MBA with an Sustainability Management Concentration
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MBA in Sustainability Management
Awareness of environmental impact is increasingly important in today's most engaging, high-profile careers. With an MBA in Sustainability Management, you can be prepared to initiate and manage successful, green-focused ventures that reflect all areas of business and administration, including operations, economics, marketing and corporate sustainability. As one of our 17 concentrations, our MBA in Sustainability Management also allows you to customize your coursework to reflect your specific sustainability management interests and professional goals.
Our experienced faculty are industry leaders, and the sustainability management courses they teach address topics that are fundamental to this growing field, including conservation, regulation and advocacy. By earning an MBA in Sustainability Management, you can better learn how to make a positive difference in diverse business environments ... possibly even the world.
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Learn on campus, online or a mix of both
At Keller, we've integrated on campus and online learning so you can attend any of our 90+ campus locations, take your graduate classes online or do a combination of both.
Study at Keller on campus, online or a mix of both
We give you the flexibility to attend classes at any of our 90+ campus locations, take all of your graduate courses online or even do a combination of both.
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Explore online learning
At Keller, we offer online graduate classes taught with the same focus on personal attention and academic rigor as classes taught on campus. And because courses are offered online, you can schedule working on your education around working on your career not the other way around.
On campus and online
For those students who need the flexibility of studying online to balance work, school and life, but also want a classroom experience, we offer a mix of both on campus and online learning. Take some courses online and some at a location convenient for you, whichever best fits your schedule.
Tuition, fees and expenses†
MBA with a concentration in Sustainability Management1
- Total Required Credit Hours: 48
- Number of Standard Three-Semester-Credit Hour Courses: 16
- Tuition per Standard Three-Semester-Credit Hour Course: $2,298
- Textbook and Materials Expense2: $2,800
Note: Tuition for Canadian residents enrolled in U.S.-based programs delivered online is charged in Canadian dollars at rates shown.
† Effective beginning July 2012.
1 Availability varies by location.
2 At average estimated per-course expense for textbooks and materials of $175; average estimated per-course expense does not apply to exam-prep courses, the per-credit-hour cost for which includes textbook and materials expense.
Experience the real value of a graduate education
Not only will you be learning skills that could help you rise to the top of your field, you'll also be gaining a valuable credential that may affect your entire career. A graduate education could change your earning potential, ability to be promoted and more.
There are many scholarships and other financial aid options available for qualifying students that may help make your graduate education more affordable. Click one of the links below for more info.
MBA in Sustainability Management Graduation Requirements
Total program length varies based on the number of courses taken per 8-week session. That means that if you take 1 class per session, you could complete your degree program in as few as 32 months.
- Total credit hours: 48
- Required program: 30
- Sustainability Management concentration: 12
- Elective: 6
MBA in Sustainability Management Coursework
Required program courses (30 credit hours)
We've designed the core program courses in our MBA to provide you with the fundamentals to make an impact in the business world. See MBA Required Program Courses for a list of required coursework.
Sustainability Management concentration courses (12 credit hours)
The concentration coursework is designed to further focus your MBA curriculum to better prepare you for success in a specific field or industry. To add a concentration to your MBA degree program, you may choose courses totaling 12 credit hours from the following list:
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Organizational Sustainability (SUST520) - 3 credit hours
This course considers organizational commitment to managing long-term sustainability. Students analyze trade-offs among decisions of economic utility; production value associated with costs; return on investment; organizational reputation and human resource commitment; and impacts on the environment and society. Prerequisite: ACCT504
Sustainability Operations (SUST530) - 3 credit hours
This course explores operational drivers in organizations that impact sustainability of infrastructure, strategy and process flows across supply chains. Interdependencies among human resources, innovation and sustainability are considered. Issues of management systems, sustainable design and future business opportunities are examined. Comparative case analyses of best-in-class organizations are performed. Prerequisite: SUST520
Business and Environmental Sustainability (SUST555) - 3 credit hours
This course explores the interrelationship between business systems and natural systems while considering social, economic and environmental goals. Students learn how ecosystems maintain balance, or can be irrevocably changed, and what this means for sustaining businesses and ways of life. Aspects of cultural perspectives on the environment, environmental economics, energy consumption, waste, and sustainable and renewable energy are covered. Prerequisite: SUST520
Sustainability Marketing (MKTG540) - 3 credit hours
This course analyzes the shifting paradigm in marketing functions from a sustainable practices perspective. Opportunities to improve product pricing, channels, promotion and markets are considered as related to optimizing producer and consumer value, with emphasis on societal and environmental waste. Prerequisite: MKTG522
Sustainability Project Management (PROJ591) - 3 credit hours
This course introduces the concept of infusing business projects with a sustainability dimension. Processes, tools and techniques for sustainability project management are explored in the contexts of general management and project management. No prerequisite
Elective courses (6 credit hours)
You can take your electives in a variety of career fields. Students may choose any electives for which they meet the prerequisites. Download the Academic Catalog and view "Course Offerings" for a complete list of courses that could satisfy your elective requirements.
What's a concentration?
Some master's degree programs at Keller (including our MBA degree program) allow you to further focus your degree by taking elective courses in a specific subject area, often applicable to one or several career fields. This area is called a "concentration."
Do I need to choose a concentration/emphasis for my MBA or Specialized Master's Degree?
To help you focus your MBA or Specialized Master's Degree, and take coursework that matches your interests and goals, you can choose one of 17 concentrations, but it is not a requirement to graduate. For our Specialized Master's Degree programs that have emphases, you will be required to select one that best aligns with your career goals.
What's the average total number of credit hours required for a program?
The total number of credit hours that you'll be required to take varies by program, and our courses average three-semester-credit hours. Our MBA program requires 16 courses, our Specialized Master's Degree Programs require 13 - 15 courses and our Graduate Certificates require 7 - 9 courses.