Business and Sustainability Concentration

The Ross Concentration in Business and Sustainability (BaS) is designed for MBA students interested in this fast-growing field.

The concentration complements the MBA curriculum with sustainability electives to help you consider the sustainability “triple bottom line”: environmental protection, social well-being, and economic performance. Available courses cover topics like climate change, food security, energy, water, the built environment, manufacturing, materials, and social impact.  

In the concentration, you will take 12 credits of coursework — six credits from foundational courses (Table 1) and six credits from general electives (Table 2). At least six of the 12 credits must be taken within Ross and at least three credits outside of Ross. The concentration will be completed within the 57 credits required for your MBA. The concentration may be added in your first year. 

The BaS is distinct from the Erb Institute dual degree, which offers a deeper dive in issues related to sustainability. Students opting for the dual-degree earn both an MBA from Michigan Ross and an MS from the School for Environment and Sustainability in as little as one additional semester. The Erb Institute — one of the world’s leading dual-degree programs — offers coursework, co-curricular learning, and a global alumni network in support of those seeking careers in business sustainability. Erb dual-degree students are not eligible for the BaS.

For questions about the concentration, or to express interest in the concentration, contact an academic advisor at

General Electives

Course # Course Name Credits
MO 637 Social Intrapreneurship 2.25
STRAT 680 Business in Society 1.5
EAS 480 Climate Change: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Problem Solving 3
EAS 528 Foundations of Sustainable Food Systems 3
EAS 576 Sustainability Finance: Investment Model for Green Growth 3
EAS 567 Social Vulnerability and Adaptation to Environmental Change 3
EAS 527/BE 527 Energy Markets and Energy Politics 3
EAS 557/CEE586 Industrial Ecology 3
EAS 572 Environmental Impact Assessment 3
EAS 573 Environmental Footprinting and Input-Output Analysis 3
EAS 597 Environmental Systems Analysis 3
EAS 605/BA 605 Green Construction & Design 3
EAS 615 Renewable Electricity and the Grid 3
PUBPOL 750.308 Topics: Psychology of Climate Change 3
URP 532 Sustainability and Social Change 3
LAW 405 Environmental and Administrative Law Practicum 2
LAW 410 Clean Energy & Climate Change Law 2
LAW 483 Oil and Gas Law 2
LAW 492 Practice of Renewable Energy Law 2
LAW 575 Natural Resources Law 2
LAW 634 Water Wars: Law and Policy to Save the Great Lakes 3
LAW 661 The Law of Climate Change and Sustainable Development 3
LAW 679 Environmental Law and Policy 4
LAW 735 Public Control of Land Use 3
LAW 741 Problem Solving Initiative, Acting on Climate Change topic 3
LAW 761 Water Law 3
LAW 771 How to Save the Planet 3
LAW 791 Environmental Crimes 3
LAW 803 Energy Law: Regulations of Electricity 3
LAW 805 Environmental Justice 2
LAW 844 Evolution of Energy Law 2
LAW 888 Global Animal Law 2
CLIMATE 480 Climate Change: Move to Action 3
CLIMATE 530 Climate Change in Planning and Design 2
CEE 480 Design of Environmental Engineering Systems 3
CEE 549 Geoenvironmental Engineering 3
CEE 565 Seminars on Energy Systems Technology and Policy 3
CEE 567 Energy Infrastructure Systems 3
CEE 574 Materials Selection for Sustainable Design 3
ENGR 521 Clean Tech Entrepreneurship 3
EHS 588/EAS 475 Environmental Law 3
SW 650 Community Development 3
SW 652 Organizing for Social and Political Action 3
CMPLXSYS 501 An Introduction to Complex Systems 3
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