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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 with a Sustainable Business Specialization will train you in how 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

Top 10 ranked Online Sustainability MBA by:

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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.

The Sustainable Business Specialization is one of four specializations options to pursue an MBA at Maharishi International University. General information on the MBA degree >

Get started by contacting Pedro

Pedro Ugalde, admissions counselorPedro Ugalde is this program’s admissions counselor for US students. Pedro will provide you with all the details of becoming a student, including connecting you with program faculty when you have questions. International students may connect with their admissions counselor through our contact form.

Pedro Ugalde, admissions counselor

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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.

Transcendental Meditation (TM) – the tool to develop clarity of mind

All MIU students practice the Transcendental Meditation technique.
Learn the Transcendental Meditation technique—the scientifically validated method to reduce personal stress and to develop clarity of mind and broad awareness.

MIU students receive a discount to learn TM. It is recommended to learn TM before the beginning of the classes. However, students have up to six weeks after the beginning to learn it in their local TM centers.

Degree requirements

To graduate with an MBA, students need to fulfill the degree requirement of 58 credits of study: 18 credits of the MBA Foundation Requirement and 40 credits consisting of specialization courses, elective courses, and the general requirements for a master’s degree.

  • On-campus students who cannot waive the MBA Foundation Requirement can graduate in 3 semesters. Students earn four credits per month with this full-time schedule.
  • Online students who cannot waive the MBA Foundation Requirement can graduate in 6 semesters if not including a summer course. Students earn two credits per month with this part-time schedule.

Featured courses

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 specialization on “soft side” change issues.

Courses in this specialization may include:

  • MGT 5010 Organizational Change for Sustainability
  • MGT 5165 Metrics for Sustainable Business
  • MGT 5310 Sustainable Technologies
  • MGT 5313 Socially and Environmentally Responsible Management
  • MGT 5681 Socially Responsible Investing
  • MGT 5781 Green Marketing
  • Sustainable and regenerative living courses

Featured faculty


Ayako Huang graduated with a Ph.D. in Management degree in May 2012 from Maharishi University of Management. She earned her B.A. in Business Administration and a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from Eastern Washington University.

Her work focuses on both private and governmental organizations that are seeking to improve their sustainability. Professor Huang has been participating in and presenting her sustainable management curriculum in the Sustainable Mindset Group offered by the Principles of Responsible Management Education platform, a United Nations-supported initiative that aims to raise the profile of sustainability in schools around the world. She contributed a chapter to a new textbook, Revolutionizing Sustainability Education: Stories and Tools for Mindset Transformation by Routledge Press, published Jan. 2022.

She received the Sustainability Mindset Principles Atelier, Certificate of Completion by LEAP – PRME. In addition, she is a certified Shared Leadership Team coach. Currently, she serves as both the chair of the Management department and the program director of the Sustainable MBA programs.

College of Business Administration Faculty

Entrance Requirements

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any field.
  • Apply for admission.
  • Completion of the MIU admissions process, including the submission of official transcripts, a recommendation, all materials listed above, and an admissions interview.

English language verification

International applicants must submit official English proficiency test scores within the past 2 years of at least 110 on Duolingo, 6.5 on IELTS Academic, 90 on TOEFL iBT or 58 on PTE.

Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique

Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique

All MIU students practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique. If you have not learned it yet:

  • Once accepted as a US student, the cost of TM instruction is covered through a grant offered by MIU
  • Students are required to learn the TM technique within the first 6 weeks after enrollment.
  • Contact your admissions counselor for details
  • Find information on the TM technique or search for a TM teacher at

Cost & Aid, 2023-24

US Online MBA

This MBA program varies in length depending on academic background. The tuition listed here is for one semester (two semesters per year).

Semester Cost of Attendance
Tuition and fees$5,095
Low interest federal loan-$5,095
Your payment0
Optional: additional low-interest federal loans?-$5,000

Additional Financial Aid Information

$5,000 per semester in optional federal student loans are available toward living expenses.

There are a variety of money-saving tax benefits to assist in reducing the cost of education expenses. More about education tax benefits.
Veterans should contact the VA for information on Veterans Education Benefits. Veterans eligible for BAH monthly benefits: The VA utilizes a scale of credits per block of courses; therefore, the VA sometimes pays part-time benefits for an individual month while the university delivers full-time federal aid for an entire semester. Our Veterans Certifying Official is our Director of Financial Aid.

Loan Repayment Options

Payments are a fixed amount that ensures your loans are paid off within 10 years (within 10 to 30 years for Consolidation Loans).
Payments may be fixed or graduated and will ensure that your loans are paid off within 25 years.
Payments are lower at first and then increase, usually every two years, and are for an amount that will ensure your loans are paid off within 10 years (within 10 to 30 years for Consolidation Loans).
Your monthly payments will be either 10 or 15 percent of discretionary income (depending on when you received your first loans), but never more than you would have paid under the 10-year Standard Repayment Plan.
Payments are recalculated each year and are based on your updated income, family size, and the total amount of your Direct Loans. Any outstanding balance will be forgiven if you haven’t repaid your loan in full after 25 years.
Your monthly payment is based on annual income, but your loan will be paid in full within 15 years.

Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date. For more information, contact us at for a quick reply — normally one business day — or see more about financial aid.

International Online MBA

This MBA program varies in length depending on academic background. The tuition listed here is for one semester (two semesters per year).

Semester Cost of Attendance
Tuition and fees$5,095
Your payment$5,095

Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date.

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