Executive Education Program

The EICES Executive Education Program allows professionals from all sectors to gain the knowledge and tools to make sound decisions about business activities and policy practices that impact the environment.  Courses are taught by Columbia University professors, researchers from the Consortium for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC), adjunct faculty, and current practitioners from both the public and private sectors.  Through the instructors’ depth and breadth of experiences and diverse set of perspectives, the Executive Education Program curriculum reflects scientific expertise and current hands-on approaches to environmental sustainability.  As a platform for integrated and holistic thinking on the interconnectedness of natural and social systems, the Executive Education Program offers the unique opportunity to learn about complex environmental issues and explore potential solutions to today’s global environmental challenges.

This program is designed for working professionals:

  • A bachelor’s degree is required to apply to the program but students are not required to have any previous scientific coursework or knowledge
  • Evening classes are held from 6:10 PM – 8:10 PM on the Columbia University Morningside Campus in New York City as well as online via the EICES Distance Learning Program
  • Some courses include a field component
  • Classes meet once a week for five weeks (10 hours total per course) unless unless otherwise noted
  • Courses may be taken on an individual basis or toward completion of the 12-course Executive Education Program in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability or Sustainable Food Systems
  • The full program may be completed in as little as nine months
  • Students receive an official transcript from Columbia University
  • Rolling admissions – you may apply here at any time
  • Tuition is $865 per course for students who enroll in more than one course PER SEMESTER; otherwise, tuition is $890 per course

Fall 2018 Course Calendar PDF

Fall 2018 Course Descriptions PDF


Course titles with an asterisk (*) are Fundamental courses

Course titles with a caret (^) fulfill Action Area requirements for the Sustainable Food System Track

All courses will be available via distance learning except for the field trip associated with the Module 1 course on hurricanes

MODULE 1: September to October

MODULE 2: October to November

MODULE 3: November to December

Past Courses:

Spring 2018 Course Calendar and Spring 2018 Course Descriptions

Fall 2017 Course Calendar and Fall 2017 Course Descriptions

Spring 2017 Calendar  and Spring 2017 Course Descriptions

Fall 2016 Course Calendar and Fall 2016 Course Descriptions

Spring 2016 Course Calendar and Spring 2016 Course Descriptions

“I enrolled in the Earth Institute’s [Executive Education] Program because I wanted to make a career change into the environmental field. The coursework was very engaging and fulfilling – even as a distance student. The professors were incredible educators and they all were passionate about the subject matter. Not only did I gain great knowledge in the environmental & sustainability field through the Program, but it also gave me significant practical and applicable skills. I am very pleased to have found the Program and am honored to have benefited so greatly.”