Doctoral Programs

Columbia University offers a series of multidisciplinary Ph.D. program options that tap the extensive resources of our science departments and institutes, as well as those of our partners.

Sustainable Development (Ph.D.)

Sustainable Development is critically important because many of the most important policy challenges facing the planet require a central focus on sustainability and development. The new interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Sustainable Development is designed to educate researchers, university teachers, and world leaders in the social and natural science disciplines that underpin sustainable development.

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Earth and Environmental Engineering (EEE) (Ph.D., Eng.Sc.D.)

Bridge the divide between natural and engineered systems: Earn a Ph.D. through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or an Eng.Sc.D. through the School of Engineering.

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Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. program aims to train broadly educated Earth scientists for careers in academia, research, government, and industry; along the way, our students move swiftly from receiving knowledge to creating it. Students at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences conduct research at one of three affiliated institutions: the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, or the American Museum of Natural History.

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Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) (Dr.P.H., Ph.D.)

Dr.P.H. students at the School of Public Health focus on understanding and predicting the health effects of environmental and occupational exposure to chemicals and radiation. Students acquire a general background in public health, specialize in an area of interest and undertake an intensive research project. Ph.D. students develop scholarly expertise and focus on laboratory-based investigation.

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Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (E3B) (Ph.D.)

The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) program is designed to provide the broad education needed to describe, understand and conserve the Earth’s biological diversity in all its forms. Matriculating students will develop the skills to conduct ecological, behavioral, systematic, molecular and other evolutionary biological research, as well as to formulate and implement environmental policy.

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Evolutionary Primatology (E3B) (Ph.D.)

Columbia has offered a Ph.D. program in Evolutionary Primatology for over a decade. Many aspects of this program are coordinated with the New York Consortium of Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP), which provides a multi-institutional venue for graduate training leading to the Ph.D., emphasizing all aspects of the behavioral, ecological, morphological and evolutionary biology of primates.

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