Master of Sustainable Business  


Required Courses

MG 500 The Economic Environment - 3 hours
This course in managerial economics focuses primarily on the microeconomic environment in which a manager must operate. Besides understanding how market structures affect firm performance, the course explores the use of economic concepts as managerial tools. 
MG 510 Research Methods, Design and Analysis - 3 hours
A conceptual presentation of descriptive and inferential statistics and their use in decision-making. The course involves research design, planning and evaluation research, problem selection, proposal writing and presentation, and research report writing and evaluation.
MG 520 Organizational Behavior: Focus on the Individual - 3 hours
Individual factors affecting human behavior in organizations are explored in this course. Theoretical concepts which provide the foundation for the study of organizational behavior are examined together with an emphasis on leadership, team development, motivation, and communication. Application of these concepts to the management of organizations is accomplished through class activities. While the focus is almost entirely on the core organizational behavior topics, the development of a management philosophy and the understanding of the link between both managerial activities and organizational effectiveness are used as integrating themes.
MG 540 Organizational Theory and Design - 3 hours
This course treats the organization as an entity for study, looking at such issues as the historical growth of organizations, organizations as reflections of society, organizational structure, mission, goals, culture, and politics. Emphasis is given to the examination of the characteristics of open systems, studying models of organizations for their effectiveness, developing strategies for innovations and change within organizations.
MG 648 Leadership - 3 hours
A study of leadership research including leadership traits, styles, contingency theories, and group leadership approaches. Students apply these results through an analysis of their own personality traits and leadership styles. Prerequisite: MG 520 or MG 540 or equivalent.
SB 600 The Natural and Human Community - 3 hours
This course provides a foundation in understanding natural world themes and processes, human world provisioning systems, and the interdependencies that exist between the two. Energy, materials, community characteristics, and member relationships of both worlds are compared within the context of sustainability. The successes and failures of human industry are examined and contrasted with durable natural industrial processes. First course in the recommended sequence of three MSB courses.
SB 610 Sustainable Innovations Lab - 3 hours
This course will investigate triple top-line entrepreneurial innovation, effective organizational design, and workplace innovation deployment skills through in-class discussions as well as practice-based projects. It is designed to give students exposure to all dimensions of the innovative process in a real-world environment. Cross-listed with SB 320. Prerequisite: MG 672 and MG 673
SB 650 International Perspectives in Sustainable Business - 3 hours
The sustainable business movement is surveyed from an international context and examined through an international field experience. A variety of global locations, including developing nations, is the focus of an investigation of the movement components, such as sustainable agriculture, ecotourism, locally based and regionally coordinated sustainable development, technology sharing, place-based solutions, and business interactions of education, government, and non-governmental organizations. Required international field component. Cross-listed with SB 330. Prerequisite: MG 671and MG 673
SB 660 Sustainable Economics and Management Decisions - 3 hours
Microeconomic theory and models of environmental economics are used to examine issues such as common property resources, externalities, environmental accounting, contingent valuation and maximum sustainable yield.  The models and theory are also used to evaluate the economic and social impacts of environmental policy, and management decisions. Prerequisite: MG 500 or consent of instructor; SB 600.
SB 671 Industrial Ecology - 3 hours
This course examines the advantages of nature-based industrial systems for humankind and the natural community. Intelligent approaches to sustainable energy and material systems that contribute positively to community are outlined and discussed. A wide variety of organizations that have begun a transition toward authentic sustainable business practices are examined. Second course in the recommended sequence of three MSB courses. .
SB 672 Sustainable Business Management - 3 hours
This course examines successful triple top-line principles and practices in our world today and the specific strategies employed by the intrepid business leaders who are making considerable progress orchestrating sustainable business inside their organizations. Classroom discussion applies value-producing sustainable business principles inside a variety of sizes and types of organizations. Third course of the recommended sequence of three MSB courses.
SB 673 Building Social Capital - 3 hours
This course examines the role of social capital in building organizations and communities that support sustainability. The key elements and various forms of social capital will be explored by looking at the different ways that communities develop and how the human relationship with ecological systems can be enhanced. In addition to theoretical foundations, both U.S. and international business and community case studies will also be used as a way to better understand how social structures, networks, and norms help to strengthen the interdependencies among social capital, natural capital, and commerce.
SB 698 Applied Research Project- 3 hours
The student conducts an original applied research project on a topic that is approved and supervised by a full-time sustainable business faculty advisor. The student prepares a process document and makes a successful oral defense of the project in front of sustainable business full-time faculty. Prerequisite: MG 672 >Guidelines for the applied research project (pdf)