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Sustainability: Creating Socially Responsible Business Models

Consumers, employees, governments and nongovernmental organizations increasingly insist that businesses benefit society and ensure environmental sustainability.

This specialization incorporates instruction in issues ranging from social development and environmental improvement to economic development and corporate governance. Students learn and apply current economic models to formulate essential conclusions about socially responsible business plans.

Students in the Sustainability specialization learn how to evaluate and enhance the impact of these institutions on society and the environment. Students will ideally utilize study in fields such as marketing or finance to inform work in this specialization. Employers have ranged from Siemens and Abiogenist IDE to Sun Guard.

Students must complete 20 credits through the requirements listed below to earn the sustainability specialization.

An option for MA and MBA students.

Careers in Sustainability

Explore careers in sustainability, companies recruiting Brandeis IBS students, and profiles of our alumni working in fields ranging from product design and environmental consulting to clean technologies.

Faculty Specializing in Sustainability

From the Executive Director of the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) to Chief Financial Officer of a start-up focused on building the energy finance curriculum at Brandeis IBS, you can be assured you’re learning Sustainability and Energy from some of the top professionals in the field.

Field Projects

February 7, 2011

Brandeis project examines State Street's water use

Lack of clean, fresh water poses risks to companies in cities around the world

What would happen to a global company that suddenly faced a massive water shortage?


Learn more about the requirements for earning a specialization in sustainability, including foundational courses and electives.