Course Curriculum

The Master of Science in Management – Sustainability – Online program consists of ten courses for a total of 36 credit hours.

Core courses:

  • Organization Management and Leadership
  • Managerial Accounting and Finance for Leadership
  • Strategic Planning and Policy
  • Capstone Course

Concentration courses in the Sustainability Concentration:

Sustainability in Practice: Renewable Energy (4 credits)
An overview of traditional and alternative energy sources, with a special focus on renewable energies. This includes hydropower, solar, wind, hydrogen, among others. Course content also addresses operational issues associated with production, storage, transportation, distribution use of energy, as well as discussing the trade-offs of various forms energy in terms of their technological merits and economic viability.

Sustainability: Principles and Models (4 credits)
This course sets the landscape of sustainability theories and case studies of sustainability in practice for creating long-term competitive advantage and growth that takes into account the environment, the business model, and the impact of the organization in the social and economic well being of the communities affected by the presence and activity of private, not for profit, and government agencies. The course will focus on the discussion of the triple-bottom line: people, planet, and profits, and will extend the analysis to the quadruple bottom line as a recently emerging trend in sustainability management.

Sustainability in Practice: Natural Resources, Environmental Law (4 credits)
Environmental Law affects all components of sustainable business management. This course addresses how companies need to address issues in water use and pollution, air permits, hazardous waste Clean Air Act regulations and requirements, real estate construction and transaction issues, and environmental litigation. Business managers and leaders must develop a solid understanding of vital rules and regulations associated with Environmental Law. Of particular importance is the discussion of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and of constantly evolving legal issues that affect sustainable business practices.

Value Chain and Operations Strategy (4 credits)
Strategic effectiveness requires two basic components: strategic design and strategic implementation. This course emphasizes the effective execution of strategy by discussing the multiple dimensions of operational management in sustainable operations. In addition to learning traditional operational concepts such as operational strategy, process and supply chain management, production and inventory management, and quality management tools such as Six Sigma and TQM, students will discover principles, tools and techniques associated with growing fields such as business re-engineering, green management and industrial ecology.

Sustainable Communities (4 credits)
Sustainable urban development practices aiming at building and fostering sustainable communities. The course investigates how multiple demographic, socio-cultural, political, economic, technological and environmental forces intertwine to shape community development practices locally, nationally and globally. The course focuses on an in-depth analysis on the impact of corporations in local communities and how the private and public sectors, together with not for profit organizations, can work together to foster well being and community development in the regions where they operate.

Research Methods – (2 credits)
This course will provide an overview of graduate level research for the capstone project in both the Master of Science in Management and the Master of Arts in Public Policy. Students will learn about the various methods of research in the discipline, research design, and proper formatting and writing of formal papers. Specific focus will be placed on topic development, developing a research outline, conducting a literature review, constructing an annotated bibliography, and proper citation styles that make use of the Chicago Manual of Style (for MAPP students) and the APA style (for MSM students). This course will provide all students the tools to do research and, in addition, will prepare them for the final capstone project to be developed in the subsequent Strategic Capstone course

Strategic Capstone – (2 credits)
The Strategic Capstone has two main components: a research phase and a final project report and presentation phase. Students draft their problem statements and research ideas during a research methods course, and then produce research, arguments and solutions that will approach solving the problem.

Each student will undertake a major investigation of a real and substantial challenge that exists either in the workplace or as a matter of public policy. The project may be related to the student’s own experience or in a field in which the student hopes to secure employment. Developed in a problem-and-solution format, the student is expected to use extensive research into best practices and associated methodologies. The product of this work is a comprehensive written plan for implementing the solution. The report is also submitted as a PowerPoint presentation with accompanying notes, demonstrating the student’s ability to convey the significance and the results of research and planning to key stakeholders in the problem-solution set that the student has investigated.