Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Management and Analytics

BUSINESS CERTIFICATES ROOTED IN CHRISTIAN ETHICS.

 

Overview:

The Sustainability Management and Analytics Graduate Certificate is designed to provide students with the tools necessary to make a significant positive impact in their existing or prospective organizations. This certificate uses traditional methods such as Six Sigma, lean, and operations research to improve processes, reduce resource use and waste, and make better social and environmental decisions. Financially successful sustainability is shown throughout the program as the source of process and product innovation, enabling students to lead their field in profitable environmental and social progress in business and industry.

Earn your MBA in Sustainability Management and Analytics by adding an additional 24 credits. Within 5 years of beginning the certificate program, students have the option to earn their MBA by applying to the program and completing the 24-credit core requirement.

Area of Study Business
Next Start Date Start Anytime
Credits

15

Cost/Credit

$699

Total Cost

$10,485

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Goals / Objectives

  • Balance a company’s need to maximize profits, while also minimizing negative impact on the environment, and maximizing positive social impact.
  • Explore a wide range of emerging and existing topics and is designed to be flexible as to capture commercial and industrial innovation as they develop.
  • Develop measures and consequent analyses of industrial ecological practices, which seeks to design and manage products and services that meet human needs in an environmentally sustainable manner.
  • Utilize tools, instruments and measures of the modern sustainably designed building.
  • Apply the theory and practice of economics through the use of microeconomics, macroeconomics, decision science and statistical analysis at an advanced level with real-world examples.
  • Understand environmental processes that are driven by chemical reactions and how these processes are affected by toxicants—natural as well as anthropogenic.

Career Outlook

  • Chief Sustainability Officer
  • Natural Sciences Manager
  • Chemical Engineers
  • Atmospheric and Space Scientists
  • Environmental Engineers
  • General and Operations Managers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Health and Safety Engineers

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Sustainability Management and Analytics

Students are required to complete 15 credits in the concentration. Students will select a minimum of 5 courses from a variety of Sustainability Management and Analytics courses including:

Industrial Ecology (MBA 547/847) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Industrial ecology is a STEM based systematic analysis of global, regional and local material and energy flows and uses that are associated with products, processes, industrial sectors, infrastructure, and sustainable development.  Energy consumption, non-renewable and renewable materials consumption, air pollutant emissions, waterborne pollutant effluents and solid waste generation associated with commercial and industrial activities are tracked and documented as part of this body of knowledge.  These measures and consequent analyses are the foundation of industrial ecology, which seeks to design and manage products and services that meet human needs in an environmentally sustainable manner.
LEED & Assoc. & Accredited Prof. (MBA 548/848) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will utilize the Environmental Studentship facility as a technological demonstration site for hand on experiences.  This is a “how to” course that introduces tools, instruments and measures of the modern sustainably designed building.  It prepare students to become an expert in sustainable operations and maintenance of existing buildings as a LEED AP with specialization in USGBC’s LEED Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance Rating System. This rating system considers buildings over their entire life-cycle, and provides a means of maintaining existing buildings that already have sustainable features in place to ensure the continued reduction of environmental and human health impacts. Certificate: Students successfully completing this courses can obtain the associated certificate.
Ecological Economics (MBA 549/849) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Ecological economics addresses the distribution of wealth and the allocation of resources with a goal of efficiency, acknowledgement and renewable materials consumption, air pollutant emissions, waterborne pollutant effluents and solid waste generation associated with commercial and industrial activities are tracked and documented as part of this body of knowledge.  These measures and consequent analyses are the foundation of industrial ecology, which seeks to design and manage products and services that meet human needs in an environmentally sustainable manner.
Environmental Law (MBA 571/871) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Environment Law is the study of the federal, state, and common law, administrative regulations and policies and how all of these impact businesses and natural environ and regulations and the administrative and statutory provisions and policies impacting business and natural environment, and human interaction with it.
Sustainable Business Practices (MBA 557) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Residency Required
Global Production and Operations (MIB 530/830) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Global Production and Operations studies the structure and functioning of production systems within a manufacturing context. The complexity of international business operations is also studied. Topics include: plant location and operation, inventory control, transportation, technology acquisition (CAD/CAM), work flow planning, JIT concepts and statistical quality control. Also covered is how each of the above topics generally relates to the global service environment.
Six Sigma Process (MBA 542/842) - Credits: 3

Course Description

The Introduction to Six Sigma course introduces a method that organizes an operational improvement project into five components: define, measure, analyze, implement and control (DMAIC).  Similar to a scientific research project, students will learn the Six Sigma process and how to use measures and statistics to make the right decisions to improve the effectiveness of organizational operations.  This is an “application project course” and the project will be the most significant mediator of success and the final grade. Certificate: Students successfully completing this courses can obtain the associated certificate.
Lean Systems and Analysis (MBA 543/843) - Credits: 3

Course Description

An Introduction to Lean introduces a series of concepts and practices directed toward improving customer value and reducing waste. Lean means creating more value to the customer with fewer resources.  The course will focus on how to systematically expose unneeded processes, materials, and effort to make operations processes more effective and customer focused. Certificate: Students successfully completing this courses can obtain the associated certificate.
Special Topics: Business & Industry (MBA 546/846) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This class covers a wide range of emerging and existing topics and is designed to be flexible as to capture commercial and industrial innovation as they develop.  One such example is water.  By collaborating with the 123 organizations in SE Wisconsin that are in water as well as the Water Council, Water Institute and the New School of Fresh Water Sciences, we can prepare students for employment in specialty sectors.  Another example is energy but, specific to employment in the SE Wisconsin’s industrial and commercial energy sector
Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology (CHEM 561/861) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Environmental Chemistry/Toxicology is a study of how natural environmental processes are driven by chemical reactions and how these processes are affected by toxicants, natural as well as anthropogenic. Specific areas of concentration include the atmosphere, hydrosphere, energy, toxicology, and disposal of dangerous wastes.
Readings in Environmental Science (BIO 556/856) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Readings in Environmental Science covers a wide range of issues and problems such as air and water pollution, energy resources, possible climate change, acid rain, the greenhouse effect, wastes, and land/resource management.
Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship (MBA 686/886) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Sustainability and social entrepreneurship introduces the graduate student to the triple bottom line of sustainability (people, profit, planet) as related to pharmaceutical and chemical product development; and, to social entrepreneurship concepts that guide how such a business is run.  The focus of the course is on balancing a company’s need to maximize profits, while also minimizing negative impact on the environment, and maximizing positive social impact. Industry-relevant examples are used, to illustrate these concepts in a practical way.
Internship in Sustainability (MBA 845) - Credits: 3

Course Description

The Internship experience is meant to give students a real world perspective in a business related area, while working toward completion of the MBA degree.  An Internship can be taken by any student in any MBA concentration area. Curricular emphasis is placed on student use of learned skills and exposure to hands-on business techniques, and gaining experience or expertise on their concentration area.  Students are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of clock time at their internship site.

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