Sustainable Business Courses among New MBA Options

June 15, 2010

Sustainable Business Courses among New MBA Options

W. P. Carey School Announces New Programs, Scholarships

TEMPE, Ariz. — As people around the world decide to “go green,” businesses are also working to conserve energy and make our natural resources last longer. In order to prepare students to help their companies become more sustainable, the W. P. Carey School of Business is introducing sustainability as one of its new areas of emphasis for MBA students. Innovative new leadership coursework, international electives and scholarship opportunities are also being introduced this fall.

“Success in business or nearly any field requires sophisticated leadership capability, so we work to attract the best possible students and help them appeal to future employers through business knowledge, skill and world-class leadership,” explains W. P. Carey School of Business Dean Robert Mittelstaedt. “Updates to our programs further enhance our focus on leadership and sustainability practices.”

The school already features a full-time MBA program ranked Top 30 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and an evening program ranked among the Top 20 “part-time MBA” programs in the country. MBA students can get a high-caliber core business degree with the ability to take elective courses in an area of emphasis, including finance, entrepreneurship, health care management, international business, marketing and supply chain management. Starting in the fall, they will also be able to choose sustainability or information management, two fields in which the job markets are very appealing.

The school’s online MBA program is adding marketing, supply chain management, finance and international business to its choices for areas of emphasis. Scholarship opportunities are also being made available for the first time to students applying for both the evening and online MBA programs at the W. P. Carey School of Business.

“We want to make sure great, qualified students can access all of our MBA programs, so we developed these new scholarship options,” says Rudy Pino, director of admissions for the W. P. Carey MBA.

The school is also infusing a significant leadership component throughout its MBA programs. For example, in the evening MBA program, top instructors will teach workshops in subjects, such as ethical leadership, conflict management, dealing with failure, team effectiveness, and influence and persuasion. MBA students can opt to enroll in this “leadership experience” and can choose to make leadership an area of emphasis, as well.

“We want to provide a leadership option that goes beyond just having our students take leadership classes,” explains Beth Walker, associate dean for the W. P. Carey MBA. “We are going to immerse students in a 360-degree peer review process. They will also do individual assessments after every leadership workshop, which will include faculty feedback. The goal is to involve self-reflection and to assess what the students are gaining from the beginning to the end of the MBA program for use in their careers.”

The W. P. Carey School of Business is also adding two new international electives to its popular lineup. Students already have the option of studying in countries, including India, Argentina, China, France, Austria and Spain. The new offerings are “Culture, Creativity and Innovation in Italy” and “Successful Leadership in Europe,” which will be taught in Germany.

W. P. CAREY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is one of the top-ranked and largest business schools in the United States. The school is internationally regarded for its research productivity and its distinguished faculty members, including a Nobel Prize winner. Students come from 75 countries and include more than 60 National Merit Scholars. For more information please visit wpcarey.asu.edu and http://knowledge.wpcarey.asu.edu.