Learn about the environmental challenges facing businesses today and how those challenges influence strategy development in Southern New Hampshire University’s Master of Business Administration in Sustainability and Environmental Compliance program. Designed for individuals who want to make a difference in the world, the MBA program teaches you how to apply practical solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing society now and in the foreseeable future.
SNHU’s MBA program is one of the most affordable MBAs in the nation and can be completed in just over a year. With courses offered on campus and online, this program blends the best of both worlds by bringing together the convenience of online with the advantages of a physical campus. The MBA in Sustainability coursework will teach you the skills and knowledge you need to help your organization comply with constantly changing environmental laws and achieve sustainability goals. You’ll discover how to build support for ecological strategies that make economic sense and learn how to be an advocate for positive change.
The MBA in Sustainability and Environmental Compliance offers a classic MBA combined with courses that focus on a broad range of ecological and energy-related challenges and opportunities. Because our instructors bring extensive and broad experience to the classroom - as environmental advocates, executives and activists - they're able to provide a solid theoretical framework of the issues while offering current real-world examples of what they're teaching.
By combining a solid foundation in business with a special emphasis on environmental issues, graduates leave with the ability to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of enrolling in our environmental master's program at SNHU include:
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.
Employees with a master’s degree earn 20 percent more on average than those with only a bachelor’s degree and almost 80 percent more than those without a degree, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. They are also significantly less likely to be unemployed.
By earning an MBA in Sustainability and Environmental Compliance, you can pursue careers in renewable energy and sustainable business for both large and small firms, renewable energy and sustainability trade associations, ecological advocacy organizations, municipal and ecological regulatory agencies and large energy users, just to name a few. Also, because this is an accredited, high-quality masters program, you’ll graduate with the business acumen necessary to succeed in any work environment, no matter what your aspirations.
With the growth of green jobs on the rise, fueled by the increasing interest in climate change and alternative energy, the career outlook is promising for anyone interested in environmental and sustainability careers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for example, the management, scientific and technical consulting services industry (which includes environmental consulting) is projected to be the fastest growing, with employment rising 83 percent through 2020. In its report, the BLS states, “Finally, businesses will continue to need advice on compliance with government workplace safety and environmental laws ... As a result, firms specializing in human resources, environmental and safety consulting should be in strong demand.”
The MBA in Sustainability and Environmental Compliance program combines the best in business practices with the latest in environmental issues, rules and regulations. Taught by business experts and environmental advocates, the environmental master’s program provides a strong foundation for anyone interested in applying practical principles to important challenges facing the world. Those with non-business academic backgrounds may be required to take foundation courses.
A fundamental understanding of the various processes necessary to support life on Earth. Examine how human activities and philosophies (individual, business, cultural, and others) generate environmental issues and threaten these processes, and offers sustainable alternatives to these activities. Topics include ecology; populations; agriculture; desertification and deforestation; water and ocean pollution; air pollution, including ozone depletion and acid rain; global warming; natural resource depletion; solid and hazardous wastes; energy, including fossil fuels and nuclear power; economic implications; and sustainability.
This course surveys the various forms of energy available to our industrial society. The environmental impact and depletion of each energy form is discussed, with emphasis on the development of clean and inexhaustible alternative sources for the home and business. Topics include traditional and renewable energy sources; electricity; the atmosphere, including greenhouse effects; transportation; nuclear power; and economic implications.
This course introduces students to a broad range of strategies used by both large and small businesses to achieve and maintain compliance with environmental laws and sustainability goals, with an emphasis on companies doing business in the United States. Students learn the importance of environmental due diligence as a tool for minimizing acquired liabilities in business mergers and acquisitions; the value of environmental auditing as a means of identifying compliance and sustainability issues in ongoing business operations; and the power of both environmental management systems and environmental certification programs as strategies for achieving and maintaining environmental compliance and sustainability, and for securing a competitive advantage in a marketplace increasingly populated by sustainability-conscious consumers.
This coursework may be exempt based on undergraduate coursework.
This is an applied course, which will provide students with the mathematical knowledge and skills that underlie many courses offered in the school of business. Students will learn the fundamental concepts and methods of linear algebra, mathematical functions, differential calculus and statistics and their applications to business. They will also sharpen their quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills that are so important for success in the world of business today.
This course is intended to provide the student with a concisely focused yet rigorous introduction to both micro- and macroeconomic theory needed at the foundational level of a graduate degree program. Some of the topics to be addressed include: market behavior; demand theory and related elasticity concepts; production and cost theory; managerial decision-making in perfectly competitive and imperfectly competitive markets; GDP determination; unemployment and inflation; and fiscal and monetary policy.
This course emphasizes the creation and interpretation of financial statements critical to an understanding of today's economy. Various financial topics related to financial statements are covered. Income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements are explored in-depth giving students an appreciation of how these statements are prepared and the standard accounting rules that apply to their creation.
This course provides a survey of the legal environment of business by looking at legal issues and regulations in a business context. The students assess the impact of business law on organizational decision making for informing strategic legal decisions. The course covers employment law, contracts, tort and product liability, internet law as well as other legal issues affecting the business environment. The students also assess the legal and ethical implications of US companies doing business abroad.
This course is a study of individuals and groups and their interaction. Students examine theories of motivation, communication, leadership, power and change with practical relation to contemporary issues. They also study organizations for key design variables and reward systems aimed at improved performance and organizational efficiency through employee motivational programs, participative management and cooperative decision making.
This course focuses on the basics of business by introducing students to business environments in which they focus on the big picture, identify internal and external opportunities for growth, and manage resources. The course will also present students with management techniques to help them stay current and apply creative solutions to problems. Students will be introduced to the programmatic themes of globalization, leadership, team work, and ethics.
Finance is the language of business, and in this course students will take their understanding of finance to the next level by using analytical skills when dealing with financial reporting. Students will apply financial and analytical skills gained in prior coursework, as well as principles of corporate finance, to business decision making. The course covers financial statements and other reports, the basics of financial forecasting and budgeting, and the communications and vocabulary related to financial statements.
The course focuses on personnel management at all levels: individual, team, and internal and external networks. With an emphasis on interpersonal skills, as well as strength-finders, students will learn essential concepts in conflict management, negotiations, and development of creative culture. Students will also learn how to establish productive relationships, motivate people, align teams and individuals to a vision, and drive change.
The course will focus on brand management and how marketing should be approached as a partner in strategic decision making, both internally and externally. Students will study strategic positioning, market opportunities, pricing strategies, market analysis, as well as product differentiation. SWOT analysis and the marketing mix will be covered in a decision making focus, together with the programmatic themes of globalization, leadership, team work and ethics.
This course examines corporate culture and social responsibility, how to build a sustainable business, and how to promote corporate ethics and values. The course also looks at how to deal with group think, diversity and cultural awareness, civic engagement, and how to be at the forefront of using environmental and sustainable practices that have a positive global impact. The course will also examine personal ethics in relationship to corporate ethics, governance, and civic mindedness.
The course is a continuation of MBA 520 Accounting and Financial Analysis and focuses on effective business decisions using quantitative and qualitative data, microeconomic and macroeconomic variables, and internal financial priorities. The students refine operational and investment decision-making skills with respect to organizational sustainability and growth, mergers, debt vs. equity funding and capital markets. In addition, students are exposed to foreign currencies, foreign direct investment (FDI), and international trade.
This course focuses on the macroeconomic aspect of business, including governmental impact (local, national, international), by exploring public policy, regulatory bodies, regulations' impact on business, trends and current politics and their impact on business, power structures, and lobbying.
This course explores essential aspects of project management, the tracking and measurement of key performance indicators (KPI), and the use of current technology to create automation and sustainability. Students have the opportunity to examine technology management and operations management from a strategic perspective, creating a common view into the different layers of a business. In addition, students learn to collect, identify, and determine quality measures and use common methodologies and strategic planning processes.
This capstone course is the culminating experience for the MBA program. The aim of the capstone is to assess students' ability to synthesize and integrate the knowledge and skills they have developed throughout their coursework, rather than introducing new concepts. This course is structured to support student success in fulfilling program requirements.
Tuition rates for Southern New Hampshire University's graduate degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
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This program is accredited by both NEASC and ACBSP.