Protect the environment for future generations with a green MBA
Many aspiring business professionals mistakenly believe that, in order to succeed in the corporate world, they must apply their skills to the pursuit of profits. While this is true in fields such as investment banking, many organizations in the nonprofit sector are also in need of skilled business graduates. Men and women of faith who want to combine their business acumen with a desire to protect the environment can do so by enrolling in a sustainable Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program at Christian colleges and universities.
An emphasis on sustainability
Many companies realize the importance of implementing environmentally sustainable business practices. Adopting these principles is not just vital to protecting the Earth’s precious natural resources, but can also become an integral part of an organization’s brand and corporate mission statement.
Small businesses and large corporations alike are working toward a greener future, and graduates of sustainable MBA degree programs have never been in greater demand. According to Newsweek, American companies such as technology giants IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Sprint Nextel are leading the way in terms of their commitment to environmental responsibility, while global businesses such as banking conglomerate Santander Brasil are also making substantial progress in their mission to become greener companies.
Making a difference
Traditional MBA degree programs focus on areas such as economic theory, management strategy, marketing and business law. Sustainable MBAs, on the other hand, teach these concepts within the context of how they can be applied to organizations working in environmental sustainability, social advocacy and legislative reform.
While men and women of faith planning to enroll in sustainable MBA programs at Christian colleges and universities may feel strongly about saving the planet or championing the rights of working people, they should expect to delve deeply into complex economic theories in order to understand the underlying principles of how businesses can affect change.
Interest in these programs has increased substantially in recent years, and ambitious business students who want to maximize their employment prospects may want to consider careers in fields such as renewable energy. Not only can earning a sustainable MBA improve graduates’ job prospects, it can also open doors to fields they may not have previously considered.
“Jobs might be drying up on Wall Street, but not in the clean technology sector,” Catherine Wolfram, associate professor of business administration at the University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, told Bloomberg Businessweek.