The Kogod School of Business has created the first interdisciplinary and business-based sustainable management master’s program in the country.
The Master of Science in Sustainable Management degree offers specializations in business, science and public policy, according to the Kogod website . The program aims to equip students with the skills needed to fuse business knowledge with methods to maintain green business standards, the website said.
“We see the need to fill a vacuum, particularly in the business community, of qualified sustainability professionals,” Program Director Daniel Jacobs said.
The program is designed to prepare graduates to work at corporations, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, foundations and secondary schools, Jacobs said.
There are 28 students in the master’s program, according to Assistant Director Nichole Wood. The program enrolled its first class in fall 2012.
Courses in the program include “Environment and Politics,” “Environmental Sustainability and Public Policy” and “Sustainability Strategy and Management.”
Professors from Kogod, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of International Service and the School of Public Affairs instruct students in the program, according to the website.
The idea for the program came from former Kogod Senior Associate Dean Kathleen Getz, Jacobs said. Jacobs designed its current curriculum.
“We are uniquely situated to offer our students access to government agencies, Congress, the courts, NGOs, international organizations and local industry,” Jacobs said. “We are also proud to be able to bring in very high-profile [DC-based] guest speakers.”