Sustainable Master of Business Administration

Learn how to apply sustainability principles to all aspects of business practices

Make your dream a reality!

Applying is fast, free, and easy! 

Next Start Dates

August 17, 2020
October 19, 2020
January 11, 2021

Request more information

Contact a
Distance Education Concierge:

Download the Program Sheet

Sustainable Master of Business Administration

Online Sustainable Master of Business Administration (MBA)

You don’t have to choose between your environmental values and your business career. Sustainable business means consideration for the environment, society, and the bottom line. The Unity College Sustainable MBA is for entrepreneurs and business professionals who don’t mind getting their hands a little dirty.

For the very first time, Unity College is offering a Sustainable Master of Business Administration 100% online.

A Unity College Sustainable Master of Business Administration (Sustainable MBA) will give you the skills you need to further the sustainable business movement and make the business case for applicable sustainability innovations.

  • The Sustainable MBA Incorporates sustainability into every course, including economics, accounting, and leadership.
  • Hands-on learning opportunities through class projects and capstone courses.
  • The Sustainable MBA is 100% online, with interactive real-time activities such as conference calls, video discussions, and live webinar presentations.
  • World-class faculty experienced in online teaching.
  • Small class sizes capped at 20 students per section allow for personalized attention and meaningful interaction among classmates — something you won’t find at larger online universities.
  • Affordable and flexible. Take classes whenever it works for you – we offer five start dates per year.
  • Students who take a full course load can complete the degree requirements in as few as 14 months.
  • Unlike similar programs, no GMAT is required.

Job Outcomes of the Sustainable Master of Business Administration Program

Many organizations are implementing sustainability measures to engage stakeholders, cut costs, and reduce liabilities. In doing so, some organizations can better retain employees, become more profitable, boost their reputation and have a positive environmental or social impact. Graduates of the Sustainable MBA program will be prepared for numerous careers in:

  • Financial management
  • Energy management
  • City and regional planning
  • Small, green business development
  • Environmental analysis
  • Industrial production
  • Sustainable real-estate development
  • Sustainability coordinator/director
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Business development manager
  • Business planning analyst
  • Green marketing or communications specialist

General Manager

Projected 10-year growth:

+ 9.1%

Median Salary:


Marketing Director

Projected 10-year growth:

+ 10.1%

Median Salary:


Sustainability Director

Projected 10-year growth:

+ 8%

Median Salary:


Program Manager

Projected 10-year growth:

+ 8%

Median Salary:


Business / Management Analyst

Projected 10-year growth:

+ 14.3%

Median Salary:


Source: Burning Glass Technologies. “Labor Insight™ Real-Time Labor Market Information Tool.” Updated March 11, 2020.

Sustainable MBA Degree requirements

36 credits earned
3.00 minimum cumulative graduate-level grade-point average

Sustainable Business Principles

SBUS 505 Accounting and Finance for Sustainable Business
Course Description
This course examines the principles of financial and managerial accounting for strategic decision-making and assessment of the financial strength of sustainably-minded organizations. Discussions will include the essentials of cost accounting, minimizing the costs and risks posed by operations and environmental liabilities, developing effective operational planning and capital budgeting processes, and effectively managing a firm’s investments.
SBUS 520 Global Impact of Capital Markets
Course Description
This course explores the foundations of financial markets, how they operate, and how to assess performance. Students explore market behavior from a global perspective and how financial institutions operate. Key concepts include economic instability, government intervention, and how to value sustainability.
SBUS 590 Sustainable MBA Capstone I: Planning Sustainable Business Initiatives
Course Description
This course involves applying knowledge from other courses and integrates finance, communications, marketing, sustainability, and strategic management skills to develop an applied project that will be implemented in the following section of the class. Students work with an organization and possibly other Unity MBA candidates to design a plan that is guided and approved by a faculty member and an expert in the field. A project proposal must include the needs of an organization, the goal of the project, and relevant research findings.

Student Outcomes

  • Deepen and apply knowledge of MBA core classes.
  • Develop a well-researched and viable project.
SBUS 690 Sustainable MBA Capstone II: Implementing Sustainable Business Initiatives
Course Description
Building upon the work completed in the Planning Sustainable Business Initiatives course, students work with an organization to implement a business project. Students work with their academic advisor as a mentor and present the project to the organization and produce a written report.

Human Dimensions

SBUS 525 Designing Successful Teams & Organizations
Course Description
This course covers some of the skills that help organizations to thrive in a multicultural business environment, such as effective teamwork, the ability to set and reach goals, and effective human resource strategies. Students will learn about leadership and communications skills for business leaders, group collaboration, and engaging employees and stakeholders to reach their full potential.
PROF 505 Strategic Management of Innovation
Course Description
The course is designed to help students understand the strategic, organizational and human issues that can either help or hinder you (and the organizations, both private and public, you work for) in efforts to develop and implement science-based solutions to environmental and natural resource challenges. It combines the study of those principles needed to manage scientific innovation with an emphasis on how environmental innovation fits within an organization’s strategy and business model, and why they matter, and how one creates an innovative learning organization, drives change within an organization, and drives the adoption of the innovations the organization creates.
SBUS 530 Business Ethics for 21st Century Leaders
Course Description
Recent events have demonstrated that ethical failures by business leaders can have major consequences across the globe. It is important for businesses to identify when ethical issues emerge and how to address them. Organizations can create a strategic advantage by taking a triple bottom line approach to business by considering social, environmental and economic factors.
SBUS 535 Marketing & Communicating Corporate Social Responsibility
Course Description
Effective marketing is essential for overall business success. This course explores marketing in a sustainable organization and creating beneficial relationships with stakeholders. Students learn how to brand an organization, determine consumer demand, identify target markets, create brand positioning, and develop pricing strategies.

Ecological Dynamics

SBUS 515 Ecological Economics
Course Description
Economic systems influence how society understands its relationship to the environment. From the neo-classical synthesis to socialism, none of our contemporary economic systems seems to provide the social and environmental resilience that sustainability theory demands. The interdisciplinary field of ecological economics attempts to overcome the deficiencies in traditional economic theory, first by recognizing the physical limits in which any economic system operates and then by including normative values into a holistic economic system. Students will learn the basic principles of ecological economics, evaluate the framework, and learn to apply its principles to sustainability work.
SBUS 540 Quantitative Methods for Sustainability Solutions
Course Description
This course enables students to apply business data to solve organizational issues. Organizing and interpreting relevant information allows organizations to make informed business decisions and make sound forecasts.
SUST 515 Leading Sustainable Change
Course Description
The community dimension of sustainability science sets it apart from historical scientific problem-solving. Truly sustainable solutions need to meet economic and cultural acceptability to be implemented politically, and the process of seeking solutions can change community perceptions. Through techniques for understanding the nature of stakeholders and the use of social marketing, sustainability professionals can strongly influence perceptions and behavior. In this course, students will practice research-based stakeholder analysis and social marketing.
SBUS 510 Humans, Climate, & Business
Course Description
Climate change is the defining environmental issue of the 21st century. Environmental managers should be able to follow the emerging science and communicate it to a wide variety of audiences. This course begins with the science of climate and climate change and the anthropogenic contributions to that change. The course then examines the technical and economic challenges society faces with regard to climate change mitigation and adaptation, and strategies to increase the resilience of natural and human communities. Throughout the course, we will examine the historical and emerging responses to aspects of climate change mitigation and adaptation and how it relates to business.

Request Information