Columbia University Launches Graduate Program in Sustainability Management

Columbia University Launches Graduate Program in Sustainability Management

School of Continuing Education and Earth Institute Collaborate to Teach Effective Management for a Sustainable Planet

NEW YORK—Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education and the Earth Institute have announced a new Master of Science in Sustainability Management, which will enroll its first class in the fall of 2010.  All organizations, whether they are multinational corporations or local nonprofits, face a growing number of environmental challenges from limiting carbon emissions to managing water resources.  The program trains leaders to bridge the gap between the principle of sustainable development and its practice.

The new graduate program is designed to meet the growing demand for sustainability managers. It prepares students to be leaders in implementing solutions to limit the degradation of resources and the production of waste. Such efforts are essential for effective organizational management in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Typical graduates will grow into leadership positions in a broad range of fields and industries, including environmental stewardship, facilities management, construction, operations, architecture and design, utilities, energy, communications, financial services, healthcare, education, and manufacturing. 

“Columbia is proud to offer a program that melds academic leadership, scientific rigor, and professional practice to form a unique and interdisciplinary community dedicated to making lasting advances in global sustainability practice,” said Kristine Billmyer, dean of the School of Continuing Education.

“The M.S. in Sustainability Management is the first program of its kind in the metropolitan New York region. New York City is the nation’s center of finance, learning and communication. By building this exciting new masters program here, we believe it will quickly have impact all over the world,” said Steven Cohen, director of the program and executive director of the Earth Institute.

The program is offered on a full-time or part-time basis to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.

Fall 2010 application deadline is April 15, 2010.

For information about the M.S. in Sustainability Management, go to, call 212-854-9666, or email