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A job-oriented degree that opens worlds of possibility. Focused on theory and practice.

  • Learn the techniques for data collection, data analysis, and reporting on social, environmental, and energy efforts (for compliance with guidelines and standards such as GRI, SASB, CDP, LEED, and many others)
  • Practice solving real-life case studies and projects
  • Learn the Transcendental Meditation technique, proven to enhance clear thinking, improve personal growth, and reduce stress
  • Be part of a lively online community with supportive faculty and peer interaction
  • Option to earn LEED GA accreditation

Degree at a glance

  • 100% online
  • 30 credits in 18 months (3 semesters)
  • Program Cost: $4,800 per semester (eligible for financial aid)
  • Optional additional certifications
  • MIU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • No GRE or GMAT required

Gain the skills you need to succeed in the job market

Two-thirds of all jobs in the fast growing sustainability field require the ability to collect, analyze, and report on sustainability data. Many companies prefer a master’s degree or will require a master’s for career advancement.

The design of this MS degree is based on extensive research on job market trends in sustainable business. More than half a million professionals on LinkedIn include the word “sustainability” in their profile descriptions. Trends show a continued, steady growth in opportunities that require data collection, data analysis, and reporting on environmental and energy efforts in compliance with GRI and SASB guidelines and standards.

Part time online classes, ideal for busy schedules


Connect with professors and fellow students through our online learning platform and join live classroom sessions.
Classes are held on:
Tuesdays: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. US Central time
Thursdays: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. US Central time
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – noon US Central time

Class sessions are online live video conferences 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.
Note that this program is designed to fit the schedules of busy working adults. Take only one course at a time for maximum benefit.

Optional certifications

Students may study for additional related certifications while in this program, including:

  • LEED Green Associate and Accredited Professional
  • Certified Management Accountant

Reporting tools and standards

Elective courses cover sustainability accounting and reporting tools and standards, including:

  • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
  • Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
  • LEED for buildings
  • STARS for universities
  • LEED for cities
  • GHG protocol

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.

Students have to complete a total of 30 credits.
Click here to see a complete list of Courses and Degree Requirements of the MS in Sustainability Measurement and Reporting
Click here to see a complete list of Entrance Requirements of the MS in Sustainability Measurement and Reporting.
The full program cost is $14,400.
Click here to see the details of the Program Cost & Financial Aid of the MS in Sustainability Measurement and Reporting.
A student may earn a Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Measurement and Reporting (SMR) by taking 15 credits of MS course work.You may join the Online MBA program with a specialization in SMR
See the Online MBA program website for detailed information on the degree requirements.

Featured Faculty

Scott Herriott received his PhD in management science and engineering at Stanford University. Dr. Herriott is the provost of MIU, 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).

Faculty profiles

Philip Nicholas

Philip Nicholas MBA, CPA

Philip Nicholas

Phillip Nicholas is the director of the Master in Sustainable Measurement and Reporting Program. He is a CPA and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a Certified GRI Sustainability Professional, and a designed Certified SASB Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) Professional. He serves as a Business Consultant for Vibronyx, a minority- and veteran-owned technology/analytics service company specializing in transparency, visibility, and supply chain transformation. His area of focus is on business value creation, impact measurement, tax strategies for sustainability, and integrated reporting.

Ayako Huang

Ayako Huang, MPA, PhD

Ayako Huang

Ayako Huang is the director of the MBA in Sustainable Business. Having a Master of Public Administration degree, she teaches the course on LEED for Cities and Communities. Her project work focuses on governmental organizations that are seeking to improve their sustainability. Her scholarly interest is in organizational behavior and strategic management. She is a member of the OBTS Teaching Society for Management Educators, is a member of the Academy of Management. She has made numerous presentations at professional conferences.

Dennis Heaton

Dennis Heaton, EdD

Dennis Heaton

Dennis Heaton earned his EdD in educational leadership and teaches Strategic Management for Sustainable Business. His areas of research interest include consciousness, holistic health, peak performance, and higher stages of human development and their implications for leadership. He is Dean of the College of Business Administration at MIU as well as Professor of Management. He has been directing PhD students’ research in areas of socially and environmentally responsible business, including the effects of green buildings on human resources, consumer attitudes toward genetically modified food, moral development and ethical decision-making in accountants, and the role of human resource management in implementing sustainability.

Dallas Terry

Dallas Terry, MBA, LEED AP

Dallas Terry

Dallas Terry is a Sr. Energy Consultant with Sustainable Investment Group (SIG), a Green Building Consulting firm. Previously he worked as a Sustainability Program Manager for 4 years for a large real estate firm in San Francisco. He has a BS in Sustainable Living and an MBA from MIU, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. He is an accredited LEED AP in Building Design and Construction (BD&C) and a Certified Energy Manager (CEM). His specialties include LEED, program and project management, sustainability strategy, energy modeling and new construction commissioning.

TejasviSharma

Tejasvi Sharma MS, MBA, PhD

TejasviSharma

Dr. Tejasvi Sharma is a dual faculty member in the Sustainable and Regenerative Living and Management departments. Dr. Sharma is passionate about energy technologies, their socio-economic aspects, deployment, and impact on society.
Dr. Sharma's research is in alternative energy, specifically in the use of biomass for biochar and electricity production. He has participated in collaborative research initiatives with the University of Brazil, as well as several startup energy companies in California and Iowa.
He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and an MBA, all from the University of Iowa. He has also participated in the Climate Change and Energy Policy program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

HaiyanSong

HaiYan Song, MBA, PhD

HaiyanSong

Dr. HaiYan Song is an Assistant Professor of Management at MIU with over 18 years of teaching experience in the universities of China, Canada and USA. Fields of research interests and expertise include:

  • Sustainability Reporting by SMEs
  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Training in the philosophy and tools of lean six- sigma management (with yellow belt certification)

Cost & Aid, 2022-23

US Online MS in Sustainability Measurement & Reporting

The estimate for this 18-month (three-semester) program is based on the current year rate, subject to change in future years.

18 Months’ Tuition and Typical Financial Aid
Tuition$14,400
Low interest federal loans-$14,400
Your payment$0
Optional: additional low-interest federal loans?-$15,000

Additional Financial Aid Information

$5,000 per year in optional federal student loans are generally available toward living expenses. Repayment begins after enrollment ends.

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. MIU is a Yellow Ribbon school. 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 finaid@miu.edu for a quick reply — normally one business day — or see more about financial aid.

International Online MS in Sustainability Measurement & Reporting

The tuition listed here for this 18-month (three-semester) program is based on the current year rate, subject to change in future years.

18 Months’ Tuition
Tuition$14,400
Your payment$14,400

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

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