As companies come under mounting pressure to respond more aggressively to climate change and other environmental as well as social problems, they are increasingly looking for business professionals who are also experts in ethical issues such as fraud, corruption, poverty, inequality and discrimination.
A master’s in management degree will give you the skills to tackle some of these pressing global challenges facing organizations today, particularly those who specialize in ethics, sustainability and related fields. These programs are designed for those who want to apply the tools of business to affect positive change in the world, whether that means integrating sustainability practices into a big corporation or starting their own purpose-driven company, or anything in-between.
These courses target students from diverse academic and cultural backgrounds who are united by their desire to use their career to help tackle emerging environmental, economic, societal, and welfare global challenges.
The programs are hands-on and include practical learning experiences such as providing advice to real corporations and social investors on their sustainability challenges, or even creating a new business venture focuses on helping tackle climate change and pitching it to investors as part of the course.
EDHEC Business School in France runs the MSc in Global & Sustainable Business. The program focuses on giving student the skills for generating profitable and sustainable business growth. Based in Lille, they will learn how to analyse complex business environments, and to develop competitive alongside a healthy environment and an inclusive society.View School Profile
The MS in Sustainability Management is offered by Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington, DC. On this program, students will learn the business basics of sustainability, such as budgeting and management, as well as how to innovate and implement sustainable ventures. Kogod practices what it teaches: it is the first carbon-neutral university in US.View School Profile
The MSc Global Business & Sustainability is run by the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University in the Netherlands. The program focuses on how to embed sustainability into core business strategy to tackle grand societal challenges, such as climate change. The hands-on course includes experiential elements, such as creating a new business to tackle a real societal challenge, and pitching it to a multi-stakeholder panel.View School Profile
ESCP Business School puts on the MSc in Sustainability Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Students on this program study in both Berlin and Paris, gaining a European perspective. They also gain a practical understanding of sustainable business, entrepreneurship and innovation, such as values-based innovation management and business modelling, as well as practical experience on an internship, a consulting or startup project.View School Profile
London’s Imperial College Business School runs the MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance — a program that gives students interdisciplinary skills related to climate change and sustainability. Participants will learn from leading practitioners and academics who blend theory and practice. And they gain exclusive access to networking opportunities and events outside of the classroom through the school’s hub for climate change and the environment, the Grantham Institute.View School Profile
HEC Paris business school places a sharp focus on ethics and sustainability in its master’s in management program, which emphasizes long-term rather than short-term value creation. The highly ranked European school puts on a module called Ethics and Sustainability, which considers the ethical responsibilities of managers and corporations that go beyond economic considerations.View School Profile
The University of Exeter Business School in the UK offers the MSc Business and Environment. Students go beyond climate change to study economics, natural capital and biomimicry, applying and adapting ecological concepts to business and innovation strategies. They ultimately graduate with the skills and knowledge to drive businesses forward that make a positive contribution to the environment and society.View School Profile
The Gordon Institute of Business Science, at the University of Pretoria in Johannesburg, runs a number of degree programs, including the Master’s in International Business Management. Students on this program can take classes at the Centre for Business Ethics (CfBE) to explore and influence how South African business should respond to the country’s ethical challenges of fraud, corruption, poverty, inequality and discrimination.View School Profile
The Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc is offered by Cranfield School of Management, in the UK. The program, which is ranked highly by QS, teaches students how to successfully embed sustainability into their core business purpose and strategy. It also provides students with the practical knowledge and skills required for senior leadership positions across economic sectors.View School Profile
Eada Business School in Barcelona, Spain, runs the Master in Sustainable Business & Innovation. Students develop critical and design-thinking skills so they can perform in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment. Students also develop soft skills, such as communication, negotiation, teamwork and leadership.View School Profile