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PhD in Sustainable Development

The purpose of the PhD in Sustainable Development is to create a generation of scholars and professionals equipped to deal with some of the most crucial problems in the world today. By combining elements of a traditional graduate education in social science, particularly economics, with a significant component of training in the natural sciences, the program's graduates will be uniquely situated to undertake serious research and policy assessments with the goal of sustainable development. The program includes a set of rigorous core requirements, but also provides students with the flexibility to pursue in-depth research in a broad variety of critical policy issue areas.

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Overview
Why a PhD in Sustainable Development?
Applying to the Program
What kind of students should apply for the PhD in Sustainable Development?
Curriculum
The distinctive and innovative nature of this program requires a core set of courses that provide an interdisciplinary grounding.
Student Profiles
Students in SIPA's Sustainable Development PhD program come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are working on a diverse set of research topics. Select profiles below provide an idea of the breadth of interests reflected in the program.
Student Research
Some recent presentations, student publications, dissertation titles, and fellowships.
Job Market Candidates
Sustainable Development Doctoral Society
An organization for SIPA's most advanced students.
Faculty
Faculty are drawn from a wide variety of schools and departments at Columbia University in addition to SIPA.
FAQ
Find answers to the most common questions.
Handbook
The PhD in Sustainable Development combines a traditional graduate education in the social sciences, particularly economics, with study in the natural sciences and engineering, to prepare scholars who are uniquely situated to undertake serious research and policy assessments in furthering the goal of sustainable development.
Resources and Forms
Find the key forms for SIPA's PhD program.
Career Paths
See what our graduates are doing now.