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Sustainable enterprise specialization

Discover how environmental, social, and economic concerns are woven together in today’s global economy, and how solutions can be created that contribute to the triple-bottom line.

The W. P. Carey Full-time MBA specialization in sustainable enterprise prepares you to participate in and lead sustainability-related projects and work in sustainability-related organizations. The required courses provide the practice and theory behind sustainable business practices, and electives span a variety of topics, e.g., energy, social enterprise, or circular economy. The specialization is coordinated with ASU’s School of Sustainability.

Required courses

You must complete the following required courses plus at least one course from the list of electives in order to complete the concentration in business analytics.

Develops an understanding of how to profitably increase a firm’s sustainability and social responsibility. This course examines the implementation of effective sustainability and social responsibility in all aspects and functions of a supply chain.

Note: This course fulfills 1.5 credit hours.


Builds awareness and critical thinking skills around corporate governance structures, their strengths, weaknesses, and differing ethical norms. Through case studies and relevant articles, you will learn how environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics are changing traditional annual reports and the profession.

Note: Application required.

Covers fundamental and advanced concepts of the life cycle assessment framework exploring products, services, activities and infrastructure systems. Examines key concepts for system boundary selection, functional unit selection, inventorying, impact assessment and interpretation stages with a focus on energy and environmental assessment. Advanced concepts include allocation of effects, problem formulation for assessing footprints versus decisions or policies, and assessment of infrastructure interdependencies and supply chains.

Explores research on designing systems that are economically viable, ecologically friendly, and socially equitable.

Introduces social entrepreneurship, including how ideas are formulated, constructed, and implemented; experiential learning in developing a social enterprise plan.

Note: Request override from program coordinator

Examines the evolving interface between sustainability and human enterprise. Explores and reviews key fundamental concepts in the sustainability arena, including economic and scientific drivers and select historical and structural aspects that create the current context for the enterprise and sustainability interface found today.

Explores the connections between organization strategy — especially within the private sector, sustainability and public policy. Through a combination of practical cases, readings and lectures, class sessions engage students in discussions aimed at developing sustainability assessment models. Additionally, students apply new strategy tools that incorporate principles of proactive environmental management and social responsibility designed to enhance the public good.

Career paths

  • Supply Chain Sustainability Technical Program Manager
  • Staff - Climate Change and Sustainability Services
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Digital Integration Manager
  • Associate Brand Manager

Notable employers

  • Intel
  • Ernst & Young
  • Zovio
  • Nalco Champion
  • Colgate-Palmolive