Boston University's School of Management has announced that it has launched a new MBA concentration focusing on energy and environmental sustainability.
According to a news release from the school, students who pursue the new concentration will be able to understand the energy- and sustainability-related challenges that businesses face, as well as the best ways toto respond to these challenges.
According to assistant professor Kira Fabrizio, these broadly relevant topics mean that new concentration will be valuable for many MBAs, not just those who want to work in sustainability roles after graduation:
"Business leaders will increasingly be faced with the realities of a changed business landscape, where energy-management issues become more central and strategic, and the choices they make about product and supply chain sustainability take on more meaning," Fabrizio says.
"This is not relevant for only one part of the economy; all firms will be facing strategic issues related to climate change, resiliency, and energy."
To complete the concentration, students will have to take one required course, "Foundations of Environmental Sustainability," which examines the changing relationship between businesses and the natural environment, as well as two elective courses. Possible electives will cover topics ranging from clean technologies and supply chains to sustainable power systems.
The concentration will also include a project component, where students can get hands-on experience in energy and sustainability topics. Here, students can select from one of three options: a ten-day field seminar in Brazil, a one-week immersion experience in Silicon Valley, or a management consulting field project.
According to the Boston University School of Management website, the concentration will be available to students in the school's full-time MBA as well as those in the part-time, Professional MBA program.
For more information, please see the BU School of Management press release announcing the launch of the new MBA concentration in energy and environmental sustainability, or see BU's full profile on FIND MBA.
Watch this video to get an overview of the concentration: