Academic Programs

Sustainable Business

Sustainable Enterprise


  Concentration Description:

The M.A. in Global Sustainability concentration in Sustainable Business will provide a foundation for designing sustainable organizations and businesses. Organizations and businesses from all sectors need to develop sustainable practices and models to minimize their environmental footprint and maximize their social responsibility to all stakeholders to meet the requirements of a sustainable, low carbon economy. The goal of this concentration is to provide participants with the knowledge, literacy, skills and tools they need to create more sustainable organizations.


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Concentration Director:

Dr. Sharon Hanna-West

Director of Sustainable Business Concentration

Dr Sharon Hanna-West


Required Course (3 credit hours): 

Examines ethical and legal responsibilities of business for triple bottom line performance of prosperity, social justice, and concern for the natural environment. This course will expand on the stakeholder analysis method learned in Social, Ethical and Legal Systems. Exploring resolution of issues of such magnitude presents challenging ethical questions. It also requires prioritizing competing stakeholders. This class will open your eyes and heighten your awareness of the far-reaching impact of various corporate actions and help you make decisions when the rules aren't clear. 

*This course is available on-campus and online.


Concentration Courses (6 credit hours)

Choose two: 

In this course students gain experience with process improvement from a Lean Six Sigma perspective. The course shows Lean as a management philosophy to eliminate waste, and Six Sigma as tools and ideas to reduce variation and improving quality.

*This course is only available on-campus. 

Management of the promotional function as part of the total marketing program. Includes a study of relevant buyer behavior concepts, resources and budgets, media, creative aspects, and effectiveness measurements as they relate to the management tasks of developing, implementing, and evaluating promotional strategy.

*This course is only available on-campus.

Overview of key supply chain processes and functions, including logistics, marketing, finance, operations, and procurement, and the implications of supply chain management for creating value for customers and other supply chain members.

*This course is only available on-campus.

A course designed to help students understand the challenges and opportunities with respect to
marketing an organization that strives to be sustainable. This course is currently only offered on-campus.

*This course is only available on-campus.

Introduction to the complex legal and regulatory system of Environmental Law and society's mechanisms for long-term planning for business and sustainability students, the discussion based course covers a critical examination of opposing views of timely issues that affect us all.

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For more information about this concentration, please contact the PCGS Academic Programs Director: 

Randall Pape