“In 2-3 years BGI students get what took me 10 years to achieve in terms of mindset, perspective, knowledge, and a strong network.”

Jason Twill, Senior Project Manager in Sustainability at Vulcan, Inc

MBA in Sustainable Business:
Metro Program

BGI’s MBA in Sustainable Business (Metro MBA) program offers a leading-edge MBA curriculum in an in-person, course-based format. It teaches the business fundamentals, and, in addition, provides every student a deep immersion in the cutting-edge aspects of sustainability as they relate to each of the core business topics. The program presents students with the issues facing companies and communities, and the pragmatic aspects of transforming capitalism to deliver genuine human well-being, resilient communities and superior profits.

Sustainability Seminars — required courses within the MBA in Sustainable Business program — are held throughout the quarter. These courses are offered on Friday evening/Saturday schedule to give students the opportunity to delve deeply into such topics as Triple Bottom Line Accounting; Economics of Sustainability; Strategy and Sustainability; Managing for Sustainability; Marketing for Sustainability; and more.

The Metro MBA format combines our emphasis on cultivating a learning community with the additional interaction and flexibility afforded by in-person class sessions with variable schedules.

Students can complete the MBA in Sustainable Business program in the the Standard 27-month (9 quarters) timeframe or the Accelerated 18-month (six quarters) timeframe.Students study core business disciplines in an intimate classroom environment. Elective courses are a mix of students from both MBA programs and professionals pursuing Industry Certificates.

Sustainability Deep Dives

BGI is founded on the recognition that sustainability is key to successful operation of business, both to preserve a habitable planet, and because there is now a solid business case for behaving in ways that are more responsible to people and planet. Doing this enhances every aspect of shareholder value and drives greater community prosperity. As Harvard Business Review* stated: “Sustainability isn’t the burden on the bottom line that many executives believed it to be. It can lower your costs and increase your revenue. That is why sustainability should be a touchstone for all of innovation. In the future, only companies that make sustainability a goal will achieve competitive advantage. That means rethinking business models as well as products, technologies and processes.”

Taught by Hunter Lovins and Kevin Wilhelm, two globally recognized sustainability professors and practitioners, these seminars give students a chance to engage with two of the creators of the field of business sustainability. Both are published authors, consultants to Fortune 100 companies, communities and governments around the world. They bring students a grounding in the theory behind sustainability as well as the latest in the practice.

*Nidumolu, Ram, Prahalad, C.K, Rangaswami, Why Sustainability is Now the Key Driver of Innovation, Harvard Business Review, September 2009, Reprint R0909E

20121119_BGI_New-Space_009smLOCATION AND DELIVERY

The Metro MBA Program is offered at BGI’s Seattle Learning Site in the 220 & Change building in historic Pioneer Square. BGI shares a collaborative space with our friends Impact HUB Seattle and Social Venture Partners. In addition to courses, the building hosts a number of events every week, serving as the center of social entrepreneurship in Seattle, and the largest space of its kind in the country.

The Metro MBA operates on a course-based model, where students are admitted throughout the year and register for available courses.

Courses are conducted chiefly in person, with distance learning technology used as an additional resource where helpful for course management and inclusion of guest speakers. Course schedules vary from weekly evening classes over a ten-week quarter, to more intensive seminar courses that combine evening and weekend class meetings, to hybrid format elective courses.

COMMUNITY

Upon joining BGI, you become a member of a global professional network. The BGI community includes academic leaders, industry innovators, students and alumni who provide a continuing source of knowledge, experience and inspiration for each other outside the classroom and after graduation.

DISTANCE LEARNING ORIENTATION

Although Metro MBA students will only be required to participate in online classes for select courses, all students entering the MBA programs receive training on how to use The Commons, the virtual classroom, and the library. Individual assistance is also provided through IT support.

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Program Requirements

The MBA program requires a minimum of 60 credits to graduate

MBA CORE and SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS (Required)
ECON 555M
— Principles of Economics
ECON 555S
— Economics Of Sustainability
ACCT 553M
— Financial and Managerial Accounting
ACCT 553S
— Triple Bottom Line Accounting For Sustainability
FIN 554M
 — Finance
FIN 554S
— Finance For Sustainability
MGMT 560M
— Business Modeling And Decision Analysis
MGMT 560S
— Business Modeling And Decision Analysis For Sustainability
MKTG 561M
— Marketing And Sales
MKTG 561S
— Marketing And Sustainability
MGMT 563M
— Strategy & Implementation
MGMT 563S
— Strategy And Sustainability
MGMT 564M
— Operations Management
MGMT 564S
— Sustainable Operations
MGMT 557M
— Management: Organizational Systems
MGMT 557S
— Managing For Sustainability

ENTREPRENEURSHIP and INTRAPRENEURSHIP (6 Credits Required)
MGMT 569
— Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship I
MGMT 570
— Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship II

LEADERSHIP and MANAGEMENT (6 Credits Required)
LPD 511-516
— Leadership and Personal Development

ELECTIVES (12 Credits Required)
ELC 561 — Digital Influence
MGT 566 
— Dal LaMagna Series on Responsible Capitalism
MGT 566I 
— International Study Tour
ELC
568 — Creativity and Innovation
FIN 561 
— Capital Markets and the Financial System
FIN 562 
— Capital Structure of the Firm
FIN 563
 — Financial Analysis
SBEC 561-564  SUSTAINABLE BUILT ENVIRONMENT Certificate or Concentration
SBEC 561 
— Understanding the Context for Change
SBEC 562 
— Platforms and Constraints
SBEC 563 
— The Business Case for Building Green
SBEC 561 
— Action Learning Practicum
SESC 561-564  SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SOLUTIONS
Certificate or Concentration
SESC 561 
— Understanding the Context for Change
SESC 562 
— Identifying Opportunities
SESC 563 
— Creating New Ventures
SESC 564 
— Action Learning Practicum
SFAC 561-564  SUSTAINABLE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE SYSTEMS
Certificate or Concentration
SFAC 561 
— The Industrial Agricultural Context
SFAC 561 
— Emerging Agricultural Alternatives
SFAC 561 
— Getting to Scale
SFAC 561 
— Action Learning Practicum
MGT 599
— Independent Study