Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business
REQUIRED CREDITS: 15
LOCATIONS and START DATES: Online: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Is this graduate Sustainable Business certificate program for me?It used to be that a business was either in the red or in the black. Now the focus is on green, as in environmental and social responsibility. If you want to be a leader in this new way of doing business, the graduate Sustainable Business certificate program is a great way to get started and build upon your existing skills now in demand around the world. The Sustainable Business certificate also can be a great stepping stone to a graduate program if you haven't yet earned a graduate degree. At City University of Seattle, our Sustainable Business certificate program classes are taught both in class and online to give you flexibility and convenience. If you decide to earn your graduate certificate online, you'll still have access to all the great resources CityU has to offer - without the commute.
What will I learn in the graduate Sustainable Business certificate program?How to make business decisions that are not only just, but also good for the environment. Some of the topics you'll cover include:
What can I do with my graduate certificate in Sustainable Business?Sustainability will become a larger part of our lives as we look for ways to grow our economy while keeping the planet healthy. That means more opportunities for people who understand the sustainable way of doing things. You'll be ready for sustainability-related manager, analyst, coordinator, business consultant and business trainer positions, all the way up to corporate sustainability officer.
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This course challenges you to examine your ability to affect positive change in the world. The course will expose a variety of global social and environmental issues and the history, trends, and best practices currently underway to promote a better future. Emphasis will be placed on increasing your perspective on the impact that your technology decisions can have on others around the world. You will join a global community, engage in learning about an issue of your choice, and emerge with a personal commitment to be an advocate for social responsibility in the technology management field.
As future business leaders, it is important that students understand the problems that they will be facing as well as the changing landscape in which they will conduct business. This course introduces students to the impacts that both individuals and corporations are having on the environment and helps them understand the urgent need for solutions to today's environmental problems. Business leaders of both today and tomorrow are going to be faced with unprecedented environmental and social challenges that can no longer be ignored. This course not only presents an overview of environmental problems but challenges students to begin to think about possible solutions.
The first purpose of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the types and behavior of business and environmental costs; how these costs are collected and measured; and how they are incorporated into decision models for business purposes. This course examines the principles of finance and financial techniques for effective management decision-making in the organizations that follow a triple-bottom-line approach. The focus is on understanding and analyzing financial information such as carbon credits and stakeholder issues and integrating them into effective financial decisions. Topics include forecasting; green investing; cash and capital budgeting; working capital management; non-profit metrics, carbon credit and similar markets and risk management. Prerequisite: Students must have completed a basic financial management class, MBA 530, or be enrolled concurrently in the course.
This course examines how to move from an idea to the successful launch of new sustainable ventures, either by starting a new enterprise or leading a new initiative within an established business. Students will analyze new models of business leadership that emphasize environmental concerns, ethical and ecological considerations, and a long-term sustainable time horizon as starting points to become a successful entrepreneur. The focus will be on how to achieve desired outcomes in areas such as alternative energies, clean technology, and social entrepreneurship. Students will analyze sustainable business plans to evaluate the extent to which they support sustainable entrepreneurship and will use this analysis to develop sustainable business plans of their own. Course Entry Requirements: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MBA 530 or equivalent, or by Program Director's approval.
This course introduces the basic concepts of sustainable or green marketing with a focus on how businesses can incorporate sustainable concerns into their marketing and management programs. The ultimate aim of the course is to provide students with an understanding of tools to address sustainable values in all aspects of marketing to improve the performance of the firm. The potential and pitfalls of sustainable marketing will be explored in an international context with theory, cases, readings, and examples from current industrial situations. Topics will include green consumerism, environmental and sustainable certification and labeling, chain of custody issues, trends in green building, life cycle analysis, product development, stakeholder engagement, promotions and public relations, and segmentation to develop niche strategies for environmentally conscious consumers.