3 Semester Coursework

Semester Coursework Focus Field Consulting Engagement Skill Coaching
Fall Modern business theories & models Project I:  Sustainability audit Design & systems thinking
Project management
Team-building
Data collection & analysis
Presentation skills
Report & proposal writing
Quality management
Negotiation & conflict management
Forecasting & modeling
Spring Best practices & tools for efficient, effective organizations Project II:  Process improvement

Study trip to a developed economy 
Summer Leading strategic change for Integrated Bottom Line impact Practicum:  Inspiring innovation & leading change

Study trip to a developing economy

The MBA Sustainability offers a signature graduate experience that combines rigorous coursework in all essential business disciplines with tangible program extras.

In the fall, you explore theories and models for managing financial, human, environmental and informational resources in a dynamic economy.  Your core courses build foundations in MBA essentials that are applied in the signature sustainability course.  You use design thinking, systems thinking and project management methodology to solve a real-world challenge for a multinational client.

SUSTAINABILITY THEORY & MODELS (Full semester): Examine macro theories and models that support sustainable development and innovation using a qualitative/quantitative lens. Identify opportunities, analyze performance and assess risks for achieving economic, environmental and social prosperity. Prepare a Life Cycle.

SYSTEMS THINKING (Session 1): Use holistic thinking and systems dynamic methodology to recognize underlying feedback loop structures. Discover and map system structures, build scenarios, develop and test new models using simulation software.

CONSULTING PROJECT I (Session 2): Collaborate with a multinational client to solve a real world problem using design thinking methodology and learning from fall MBA courses. Develop marketable skills as project manager, researcher, analyst, writer, speaker and peer coach while helping your client leverage sustainability for innovation and competiveness.

FINANCIAL & MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING (Full semester): Examine internal financial statements to assess profitability, liquidity and solvency and explore external financial reporting, including revenues and receivables, cost of goods sold and inventory, depreciation and operating assets, and debt and equity financing. Learn cost management, cost behavior, cost estimation, and cost-volume-profit analysis techniques.

VALUE CHAIN & OPERATIONS (Full semester): Examine the roles and relationships of all parties in creating value; balance short- and long-term interests; apply quantitative models and techniques for forecasting, process mapping and decision making from acquisition of raw materials to end of life disposal or reuse.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (Session 1): Gain accurate scientific context for understanding human health and environmental considerations in business decisions, including implications of population growth, natural resource use, energy production and consumption, land use perturbations and toxicology.

STATISTICS (Session 2): Build competence for applying statistical tools and methodology for managerial decision-making. Develop skills for collecting, analyzing and interpreting data sets and facility for using statistical software tools and advanced spreadsheet applications.

BUSINESS ETHICS (Session 1): Recognize, evaluate and resolve ethical conflicts. Learn and practice using an analytical framework for grappling with ethical dilemmas in the graduate program and throughout your career.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS MANAGEMENT (Session 2): Understand how external and external forces impact costs, profits, reputation and the quality of life for people in the organization's circle of influence. Topics include stakeholder analysis, crisis management, media relations, social and environmental responsibility, corporate citizenship, public policy and regulation.

In the second semester of the program, MBA coursework focuses on process improvement and competitive advantage.  You frame and analyze a systemic issue in a semester-long team consulting project and recommend a solution to increase revenue, productivity or profit.  You explore sophisticated applications for Integrated Bottom Line accountability throughout your coursework and travel abroad for first-hand investigation of an advanced economy.

SUSTAINABILITY TOOLS AND PROCESSES (Full semester):  Advance your capacity to lead an organization towards economic, ecological, and social prosperity.  Identify sustainable business opportunities; examine drivers, measures and risks; forecast the costs/benefits of initiatives; and participate in a team competition to apply Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles.

CONSULTING PROJECT II (Full semester):  Interface with C-level executives while you frame problems, develop solution paths, and manage an engagement from conception to completion for a real-world client. Improve processes, inspire innovation, and create competitive advantage by applying learning from concurrent coursework.

STRATEGIC MARKETING (Full semester):  Examine leading-edge thinking in target market selection, brand and channel management, customer lifetime value, and market intelligence.  Investigate marketing mix variables through case studies, lectures and discussion about developing, pricing, promoting and distributing products and services.    

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (Full semester): Assess the impact of business decisions on shareholder value while applying classroom learning in the project course. Topics include valuation; investment decision making; risk, return and the opportunity cost of capital; stakeholder theory; risk mitigation; financial reporting; executive compensation; and corporate governance.

ECONOMICS (Session 1): Apply economic theory and quantitative methods to solve managerial problems.  Microeconomic concepts include supply and demand, the competitive economic model, market failures (pollution), and limitations of government. Macroeconomic topics include GDP, unemployment, inflation, money creation, and fiscal and monetary policy. Global concepts include free trade/protectionism, global poverty and economic development.

ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (Session 2):  Respond to the opportunities and challenges of managing one's self and others in organizations. Explore how leaders, managers, and employees can apply management principles and leadership styles to achieve desired outcomes and resolve interpersonal tensions.

ELECTIVE (Full semester):  Choose from a range of higher level courses in business, public policy or environmental science.  Popular choices include an energy industry seminar, supply chain modeling, product management, global marketing, risk management and business law.    

The final semester focuses on leading innovation and systemic change.  It begins with a customized global economics experience in a developing country.  Capstone courses are strategy, information technology, change management, an elective and a hands-on practicum with a corporate, not-for-profit or government client.  

GLOBAL ECONOMICS STUDY TRIP (Early May):  Explore factors that drive social, environmental and economic development through field work, classes and dialogue with corporate, academic and governmental partners abroad.  Understand the dynamics that contribute to standard of living, emerging challenges, and monetary policy in a volatile world economy.

CAPSTONE PRACTICUM (8 weeks):  Apply year-long learning to drive innovation for competitive or reputational advantage.  Work directly with clients to conduct primary research, identify systemic problems and opportunities, and assess tolerance for change. Analyze internal/external drivers and risks relative to organizational vision and goals.

LEADING CHANGE IN SUSTAINABLE ENTERPRISES (10 weeks):  Explore processes for inspiring sustainable change, including: strategies for identifying needs and overcoming barriers, tools for mitigating risk, the need for congruent and supporting communication and recognition; ways to monitor progress and measure success.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (10 weeks): Apply technology to make organizations more efficient and sustainable. Key course themes include: the strategic management of IT; potential IT impacts on the organizational environment; IT architecture; IT governance; IS portfolios; managing the IS project; and modeling in the IS context.

STRATEGY FOR SUSTAINABLE ENTERPRISES (10 weeks):  Consider the overall fit between an organization's resources and available opportunities and resources. Examine organizational factors that influence strategic intent in domestic and international contexts and synthesize material from core MBA courses to apply managerial decision-making models. 

ELECTIVE (10 weeks): Choose from a range of higher level courses in business, public policy or environmental science.  Popular choices include advanced courses in finance and marketing, modeling, entrepreneurship and environmental.