Columbia University in the City of New York Reviews
I pursued and completed a Master of Science degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University between 2013-2014. In what was ideally set up as a part-time program jointly offered by the School of Continuing Education and Columbia's Earth Institute, I completed the program within one full academic year, including a full summer semester. The program was divided into 5 core areas, of which you needed to complete either 2 or 3 courses to cover each area and qualify to graduate. Additionally, at orientation, we were told we would need to finish our studies while maintaining a minimum of a B average. This former created some problems for students, as some often found it difficult to find specific courses that both interested them as well as satisfied the program's academic requirements. As Master's students, we were able to cross-register with other schools and departments such as SIPA and Columbia Business School, but with the latter it was a bit more problematic and time-consuming. For the most part, the professors were great and very attentive to the student's needs. They held fairly flexible office hours and I found them more than patient and approachable. Regarding the courses themselves, I believe that the program should incorporate a speciality area within the field of sustainability, whether a student is interested in energy, agriculture, water, or other sectors. In this way, the program can be built around a specific industry and graduates will walk away with a specialty in this fast growing area. This will most likely assist in the job hunt afterwords and in career development in general. Finally, the campus environment, access to its facilities and resources (as well as being in New York City as a student), is a wonderful experience that I valued tremendously. This was one of the main reasons I decided to pursue a Master's degree at Columbia from the onset.