Sustainability Leadership MBA

Signature Courses
Organizational Transformation & Sustainable Leadership
The Economics of Sustainable Organizations & Communities
Organizational Behavior through a Sustainability Lens
Intercultural Leadership in Sustainability Organizations


Earn a Master of Business Administration in Sustainability Leadership at Prescott College and build successful strategies for sustainability within your organization through social and environmental performance as a change agent. 

The MBA in Sustainability Leadership is designed to help students learn key management and leadership skills, as well as successful strategies for sustainability within an organization. The program goal is to support students' success in management and leadership positions in organizations of all types, including entrepreneurial/ecopreneurial ventures, local community organizations, family businesses, non-profits, and public enterprises. With a focus on organizational leadership, and competitive advantage based on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) actions that drive socially-responsive organizations, students learn foundational management techniques that are critical for leaders of businesses, non-profits, and governmental organizations, covering all functional areas, including sustainable marketing and brand management, sustainability analytics, and sustainable operations management.

In addition, The Prescott College MBA is designed to support the success of adults attempting to balance work, family, and school. Few graduate management programs – particularly those with a sustainability focus -- are offered with this focus and entirely asynchronously online. MBA staff and faculty respect the complexity of adult students’ lives and offer learning opportunities that fit busy schedules, while enabling students to engage with diverse peers from around the country – or around the globe. The goal of the MBA is to serve professionals who target organizational leadership positions and the application of sustainable approaches and the creation of competitive advantage based on positive social and environmental outcomes.

Leading Faculty: Expert faculty provide perspectives in eight required foundation courses covering the foundational areas: Strategy, management/ leadership, operations, marketing, data analysis, economics, finance, and accounting.

Recognized for Leadership in Sustainability: Prescott College has built a national reputation for teaching sustainability in higher education. 

Student Variety: Our students span the United States and the globe, bringing a breadth of perspectives and experiences that are not available in masters programs that draw the majority of their students from the same geographic area.

Proven Online Learning System and Small Classes Facilitate Learning: Our students can focus on their studies, not on dealing with technological glitches. In addition, we keep our class size small (generally no more than 20 students per section). This ensures that you have meaningful interactions with your fellow students and receive individualized attention from your instructors.


The MBA in Sustainability Leadership is primarily targeted at professionals working for companies -including entrepreneurial ventures, nonprofits, and government organizations whose goals include deepening their understanding of how to lead organizational success through environmental, social, and governance (ESG) actions.


  • Assess sustainable management practices and how these are applied to support competitive advantage through environmental, social, and governance (ESG) actions and reporting.
  • Evaluate ESG scoring solutions and how their design is impacted by organizational and environmental factors.
  • Analyze effective leader responses to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) challenges and opportunities across various economic, social, environmental, and political contexts.
  • Demonstrate command of organizational management fundamentals, including leadership, marketing, operations management, accounting, and finance, to build an actionable sustainable organization strategy and strategy implementation plan.
  • Evaluate organizational structure and culture change management as it relates to the creation of superior products, services, and/or processes.
  • Solve leadership problems by acquiring, interpreting, and synthesizing ESG and financial data.
  • Communicate effectively as an organizational leader to (a) bridge diverse perspectives, cultures, and disciplines; (b) promote triple bottom line approaches in an organization; and (c) improve authentic external communications related to ESG and financial performance.


  • Lead Sustainability Specialist
  • Sustainability Advisor/Director/Specialist
  • Sustainable Design Consultant
  • Chief Sustainability Officer
  • Sustainable Business Consultant
  • Corporate Responsibility Coordinator/Specialist/Officer
  • Social Responsibility Coordinator/Specialist/Officer
  • Sustainability/Corporate Social Responsibility Planner/Administrator


  • 30 credits
  • Online Student Orientation Attendance
  • Completion of MBA program prerequisite courses, in the form of college courses in the following three disciplines*:
    • Accounting
    • Economics
    • Statistics

Program: Business Administration in Sustainability Leadership

Type: MBA


Organization Transformation and Sustainability leadership


The Economics of Sustainable Organizations


ESG Scoring: Sustainability Analytics and Reporting


Sustainable Marketing & Brand Management


Accounting Practices in the Ethical Organization


Sustainable Systems for Operations Management


Financial Decision Making in ESG Organizations


Sustainability Leader Capstone



Required 6 credits of electives

Choose two of the following courses, or other graduate courses that focus on organizational management skills and knowledge (approval by the MBA Program Director).



The Adventure of Enterprise: Entrepreneurs


Sustainable Solutions: Impact Measurement


Social Values and Value Chains: Farm to Market


Philosophies and Methods


Risk and Reward


Leadership and Administration


Impact Measurement and Project Design


Emergency Management


Current Issues in Leadership


Funding Change: Grant Writing and Non-Profit Essentials


Land-Use Planning and Policy

  • Admissions Essay: This essay will allow the admissions committee to assess your academic writing skills to succeed in an academically rigorous graduate level program. We understand current and previous academic preparation, professional work experience, and personal life experience often informs a student’s decision to aspire to enroll into a graduate program. Therefore, in order for us to gain a better understanding of your personal and professional motivations and readiness for applying, we ask you to submit a well thought out essay of two to five pages, double- spaces that responds to the following essential aspects to be successful in our graduate program. Applicants are free to frame their response within the context of a proposed thesis topic, if they wish. Please email your essay to
    -Your motivations for pursuing a graduate degree in this field of study.
    -Your background, experience, skills, and qualifications in the field, if any.
    -Your professional, academic, or personal aspirations as a result of obtaining this degree.
    -Your readiness to thrive in a graduate program which requires high levels of self-direction, motivation and academic rigor.
    -Your strengths and weaknesses as related to being successful in the program.
    -Your functional knowledge of an online learning module (Moodle), video conferencing (Zoom), electronic communications (Gmail), and desktop publishing software (MS Office suite).
  • List of References: Applicants must submit a list of two to four academic or professional references who could be called upon to address your capability to complete graduate-level work. The list must contain the reference's contact information and must briefly explain the relationship to you. You can email your references to Professors, supervisors, and employers are often the best sources. 
  • Pre-requsite coursework: Applicants for the MBA in Sustainability Leadership Program must demonstrate basic competency in the subjects of accounting, economics, and quantitative methods (e.g. statistics) preferably prior to commencing the MBA Program.  As an exception - students may be permitted to satisfy this requirement during the first year of the MBA Program. This demonstration of competency can be accomplished in one or a combination of the following ways for all three subjects: 
    • Submission of official transcripts demonstrating completion of undergraduate courses in any or all of accounting, economics, or quantitative methods; and/or
    • Submission of official transcripts demonstrating completion of any or all of accounting, economics or quantitative methods course(s) through a local community college prior to or during enrollment in the MBA Program; and/or
    • Evidence of completion of any or all of accounting, economics or quantitative methods course(s) through StraighterLine online course offerings which can be found at; and/or
    • A Quantitative Analytical Skills Statement accompanying the Application for Admission describing how the applicant’s work experience has included any or all of accounting, economics or quantitative methods in a substantive manner; and/or
    • Completion of Prescott College’s online MBA Preparation Course by the end of the student’s first year of enrollment in the MBA program.

      For example, to demonstrate the required competency in all three subjects, a student may use one method listed above, or alternatively, a combination of an official undergraduate transcript demonstrating completion of an accounting course, evidence of the completion of a StraighterLine course in economics, and a Quantitative Analysis Skills Statement demonstrating the use of quantitative methods during the applicant’s work experience.

      Should a student fail to demonstrate these competencies as required above by the end of the first year of the MBA Program, student continuation in and/or graduation from the MBA Program may be delayed until such time as the student presents evidence of meeting the requirements set forth above.
  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae: Please email to
  • Official Transcripts: Official college transcripts showing undergraduate degree conferral will be required prior to beginning courses with Prescott College. Official transcripts can be submitted electronically by the issuing institution via Parchment or through the mail at:

Office of Admissions
Prescott College
220 Grove Avenue
Prescott, Arizona 86301

  • All transcripts submitted by mail must arrive in an official sealed envelope from the issuing institution.
  • While unofficial transcripts may be submitted for the admissions committee to begin a preliminary evaluation of an application, official transcripts will be required to provide an official offer of admission.