Sustainability Concentration

When you choose to earn an Online MBA degree with a concentration in Sustainability from Northeastern University, you can help create a better future and a thriving business environment based on renewable policies, growth initiatives, and strategies. Beyond improving the environmental impacts of your business, you can also learn to lower financial expenditures, streamline processes, and improve internal and external relationships.

Tap into an expertly designed curriculum that focuses on business, technology, and critical skills

Tap into an expertly designed curriculum that focuses on business, technology, and critical skills

Participate in courses limited to 20 students to develop a closer connection to faculty and peers

Participate in courses limited to 20 students to develop a closer connection to faculty and peers

Study at a top-tier business school with experience built into its DNA

Study at a top-tier business school with experience built into its DNA

Take part in our optional domestic campus residency where you can meet fellow online students on campus

Take part in our optional domestic campus residency where you can meet fellow online students on campus

Take part in our optional domestic campus residency where you can meet fellow online students on campus

Graduate in as few as two years

Online MBA with a Sustainability Concentration

Sustainability as a business practice represents more than environmentally conscious objectives. It also can create a thriving business environment based on renewable policies, growth initiatives, and strategies. The curriculum covered in this concentration can prepare graduates to lead initiatives that rely on understanding basic science, write a credible research report with policy recommendations, examine the issues of overconsumption and sustainability in the world’s economies, create shareholder value in a sustainable environment, and describe the lifecycle of physical products from raw materials through end of life.

Three of your five electives must be from the following concentration-specific courses:

  • Sustainability and the Economics of Markets
  • Sustainability and Leadership
  • Sustainability and the Business Environment
  • Sustainability and Supply Chain Management

 

Sustainability Jobs

Graduates of an MBA in Sustainability tend to pursue positions such as sustainability manager, operations manager, business development manager, university sustainability director, or environmental, social, or governance portfolio analyst, depending upon professional work experience.

 

Business Development Manager*

Median salary: $113,350 per year

Job outlook (2018-2028): 8% (Faster than average)

Typical Job Responsibilities:

  • Achieve revenue goals and make sure other team members achieve theirs
  • Maintain good working relationships with existing clients to secure client retention and earn new sales through referrals and references
  • Identify and develop new revenue streams and develop successful referring relationships

 

Sustainability Director**

Median salary: $101,882 per year

Typical Job Responsibilities:

  • Help reduce resource use, energy use, pollution, and waste through improved practices and product sourcing
  • Develop systems to monitor a company’s sustainability and ensure goals are met
  • Create reports on company sustainability to present to the media, government, public, and other interest groups

 

Environmental Portfolio Manager**

Median salary: $86,271 per year

Typical Job Responsibilities:

  • Consult with clients to develop investment objectives, provides advice and guidance regarding their current or future investments
  • Report on investment activity and performance and present to clients when applicable
  • Communicate with clients and administrators about accounts, securities markets and economic trends
  • Manage portfolios to maximize investment returns in accordance to your clients chosen level of risk

 

Sustainability Manager**

Median salary: $73,262 per year

Typical Job Responsibilities:

  • Enact and socialize policies on an organization’s energy use, resource conservation, and waste management
  • Evaluate and develop methodologies for sustainability initiatives
  • Educate and supervise employees in relation to sustainability endeavors

 

Sustainability Consultant**

Median salary: $65,858 per year

Typical Job Responsibilities:

  • Work with companies to outline the benefits of more environmentally friendly building processes and work materials, while helping them source those materials
  • Help companies prevent environmental waste and overconsumption of energy by sharing improved practices for their facilities
  • Educate people/companies on the availability of tax credit incentives for green initiatives

 

Operations Manager**

Median salary: $65,024 per year

Typical Job Responsibilities:

  • Supervise departments such as purchasing, warehousing, and manufacturing that are responsible for the production of goods and/or services
  • Oversee budgets and manage employees
  • Confirm that all work processes comply with safety and environmental rules and regulations

 

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

**Payscale

Graduate Certificates

Northeastern also offers a selection of online graduate certificates that can be completed in as little as five months. These focused learning experiences are available in seven relevant business topics. All certificate coursework is designed and overseen by the industry-active, expert faculty from the world-class D’Amore-McKim School of Business.

All credits in our certificate programs are also stackable, meaning they can be combined and applied toward an Online MBA degree. Graduate certificates are available in:

  • Accounting and Financial Decisions
  • Business Administration
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Renewal
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management