E&E: Environmental Policy and Management Focus Area

The Environmental Policy and Management (EPM) focus area is designed for students interested in national and international environmental policy, law, economics, journalism, and business. This interdisciplinary program provides a rigorous academic background and practical experience in environmental policy. In addition to courses taught by SIPA faculty on climate change and environmental economics, politics, and policy, students also draw from specialty courses offered through programs in business, social enterprise, conservation biology, earth and environmental engineering, law, and Columbia’s innovative program in environmental journalism.

Students in the Environmental Policy and Management Focus Area must complete two (2) required courses, two (2) environment courses, and one (1) energy course.

Note: Students must achieve a grade at least B- in SIPA U6300 or SIPA U6400 in order to concentrate in E&E. 

Core Requirements

1. Students must complete the following two courses (6 points):

INAF U6071Environmental Fundamentals3
INAF U6068Economic Analysis of Environmental Policies3

Environment Electives

2. Students must also complete two of the following Energy courses (6 points):

EHSC P6300Environmental Health Sciences3
EHSC P8304Public Health Impacts of Climate Change3
ENVP U6235Environmental Finance3
ENVP U6224Environmental Data Analysis3
ENVP U6228Corporate Sustainability and the Role of Government in Advancing Environmental & Social Performance3
ENVP U6230Economics of Sustainable Development3
ENVP U6239The Politics and Policy of Urban Sustainability3
ENVP U6241Earth Systems and Environmental Politics, Policy, and Management3
ENVP U6250Poverty, Inequality, and the Environment3
ENVP U6275GIS for International Studies3
ENVP U6320Political Context of Public/Private Environmental Management3
INAF U6051Infrastructure Investment and Development1.5
INAF U6068Economic Analysis of Environmental Policies3
INAF U6071Environmental Fundamentals3
INAF U6116Infrastructure Cost Benefit Analysis3
INAF U6236History of American Ecology & Environmentalism3
INAF U6243International Environmental Policy3
INAF U6259Adaptation to Climate Change3
INAF U6261Making Climate Policy in the US1.5
INAF U8537Climate Change Policy3
INAF U8909Environment, Conflict & Resolution Strategies3
INAF U8910Food, Farming & Famine: Struggles for Sustainability3
INAF U8912Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Goals1.5
LAW L6038Climate Change Law3
LAW L6040International Environmental Law2
LAW L6242Environmental Law3
LAW L8036Natural Resources Law2
PLAN A4579Introduction to Environmental Planning3
PUAF U6190Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development3
SDEV U6240Environmental Science for Sustainable Development3
SDEV U6260Disasters and Development3
SUMA PS4100Sustainability Management3
SUMA K4025Sustainability Communications Strategy and Reporting3
SUMA K4035Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions: Measuring and Minimizing the Carbon Footprint3
SUMA K4130 3
SUMA K4140Sustainability Science3
SUMA K4142Sustainable Finance3
SUMA K4169Sustainability Metrics3
SUMA K4170Sustainable Operations3
SUMA K4175Global Environmental Markets3
SUMA PS4190Economics of Sustainability Management3
SUMA PS4145Science of Sustainable Water3
SUMA K4195Green Accounting3
SUMA K4197Financing the Green Economy: Markets, Business, and Politics3
SUMA K4230The Earth's Climate Systems3
SUMA PS4235The Science of Urban Ecology3
SUMA K5230Earth's Climate System3
SUMA K4301International Environmental Law3
SUMA K4380Financing Natural Infrastructure3
LAW L8362Environmental Issues in Business Transactions2
OtherAs approved

Energy Electives

3. Students must also complete one of the following Energy courses (3 points):

ENVP U6400Financing the Green Economy: Markets, Business, & Politics3
INAF U4420Oil, Rights and Development1
INAF U6040International Energy Project Finance3
INAF U6042Energy Business & Economic Development3
INAF U6048Oil and Gas Scenarios and Risk Analysis3
INAF U6051Infrastructure Investment and Development1.5
INAF U6054Petroleum Markets & Trading3
INAF U6057Electricity Markets3
INAF U6061Global Energy Policy3
INAF U6065The Economics Of Energy3
INAF U6066Energy and Power Financing Markets3
INAF U6072Energy Systems Fundamentals3
INAF U6073Introduction to Energy and Human Development3
INAF U6076Energy Management for Public and Private Sector3
INAF U6079Clean Energy Financial Innovation1.5
INAF U6116Infrastructure Cost Benefit Analysis3
INAF U6135Renewable Energy Markets and Policy3
INAF U6238Environmental Finance: Scaling Up Clean Energy1.5
INAF U6242Energy Policy3
INAF U8778Distributed Energy Economics, Technology, and Policy3
INAF U6326Renewable Energy Project Finance Modeling1.5
INAF U6429Energy Industry in the BRICS3
LAW L8452Seminar: Energy Law2
PLAN W6434Transportation Issues Seminar3
PLAN W4404Urban Transportation Planning3
REGN U6149Energy, Corporate Responsibility & Human Rights3
REGN U6538Russia's Energy between West, East, and South3
SUMA K4135Energy Analysis for Energy Efficiency3
OtherAs Approved
Year 1
Core: Conceptual Foundations (MIA), Politics of Policy Making (MPA)14SIPA U4201 or U640113
INAF U607113SIPA U65003
SIPA U4200 or U640013Specialization Course 13
Elective3Core: Mangement or Financial Mangement3
SIPA U4040.5Elective3
 13.5 15
Year 2
INAF U60683Core: Capstone Workshop3
Energy Elective3Elective3
Core: Management Course or Financial Mangement Course3Specialization Course 33
Specialization Course 23Internship Registration (optional)1.5-3
 15 13.5-15
Total Points: 57-58.5

 Course must be taken in the semester listed.

 Year 1

Foreign Language - For MIA students and EPD concentrators who need to take language courses to fulfill the
degree/concentration requirement, your schedule may need to be adjusted accordingly.

Year 2

Core- MIA students are required to take one Interstate Relations course.