Courses and Core Competencies

In BGI’s MBA programs, credits are awarded for graduate coursework in a combination of 3-, 2-, and 1-credit courses. Certificate Program credits are awarded for graduate coursework in 3-credit courses. Individual courses vary relative to the use of directed instruction, lab and practicum.

Directed instruction includes a combination of the following:
•    Faculty lecture and presentation
•    Faculty-moderated analysis and discussion
•    Case studies
•    Simulations
•    Faculty-led exercises with debrief
•    Online conferences
•    Guest speakers and panels of experts
•    Threaded online discussions

During lab and practicum, students collaborate in teams to address structured projects that are beyond the scope of individual class preparation and assignments.

CORE BUSINESS FUNCTIONS

•    Understand and apply the core concepts of strategy, accounting, finance, marketing, management and operations.
•    Integrate these core concepts with sustainability principles for both business advantage and benefit to the environment and world community.

MBA CORE Courses include:

MBA in Sustainable Systems:
COR 510: Capitalism in Context: Economics for People and Planet (9 credits)
COR 520: Values and Value Creation: Business Models for the 21st Century (9 credits)
COR 530: Means and Measures: Accounting for Triple Bottom Line Success (9 credits)

MBA in Sustainable Business:
ACCT 553M: Financial and Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
FIN 554M: Finance (3 credits)
ECON 555M: Principles of Economics (3 credits)
MGMT 558M: Management: Organizational Systems (3 credits)
MGMT 560M: Business Modeling and Decision Analysis (3 credits)
MGMT 563M: Strategy & Implementation (3 credits)
MGMT 564M: Operations Management (3 credits)
MKTG 561M: Marketing & Sales (3 credits)

BUSINESS AND SUSTAINABILITY

•    Articulate the underlying assumptions and global consequences of the current economic system.
•    Propose innovative business models and partnerships that are more aligned with the needs of people and the planet.
•    Understand the role of business in society and the foundational concepts of, principles of and practical approaches to sustainable business.
•    Identify opportunities in the world’s major challenges and develop business solutions to these challenges.

Courses include:

MBA in Sustainable Systems:
COR 510-530 (9 credits each)
SBEC 561-564: Sustainable Built Environment elective courses (3 credits each)
SESC 561-564: Sustainable Energy Solutions elective courses (3 credits each)
SFAC 561-564: Sustainable Food & Agricultural Systems elective courses (3 credits each)

MBA in Sustainable Business:
ACCT 553S: Seminar: Triple Bottom Line Accounting for Sustainability (2 credits)
FIN 554S: Seminar: Finance for Sustainability (1 credit)
ECON 555S: Seminar: Economics of Sustainability (2 credits)
MGMT 558S: Seminar: Managing for Sustainability (1 credit)
MGMT 560S: Seminar: Business Modeling and Decision Analysis for Sustainability (1 credit)
MGMT 563S: Seminar: Strategy and Sustainability (2 credits)
MGMT 564S: Seminar: Sustainable Operations (2 credits)
MKTG 561S: Seminar: Marketing for Sustainability (1 credit)

ENTREPRENEURSHIP, INTRAPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION

•    Design and build successful ventures that create value for multiple stakeholders and enable all systems (natural, individual and communal) to flourish.
•    Incubate breakthrough innovation by applying principles of sustainability to organizational projects, processes, systems and culture.

Courses include:

MBA in Sustainable Systems:
ALP 551: Action Learning Practicum I (3 credits)
ALP 552: Action Learning Practicum II (3 credits)
ALP 553: Action Learning Practicum III (3 credits)

MBA in Sustainable Business:
MGT 569: Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship I (3 credits)
MGT 570: Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship II (3 credits)

LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT IN THE CONTEXT OF CHANGE

•    Develop the acumen to lead—ethically, effectively and with integrity.
•    Apply systems thinking, creativity and critical analysis to addressing problems and opportunities.
•    Leverage theory, technology and collaboration strategies to foster learning and drive change at the individual, team, organizational and societal level.
•    Apply cross-cultural intelligence to work effectively with people of different backgrounds, creating diverse and successful workplaces.
•    Communicate clearly and persuasively in writing, speaking and interpersonal relations.

Courses include:

MBA in Sustainable Systems:
MGT 578: Management in a Changing World (3 credits)
MGT 579: Engaging Complex Organizational Systems (3 credits)
LPD 511-516 — Leadership & Personal Development (1 credit each)

MBA in Sustainable Business:
LPD 511-516 — Leadership & Personal Development (1 credit each)

ELECTIVE COURSES

ELECTIVE Courses FOR BOTH PROGRAMS include:

ELC 561: Digital Influence (3 credits)
ELC 568: Creativity and Innovation (3 credits)
FIN 561: Finance: Capital Markets and the Financial System (3 credits)
FIN 562: Finance: Capital Structure (3 credits)
FIN 563: Finance: Financial Analysis (3 credits)
SBEC 561-564: Sustainable Built Environment elective courses (3 credits each)
SESC 561-564: Sustainable Energy Solutions elective courses (3 credits each)
SFAC 561-564: Sustainable Food & Agricultural Systems elective courses (3 credits each)

Note that Additional electives will be offered and defined closer to the year in which they will be offered.