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New Georgetown MS Focuses on Business and the Environment

Sustainability is a pressing concern both for businesses and the planet. Now, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is launching a degree that sits at the intersection of those two topics.


The new degree, known as the MS in Environmental and Sustainability Management, arises from the joint work of McDonough, the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and the university’s multidisciplinary Georgetown Environmental Initiative.


Students will complete the MS over 11 months, taking a combination of business and science courses.


When studying climate change, for example, students will complete an Economics of Climate Change Course and a Climate Change Impact & Measurement course. 


Other courses range from Accounting Fundamentals to Environmental Science I and II to analytics and visualization courses that emphasize environmental issues.


Students will bring all the material together in a hands-on capstone course, during which they will work with organizations looking to tackle problems related to sustainability. The course is intended to develop consulting skills while implementing a real-world project.


Altogether, this curriculum will “provide graduates the unique ability to lead their organizations at the intersection of environmental science and business,” says Alexander Sens, dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. 


Maria Petrova, assistant director of graduate education for the Georgetown Environmental Initiative, added that Georgetown “designed this unique degree to ensure students are equipped with the skills and expertise to advance sustainability in their future careers.”


In announcing its new MS in Environment and Sustainability Management, the school points out that sustainability is an area with growing labor market demand. 


Georgetown cites US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that jobs for environmental scientists and specialists will grow 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, characterized as “much faster than average.”


Georgetown’s MS, which will enroll its first cohort in August 2022, is only the latest degree program exploring the relationship between business and the environment. Other top B-schools offer degrees focused on the topic, often in the form of a dual Master’s and MBA.


For example, Yale School of Management has a joint MBA/Master of Environmental Management, and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business also has a joint MEM/MBA.


Given those options, you might be wondering what degree is the best fit for your goals as part of a career emphasizing sustainability and the environment. 


We can help you figure out which B-schools fit with your profile and how to convey your unique strengths to those schools. Contact us and ask for a free MBA application assessment!

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Chioma Isiadinso

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