MA program in Climate and Society

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Program Description

The MA program in Climate and Society uses an interdisciplinary approach to train professionals and academics to understand and cope with the impacts of climate variability and climate change on society and the environment. The twelve-month program emphasizes the problems of developing societies.

This program is designed to provide the necessary skills and needed background in the social and natural sciences to:

• policy administrators and other decision-makers in water resource management, agriculture, health, tourism and economics, especially from the developing world

• policy professionals and administrators who want to pursue strategies in sustainable development

• private sector professionals dealing with risk and decisions relating to environmental change

• educators, who are training a generation that can no longer ignore climate.

It also serves recent graduates in the natural and social sciences interested in interdisciplinary environmental action or research. The program has an intrinsic interest in recruiting outstanding applicants from the developing world who will return to advance development in their own societies.

Last updated Sep 2020

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One of the oldest and most distinguished graduate schools in the United States, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences administers the education of graduate students in the humanities, natural scien ... Read More

One of the oldest and most distinguished graduate schools in the United States, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences administers the education of graduate students in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, and grants the PhD for all divisions of Columbia University. Some GSAS master’s programs offer a high-level introduction to study within traditional academic disciplines, while others allow students to pursue new fields of inquiry through an interdisciplinary course of study or to cultivate or enhance professional skills. Read less