The new Ross Concentration in Business and Sustainability (BaS) is designed for Full-Time 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, contact an academic advisor at MBAProgramOffice@umich.edu.

Foundational Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
Ross School of Business Courses    
BA 612 Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid 2.25
BE 555* Non-Market Strategy: Setting the Rules of the Game 1.5
STRAT 564* Strategies for Sustainable Development I 1.5
STRAT 565* Strategies for Sustainable Development II 1.5
STRAT 566 Systems Thinking for Sustainable Development & Enterprise 3
School of Natural Resources & Environment Courses    
NRE 513* Strategies for Sustainable Development 3
NRE 550 Systems Thinking for Sustainable Development & Enterprise 3
NRE 564 Localization: Transitional Thinking for the New Normal 3
Ford School of Public Policy Courses    
PUBPOL 515 Non-Market Strategy: Setting the Rules of the Game 1.5
Law School Courses    
LAW 679 Environmental Law and Policy 4

*The faculty member is on sabbatical, therefore, this course will not be offered during the 2017-18 academic year.

General Electives

Course # Course Name Credits
Ross School of Business Courses  
MO 637 Social Intrapreneurship 2.25
STRAT 680 Business in Society 1.5
School of Natural Resources & Environment Courses  
NRE 480 Climate Change: Move to Action 3
NRE 501 Foundations of Sustainable Food Systems 3
NRE 501 Renewable Electricity and the Grid 3
NRE 501 Urban Agriculture 2
NRE 501 Decision Making for Sustainability 3
NRE 501 Environmental Regulation 1.5
NRE 501 Environmental Finance 3
NRE 501 Social Vulnerability and Adaptation to Environmental Change 3
NRE 501 Managing Non-Profits 3
NRE 512 Ethics of Corporate Management 2.25
NRE 514 Environmental Impact Assessment 2
NRE 527 Energy Markets and Energy Politics 3
NRE 552 Ecosystem Services 3
NRE 557 Industrial Ecology 3
NRE 574 Sustainable Energy Systems 3
NRE 597 Environmental Systems Analysis 3
NRE 605 Green Construction & Design 3
School Public Policy Courses  
PUBPOL 750 Psychology of Climate Change 3
Law School Courses  
LAW 405 Environmental and Administrative Law Practicum 2
LAW 407 CERCLA Litigation and Practice 2
LAW 410 Energy Law and Climate Change Policy 2
LAW 483 Oil and Gas Law 2
LAW 492 Practice of Renewable Energy Law 2
LAW 575 Natural Resources Law 2
LAW 628 Animal 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 Land Use Planning and Control 3
LAW 761 Water Law 3
LAW 771 How to Save the Planet 3
LAW 791 Environmental Crimes 3
LAW 791 Toxic Substances/Toxic Torts 3
LAW 803 Energy Law: Regulations of Electricity 3
LAW 805 Environmental Justice 2
School of Engineering Courses  
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
CEE 586 Industrial Ecology 3
CEE 686 Case Studies in Environmental Sustainability 3
ENGR 521 Clean Tech Entrepreneurship 3
MECHENG 589 Sustainable Design: Technology and Systems 3
EHS 572 Environmental Impact Assessment 2
EHS 574 Environmental Chemistry 3
EHS 588 Environmental Law 3
School of Social Work Courses  
SW 650 Community Development 3
SW 652 Organizing for Social and Political Action 3
College of Literature, Science, & Arts Courses  
CMPLXSYS 501 An Introduction to Complex Systems 3
Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning Courses  
UP 502 Environmental Planning: Issues and Concepts 3