MPA in Environmental Science and Policy (ESP)
Complex environmental and sustainable development challenges demand public managers and policymakers who possess management expertise and a solid foundation in environmental science. The Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy (MPA-ESP), housed in Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and designed by the Earth Institute, trains sophisticated public managers and policymakers who apply innovative, systems-based thinking to environmental issues.
The program challenges students to think systemically and act pragmatically. The MPA-ESP program supplies the need for earth systems problem solvers, individuals who are prepared for leadership positions in local, state and federal government agencies, as well as in nonprofit organizations and the environmental divisions of private corporations. They are also well-suited for designing cost-effective programs and implementing policies. Most importantly, a deep understanding of earth systems informs their work, allowing them to craft the kinds of solutions necessary for our increasingly complex environmental problems.