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You care about people, and you care about the environment. Now learn how to make that work in business.

Companies large and small are now recognizing the importance of sustainability, and new opportunities in the area abound. Our MBA in Sustainable Business will train you to create or support a profitable business that offers life-sustaining products and services while helping you grow into the best person you can be.

  • Gain cutting-edge knowledge about sustainable business from nationally recognized faculty
  • Learn how a business can help the environment while still being profitable
  • Enjoy the support of a community of fellow students, entrepreneurs, and business people who share your vision of making the world a more sustainable place
  • Study full-time on-campus or part-time online
  • Practice the Transcendental Meditation technique daily to reduce stress, enhance clear thinking, and support your personal growth

This program is also accredited by the IACBE:

Top 10 ranked Online Sustainability MBA by:

#1 Online MBA in Iowa ranked by:

Focus on sustainable business

The theme for each semester is based on one of the main business functions: marketing, accounting, operations, etc. The semester begins with an introductory course on that theme and ends with a course on sustainable business in the context of that theme.

Professors who care

In small classes—MBA courses typically are under 20 students—you get to know your professors and they get to know you. You’ll always have the benefit of their knowledge and support.

Sustainable business capstone project

The Capstone Project consists of several classes and the completion of a practical community project. In their classes, students conduct case studies of local businesses that embrace sustainability, learn about sustainable technologies and tools for measuring sustainability, and study the mechanics of fostering sustainable communities. Then they conduct research, present their findings, and recommend sustainable solutions.
Online students usually choose projects that benefit their current employer.
Find out how previous students made an impact in the Fairfield community during their capstone project.

Already have a business degree?

If you have an undergraduate degree with a major in business, you may receive waiver credit for any of the seven foundation areas in which you received a grade of B or higher: Marketing, Accounting, Financial Management, Business Law and Ethics, Operations Management, Human Resource Management, and Management Information Systems. Maximum of 18 credits may be waived.

Transcendental Meditation – the tool to increase your sensitivity and awareness

All MIU students practice the Transcendental Meditation (TM®) technique, a scientifically validated method to reduce stress, develop clarity of mind, and build broad awareness, which are all essential qualities for excelling in the techniques and practices of sustainable business.

Oprah Winfrey, in an interview with Dr. Mehmet Oz, talks about how she learned Transcendental Meditation and benefited so much that she subsequently paid the course fee for all 400 of her employees to learn TM, and the changes it has brought.

“9:00 in the morning, and 4:30 in the afternoon no matter what is going on, we stop and we meditate,” says Winfrey, ”And you can’t imagine what has happened in the company, people who used to have migraines, don’t. People are sleeping better, they are having better relationships and they are interacting with other people better. It’s been fantastic.” About herself, she says that she becomes a 1000% better person when, through TM, she brings herself in touch with something greater than herself.

Weekly class schedule

Online part-time Class Schedule

  • Tuesdays: 7:30-9:00 PM US CST
  • Thursdays: 7:30-9:00 PM US CST
  • Saturdays: 10:00-12:30 PM US CST

The class sessions are video-conferenced live via the Internet and are recorded for students whose time zone or work schedule does not permit synchronous participation.

Readings and homework account for another 7-10 hours of academic work per week.
Students earn 2 credits per month with this online part-time schedule.

On-campus day-time Class Schedule

  • Monday through Friday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 3:15 PM US CST
  • Saturdays: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM US CST

Students earn 4 credits per month with this full-time schedule.

Featured Classes


Socially and Environmentally Responsible Management


In this course, Dr. Dennis Heaton shows you how to develop the consciousness, knowledge, and practical skills to create sustainable value—fulfilling the interests of shareholders by producing life-supporting benefits for all organizational stakeholders and the natural environment. You learn the sources of sustainable value—doing well by doing good—and how to actualize sustainable value in existing businesses.


Sustainable Technologies


Developed by Professor Scott Herriott over six years, and resulting in his 2015 book, this course gives you a basic understanding of the engineering concepts and terminology that you will encounter when working with the technical people who sell and install sustainable technologies. Lessons in applied finance show how to evaluate the feasibility of a proposal for solar, wind or biogas power or energy efficiency.


Sustainable Community Development


This project-based course is taught by Ayako Huang, MPA, Ph.D., whose degree in public administration makes her right at home working to improve the sustainability of communities, cities, and counties. In small groups, MBA students identify a problem, analyze it, and propose solutions to their client.

Scott Herriott Book

Metrics for Sustainable Business

Scott Herriott Book

In this course, also developed by Professor Herriott through research that led to his 2016 book on the subject, you learn how to design and write the annual sustainability report for a company or public organization by applying the principles and practices of sustainability accounting.


Leading Organizational Change for Sustainability


You have ideas for change. How do you make them work? You need to understand the “people” issues in effective change management, including key factors such as resistance to change, responsible change leadership, and implementing change in a diverse global environment. Extensive experiential material and an outside field study are used to illustrate change intervention strategies with an emphasis on “soft side” change issues.

Featured faculty

Scott Herriott received his PhD in management science and engineering at Stanford University. Dr. Herriott is the provost of MUM, where he also serves as Professor of Business Administration and is the former Dean of the College of Business Administration. He served on the business faculties at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Iowa as an assistant professor for six years before joining MIU in 1990. His expertise is the application of quantitative methods to business strategy with a special focus on sustainability. He teaches economics, finance, operations management, strategic management, and sustainable business. He is the author of a dozen scientific papers on economics, organization, and business strategy. His textbooks include Feasibility Analysis for Sustainable Technologies (Business Expert Press, 2015) and Metrics for Sustainable Business: Measures and Standards for the Assessment of Organizations (Routledge, 2016).

Students have to complete a total of 58 credits.
Click here to see a complete list of Courses and Degree Requirements of the MBA in Sustainable Business
Click here to see a complete list of Entrance Requirements of the MBA in Sustainable Business.
Click here to see the details of the Program Cost & Financial Aid of the MBA in Sustainable Business.

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