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Friday Factoid: Getting Certified in Sustainability at MIT Sloan

Sustainability is at the heart of MIT Sloan’s nonprofit/social entrepreneurship curriculum. Examples taken from the more than a dozen sustainability-focused courses available (during the 2012–2013 academic year) are “Enabling an Energy-Efficient Society,” “Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Economic Development: The Case of Puerto Rico,” “Sustainability, Trade, and the Environment,” and “Management of Services: Concepts, Design, & Delivery.”

In February 2010, Sloan announced its third specialty certificate option, the Sustainability Certificate. Open to all MBA and Sloan-related students (e.g., Leaders for Global Operations participants, Sloan Fellows), the new certificate “views sustainability as a function of the interdependent dynamics of economic, societal, and environmental systems, where success overall is influenced by success across all areas and not upon a single factor.” Required courses are “System Dynamics,” “Strategies for Sustainable Business,” “Sustainable Business Lab,” “Professional Seminar in Sustainability” and a capstone course in, you guessed it, sustainability. Students also choose two electives from a list of 30 options. In addition to receiving the certificate, students who pursue it will receive access to Summer Sustainability Internships and a special resume book for sustainability.

For more information on other defining characteristics of the MBA program at MIT Sloan or one of 15 other top business schools, please check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.




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