Chatham University

Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership (EMSL) Curriculum

Chatham University's Executive Master in Sustainability Leadership (EMSL) program provides business professionals the knowledge and experience necessary to drive sustainable practices within organizations. In our unique program, students engage sustainability leadership through collaboration, teamwork, and practical exercises. The program consists of 30 academic credits that can be completed in 16 months. Most courses are on-line; two require three weekends, and one involves a week-long residency.

Program Requirements

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SUS501 Fundamentals of Sustainability

This course will develop skills necessary to understand, describe, and communicate about sustainability at multiple scales and in various discourses (public, private, non-governmental organization and individuals). We will evaluate interrelationships among environmental, societal, and economic well-being; consider cross-cultural understandings; and discuss implications of such relationships on individual and social decisions.

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SUS502 Sustainabilty and Systems

In this course, students will develop skills necessary to understand, describe, and communicate complex systems. Working from examples, exercise and interactive discussions, students will learn to identify key drivers and leverage points for change. Students will learn to solicit useful information, model, and enact change using a various systems-based tools.

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SUS610 Communicating Sustainability

This course will focus on the development and application of skills for communicating the principles, evidence, complexity and stories of sustainability. Students will be introduced to the major revolutions in communication technologies, various communication strategies (risk, health, environmental, science, green marketing), and the best practices in technical, web, and visual communication.

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SUS631 Implementing Sustainability

In this course, students work in teams with fellow students to create and put into place sustainability strategies to implement sustainability across diverse organizations. This can include developing financing opportunities, grant writing, sustainability assessment, making the business case for sustainability, implementing sustainability policy, engaging stakeholders, and developing communication strategies. Student teams will change each semester, with a goal of developing strategies for a range of settings with a variety of colleagues.

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SUS632 Implementing Sustainability

In this course, students work in teams with fellow students to create and put into place sustainability strategies to implement sustainability across diverse organizations. This can include developing financing opportunities, grant writing, sustainability assessment, making the business case for sustainability, implementing sustainability policy, engaging stakeholders, and developing communication strategies. Student teams will change each semester, with a goal of developing strategies for a range of settings with a variety of colleagues.

3
BUS609 Business and Sustainability

This course covers basic questions concerning sustainability and the challenges in reconciling free-market capitalism with the need for more sustainable business practices. Among topics covered will be: the need to translate real-world sustainability challenges into future business opportunities, and the economic moral challenges involved with the creation of a sustainable world.

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BUS646 Social Entrepreneurship

Provide students an understanding of the concept of using business for the social good using real world examples and studies of such initiatives. This course will focus not just on the issues and softer side of social entrepreneurship, but also the quantitative and quantifialbe aspects of running a business for social good.

2
BUS640 Sustainability Assessment & Reporting

An in-depth study of how to measure, track, and report on sustainability issues in a business. This course will include a study of how to create effective Social Responsibility reports and the standards currently used to measure sustainability such as the GRI Standards. It will also teach students how to monitor and measure sustainability issues from within a business.

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