Sustainable Business Practices Specialization and Courses

The sustainable business practices specialization of the Oregon MBA combines academic and experiential learning components to prepare and position our MBA graduates for a leadership role in sustainable enterprises.

Whether your interest resides in founding a sustainable business, optimizing supply chains and product life cycles, or pursuing a business education focused on the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profits, the Oregon MBA's sustainable business practices specialization will give you a competitive advantage for a twenty-first-century career.

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Specialization Requirements

To have the sustainable business specialization noted on their transcripts, MBA students must take the following courses:

  • The nine required core courses of the Oregon MBA (Accelerated MBA takes one core course: BE 625)
  • The specific courses required for the specialization (see below)
  • Electives of their own choosing from a wide range available in the Lundquist College of Business, as well as from other colleges and departments across the University of Oregon.

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JD/MBA in Sustainability

MBA students can also pursue a cross-disciplinary focus in the field of sustainability by undertaking a concurrent JD/MBA—one of the few of its kind in the United States. Students must apply separately to, and be admitted by, both the UO School of Law and the Oregon MBA program.

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MBA Core Courses

First Fall Term

  • ACTG 612: Financial Accounting
  • FIN 612: Fundamentals of Finance
  • MGMT 612: Managing Individuals and Organizations
  • MKTG 612: Marketing Management 

First Winter Term

  • OBA 613: Operations Management
  • FIN 613: Managerial Economics

First Spring Term

  • MGMT 614: Strategic Management 
  • OBA 612: Quantitative Methods for Managers

Second Fall Term

  • BE 625: Business Law and Ethics

Specialization Courses

Required Courses

To earn the sustainable business specialization on their transcripts, MBA students must take the following courses:

  • MGMT 640: Sustainable Business Development (take in first fall term)
  • MGMT 641: Industrial Ecology (take in first winter term)
  • MGMT 609: Strategic Planning Project (2 terms; take in second winter and spring terms)
  • OBA 577: Supply Chain Operations and Information (take in first spring term)

Choose two:

  • FIN 510: Impact Investing
  • MGMT 510: Business of Food
  • MGMT 643: Special Topics - Life Cycle Assessment (recommended to take in first spring term)
  • MGMT 610: Greening Sports and Events
  • MKTG 510: Marketing and Sustainability
  • OBA 544: Business Database Management Systems
  • OBA 566: Project Operations and Management

Other Requirements

  • MGMT 607: Sustainable Business Seminar (3 terms)

Potential Electives

  • BA 661: Oregon Advanced Strategy
  • FIN 671: Corporate Finance and Valuation
  • MGMT 623: Negotiation
  • MGMT 635: Recognizing Business Opportunities
  • MTKG 660: Marketing Research
  • MKTG 665: Marketing Strategy
  • OBA 544: Business Database Management Systems