MBA Sustainability

Why an MBA Sustainability? - Sustainability and Pittsburgh
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Why an MBA Sustainability?

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a versatile degree that signals you are serious about management as a profession. When you earn an MBA from a respected, AACSB-accredited business school like Duquesne, you will add a lifelong credential to your resume and signal your commitment to managing people, processes, products and resources.

The career outlook for MBAs is robust as baby boomers retire from middle and upper management roles. According to the Graduate Management Admissions Council, employers across all sectors, industries, and geographies reported double digit increases in hiring MBAs last year, and the median starting salary was 81% higher for MBAs than for candidates with undergraduate degrees.

McKinsey, the world's premier management consulting firm, describes sustainability as "profits with a purpose." Sustainability is the key driver of innovation and competitive advantage in our global, dynamic economy. Duquesne's top-ranked MBA Sustainability prepares you to leverage sustainability to improve organizational performance and offers a distinct advantage for career placement with employers of choice. The program can be completed in one-year.

Cross-national field work team during study trip to India!

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Pittsburgh's Connection to Sustainability

Home to six Fortune 500 companies, Pittsburgh is a growing hub for cutting-edge technology, healthcare, financial services, social entrepreneurships, and sustainable business practices. The Duquesne campus is located on the edge of downtown, allowing for close connections to our corporate partners.

As an MBA Sustainability student, you will:

  • Collaborate with companies like Alcoa, PwC, PPG, Heinz, Bayer, FedEx, PNC Bank, and Westinghouse on real world consulting projects.
  • Solve emerging challenges, launch new technologies, and quantify social and environmental assets and risks through rigorous consulting projects and a practicum.
  • Work in partnership with government leaders, advise social entrepreneurs, and help not-for-profit organizations do well while doing good.
  • Help guide regional initiatives including Pittsburgh 2030, Resilient Pittsburgh, and the Power of 32.

Pittsburgh is the ideal place to ignite your career by earning a top ten MBA in one of the top ten places "to pursue the American Dream."

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The Duquesne Difference

Duquesne's full-time MBA Sustainability is ranked among the world's top 10 MBAs for preparing graduates to change the world and improve the business climate. Launched in 2007, the program has been ranked among the top 25 MBAs in the world by the Aspen Institute and Corporate Knights for eight years, and our MBA is one of three in the U.S. that is recognized for ethics by the Academy of Management. Our action-learning model reflects the United Nations' Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and was recognized for curriculum innovation by the MBA Roundtable in 2015. As a graduate from this program, you will be prepared to frame and solve complex problems for any organization.

The rigorous, three-semester program offers unparalleled preparation for managing financial, social, informational, and environmental resources for innovation and competitiveness today, without compromising tomorrow.

As an MBA Sustainability student at Duquesne, you will:

  • Apply classroom learning to make an impact for real-world clients using design and systems thinking to inspire innovation, improve processes, and build a profitable business case.
  • Benefit from personalized coaching in the hard and soft skills that employers value.
  • Broaden your perspectives by investigating global challenges and practices during a study trip to Europe, Asia or South America.

All applicants will be considered for merit financial aid, including scholarships, fellowships and graduate assistantships. Our fellowships allow students to conduct ground-breaking research with faculty and co-author articles for publication while earning their MBA.

Aspen Institute Business & Society case competition team at work!

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Your Return on Investment

Alumni of the MBA Sustainability are leading change in a wide array of managerial roles for many top employers. They have leadership roles in project management, consulting, supply chain, policy development, marketing, finance, manufacturing, information technology, among others. Many oversee sustainability councils, green teams and community initiatives. Others have started their own endeavors creating value as entrepreneurs or social entrepreneurs. The career paths for graduates are limitless.

Since our first cohort graduated in 2008, over 220 students have completed the program. Our alumni report that the consulting experiences in the program give them an edge over peers who had traditional classroom-based MBA experiences. Thus, they are able to leverage sustainability to improve organizational performance and have a distinct advantage in career placements with employers of choice around the world.

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Questions or to arrange a visit, contact:

Jeff%20Jewett, Ph.D.
Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management, Graduate Business Programs

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