MBA/MS Environmental Science Joint Degree

The MBA/MS in Environmental Science and Management offers the opportunity to develop a background in science, engineering, and technology that underlie environmental problems. Learn how to integrate and apply the science with your MBA curriculum to become an influential and innovative leader addressing environmental issues.

An MS in Environmental Science and Management degree is 36 credits, an MBA degree is 42 credits, and a One-Year MBA degree is 39 credits.

With 8 shared credits, an MS in Environmental Science and Management/MBA can be earned by completing 70 credits and an MS in Environmental Science and Management/One-Year MBA can be earned by completing 67 credits.

*MBA degree can be reduced in credits if you have prior coursework in business, which is determined at the time of admission.

How to Apply


Students may begin their study in either the School of Business or the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. However, students must apply and be accepted to both programs of study. The GRE is is required for admission into the MS in Environmental Science and Management.

Tuition Information

One-Year MBA 


While the student is enrolled in both the MS in Environmental Science and the One-Year MBA programs, the Natural and Environmental Sciences tuition rate will apply for the terms during which the student is enrolled in ESM courses, and the One-Year MBA tuition rate will apply to the terms when the student is enrolled in the One-Year MBA course work.

Professional MBA


While the student is enrolled in both the MS in Environmental Science and the MBA programs, the Natural and Environmental Sciences tuition rate will apply for all terms except any term during which a student is enrolled exclusively in MBA courses. During those terms, the MBA program will take priority and the Graduate Business tuition rate will apply.

Curricula Details


The recommended degree progression for the MS in Environmental Science and Management/One-Year MBA is as follows:

  • Semesters 1 and 2 = Environmental Science and Management program (fall and spring)
  • Semesters 3, 4, and 5 = One-Year MBA cohort (summer, fall, and spring)
  • Semester 6 = Environmental Science and Management program (summer)

All grades earned in degree-included courses that are taken from the other program-will be calculated into the cumulative grade point average for that degree.
Students who successfully complete all requirements will receive two degrees and two diplomas. The degrees must be conferred simultaneously.

 

MS in Environmental Science and Management

3 credit hours

This course familiarizes students with the structure and scope of formal writing in the environmental field. It focuses on formal documents as they pertain to communication between environmental professionals, stakeholders, shadow audiences, external clients, and the public. Business writing can vary greatly from scientific writing, so we will focus on the skills that will help you be successful in your future career. Types of writing covered will include memos, emails, issue and policy briefs, press releases, presentations, and project proposals. Writing skills learned will include clarity, brevity, structure, argumentation, and presentation skills. Lecture. Writing Enrichment. Offered fall and summer.

3 credit hours

This course provides students with an underlying theory and appreciation and an understanding of the fundamental concepts in Environmental Chemistry. Students will learn environmental chemical fundamentals and become familiar with testing methods and gain the knowledge necessary for critical evaluation of fundamental aspects of the environment. There is an overarching theme in the Environmental Chemistry Class as a practical and theoretical basis. This is Environmental Human Health. Understanding relationships of environmental chemistry enables comprehension of the complexity of “environmental human health” and is a critical aspect of modern environmental chemistry. Congress in enacting RCRA (Research Conservation and Recovery Act) stated the purpose of the law to be “… for human health and the environment.” An entire new field of medicine and research has been growing in the past several decades and has now been given the name Exposomics. This is a new field in environmental chemistry, medicine and human health (google CDC and Exposomics and read more of this new field). Energy is now one of the hottest topics in chemistry and environmental chemistry. It is essential and polyclinical as well as being science. We will cover energy, its creation, storage and environmental chemistry. Environmental chemistry is now leading to new professional employment in fields of human health, sustainability, exposomics, public health service and hundreds of professional careers. 
Lecture. Offered spring only.

3 credit hours

This three-credit course provides an overview of the human impact on other life on Earth. Basic biological principles are examined in the context of this interaction with the biosphere. Topics covered in the this course will include critical thinking about the environment; human population and the environment; ecosystems; biogeochemical cycling, climate change; biological diversity and ecological restoration; agricultural impacts; energy; and water. The course is appropriate for biology majors, environmental science management majors and nonscience majors with a strong science background. Lecture. Capstone Experience. Offered fall only.
3 credit hours

This course looks at how organizations manage their environmental aspects, impacts, and obligations. Students will come to recognize the context for, and develop a broad understanding of, the various disciplines involved with managing environmental issues from the perspectives of both regulated industries and governmental agencies. Students will develop an understanding of environmental management systems and will improve their analytical and problem-solving skills in the environmental management area. Lecture. Offered fall and spring.
3 credit hours

This course examines the interplay of scientific, political, and economic factors in the formation of environmental policy in the United States. It assesses the role of civic concern, political institutions, regulatory agencies, non-governmental organizations, scientific information, financial factors, and technology in environmental affairs. Lectures, readings, and videos enable students to understand the principal issues in the field. The political process that generates environmental laws and regulations is reviewed. Also, real world case studies cover controversial national and international policy issues are explored. The focus is on the role science plays in the policy process and on the sources of conflict among political and policy actors (elected officials, bureaucrats, legislators, and interest groups). At the end of this course you should be able to: Explain public policy as it relates to environmental concerns; Identify the challenges and opportunities that are associated with various strategies to implement environmental policy; Describe significant changes in environmental perspectives in the United States over the last 50 years; List and define the different world views that influence decision making related to environmental politics; Build environmentally focused arguments based on information gathered from a variety of sources. Lecture. Offered spring only.
2 credit hours

The course will combine lectures, class discussions and role-playing opportunities in simulated environmental disputes to explore the nature of environmental conflicts, alternative dispute resolution processes and varying techniques that may be employed to resolve conflicts effectively. The course will emphasize practical rather than theoretical approaches. Class sessions will be designed to include substantial student participation. Lecture. Offered fall and summer.
2 credit hours

The course will introduce students to the regulatory process and the roles of the environmental agency, industry, and public interest groups. It will provide an overview of the federal environmental laws and their application. Lecture. Offered fall only.
3 credit hours

The course is designed to examine the toxic effects of chemical substances on humans, on other living species, and on the environment. Practical applications and current issues/topics are presented, using specific chemical substances, such as pesticides, heavy metals, organic solvents, and their vapors. Extrapolation of toxicological data from animals to humans is presented, along with potential concerns when using animal data to predict human responses. The National Research Council (NRC) risk assessment paradigm (hazard identification, dose-response assessment, exposure assessment, and risk characterization) is discussed. Uncertainties in risk assessment are discussed and how they must be addressed by regulators. Lecture. Offered spring and summer.
6 credit hours

Curriculum and Course Descriptions

1.5 credit hours

This course provides graduate business students with an introduction to fundamentals of accounting for corporations.  Topics will include the accounting cycle, an introduction to the basic financial statements of a corporation and determinations of corporate profitability and solvency.
1.5 credit hours

The course is a prerequisite for ECON 520 and covers introductory topics in both microeconomics and macroeconomics.
1.5 credit hours

Financial Management is about decisions firms make in two broad areas: the investments it makes and how it pays for them. The first involves expenditures for physical capital, human capital, technological capability, brand capital, and so forth. The second involves raising money in financial markets. In business decision making, the objective is to maximize shareholder wealth. Why the emphasis on shareholders? Among stakeholders generally (i.e., customers, employees, suppliers, government, communities, etc.), shareholders alone possess a uniquely comprehensive and long-term view of the firm’s viability as an ongoing enterprise.  This perspective arises from the residual nature of shareholders’ claim to earnings and assets.  Wealth is created when the return from investing business resources exceeds their opportunity cost. 
FINC 501 Finance Fundamentals provides an introduction to fundamental topics which are prerequisite for FINC 530 Financial Management:
• Financial Statements and Ratio Analysis
• Financial Statement Forecasting
• Time Value of Money

PR: ACCT 501
1.5 credit hours

This course provides the necessary foundation in probability and statistics necessary for students looking to go on to study the application of statistics to business. In this course, students will learn the rules of probability, how to identify and use common probability distributions, and how to conduct basic hypothesis tests.
3 credit hours

In this course, students will learn how to apply statistical methods of inference, produce and interpret statistics that attempt to answer typical business questions, and use probability theory and statistical methods to draw conclusions. Students are required to arrive having a working understanding of basic probability and statistics up through and including hypothesis testing. This course places heavy emphasis on the application of statistical techniques to business problems and the interpretation of results for a non-technical audience.
PR: STAT 501
1.5 credit hours

The primary responsibility of all managers is to make decisions in situations in which there are multiple competing objectives. This course introduces students to a set of tools that can be applied to scenarios in a variety of business environments. Specifically, this set of tools will include data summarization, data visualization, optimization methods, Monte Carlo simulation, multi-criteria decision analysis, and decision trees. Subsequent courses in the program will utilize these analytical methods within their specific decision environments.
PR or CONCURRENT: STAT 501
1.5 credit hours

This course examines the ways in which leaders, managers, and employees can improve employee performance and commitment – key factors underlying competitive organizations. Guided by an examination of contemporary research and real-world cases, students will develop the knowledge and tools needed to help them navigate the opportunities and challenges inherent in managing themselves and others to generate enduring social and financial value, while incorporating long-term sustainable business objectives into the vision for the firm.
3 credit hours

This course provides graduate business students with a deeper understanding of the accounting cycle used in companies to produce both internal and external financial information.  Special emphasis is placed throughout the course on understanding, analyzing and interpreting financial statements and related information.  Additionally, students will be introduced to decision making tools such as ratio analysis and challenged to utilize them to critically evaluate financial information and make effective decisions.  The basics of corporate sustainability reporting will also be covered.  Prerequisite: Online Accounting Module to be completed prior to ACCT 715; material to be tested in ACCT 715.
3 credit hours

The course covers selected topics in microeconomics. It emphasizes the integration of microeconomic theories and tools from a managerial perspective. The applied aspect of the course comes from analyzing case studies and studying empirical evidence of the theories. Topics include both traditional topics in microeconomics (quantitative demand analysis, elasticities, production and costs, market structures and profit maximization), in addition to advanced topics (game theory and pricing strategies).   CO or PR: STAT 510
1.5 credit hours

The purpose of this course is to provide business professionals with the knowledge needed to manage and utilize information systems and technology within a business organization.  As information systems have become critical to the success of modern business organizations, knowledge of information systems has become a key success factor for all business professionals within the organization. This course provides comprehensive and integrative coverage of essential new technologies, information system applications, and their impact on business models.  Moreover, this course emphasizes the conceptualization of information systems as structured technology configurations working collectively to serve the information needs of an organization.
1.5 credit hours

Supply Chain Management (SCM) is the business process that has evolved from the integration of the traditional business disciplines of forecasting, demand planning, materials planning, purchasing, production, operations management, transportation, inventory management, warehousing, packaging, materials handling, customer service, and related information systems.  SCM focuses on efficient and effective customer satisfaction from the exchange of goods, services and information to complete the business transaction from supplier’s supplier to customer’s customer. This course provides insight into the goals and best practices of each business discipline included in the SCM process, and how these disciplines integrate to ensure a competitive advantage and corporate success.  Students will assess industry specific differences in managing the flow of materials, goods, services, information and cash via the processes, technologies, and facilities that link primary suppliers through to ultimate customers for both service and product industries.
3 credit hours

Financial Management is about decisions firms make in two broad areas: the investments it makes and how it pays for them. The first involves expenditures for physical capital, human capital, technological capability, brand capital, and so forth. The second involves raising money in financial markets. In business decision making, the objective is to maximize shareholder wealth. Why the emphasis on shareholders? Among stakeholders generally (i.e., customers, employees, suppliers, government, communities, etc.), shareholders alone possess a uniquely comprehensive and long-term view of the firm’s viability as an ongoing enterprise.  This perspective arises from the residual nature of shareholders’ claim to earnings and assets.  Wealth is created when the return from investing business resources exceeds their opportunity cost. 
FINC 530 Financial Management provides an advanced discussion of the analytical techniques used to assess the impact of business decisions on shareholder value.  The course covers these topics:
• Valuation—stocks, bonds, corporate valuation
• Interest rates and financial markets
• Investment decision making (capital budgeting analysis)
• Risk, return and the opportunity cost of capital
• Market efficiency
• Capital structure

PR: FINC 501, ACCT 515, STAT 510, GRBU 503
PR or CONCURRENT: ECON 520
1.5 credit hours

This course is designed to develop the legal literacy of MBA students by raising their conscious awareness of potential legal problems or challenges as they discharge their professional responsibilities. Because business decisions have legal implications, it is important that managers understand the legal environment in which they must function. In fact the significance of the law is so great it has been suggested that modern organizations are immersed in a “sea of law.”

As a part of an integrated professional MBA program students will come to understand how law affects all aspects of business. This is not a stand alone legal course. In this course we will bring a legal sensitivity to the financial, managerial, organizational and strategic dimensions of business. The larger goal of this course is to develop a legally astute manager. Although we tend to think of the law as the exclusive province of lawyers, the reality is that law is too important a matter to be entrusted to lawyers alone. To do so is in effect an abdication of the business professional’s responsibilities. The legally astute manager understands that success in business requires, among other things, the development of critical thinking skills. There is no better context in which to develop those skills than in the study of business law. Critical thinking skills honed in the study of law provide a foundation for business professionals who must navigate across a wide range of disciplines in order to achieve business success. Toward that end, MBA students will examine substantive concepts relative to such matters as contract formation, risk management, intellectual property, environmental management, employee relations and corporate form and governance.

As we live in a time in which the law, business and society nexus is so significant, it would be foolhardy to underestimate the importance of legal education in shaping our business leaders.
1.5 credit hours

This course teaches graduate students essential qualitative decision-making skills for analyzing business issues with an ethical dimension.  Conflicting and complementary conceptions of the ethical decision making model are presented that demonstrate how to critically reason through ethical dilemmas in business across all business functions.  These rational processes will enable students to effectively recognize, evaluate and resolve ethical conflicts.  Throughout the seminar, the analytical frameworks will be applied to common ethical challenges to businesses.  The purpose is for students completing this module to be able to identify which ethical framework is most appropriate for addressing a given real world issue and ultimately be able to apply that framework to facilitate responsible decision making.  Thus, the course begins with a detailed description and application of each ethical decision making framework to ensure students understand how and in what contexts these tools are utilized.  Then, attention is paid to the various individual, organizational, and institutional factors that affect ethical misconduct in the workplace.  Personal cognitive influences, common intra-organizational pressures, regulatory factors, and market forces are discussed in terms of how they moderate ethical behavior in business.  Once students learn the sources of ethical indiscretions in organizations, methods for constructing and manipulating organizational environments to increase the likelihood of ethical behavior among the firm’s stakeholders are offered.
3 credit hours

This course examines the role of marketing in creating exchanges that satisfy consumer and organizational objectives thereby creating value for the firm.  The course focuses on formulating and evaluating marketing strategies.  Students learn how marketing mix decisions – product, place, promotion and price – are made as part of a cohesive strategy.  Contemporary concepts and theories will be presented with a focus on analytical and financial models that will assist marketing managers in making better decisions.  Emerging perspectives on strategic sustainability, marketing management and the impact of digital media are also emphasized.
PR: ECON 501
1.5 credit hours

Strategic sustainability advances students’ managerial skills for identifying, researching, evaluating and communicating innovative opportunities involving the efficient and effective management of financial, social, and environmental resources.
 
Building on our commitment to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), this course experience serves as a foundation for strategic sustainability, models and tools across the curriculum. 

Students work individually, and in teams to frame problems, research and develop training seminars, and manage resources for assigned topics.  The focus is inspiring innovation, and creating competitive advantage – both short and long term – for organizations.  Deliverables include presentations of mini training seminars to peer, analytical life cycle assessment along with participation in class discussions while applying critical thinking to identify productivity gains, cost savings, revenue increases, and profit growth when implementing sustainable business practices. 

The course is taught as a seminar where sharing learning, best practices and sustainability knowledge across teams and individuals enables all to gain insight to emerging issues beyond the scope of a single entity. Students work within an integrated curriculum to analyze internal/external situations, drivers and risks; to identify problems and opportunities; to evaluate return on investment from alternative courses of action; and to value both short- and long-term prosperity.  Students independently learn about, apply, and reflect on proven models and methodologies while honing their skills as a researcher, analyst, writer, and speaker. 
PR: GRBU 503
1.5 credit hours

This course helps students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to interact and manage effectively in a global business environment.  Students will be exposed to international aspects of organizational behavior, human resource management, labor relations, corporate strategy, political risk and ethical issues.  Overall, this course is designed to raise students' international business acumen as well as their cultural intelligence.  While business is an increasingly global proposition, cultural differences impact everything from how employees are hired to how they are led to how business strategies are formed.
3 credit hours

This is a dynamic course that provides an overview of executive leadership and opportunities to interact with senior managers.  The course draws on the collective experience and wisdom of distinguished business leaders who visit the class to provide students with executive perspectives on the challenges associated with thinking entrepreneurially, strategic leadership, developing a vision and motivating organizational change.  Students use a variety of conceptual frameworks in leadership and related areas to assess and evaluate these “executive insights” (e.g., via papers and projects) with an eye toward developing their own leadership skills, particularly their ability to seize opportunities and create effective solutions for the contemporary challenges facing business leaders.
3 credit hours

This course addresses the process of planning and implementing business strategies. In order to develop a future direction for an organization, this class builds on the formulation of a company’s mission, industry analysis, an organization’s internal assessment, innovation, and strategic planning. This course emphasizes corporate governance, sustainability, and ethics in strategic management.
3 credit hours

The second half of our integrative capstone sequence, the Capstone Project involves students teams working with a real company client to develop  a set of strategic recommendations for advancing the business.   In this course, students will assess the firm’s strategic context and diagnose its internal operations as well as its products and/or services as they relate to customer needs.  In doing so, students will experience what it is like to make high-stakes and impactful recommendations to top management under time pressure and with high expectations for quality and analysis.  Final deliverables for each team include a detailed report that lays out specific action steps and metrics (e.g., for productivity gains, cost savings, increased revenues/profit growth) as well as a sophisticated presentation to company management that highlights the team’s analysis and recommendations.  
PR or CO MGMT 540
*These courses may be waived based on previous coursework

One-Year MBA

3 credit hours

This course provides graduate business students with a deeper understanding of the accounting cycle used in companies to produce both internal and external financial information.  Special emphasis is placed throughout the course on understanding, analyzing and interpreting financial statements and related information.  Additionally, students will be introduced to decision making tools such as ratio analysis and challenged to utilize them to critically evaluate financial information and make effective decisions.  The basics of corporate sustainability reporting will also be covered.  Prerequisite: Online Accounting Module to be completed prior to ACCT 715; material to be tested in ACCT 715.
3 credit hours

In this course, students will learn how to apply statistical methods of inference, produce and interpret statistics that attempt to answer typical business questions, and use probability theory and statistical methods to draw conclusions. Students are required to arrive having a working understanding of basic probability and statistics up through and including hypothesis testing. This course places heavy emphasis on the application of statistical techniques to business problems and the interpretation of results for a non-technical audience.
PR: STAT 501
3 credit hours

This course introduces students to the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business’ policy on ethical behavior and provides students with basic ethical decision-making skills necessary to recognize, evaluate and resolve ethical conflicts.  Emphasis is on common ethical challenges facing graduate students in the classroom and at work.  This course provides an analytical framework for students to use when grappling with sustainability-focused, ethical dilemmas in subsequent core and elective courses in the graduate program and in their professional business careers.  An additional goal of this particular SMBA course is to emphasize the link between ethics and sustainable development, and the challenges managers face to maintain a concern for both in the current business environment.
1.5 credit hours

This course advances students’ skill sets for solving contemporary problems and managing financial, social, and environmental resources – efficiently and effectively. 

Building on readings and methodology from Sustainable Business Practices Project I and our commitment to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), this course offers a proving ground for applying theory and models from across the curriculum. Taught as a seminar for sharing learning, best practices and knowledge across teams and clients, the course requires all students to examine issues beyond their project scope and client concerns.
Students work in teams to frame problems, develop solution paths, and manage projects from conception to completion for an assigned client.  The focus is on improving processes, inspiring innovation, and creating competitive advantage – both short and long term – for real world organizations.  Client deliverables include a formal presentation to the client management team and an analytical report with recommendations that will lead to productivity gains, cost savings, revenue increases, and profit growth when implemented by the client. 

Students function as professional consultants, working closely with a client organization to analyze internal/external situations, drivers and risks; to identify problems and opportunities; to evaluate return on investment from alternative courses of action; and to recommend solutions for short- and long-term prosperity.  Students apply proven models and methodologies and hone their skills as a project manager, researcher, analyst, writer, speaker and peer coach.
1.5 credit hours
3 credit hours

Strategic sustainability advances students’ managerial skills for identifying, researching, evaluating and communicating innovative opportunities involving the efficient and effective management of financial, environmental and social resources.
 
Building on our commitment to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), and Global Compact, this course experience serves as a foundation for strategic sustainability, models and tools integration across the curriculum. 

Students work individually, and in teams to frame problems, research and develop training seminars, and manage resources for assigned topics.  The focus is inspiring innovation, and creating competitive advantage – both short and long term – for organizations.  Deliverables include presentations of mini training seminars to peers, life cycle assessment, enterprise strategic sustainability assessment, along with participation in case analysis, and class discussions while applying critical thinking to identify productivity gains, cost savings, revenue increases, and profit growth when implementing sustainable business practices. 

The course is taught as a seminar where sharing learning, best practices and sustainability knowledge across teams and individuals enables all to gain insight to emerging issues beyond the scope of a single entity. Students work within an integrated curriculum to analyze internal/external situations, drivers and risks; to identify problems and opportunities; to evaluate return on investment from alternative courses of action; and to value both short- and long-term prosperity.  Students independently learn about, apply, and reflect on proven models and methodologies while honing their skills as a researcher, analyst, writer, and speaker.
3 credit hours

The course covers selected topics in microeconomics. It emphasizes the integration of microeconomic theories and tools from a managerial perspective. The applied aspect of the course comes from analyzing case studies and studying empirical evidence of the theories. Topics include both traditional topics in microeconomics (quantitative demand analysis, elasticities, production and costs, market structures and profit maximization), in addition to advanced topics (game theory and pricing strategies).   CO or PR: STAT 510
3 credit hours

Financial Management is about decisions firms make in two broad areas: the investments it makes and how it pays for them. The first involves expenditures for physical capital, human capital, technological capability, brand capital, and so forth. The second involves raising money in financial markets. In business decision making, the objective is to maximize shareholder wealth. Why the emphasis on shareholders? Among stakeholders generally (i.e., customers, employees, suppliers, government, communities, etc.), shareholders alone possess a uniquely comprehensive and long-term view of the firm’s viability as an ongoing enterprise.  This perspective arises from the residual nature of shareholders’ claim to earnings and assets.  Wealth is created when the return from investing business resources exceeds their opportunity cost. 
FINC 530 Financial Management provides an advanced discussion of the analytical techniques used to assess the impact of business decisions on shareholder value.  The course covers these topics:
• Valuation—stocks, bonds, corporate valuation
• Interest rates and financial markets
• Investment decision making (capital budgeting analysis)
• Risk, return and the opportunity cost of capital
• Market efficiency
• Capital structure

PR: FINC 501, ACCT 515, STAT 510, GRBU 503
PR or CONCURRENT: ECON 520
1.5 credit hours

This course features a live problem-solving case project with a real world client.  It introduces proven IDEO design thinking and project management methodologies while tying theory to practice across the curriculum. 

Aligned to Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), the course requires you to interact with managers of business corporations and explore jointly effective approaches to the ethical management of social, environmental and financial and informational resources. Students will interface with clients on three occasions:  (1) at the outset when the client presents the challenge and desired outcomes, (2) at mid-point to provide a status report and ask questions about context, data and expectations; and (3) at the end to present solutions to the client management team.   

In this course, students represent Duquesne University as professional consultants, and faculty will serve as managing directors of the engagement.  With guidance and coaching, students will audit and analyze the client’s internal/external situation, drivers and risks; identify problems and opportunities; evaluate return on investment from alternative courses of action; and recommend solutions for short- and long-term prosperity.  Within student teams, individuals will develop skills as project manager, researcher, analyst, writer, speaker and peer coach.  Performance evaluation includes 360-degree feedback from the client team, faculty and peers.
1.5 credit hours

The purpose of this course is to provide business professionals with the knowledge needed to manage and utilize information systems and technology within a business organization.  As information systems have become critical to the success of modern business organizations, knowledge of information systems has become a key success factor for all business professionals within the organization. This course provides comprehensive and integrative coverage of essential new technologies, information system applications, and their impact on business models.  Moreover, this course emphasizes the conceptualization of information systems as structured technology configurations working collectively to serve the information needs of an organization.
1.5 credit hours

Supply Chain Management (SCM) is the business process that has evolved from the integration of the traditional business disciplines of forecasting, demand planning, materials planning, purchasing, production, operations management, transportation, inventory management, warehousing, packaging, materials handling, customer service, and related information systems.  SCM focuses on efficient and effective customer satisfaction from the exchange of goods, services and information to complete the business transaction from supplier’s supplier to customer’s customer. This course provides insight into the goals and best practices of each business discipline included in the SCM process, and how these disciplines integrate to ensure a competitive advantage and corporate success.  Students will assess industry specific differences in managing the flow of materials, goods, services, information and cash via the processes, technologies, and facilities that link primary suppliers through to ultimate customers for both service and product industries.
1.5 credit hours

This course examines the ways in which leaders, managers, and employees can improve employee performance and commitment – key factors underlying competitive organizations. Guided by an examination of contemporary research and real-world cases, students will develop the knowledge and tools needed to help them navigate the opportunities and challenges inherent in managing themselves and others to generate enduring social and financial value, while incorporating long-term sustainable business objectives into the vision for the firm.
3 credit hours
3 credit hours

This course integrates themes from business strategy, technology and innovation management, and entrepreneurship to help students acquire knowledge and skills needed to convert entrepreneurial opportunities into strategic actions. Students will be exposed to the corporate venturing/entrepreneurial process -  from opportunity recognition and evaluation to business planning and implementation. This course is structured to improve students' strategic & entrepreneurial mindset  with an emphasis on developing and leveraging capabilities related to sustainability.
1.5 credit hours

Building on the skills developed in prior courses in the program, this course helps students obtain the knowledge and skills to lead organizational changes necessary to create a sustainable enterprise. Students will focus on theories, concepts, and applications that will allow them to successfully initiate, analyze and implement organizational changes in the context of sustainability issues. Students will be exposed to the following change management and sustainability topics: change leadership processes, the skills that leaders need to make positive change, barriers to change, tools to identify and implement a sustainable business change, and the roles of the various participants in the change process.
1.5 credit hours

This course is presented in a series of seminars offering practicum experiences for professional and career development designed to build a career management skill set and core competencies. Invited industry experts and professional practitioners provide students with enriching perspectives and opportunities for networking. The course is designed to build a career management skill set that will assist the student in obtaining a professional position upon graduation and as well as to be utilized throughout the progression of his/her career.
1.5 credit hours
1.5 credit hours

This course focuses on the global environment of contemporary business. Students will consider the rationale for conducting business internationally and the various issues that complicated decision making in a global context. The course will pay specific attention to the cultural, social, environmental, and legal differences that affect international transactions and the development of collaborative partnerships.