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Cutting-Edge Sustainability MBA Takes Different Approach to Success

Duquesne University will launch a new Masters of Business Administration in Sustainability this fall, infusing financial, social and environmental responsibility into the hard-skills classes of more typical MBA degrees.

This new approach responds to a realization in industry that businesses can best be profitable, competitive and enduring when they are mindful of their responsibilities in social and environmental areas as well as financial ones.

“Sustainability is the next frontier in business,” said Dean Alan R. Miciak of the John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business. “There is a growing body of evidence that socially responsible and eco-friendly business practices boost bottom line profitability. Business education needs to anticipate cutting-edge challenges facing companies and prepare the next generation of leaders.”

”As reported in BusinessWeek magazine, enterprise sustainability is at the top of the agenda for many CEOs because these tactics actually boost a company’s profits,” said Dr. Lance Kurke, director of MBA programs at the Donahue School. “Traditionally, profitability has been the sole measure of a company’s accomplishments. In the future, how an organization handles its social and environmental capital, as well as its financial resources, will be critical to its success.”

The best practices for managing what is known as the three pillars of business—financial, social and environmental capital—are incorporated into every course presented in the MBA degree in Sustainability. This philosophy and teaching method sets it apart from more traditional programs, which may broach such topics in a separate course or two. Besides providing theoretical background, this new MBA program will offer students the opportunity to visit Germany and Japan to observe innovative processes at work. They also have opportunities to put their knowledge to use in the business world by becoming involved in projects and internships focused on sustainable programs operated by corporate partners.

The full-time, daytime MBA in Sustainability program is intended both for students with backgrounds in business as well as those with bachelor degrees in other disciplines. The internationally accredited program can be completed in 12 to 15 months.

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