Accelerated Program in Sustainable Development and Sustainability Management

This option is available exclusively for students of Columbia College and Columbia University’s School of General Studies.

Offered in collaboration with The Earth Institute, Columbia College, the School of General Studies, and the School of Professional Studies, the Accelerated Program in Sustainable Development and Sustainability Management prepares you to become sustainability practitioners as you earn both a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Development and a Master of Science in Sustainability Management in just five years. You will be trained to understand the complex environmental challenges facing the world and develop practical skills in management, quantitative analysis, and sustainability to transform the way that organizations do business.

Undergraduates in the Sustainable Development program are uniquely prepared for this graduate program, having undertaken interdisciplinary studies focused on the natural and social sciences, and the theory and practice of sustainable development. Students develop expertise in critical areas, such as food, water, health and climate change, and are they trained in important skill areas such as economic analysis and GIS modeling.

Building upon the strong foundation from undergraduate coursework, students who are accepted into the Sustainability Management program will learn to draw from interdisciplinary perspectives in general and financial management, quantitative analysis, public policy, and the physical dimensions of sustainability. Students will receive practical professional training to help them to understand the systematic and organizational role of sustainability in any organization.

Curriculum

Admitted undergraduate students may take up to two Sustainability Management courses that count toward the master’s degree during their senior year. These courses will be accepted for advanced standing in the Sustainability Management, but may not be counted toward students’ undergraduate degree requirements. These courses are SUMA K4100 Sustainability Management and one Approved Physical Dimensions of Sustainability Course. See below for a sample schedule.

Admissions

Students in good academic standing at Columbia College or Columbia’s School of General Studies may apply to the Sustainability Management program in the spring of their junior year or the fall of their senior year. Students will receive provisional acceptance and will be required to maintain a 3.0 GPA in Sustainability Management classes. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for the purpose of the application; official transcripts must be submitted once the undergraduate degree is conferred. The application fee for Sustainable Development students will be waived. Details on the application process appear on the Apply page.

Contact

For more information please contact Natalie Unwin-Kuruneri, Associate Director of Education, at natalie@ei.columbia.edu.

Sample Schedule

Year 1 (31 Points)
Fall
CoursePoints
Frontiers of Science4
Literature Humanities4
Global Core (3–4 pts.)4
Intro to Sustainable Development1
Music Humanities3
TOTAL16
Spring
CoursePoints
University Writing3
Global Core (3–4 pts.)4
Art Humanities3
Contemporary Civilization4
Physical Education1
TOTAL15

 

Year 2 (34 Points)
Fall
CoursePoints
Physical Education1
Foreign Language Requirement4
Science Sequence I (3–4.5 pts)3.5
Science for Sustainable Development3
Social Science3
Additional Credits3
TOTAL17.5
Spring
CoursePoints
Foreign Language Requirement4
Science Sequence II (3–4.5 pts)3.5
Challenges of Sustainable Development3
Social Science3
Skill/Action3
TOTAL16.5

 

Year 3 (31 Points)
Fall
CoursePoints
Quantitative Foundation3
Practicum (SUMA K4310 or 4734)1
Analysis and Solutions3
Additional Credits3
Additional Credits3
Additional Credits3
TOTAL16
Spring
CoursePoints
Analysis and Solutions3
Additional Credits3
Additional Credits3
Additional Credits3
Additional Credits3
TOTAL15

 

Year 4 (34 Points)
Fall
CoursePoints
Skills/Action3
Elective3
Elective3
Additional Credits3
Additional Credits3
Additional Credits3
TOTAL18
Spring
CoursePoints
SUMA K4100–Required (Area 1)3
Approved Physical Dimensions Course (Area 3)3
Workshop4
Additional Credits3
Additional Credits3
TOTAL16

 

Year 5 (30 Points)
Fall
CoursePoints
Economics and Quantitative Analysis Courses: Economics (Area 2)3
Economics and Quantitative Analysis Courses: Economics (Area 2)3
Physical Dimensions of Sustainability (Area 3)3
Public Policy (Area 4)3
General and Financial Management (Area 5)3
TOTAL15
Spring
CoursePoints
Integrative Sustainability Management Elective (Area 1)3
SUMA K4200 Integrative Capstone Workshop (Area 1)3
Economics and Quantitative Analysis Courses: Economics (Area 2)3
Physical Dimensions of Sustainability (Area 3)3
General and Financial Management (Area 5)3
TOTAL15