Provides students with the sector knowledge and analytic toolkit to develop and implement solutions to key energy and environmental challenges.

Objective

SIPA’s Energy and Environment (EE) concentration provides students with advanced knowledge on global energy and environmental issues and how governments, businesses, and civil society can lead effective action. You’ll gain a holistic understanding of how science, technology, policy, finance, and society shape energy, natural resources, and environmental risks and opportunities .

Through practical skills, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and multicultural interaction, teamwork, and collaboration within an international context, you’ll learn to become an effective leader in energy, natural resources, and the environment in both the public and private sector.

Who It’s For

EE students come from a wide array of backgrounds and can take advantage of more than 90 specialized courses, exceptional internships and Capstone workshops with prestigious firms, corporate engagement with New York City’s business community, and conferences with preeminent thought leaders. With strong ties to the New York City finance and clean energy communities, students are front and center in energy and environment sector developments, engaged in current and relevant discussions through a variety of extra curricular activies such as brown bag talks, field trips, and field work.

The program also draws on related activities across Columbia University, from the Center on Global Energy Policy and the Earth Institute to the schools of business, law, science, and public health. All told, SIPA’s EE Concentration offers an unrivaled set of resources and programs to train experts in this field.

Career Paths

The Energy and Environment concentration trains the next generation of EE leaders to excel in industries across the field in the energy sector (including oil and gas, renewable energy, and electricity), in policy and development (at public agencies and international organizations), and in additional areas, such as consulting, finance, environment and sustainability, and more.

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Curriculum & Courses

Students in the Energy and Environment concentration have access to over 90 advanced EE electives.

For more information about the curriculum, including sample programs, visit the SIPA Bulletin.

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Concentration Requirements

  • Students must complete five courses as part of this concentration.
  • When completing the core courses, students may mix and match energy and environment courses to create a course list specific to their interests.
  • Course requirements can be found on the SIPA Bulletin.

If you have questions about any of the concentration requirements, contact the Co-Directors of EE or the Concentration Manager.