Sustainable Business Concentration

In addition to the 27 hours of General Course Requirements, students choosing the Sustainable Business concentration will select 9 hours from the list below:

  • MBA 5240: Accounting for Sustainable Practice (3): This course focuses on the critical role of accounting in helping managers address sustainability issues and measure sustainability performance. Because traditional models in accounting and financial reporting may be difficult to apply when measuring sustainability performance, frameworks such as the Triple Bottom Line concept or the Balanced Scorecard have been developed to accommodate the measurement of a firm’s performance on 3 levels: economic prosperity, environmental impact, and social justice. This course focuses on the challenges faced by managers and accountants in using traditional accounting techniques to measure and report on sustainable activities, and offers guidance on how to overcome these challenges. The course will also examine the ethical issues associated with sustainability measurement and disclosure, critical effects of tax policy on sustainable practice management, and current issues in sustainability reporting and assurance.

  • ECO 5621: Environmental Economics and Policy (3): Analysis of the interrelationships among economic activity, government policies, and the environment; the benefits and costs of economic growth; the economics of environmental quality; the social costs of pollution; and the intertemporal allocation of natural resources.

  • ECO 5660: Benefit-Cost Analysis (3): The study of the evaluation of competing public policy alternatives. The purpose of benefit-cost analysis is to inform government decision-making and facilitate the more efficient allocation of scarce resources. This course introduces the basic theory and principles of benefit-cost analysis and examines applications of the methodology. 

  • MBA 5080: Sustainable Business for a Global Economy (3): This course provides a general overview of sustainable business ideas and practices, building a lens for developing business models that integrate sustainability goals. Through discussions, cases, multimedia, and assignments, students will have the opportunity to learn how to gather and evaluate information on emerging sustainability applications and trends, while understanding diverse stakeholder approaches to viewing regulations, profitability, and opportunities.

  • MGT 5770: Business Ethics (3):  A study of the economic, political, social and legal environments within which business processes take place and how such environments affect the decisions that businesses and managers make.