Fall Semester as a MBA Sustainability Student

In August, I met my thirty new classmates who were eager to begin classes in pursuit of our MBA in sustainability. Reflecting back on the semester, it is evident to me how much I have learned throughout the semester.  As this semester comes to a close today, I feel as if there is no more room in my head to learn anything else; however, I know it will keep coming and I will keep learning in January.

Since this is a one-year program, our schedule is jam packed!  This past semester we had environmental science, statistics, accounting, systems thinking, value chain & operations, sustainable theories and models, ethics, public affairs management, and our projects course with PricewaterhouseCoopers.  I know just listing all of our courses makes my head spin at time.

Accounting, the course I feared the most, equipped me with the financial background to make educated business decisions. Sustainable theories and models offered me a unique education that allows me to explain sustainable, impactful, and cost-saving business solutions.

Were the courses challenging? Absolutely! Would I do it again? Without a hesitation! As our cohort finishes our  finals we reflect back on the difference this one semester has made, and I cannot even begin to imagine the difference that this year will make in our lives.

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What would you expect from an MBA program?

Guest Blogger: Catherine Papp

I was very wrong in thinking that it would be the lecture-style education I received as an undergraduate. When I showed up for orientation, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up because I studied German and International Relations rather than business. Much to my surprise, most of the other students didn’t study business either! In fact, the diverse educational background of all the students in the cohort is turning out to be the program’s greatest strength.

Before we even had the chance to become acquainted with one another, we were divided into groups and given a bag of Legos. The assignment: to build a prototype product and develop a business proposal for commercializing it. Talk about jumping right in with free reign!

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I was impressed at the confidence placed in us to immediately produce something of value instead of just being talked at. This project not only gave us a glimpse into what to expect for the upcoming semester – like how accounting, systems thinking, supply chains, and marketing come together to accomplish a larger goal – but I learned more about how I could improve by participating than being told what to do.