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MBA in Sustainable Solutions Program

Envision a more sustainable, prosperous, and equitable world. The Presidio Graduate School MBA in Sustainable Solutions equips students to become skilled leaders of this new world. Our unique curriculum pairs rigorous management theory and practice with an integrated look at sustainability, social justice, and environmental stewardship, all within an affordable, flexible program that includes part-time and online learning opportunities.

The Presidio MBA in Sustainable Solutions works to expand the horizons of traditional business education. We believe that today’s business leaders and organizers must grasp the complex and interdependent issues facing our societies, namely the challenges of sustainability, climate change risk and adaptation, technological change, structural racism, and growing inequity.

Program Format

The Presidio Graduate School MBA in Sustainable Solutions is a 53-credit curriculum with 12 required courses and four units of electives. Our MBA in Sustainable Solutions draws on the benefits of in-person, classroom education, and the flexibility of interactive distance learning for a richer, more accessible educational experience. In the first semester, all students will participate in a one-unit course, Professional Skills for a Career with Purpose, designed to prepare you to make the most of your Presidio education and support your unique professional aspirations. Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to participate in semester-long experiential learning projects, to bring theory-based learning into real-world practice. The Presidio MBA in Sustainable Solutions can be completed in 24 months full-time or three and a half years if enrolled part-time. Weekend classes are available.

Your Future With Presidio

The students and alumni of our MBA in Sustainable Solutions constitute a vibrant, driven community of professionals working to leverage their unique and purpose-driven education to translate systems thinking and transformative knowledge into meaningful change in their professional work and lives. Whether you aspire to work in a Fortune 500 corporation, lead a nonprofit organization, or launch a new social venture, we believe the modern world demands a modern education. At Presidio, we uniquely equip emerging business leaders to think differently, collaborate with empathy, and lead change effectively and at scale.

Flexible Learning

Study in-person or virtually with part-time and online options designed to support working professionals.

Values-Driven Community

Build connections with our growing network of alumni who are leading the way in sustainability and social justice.

Cutting-Edge Expertise

Sustainability and diversity, equity, and inclusion aren’t electives to us. They’re the foundation that all of our curriculum is built on.

Faculty Mentorship

Our professors and faculty bring real-world experience and thought leadership to our school to help guide your career.

Experiential Learning and Job Shadowing

A defining element of Presidio’s MBA in Sustainable Solutions is the program’s core commitment to expanding the horizons of traditional business education. As we grapple with our world’s most intractable and complex climate problems, business leaders must establish a foundational understanding and commitment to social responsibility, climate change, and climate leadership.

Presidio’s MBA in Sustainable Solutions unparalleled curriculum is designed to transcend the classroom and position students for career success by creating tangible impact during their time in the program. We partner with public and private sector organizations to help them design and evolve existing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices and address additional sustainability challenges. Students will gain real-world consulting experience by job shadowing at PGS Consults and participating in experiential learning projects in select courses. These projects enhance students’ understanding of social and natural ecosystems and the role they will play in reimagining them.

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.

Economics for Sustainability

Presents the fundamentals of managerial economics and macroeconomics, and examines economic frameworks and theories through a critical lens, incorporating issues of sustainability, climate change, and social justice.

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.

Energy Systems for Sustainability

Explores the energy technologies and systems in a framework of enduring social and environmental sustainability on a global scale, and examines alternate energy generation technologies, consumption patterns, and energy efficiency.

Climate and ESG

Prepares students for sustainability and climate leadership roles by examining climate impact and risks, adaptation and mitigation strategies, assessment metrics, ESG reporting standards, materiality reports, and sustainability plans.

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Explores strategic, tactical, and decision-making aspects of operations and supply chain management and how to use codes of conduct to enforce high standards of social justice throughout a company’s supply chain.

Data Analytics

Examines how to source, evaluate, and utilize information and data to promote social justice and sustainability, and explores how to analyze data critically for effective decision-making and impactful storytelling.

Roles Our Alumni Currently Hold

Join a dynamic and creative network of passionate sustainability and social justice professionals.

  • Iron Mountain

    Vice President Environment, Social & Governance (ESG) Strategy

  • Facebook

    Design Program Manager

  • Goldman Sachs

    Managing Director, Chief Sustainability Officer, Merchant Banking Division

  • Jacobs

    Sustainability & Climate Action, Global Technology Leader

  • Alaska Airlines

    Sustainability Director

  • The North Face

    Director, Social Impact and Advocacy at The North Face

  • The RealReal

    Director of Sustainability

  • The University of Texas at Arlington

    Chief Sustainability Officer

  • Cushman & Wakefield

    Global Sustainability Manager

  • HP

    Climate and Environmental Program Manager

How my Presidio MBA has fueled my career

“Presidio connected me to a great community that has been the source of my innovations. Our world-class faculty guided my strategic shift to a new industry, providing mentorship and motivation along the way.”
Chayya Bhanti, MBA, 2010
Founder and Creative Director at VERTIVER
Libby Johnson McKee

What I took away from my Presidio MBA

“At Presidio, instead of learning how it was done in the past, I learned to create how it will be done in the future.”
Libby Johnson McKee, MBA, 2010
Director, WW Returns
ReCommerce, and Sustainability at Amazon
Peter Glenn

Why I Chose Presidio’s MBA Program

“I decided to study at Presidio to help me transition from a career as a documentary film director into building sustainability-focused startups. One of the biggest frameworks I carry with me from Presidio is making the business case for sustainability, which was emphasized in all our coursework. While I occasionally refer back to my course notes, it’s ultimately the relationships I built with Presidio alumni and faculty that continue to nourish me as a leader.”
Peter Glenn, MBA, 2011
Co-Founder of EV Life

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