Business & Sustainability

  • Sustainability issues are at the forefront of challenges reshaping contemporary business.

    The ability to effectively manage a range of social, ethical and environmental concerns and leverage them for competitive success has become a core requirement for executives. One of the first of its kind in North America, the Erivan K. Haub Program in Business and Sustainability at Schulich is at the cutting edge of current and future best practice. The specialization combines well with many other areas to expand and differentiate your knowledge, preparing students to seek out roles in purpose-driven organizations.

    Be at the forefront of the best practices that are reshaping 21st century business at the School that is ranked number one in the world in teaching responsible business.

  • Professor Dirk Matten, Specialization Director
    Professor Dirk Matten, Specialization Director

Specialization Details by Category

Career Opportunities

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  • The Business and Sustainability specialization equips students for general management and senior corporate positions, as well as for work in specialist functions within Sustainability, CSR or Consulting.

  • Jane Bird (MBA '14)

    “My Schulich MBA allowed me to work abroad and specialize in sustainability, paving the way for a global career.”

    Jane Bird (MBA '14)Senior Consultant, Climate Change and Sustainability Services
    EY
  • The Schulich Career Development Centre

    Your career is top priority at Schulich. To make career decisions that are right for you, the CDC will help you identify strengths, determine career objectives, develop career plans, hone skills for career management and put your professional development plan into action.

    - Our highly experienced CDC Advisors bring a unique combination of first-hand knowledge, experience and diverse perspectives in a wide variety of businesses and industry sectors.

    - Take advantage of a series of proven career-building modules, including up-to-date Job Search Techniques, Self-Assessment, Resume and Cover Letter Writing, and Interview Skills to help you stand out from the competition.

    - Corporate Information Sessions offer you an opportunity to meet top level recruiters, alumni and executives.

  • Career Development Centre

Study Options

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Specialization Requirements

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Students must complete 12.00 credits total, consisting of:

  • 6.00 credits of Required Courses
  • 3.00-6.00 credits of Elective Courses
  • Up to 6.00 credits of additional courses (with the permission of the Program Director, students may take courses in the Faculty of Environmental Studies and Osgoode Hall Law School not listed in this publication)

Required Courses:

  • MANAGING ETHICS AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
  • MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS
  • BUSINESS STRATEGIES FOR SUSTAINABILITY

In addition, it is possible to take an independent study towards the specialization with the consent of the Program Director.

Graduate Diploma in Business and the Environment

Students must complete 12.00 credits total, consisting of:

  • 6.00 credits of Required Courses
  • 6.00 credits of Elective Courses

Additional Requirements

  • Students must complete a 12-week internship in an approved organization
  • Must be taken concurrently with an MBA* or MES* degree
  • The diploma must be completed within one term of completing graduate program degree requirements
  • MGMT 6100 3.00 Strategy Field Study at a site approved by the Specialization Director

* Students must satisfy both Graduate Diploma and MBA or MES requirements

Required Courses (Graduate Diploma):

  • MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS
  • BUSINESS STRATEGIES FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Elective Courses:

Schulich School of Business (Recommended Electives):

  • MANAGING ETHICS AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
  • SUSTAINABILITY ACCOUNTING AND ACCOUNTABILITY
  • SUSTAINABILITY AND CARBON FINANCE
  • ETHICS AND FINANCE
  • ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS FOR BUSINESS
  • SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
  • BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND THE LAW
  • SOCIAL INNOVATION AND THE STRUCTURE OF GLOBAL POVERTY
  • STRATEGY AND VALUE CREATION IN MINING
  • SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGIES IN MINING
  • NONPROFIT MARKETING & RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
  • MANAGING CHANGE
  • POWER AND POLITICS IN ORGANIZATIONS
  • CRISIS MANAGEMENT
  • NEGOTIATIONS
  • SUSTAINABLE CITIES - URBANIZATION INFRASTRUCTURE & STRATEGIC CHOICES
  • SOCIAL PURPOSE INVESTING & FINANCE

Faculty of Environmental Studies

ENVS 6114 3.00 Sustainable Development for Canada
ENVS 6115 3.00 Ecological Economics
ENVS 6144 3.00 Action Learning
ENVS 6148 3.00 Environmental Negotiation and Mediation
ENVS 6155 3.00 Program Implementation
ENVS 6164 3.00 Environmental Law
ENVS 6179 3.00 Climate Change
ENVS 6186 3.00 Theory and Methods of Environmental Impact Assessment
ENVS 6281 3.00 Consulting Skills

Osgoode Hall Law School

LW 2880 3.00 Environmental Law
LW 3490 3.00 Resource Management
LW 3590 3.00 Transnational Corporations and Human Rights
LW 3830 3.00 Climate Change Law
LW 4880 3.00 International Environmental Law: Protection of the Global Environment
LW 5170 3.00 Corporate Governance

 

NOTE: Not all courses required to fulfill a specialization are offered each term. Course offerings are based on factors such as student demand and instructor availability. The office of Student Services & International Relations is available to provide advising on course sequencing and the fulfillment of program and specialization requirements within a student’s period of study. For current course offerings and details, please view the Schulich Course Offerings Database.

Faculty

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Ranked #1 in the world by Corporate Knights, Schulich’s faculty members are amongst the world’s leading researchers in Business & Sustainability.

Faculty members from the Schulich School, York’s Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Environmental Studies have gained recognition internationally for teaching and research in their respective fields.

Student Clubs

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Schulich Net Impact Club

The Schulich Net Impact club is part of a network of over 60,000 student and professional leaders from over 300 volunteer-led chapters across the globe. Its mandate is to promote sustainable business through education and networking. Net Impact is one of the most innovative and influential networks of MBAs, graduate students and young professionals in existence today. Members are united by a common vision that business can both earn a profit and create positive social change.

The club offers a range of programs to help members broaden their business education, refine their leadership skills, and pursue their professional goals while building their network.

Email: netimpact@schulich.yorku.ca

Website: https://clubs.schulich.yorku.ca/netimpact/