cost-effective programs and implementing policies. Most importantly, a deep understanding of earth systems informs their work, allowing them to craft the kinds of solutions necessary for our increasingly complex environmental problems. Current employers include: AIG Environmental, Bear Stearns, Carbon Credit Capital, The Center for Disease Control, Environmental Defense, Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Natural Resources Defense Council, TransFair USA, and the United Nations Environmental Programme.
The twelve-month M.A. Program in Climate and Society trains professionals and academics to understand and cope with the impacts of climate variability and climate change on society and the environment. This rigorous program emphasizes the problems of developing societies. Drawing on the superb educational and research facilities of Columbia University, the M.A. Program in Climate and Society combines elements of established programs in earth sciences, earth engineering, international relations, political science, sociology, and economics with unique classes in interdisciplinary applications specially designed for the program’s students. Climate and Society graduates are prepared to address environmental issues from positions in government, business, and nongovernmental organizations. Some continue their academic careers in the social or natural sciences. Current employers include: British Embassy in Washington, DC, The Climate Group, UNDP, ICCEI Local Governments for Sustainability, La Capra Associates, and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.
Representatives will be visiting schools in the Northeast, California and London in the next several weeks. The programs will also host information sessions at Columbia University’s Morningside campus. For a schedule of Climate and Society visits, please view their website at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/climatesociety/FallRecruitmentTrips.html. A schedule of MPA-ESP trips can be found at: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/mpaenvironment/pages/infoSessions.html
The early decision deadline for applying to the MPA-ESP program and be considered for a fellowship is November 1st. The next deadline to be considered for admittance and fellowship is January 15th; the final deadline for being considered for the program without fellowship is February 15th. The application can be accessed online at: www.columbia.edu/cu/mpaenvironment/pages/application.html