Sustainable Business MBA Curriculum

MBA in Sustainable Business Curriculum – 100% Online – at Marylhurst

Marylhurst’s online MBA in Sustainable Business incorporates sustainability principles into every course. Students examine business practices and techniques while diving into topics like environmental law, green development and renewable energy.

Composed of 5-week courses, the sustainable business curriculum offers you real-world skills and knowledge that can be applied to the workplace while you complete the program.

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Sustainable Business MBA Curriculum & Degree Requirements: What You Will Study

To earn your MBA in Sustainable Business from Marylhurst, you complete 48 credits in a series of graduate courses and capstone project. What makes the sustainable MBA unique? You complete a traditional MBA curriculum through the lens of sustainable business. Take a look at some of the coursework preparing Marylhurst students to be a driving force in sustainability locally and globally:

Marylhurst MBA Business Core Curriculum

During this orientation course, students refresh their knowledge of key business subjects while being introduced to new academic concepts and graduate-level expectations. This course introduces the theory and practical application of organizational behavior, the study of how individuals and groups impact behavior within an organization. Topics include decision making, motivation theories, individual and group behaviors, leadership, power and organizational politics, and organizational culture.

This course is designed to help graduate students develop an understanding of the basic concepts of economics. The focus will be on having students apply foundational concepts of microeconomics, including scarcity, ownership and markets, to their personal decision making and professional life. In addition, students will learn the macroeconomics concepts of GDP, unemployment, inflation and interest rates, and how to research these variables and use forecasts to understand the application to their personal and professional life. Finally, students will learn some of the basic concepts of global economics, including international trade and exchange rates.

Effective marketing is a customer-focused process that pervades an organization. Through qualitative and quantitative analysis, students learn how to segment markets and position a firm’s offerings in order to create long-term customer and shareholder value. This course explores marketing opportunities through product and service line development, pricing strategies, customer communications including digital media, and channel management.

In this course, students learn accounting concepts from a decision maker’s perspective. Following an overview of the accounting cycle, financial statements, and financial reporting, special attention will be given to accounting information used to assist management in business operations.

This course is designed to help students understand financial theory and its important applications. With a focus on concepts including the time value of money, risk and return, valuation, investment principles, and the role of financial markets, and through real-world examples and practical exercises, students learn concepts and terms used by financial analysts and strategists.

Managers use statistics to make important decisions in all phases of the business life cycle. This course is an introduction to the benefits of statistical thinking. Students explore how statistics and data analysis can help solve managerial problems, leading to more effective decisions. This course covers basic concepts of distributions, probability, variables, hypothesis testing, inference and experimental design.


Business Foundations Course
If you don’t have an undergraduate degree in business or equivalent experience, you will start your MBA program in our foundations course. Topics covered include writing and communication, accounting, economics, finance, math and graphing, statistics and Microsoft Office. All things to prepare you for our MBA program.

Sustainable Business Courses

In this course, students will gain a basic understanding of fundamental psychological, cultural, environmental and sustainability issues and challenges affecting business and global society in the twenty-first century. Particular attention will be placed upon gaining an understanding of theoretical perspectives that impact effective sustainable business management, with special emphasis upon systems thinking. Learners will reflect upon the interconnectedness and dynamics of historical, social, ecological, governmental, economic, financial and ethical constructs associated with sustainability. Learners will also gain an opportunity to discover various sustainability frameworks and compare multiple global approaches to sustainable business management to gain a solid understanding of strategies leading to the effective integration of social, ecological and economic realities.

Strategic effectiveness requires two fundamentals aspects: strategy design and strategy implementation. Capitalizing upon the learning gained in the Strategic Leadership in Sustainable Management course, students will turn their attention to the effective execution of strategy by discovering, researching and discussing the multiple dimensions of operational management in the energy production/utilities industry. In addition to learning traditional operational constructs such as operational strategy, process and supply chain management, production and inventory management, and Total Quality Management (TQM), students will discover crucial principles, tools and techniques associated with growing fields such as business re-engineering, green management and industrial ecology. They will also gain exposure to specific industry concepts, tools, techniques and constructs. Particular emphasis will be placed upon case studies related to the comparative assessment of best practices in sustainable energy operations management around the globe.

This course provides an overview of traditional and alternative energy sources, with particular emphasis on renewable energies, with the intent of providing students with a strong understanding of the technologies associated with renewable and sustainable sources energy, such as hydropower, solar, wind, hydrogen, geothermal and oceanic forces, biomass, etc. Course content also addresses operational issues associated with production, storage, transportation, distribution and industrial or consumer use of energy. Particular importance is attached to the trade-offs resulting from use and promotion of various forms energy in terms of their technological merits and economic viability. Learners are also invited to think in terms of energy consumption, efficiency and conservation rather than sole reliance upon renewable energies.

Environmental law permeates all facets of sustainable business management. Whether dealing with major issues in water use and pollution, air permits, hazardous waste disposal, Clean Air Act regulations and requirements, real estate construction and transaction issues or environmental litigation and toxic torts, sustainability-minded business managers must possess a solid understanding of vital rules and regulations associated with Environmental Law. Of particular importance is comprehension of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and of the related and constantly evolving legal issues affecting sustainable business practices. In this course, students will have an opportunity to explore the relationships between public policy and legislation and how law both constrains and fosters opportunities for the development of sustainable energy from wind, solar, geothermal and other sources.

Spread over two courses, you will complete a capstone project to finish your MBA program. You will establish a link between your studies, interests, and the business world at large. The course results in reflective work that expresses the highest standard of graduate research combined with a practical business project. The capstone project allows you to demonstrate a functional and integrative knowledge of the multiple dimensions associated with sustainable business management.

Experienced Faculty

Faculty at MarylhurstAs working professionals, our faculty members understand the needs of our dedicated students. They have proven backgrounds in business and management practice, with advanced degrees from leading academic institutions. They act as learning facilitators and content experts.

Sustainable Business MBA Program Outcomes

Students completing an MBA in Sustainable Business at Marylhurst University will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of sustainability fundamentals and the related opportunities, trends and challenges resulting from a system thinking approach
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of current trends and interrelations in key business areas, including: accounting, finance, law, organizational behavior, marketing, project management, statistical modeling and strategic leadership
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, quantitative analysis, writing, presentation, collaboration skills and project management skills
  • Develop and apply an ethical framework to executive decision making and organizational leadership
  • Analyze the domestic and global business environments, including their economic, legal, cultural and ethical contexts
  • Understand emerging business concepts, information technology and management trends

Travis Douville – Why An Online MBA was the Right Fit

Travis Douville - M.B.A. in Sustainability - Marylhurst UniversityTravis Douville speaks about sustainable energy with a contagious level of enthusiasm. This enthusiasm started as a spark while working on a wind energy research project at The Boeing Company in 2010. From there, it grew into a full-blown passion which he devoted himself to through the MBA in Sustainable Business program at Marylhurst. After graduating in 2015, Travis was hired by Vestas, a global company dedicated to wind energy solutions. He looks back on his Marylhurst experience with gratitude and looks to the future with excitement and lots of long-term ideas.

// Read more about Travis’ journey and why an MBA online was the right fit for him.

Transfer Credit and Degree Completion

Students admitted into the MBA in Sustainable Business program may transfer up to 3 classes from other schools to shorten the time required to complete their degree.  At Marylhurst, the average time to complete this accelerated online master’s degree program is 18 months.

>> Learn more about this 100% online MBA in Sustainable Business.