MPA in Environmental Science and Policy
MPA in Environmental Science and Policy Curriculum
Students enrolled in the Environmental MPA Program are awarded a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University’s world-renowned School of International and Public Affairs after a single year of intensive study. The curriculum, outlined below, provides a management and policy analytic core and a natural and social science earth systems concentration. Students complete a total of 54 points over three semesters. The intensive course of study begins in early June with an orientation program. The summer term begins immediately afterward, followed by the autumn and spring terms. The summer term features the fundamental science of earth systems and conservation biology, as well as an introduction to environmental policy and management issues. In the fall and spring, students delve deeper into the formulation and management of public policy. The physical and social sciences are linked throughout the program so that students gain an integrated understanding of earth systems.
Classes are offered five days a week and are augmented by informal group work in all core courses. The program begins in late May/ early June and ends the following year in mid-May. Please see the schedule for exact dates. There is at least a week-long break between the summer and fall semesters and a longer break between the fall and spring semesters. There is also a week-long spring break in March.
Steven Chillrud, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs
Eileen McGinnis, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs
Students in the MPA-ESP program must complete the requirements of the core curriculum (29 points), the policy concentration (16 points), and three elective courses (9 points).
The classes that comprise the core curriculum (29 Points) prepare students to analyze and understand the formulation and management of public policy. Students learn about organizational analysis, budgeting, financial analysis and reporting, probability theory, applied regression analysis, and applied microeconomics. Throughout, the program emphasizes a hands-on approach so that students may acquire the analytic, communication, and work skills required to be problem-solving earth systems professionals. These skills include memo writing, presentations, team management, and financial analysis.
The core also includes Workshops in Applied Earth Systems Policy Analysis and Management, which challenge students to apply their theoretical knowledge and functional skills to address real-world environmental policy and management issues. This unique aspect of the program helps the participants synthesize what they are learning and gives them valuable experience as they prepare for careers in public policy.
|ENVP U6225||Ethics, Values and Justice||3|
|ENVP U6234||Sustainability Management||3|
|ENVP U6310||Research Methods and Quantitative Techniques in Public Management and Policy||3|
|ENVP U8201||Financial Management||3|
- ENVP U8216
|Microeconomics and Policy Analysis I|
and Microeconomics for Policy Analysis II
|Workshop in Applied Earth Systems Management I|
|Workshop in Applied Earth Systems Management II|
|Capstone Workshop in Applied Earth Systems Policy Analysis|
The Environmental Science and Earth Systems Concentration (16 Points) is comprised of both natural and social science courses.
The five natural science courses are: Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Toxicology, Climatology, Hydrology, and Ecology and Urban Ecology. The three social science courses are: Earth Systems and Environmental Politics, Policy, and Management; Political Context of Public/Private Environmental Management; and Ethics, Values, and Justice.
The science component of the concentration is designed to enable students to understand enough science to manage the work of science experts. Our goal is for students to be capable of more than passive consumption or understanding of environmental science. However, we do not expect MPAs to become producers of scientific research. The focus of the environmental science taught in the program is on understanding the ecological processes that directly effect human health and well being.
The policy and management issues our graduates are being trained to address include global change issues such as global warming but more frequently focus on: the provision of safe drinking water; environmentally-sound sewage treatment and disposal; solid and toxic waste management; and the control of local sources of air pollution.
The science courses required in this concentration are designed to support global and local environmental decision-making and management.
|ENVP U6111||Principles of Ecology||2|
|ENVP U6112||Urban Ecology||2|
|ENVP U6220||Environmental Chemistry||2|
|ENVP U6221||Risk Assessment and Environmental Toxicology||2|
|ENVP U6241||Earth Systems and Environmental Politics, Policy, and Management||3|
|ENVP U6246||Analytics in Environmental Science Policy||1|
Degree Audit Report
Matriculated students in this program can view their degree audit report on Stellic.
Curriculum and Course Schedule
|ENVP U6111||2||ENVP U8213||3||ENVP U8216||3|
|ENVP U6112||2||ENVP U9230||3||ENVP U8201||3|
|ENVP U6115||2||ENVP U6310||3||ENVP U9232||5|
|ENVP U6116||2||ENVP U6225||3||Elective||3|
|ENVP U6220||2||ENVP U6234 or SUMA K4100||3||Elective||3|
|Total Points: 54|