“Sustainability has been an increasing focus for us here in the Penn State Smeal MBA Program, as well as across the University,” said MBA Faculty Director Doug Thomas. “With an official sustainability concentration, we aim to provide students with more avenues to gain competencies in sustainability and renewable energy, which have been increasingly marketable in today’s business environment.”

Smeal MBA students pursuing the concentration in Sustainability and Social Innovation will complete coursework from Smeal and the Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences on topics such as Sustainable Business Strategies, Creating Value Through Social Entrepreneurship, Technologies for Sustainability Systems, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems, and Ethical Dimensions of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems.

“With an official sustainability concentration, we aim to provide students with more avenues to gain competencies in sustainability and renewable energy, which have been increasingly marketable in today’s business environment, said Doug Thomas, faculty director, Penn State Smeal MBA Program

Smeal MBA students have been taking steps to enhance their competencies in sustainability for several years, particularly through the program’s chapter of Net Impact. The chapter recently achieved Gold status, earning the program a place in Net Impact’s 2013 Business as UNusual guide to MBA programs with a focus on social and environmental issues.

“Sustainability — both achieving it ourselves and promoting competency among our students — plays a significant role in our Smeal College of Business Strategic Plan,” said Charles H. Whiteman, the John and Becky Surma Dean of Smeal. “Offering this concentration to our MBA students is one of many ways we in which we promote sustainable business practice.”

Other recent strides in sustainability include the dean’s approval of a series of actionable steps toward integrating sustainability more fully into the business curriculum, promoting sustainability research and facilitating sustainable behavior in Smeal students, faculty and staff. Smeal’s Sustainability Council, made of up 19 faculty members, oversees these efforts.

“Offering this concentration to our MBA students is one of many ways we in which we promote sustainable business practice," said Charles H. Whiteman, dean, Smeal College of Business

After focusing primarily on business fundamentals throughout the first year of the program, Penn State Smeal MBA students have the opportunity to gain functional depth in several concentration areas, which include Finance, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Strategic Leadership and Sustainability and Social Innovation.

About the Penn State Smeal MBA Program
The internationally ranked residential Penn State Smeal MBA Program positions students from around the world for their future careers. The two-year program, based on the University Park campus, begins with a focus on business fundamentals. Through summer internships with top companies and concentration opportunities in areas such as finance, marketing, and supply chain management, students then personalize their Smeal MBA experiences to align with their career aspirations. Learn more at www.smeal.psu.edu/mba.