Master of Business Administration - Environmental and Social Sustainability Concentration

Effective August 19, 2012, this program is no longer available for future enrollments

The Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Environmental and Social Sustainability (MBA-ESS) combines business administration skills with an emphasis on innovation and environmental and social responsibility. This concentration provides students who are passionate about helping to build a better world with the knowledge they will need to effectively implement sustainable business practices in any organization. In addition to the foundations of sustainable business, this program covers implementation of the Triple Bottom Line (People, Planet, Profit) and the establishment of sustainable business operations.


  • Demonstrate and understanding of the functional areas of business: accounting, finance, economics, marketing, and strategic management
  • Ethically employ leadership skills, including effective judgment and decision-making
  • Use entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial skills to work within an organization to bring about innovation and growth
  • Evaluate organizational effectiveness using a triple bottom line approach
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of sustainable business and how it can be operationalized in an organization

Degree Requirements

Courses: Core

ACCT614Applied Managerial Accounting


ECON616Applied Managerial Economics


EMBA690Strategic Management in Dynamic Environments


FINC615Applied Managerial Finance


INTD670Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making


MGMT600Applied Managerial Decision-Making


MGMT605Graduate Research Methods


MKTG630Applied Managerial Marketing


Total Credit Hours:32

Courses: Concentration

ESS600Foundations of Sustainable Business


ESS610Implementing the Triple Bottom Line


ESS620Sustainable Operations


MGMT655Management Capstone


Total Credit Hours:16

Total Credit Hours: 48

MBA Prerequisite Knowledge

The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) is a professional degree intended for those who aspire to increase their level of responsibility within their chosen field. The courses in the MBA programs are rigorous. There is an expectation of a solid business background to succeed in some of the core MBA courses. Specifically, the MBA was designed with the assumption that the student has prior knowledge in the areas of accounting, finance, economics, and statistics.

For those entering an MBA program who do not have an undergraduate degree in business, Colorado Technical University may require the successful completion of 500-level foundation courses which serve as prerequisites to the respective 600-level accounting, finance, economics, and statistics courses. CTU will evaluate the undergraduate transcripts for all students entering the MBA program to determine if a student is required to take any or all of these courses. If the student has previously completed sufficient coursework in the areas stated above, the University may waive the prerequisites. Students who can provide evidence of significant professional experience in any or all of the areas may also have prerequisites waived. The courses also are available to students who wish to refresh their knowledge in these subject areas, even if they have completed previous courses in those subject areas.

Students who are required to complete any of the Master of Business Administration prerequisite courses are allowed a maximum of two attempts for each designated course. After two unsuccessful attempts for any of the courses, the student will be withdrawn from the MBA or Executive MBA program. Students are encouraged to work with the Student Advising department for alternative programs of study, or if they have additional questions regarding these courses.


  • Colorado Springs
  • Virtual Campus
  • Sioux Falls