Master of Sustainable Business  


What is sustainable business?
Sustainable Business is a non-traditional business strategy that concurrently builds profits and economic stability, restores the health of natural systems, and promotes prosperous and healthy communities. The movement began in Europe over 20 years ago, and the United States followed soon after.
What is the difference between traditional business and sustainable business?
Sustainable business is a redesign of traditional business that emphasizes the simultaneous production of financial, natural world, and social value without the negative externalities.
What competencies can a graduate of the Master in Sustainable Business (MSB) program expect to receive?
Graduates of the program will clearly understand the relevancy and vital components of sustainable business and will be able to take a leadership role inside a variety of existing organizations that have committed to the movement.
What types of careers are available to students with an MSB?
Principles and practices of sustainability are applicable for virtually every type of organization - extractive, processing, manufacturing, and service; sole proprietorships to multinational companies; for-profit and non-profit; and all levels of government. A graduate of this program is qualified for productive employment in any of these sectors.
When did Aquinas College establish the MSB program?
Aquinas launched the graduate degree program in sustainable business in the fall of 2010.
Is the sustainable business graduate program accredited?
The program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
What makes the sustainable business graduate program at Aquinas College different from other disciplinary-based graduate programs?
Our graduate degree program embeds triple top-line value-producing principles, along with the ability to apply these principles to real-life situations, into the foundation of the program. Other programs often treat sustainable business as an add-on supplement to conventional business strategies. The Aquinas MSB degree also insures competencies in conventional business, the natural world, the human community, and the interdependencies among these three components.
How do I get started in the MSB program at Aquinas College?
>>Apply online
How many and what courses are required to graduate?
Twelve separate 3-semester-hour graduate courses are required for graduation. Coursework applied toward the program must be seven years of age or under at the time of program completion, including those accepted for transfer into the MSB program.
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How long will it take me to finish the program?
For the student who begins coursework in the fall, three regular semesters and one summer semester is the normal graduation track.
Can I attend the graduate program part-time?
Yes, with graduation times extended accordingly.
What time of the day are program classes offered?
Classes are typically offered weekdays in the 6 to 10 p.m. time slot.
Do you have any online or distance learning degree programs?
Who can I contact with specific questions regarding the program?
The first contact is Lynn Atkins-Rykert at (616) 632-2924 or
What does the application process include?

The application process consists of an online application, official undergraduate transcripts, official GRE or GMAT test results from the last five years, an up-to-date resume, three letters of recommendation, and an interview with the Chairperson of the Sustainable Business Department, Dr. Matthew Tueth. Contact Dr. Tueth directly at 616-632-2191 or to schedule an appointment.

International applicants are also required to submit an official copy of the TOEFL. This requirement may be waived if the applicant is from a country where English is the official language..

Can I check the status of my application?
Yes. Contact Lynn Atkins-Rykert at (616) 632-2924 or for information regarding the status of your application.
How long will it take to receive my admission decision after I submit my application?
Two to three weeks after Aquinas College receives all required application materials.
What types of undergraduate degrees do you expect students to bring to the program?
We expect students with undergraduate degrees in business, sustainable business, environmental studies, and environmental science to be the most common applicants. However, other related undergraduate degrees along with an applicant's work experience will factor into the selection process.
How much does it cost to complete the graduate program?
Graduate tuition is currently $523/credit hour in the 2012-2013 academic year, and the cost for the entire program is $18,828.
What type of financial aid is offered? Do all graduate students receive financial support?
Contact our Financial Aid Office at (616) 632-2893 for questions about various financial aid opportunities.
Are Teaching Assistantship and Research Assistantship positions awarded?
Not at this time.