MBA in Sustainable Business FAQs

What is the total cost of the program?

For information about cost, please visit the tuition page.

How long does the online program take to complete?

The master’s program consists of 13 courses and can be completed in as few as 21 months, but students with a business background may complete the program in as few as 18 months. Students have up to five years to complete the degree.

Do I have to come from a sustainable and/or business background to be eligible or to succeed in this program?

No. We have students from all walks of life: business professionals, architects, engineers, farmers, writers and entrepreneurs, just to name a few. Some students are in the program to change their career path and the sustainability industry; others are simply passionate about green efforts.

Why is regional accreditation important?

Regional accreditation is the most demanding standard for institutions of higher learning today. Marylhurst University carries regional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Because credits earned at a nationally accredited school may not be transferrable to a regionally accredited school, it is wise to choose a university with regional accreditation.

How is this sustainable MBA different from a traditional MBA?

The primary difference is that our MBA in Sustainable Business places an added emphasis on business practices and principles that promote sustainability. The goal of our green MBA is to educate future business leaders and managers to make business decisions that address the triple bottom line of people, planet and profits.

What characteristics mark a quality distance learning program?

Since 1997 Marylhurst has been a pioneer in distance learning, earning national acclaim for its programs, which deliver an exceptional online learning experience. Our most important attributes are our low student attrition rate, small class size (ours averages 20 classmates), regular interaction with professors and peers, and comprehensive support from admission to graduation. Unlike correspondence courses, Marylhurst University online learning programs are not self-paced or independent study. They meld our tradition of face-to-face instruction excellence with the convenience and interactivity of virtual learning.

What are students and alumni doing with their sustainable business degrees?

Our students and alumni have had great success finding professional opportunities that allow them to put their business knowledge and understanding of sustainability to good use. These opportunities include positions at GM, Nike, Siemens and many other progressive companies in a variety of sectors. We are immensely proud of all the Marylhurst students and graduates who have helped companies increase their green efforts or roll out new sustainability programs. Learn more about what to expect and where an MBA in Sustainable Business has landed Marylhurst graduate, Jessica Daugherty in this webinar.

Will I be able to keep up?

Most likely you will, given the special support you receive from our small learning communities and dedicated faculty. Our instructors are working professionals who understand your demanding lifestyle and are dedicated to your success; students typically find this support system helps them stay on track.

I have previously taken graduate courses. Can those credits be transferred?

At the graduate level, Marylhurst University considers up to eight transfer credits in courses with at least a B (3.00) from a regionally accredited college or university earned within five years of admission. Students must provide an official transcript of the graduate credits. Some students may need to submit a course syllabus to determine transfer eligibility.

Do I need to take the GMAT for admission into the MBA program?

While GMAT scores do matter, we believe that other factors, such as grades and practical experience, are just as important to the evaluation process. That’s why the GMAT is not required of our applicants.

Online degrees vs. campus-based degrees: Will my diploma read “online”?

Whether you attend classes on our beautiful campus nestled along the bank of the majestic Willamette River near Portland, Oregon or matriculate on another continent, you earn the same degree when you graduate. Because the educational product is comparable and the accomplishment is similar, we do not distinguish between the two delivery methods on the diploma.

How can I be sure this online degree is right for me?

Consider this: Our students know they’ll graduate with a regionally accredited bachelor’s or master’s degree that is respected by employers and unbiased observers and can open doors at top companies. Students and graduates of our program value the fact that Marylhurst University backs its online programs with more than a century of brick-and-mortar educational excellence. You’ll love that our online learning model provides working professionals with the convenience of a distance education program. Call an enrollment advisor today at 866-278-3965 to discuss your future plans and get answers to all your questions before beginning the application process.

Can I get a job that isn’t directly related to sustainability with this MBA if my career path takes a different route?

Of course! The sustainable MBA program provides students with a thorough understanding of business practices that can be applied to any industry. Companies are going to have to adhere to sustainability laws and regulations, so having an MBA with a sustainability focus will make a person very attractive and valuable to any corporation or business.

How many hours per week will I need to study?

On average, students in the master’s programs should expect to put in an average of 20-27 hours per week.

What if I have more questions?

An enrollment advisor is available to answer all your questions. To have your enrollment advisor contact you, complete the form above or call 866-278-3965.