At a Glance

Learning Objectives

  • Functional Business Knowledge: Demonstrate a foundation in each of the functional areas of business, including accounting and financial analysis, production and marketing of goods and services, management of people and organizations, and information and technology management.
  • Strategic Thinking & Integration: Develop strategic decision-making abilities by integrating academic (across disciplines) and experiential learning. Understand critical interrelationships and linkages necessary for developing global business strategy, including linkages between strategic and operational issues, relationships among functional disciplines.
  • Analytical Problem Solving:Apply quantitative information, tools, methods and professional judgment in solving business problems.
  • Communication: Demonstrate professional competence in oral and written communication skillsin a business setting.
  • Leadership Styles and Team work: Identify different leadership stylesand demonstrate the ability to work effectively in diverse teams.
  • Business & Society: Understand the global environment in which business operates, including economic, legal, ethical, and societal dimensions.

Sustainability Management (MS)

Offered by the Kogod School of Business.


Admission to the Program

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study, applicants must have earned an undergraduate bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a satisfactory grade point average. Applicants may also need to submit a GMAT or GRE score; please visit for more information. Applicants whose first language is not English must have a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The program may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. 

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

Required (15 credit hours)

Elective (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

Career Track (9 credit hours)

Complete 9 credit hours from one of the following if not taken to fulfill Elective, or other graduate courses approved by program director:

Sustainability Communications Executive

Sustainability Consultant

Sustainability Entrepreneur

Sustainability Executive

Capstone (3 credit hours)

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. Advanced undergraduates admitted to a combined degree program that includes a master's degree from Kogod are eligible to take graduate-level courses and may apply up to 9 graduate credit hours earned as an undergraduate toward the requirements for both degrees. See Combined Bachelor's and Kogod School of Business Master's Programs for more information.