Environmental Management and Sustainability

Business Administration (M.B.A.)/Environmental Management and Sustainability (M.S.)

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The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)/Master of Science in Environmental Management and Sustainability (EMS) dual-degree program integrates business, engineering, and law to answer the increasing demand for managers and executives who have a sophisticated understanding of environmental issues and sustainable business practices. 

The Illinois Tech M.B.A. and EMS degrees combine to develop your managerial expertise, business acumen, and technical skills and knowledge to become a leader who can make the business case for sustainability in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

The M.B.A. program’s rigorous curriculum is designed to develop an innovation mindset and the intellectual agility to tackle complex business challenges. Courses are infused with project-based learning and hands-on use of technology to develop your analytical, strategic, and managerial skills.

The EMS program enables students with STEM backgrounds to hone their technical skills,  develop their knowledge of environmental management, law, and policy, and learn how to apply technological innovation to build sustainable systems.

Enrolling in this dual-degree program reduces the total requirement for earning the two degrees by four courses (12 credits), compared with earning the M.B.A. and EMS degrees separately.

M.S. in Environmental Management and Sustainability is a STEM-designated program, and international graduates of the program are eligible to apply for an extension for Optional Practical Training.

Learn more about each program:

Master of Business Administration

M.S. in Environmental Management and Sustainability
 

Program Overview

With an emphasis on managing technological innovation, this dual-degree program integrates business, engineering, and law to prepare professionals for leadership positions—particularly those focused on sustainability and environment, health, and safety (EHS)—in industry, government, and corporate settings.

Career Opportunities

With rapid globalization and environmental change, environmental sustainability presents major challenges for societies, governments, and businesses. The M.B.A./EMS dual degree program prepares graduates with the managerial and technical skills needed to address those challenges across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors in positions such as:

  • Sustainability Director
  • Corporate Sustainability Consultant
  • Chief Sustainability Officer
  • Environmental Policy Director
  • Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Director
  • Director of Environmental Sustainability
  • Energy and Sustainability Director
  • Global Environmental Director
  • The M.B.A./EMS dual-degree program requires completion of 57 credits (19 courses at three credits per course) with a grade-point average of 3.0 or above. Students must complete a minimum of 30 M.B.A. credits and 27 EMS credits.
  • Core courses may be waived by the director of the relevant program and students may take advanced elective courses in their place.
Master of Business Administration

Completion of 10 courses (30 credits) is required. See descriptions for Business (BUS) and MBA Business (MBA) courses.

Core Courses—Seven courses (21 credits)

  • BUS 510—Strategy and Innovation
  • MBA 501—Financial Statement Applications
  • MBA 504—Analytics for Decision Making
  • MBA 509—Financial Management
  • MBA 511—Marketing Strategy
  • MBA 513—Operations and Technology Management
  • BUS 590—Business Strategy Capstone

Elective Courses—Choose any three courses (nine credits)

  • MBA 522—The General Manager
  • MBA 523—Negotiations and Strategic Decision Making
  • MBA 532—Artificial Intelligence
  • MBA 534—Blockchain
  • MBA 536—Internet of Things
  • MBA 564—Global Business Strategy
  • MBA 576—New Technology Ventures
M.S. in Environmental Management and Sustainability

Completion of nine courses (27 Credits) is required. See EMS course descriptions.

  • BUS 550—Business Statistics
  • EMS 502—Environmental Law
  • EMS 503—Environmental Pollution Control
  • EMS 504—Industrial Ecology
  • EMS 505—Environmental Economics and Finance
  • EMS 512—Environmental Risk Assessment
  • EMS 541—Sustainable Energy Systems
  • EMS 543—Environmental Compliance and Regulation
  • EMS elective (student chooses one course)

 

  • Students must apply and be accepted to both programs: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and M.S. in Environmental Management and Sustainability (EMS). See each program page for specific admission requirements.
  • Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, have a strong record of academic achievement, and be highly recommended.
  • No GMAT or GRE scores required
  • Applicants from countries whose native language is not English must submit test scores for TOEFL (100 minimum) or IELTS (7.5 minimum).
  • EMS applicants should possess a background in environmental engineering and related engineering fields or the sciences. Strong quantitative skills are essential to success in this program.

International Students: Maintaining Eligibility

International students (F-1, J-1) must maintain full-time enrollment (nine credit hours per semester in the fall and spring semesters) in order to remain in the United States. It is possible for an international student to discontinue the M.B.A. program and continue the EMS program as a full-time program. However, an international student who discontinues the EMS program for any reason must leave the dual-degree program because the M.B.A. is a part-time program.

Scholarships

Domestic students pursuing the Master of Business Administration/M.S. in Environmental Management and Sustainability dual-degree program are eligible for the Chicago Talent Pipeline Scholarship, which awards up to $424 per credit hour and is distributed across the 57 credits required for both programs during enrollment in the dual-degree program, for a total of approximately $24,000. This award is deferrable up to one year. Students seeking Stuart dual degrees are only eligible for one Stuart scholarship.

International students pursuing the Master of Business Administration/M.S. in Environmental Management and Sustainability dual-degree program are eligible for the Stuart School of Business Dean’s Scholarship, which awards up to $424 per credit hour and is distributed across the 57 credits required for both programs during enrollment in the dual-degree program, for a total of approximately $24,000. This award is deferrable up to one year. Students seeking Stuart dual degrees are only eligible for one Stuart scholarship.

Read more about scholarship opportunities and tuition and aid below:

Graduate Scholarships   Tuition and Fees

“The Stuart program, unlike others, combines technical knowledge with the more qualitative assessments, so you can manage and work across the organization in a complex corporate environment. As a sustainability manager, you have to work with a lot of different functions within a company.”

—Maureen Stroud (M.B.A./M.S. EMS ’11), Founder and Managing Director, Shinka Sustainability Consultants

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Featured Faculty

M. Krishna Erramilli
Associate Dean Director, Master of Business Administration Director, M.S. in Marketing Analytics Professor of Marketing
Nasrin Khalili
Associate Professor of Environmental Management, IIT Stuart School of Business Adjunct Professor, Industrial Technology and Management
Smriti Anand
Associate Professor of Management
Weslynne Ashton
Associate Professor Faculty Affiliate, Armour College of Engineering
Liad Wagman
Professor of Economics
Ghazale Jafari Haddadian
Clinical Assistant Professor of Operations and Energy Management
Elizabeth Durango Cohen
Associate Professor of Operations Management M. Zia Hassan Endowed Professor Assistant Director, M.S. in Marketing Analytics Director, Center for Advancing Corporate Performance
Keith Harley
Adjunct Faculty Co Director PEEL Prog.
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Professor of Operations and Technology Management
Michael Rybak
Senior Lecturer of Finance