Marylhurst University offers Green MBA degree in sustainability
Graduate business program offers online degree for working managers with the goal to run a sustainable business
Marylhurst University is nearing the end of its first full year of offering a Green MBA online. Marylhurst is one of the first educational institutions to offer an MBA in Sustainability, and is also a pioneer in the e–learning realm by offering an accredited, 100-percent online master of business administration degree with a concentration in sustainable business. Within Marylhurst University’s MBA in Sustainability, students can choose to concentrate on renewable energy, government policy and administration, green development or natural and organic resources.
“Sustainability is a growing field,” said Alain Gracianette, chair of the MBA department at Marylhurst University. “Many companies now want to make positive contributions to a cleaner, healthier environment, but their executives lack the skills and understanding to put meaningful sustainable business practices into place.
“Sustainability has always been viewed as something that’s ‘nice’ but not cost–effective, so many businesses have stayed away from incorporating green techniques and technologies into their manufacturing, production and operational practices. As the environment changes and consumers become more vocal about green business practices, it’s becoming clear that sustainability does have a positive impact on the bottom line.”
Gracianette says that organizations are finding that customers want green options when it comes to products and services.
“They want to know that they’re doing their part to help the planet,” he added.
Marylhurst University provides graduate business students with the ability to earn a Green MBA online without having to leave their employment.
About Marylhurst University
Marylhurst University, a private not–for–profit liberal arts university located 10 miles south of Portland, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence. Marylhurst’s small, seminar–style classes – offered weekdays, evenings, weekends and online – provide convenience and flexibility for students with busy lives seeking professional certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees.
The university’s MBA program is the largest in Oregon, thanks to its mix of on–campus and online programs. In addition to real estate studies, students in the accelerated online program can choose from six concentrations – finance, general management, non–profit management, marketing, real estate studies and healthcare management. Marylhurst University is one of the first in the United States to offer an innovative MBA in Sustainable Business, with concentrations in Government Policy & Administration, Renewable Energy, Natural & Organic Resources, and Green Development as well.