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Dual MBA/MPA Degree in Sustainable Solutions
Redirecting social and economic systems to be more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable presents enormous opportunities and challenges that are too big for the private or public sector alone. The Dual MBA/MPA Degree in Sustainable Solutions from Presidio Graduate School offers a unique education that incorporates sustainability and equity into every course. Our graduates are truly prepared to tackle the problems impacting our world. We provide an affordable, flexible, and supportive program designed to support working professionals looking to grow their careers and meet societies’ most pressing needs.
The Presidio MBA/MPA Dual Degree in Sustainable Solutions offers significant breadth and depth to your study of the public and private sectors by building your education around the most critical issues in the modern world. The program’s curriculum builds on the need for multi-sector problem-solving by engaging crisis points as an opportunity to design and impact interventions that can help shift and reimagine our systems to become more effective, equitable, and sustainable. Throughout your coursework, we will challenge you to apply a systems-thinking lens to discover how you might build and maintain a lasting, intentional social and environmental impact.
In the Presidio Graduate School Dual Degree in Sustainable Solutions program, students will earn two master’s degrees: an MBA in Sustainable Solutions and an MPA in Social Justice and Sustainability.
Our Dual Degree in Sustainable Solutions is a 73-credit program with 19 required courses and a student residency that takes place five times per semester. Students have the flexibility to travel to San Francisco to participate in-person, or, may opt to participate remotely.
In the first semester, all students will participate in a one-unit course, Professional Skills for a Career with Purpose, designed to support your career goals and prepare you to make the most of your Presidio education. In your final semester, you will complete a Capstone course designed to draw on and integrate material from both degree programs into a culminating final project. The Dual Degree in Sustainable Solutions can be completed in two and a half years full-time or four and a half years if enrolled part-time.
Built on the same foundation as Presidio’s MBA in Sustainable Solutions and MPA in Social Justice and Sustainability, the Dual Degree in Sustainable Solutions maintains our commitment to a systems-thinking approach that emphasizes broad stakeholder engagement to promote progress and enable transformative change. In this program, we equip students to pursue roles where they can forge connections between the public and private sectors and work to align commercial and policy goals with sustainable outcomes.
Your Future With Presidio
We believe that a contemporary education must equip students to engage with the most urgent challenges facing the modern world. Throughout our rigorous, integrated programming, Presidio will challenge you to expand beyond traditional higher education boundaries and grapple with the crucial problems facing our businesses, governments, and societies, including racial injustice, COVID-19 agility and risk reduction, climate change, and the rapidly shifting technology landscape. At Presidio, you will cultivate the skills and confidence to engage with these challenges and design critical interventions and sustainable solutions.
Upcoming Admissions Deadlines
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Why Choose Presidio?
Our program emphasizes sustainability, responsible leadership, social justice, and equity to prepare you to innovate and lead global initiatives that result in scalable and lasting change for a better future.
Sustainability and diversity, equity, and inclusion aren’t electives to us. They’re the foundation that all of our curriculum is built on.
Experiential Learning and Job Shadowing
Presidio Graduate School’s Dual MBA/MPA Degree in Sustainable Solution’s curriculum and experiential learning model will help you discover how to approach problem-solving through a solutions-focused lens to align commercial and policy goals with sustainable outcomes.
Our Dual Degree in Sustainable Solutions is designed to meet the interwoven social and environmental challenges facing humanity by offering innovative cross-sector solutions. Climate change, structural injustice, and ecological resource depletion are individually complex issues yet profoundly and inextricably connected. Dual Degree students are prepared to meet these unique challenges head-on by immersing themselves in projects to develop real solutions for premier companies, innovative startups, nonprofits, and government agencies. Students can gain consulting experience by job shadowing at PGS Consults, which works to help a wide range of organizations achieve environmental and social responsibility leadership goals.
You don’t have to wait until you graduate to start creating change—you can make an impact and expand your resume now. Learn more about experiential learning here.
Our unique focus on sustainability, responsible leadership, social justice, and systems thinking will propel you forward into a career of impact. See below for some of our featured courses or check out our full curriculum here.
Economics for Sustainability
Reviews the history of economic growth, including social and environmental costs of this growth, and reviews alternative frameworks, both old and new, that promise to create a more socially just, sustainable world.
Systems, Sustainability, and Social Justice
Examines sustainability frameworks and assesses to what extent they prioritize the regeneration of the natural environment and the redress of social injustices, and reviews sustainability policies and practices in historical and political contexts.
Multisector Strategic Partnerships and Financial Solutions
Explores successful and innovative governance, financing, implementation, and evaluation tools used for building effective partnerships across government, civil society, and business.
Climate and ESG
Examines the root causes of climate change, its consequences, and the imperative corporate responsibility, and probes multiple strategies for global warming mitigation and adaptation through resilience and risk management.
Market Failures and the Regulatory Environment
Examines market failure as a framework for defining and articulating sustainability challenges, and shares how to see dynamic systems and think across multiple sectors when seeking new sustainability solutions.
Research Methods and Policy Evaluation
Applies social science research methods, ethics, and evaluation theories to assess public/nonprofit outcomes, and explores quantitative and qualitative research methods and program evaluation tools.
Where Our Alumni Are Creating Change
Our growing alumni network of sustainability professionals are leading change around the world and are united in their passion for driving sustainability and social justice initiatives.
Roles Our Alumni Currently Hold
Join an growing network of passionate sustainability and social justice professionals.
Zero Waste & Employee Engagement Program Manager
Chief Sustainability Officer/Co-Founder
Product Information Leader
Director of Corporate Philanthropy and Membership
Senior User Experience Research Lead
The Prosperity Agenda
Senior Experience Designer
Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Manager, Construction Management
The Purpose Business
Director of Operations
Student & Alumni Perspectives
Learn about Presidio’s student experience and discover how our alumni say Presidio Graduate School fueled their success.
How Presidio helped me find my calling
“Because of the knowledge I gained at Presidio, my career pursuits have completely changed. It is now my professional calling to be a part of the collective solution to address systemic racism in order to bring holistic societal change. Presidio not only furthered my confidence to be a sustainable leader but it also really prepared me to navigate complex global problems.”
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