Learn About the Sustainable Business Concentration

At a time of indisputable societal and environmental change, concentrating in Sustainable Business will examine the unique role of the private sector and gain a broad understanding of how embedding sustainability into core business strategy benefits financial performance and management practices.

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Sustainable Business Concentration Requirements

To declare a concentration in Sustainable Business, you must fill out the concentration declaration form on SternLife.

 

You are required to complete 12 credits of Sustainable Business courses that consist of: 

  • Sustainability for Competitive Advantage (BSPA-UB 68) - This course will not be offered in spring 2022 semester
  • Three (3) courses, one from each of the following sections: Issue Area, Discipline, and Practicum


Approved Issue Area Courses

  • Social Entrepreneurship (BSPA-UB 41)
  • Economic Inequality: Perspectives and Practices (BSPA-UB 43)
  • Global Business & Human Rights (BSPA-UB 47)
  • Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Protein (BSPA-UB 50)
  • Social Enterprise in Sustainable Food Business (BSPA-GB 2306)
  • Driving Market Solutions for Clean Energy (BSPA-GB 2308)
  • Business and the Environment (ECON-UB 225)
  • Business Economy and Policy in Midst of COVID-19 (MULT-UB 24) 


Approved Discipline Courses

  • Innovations and Strategies for Building a Progressive Social Enterprise (BSPA-UB 44) 
  • Theory & Practice of Sustainable Investing (BSPA-UB 48) 
  • Accounting for Sustainability (BSPA-UB 67)
  • Global Economic Trends (ECON-UB 240)
  • Managing Climate, Cyber, Geopolitical and Financial Risk (FINC-UB 75)


Approved Practicum (P) Courses

  • SIV: Social Entrepreneurship in Ghana (P)  (BSPA-UB 2000) 
  • Social Innovation Practicum (P)  (BSPA-UB 70) 
  • Experiential Learning Seminar: Social Impact Consulting (P)  (BSPA-UB 103) 
  • Sustainability Impact Consulting in Costa Rica (P) (BSPA-UB 45) 
  • Marketing for Impact: Strategies for Sustainable Business (P) (BSPA-UB 51)

Learn about the Sustainable Business Co-Concentration

If you entered NYU-Stern before fall 2019, you have the option to co-concentrate in Sustainable Business.

Sustainable Business Co-Concentration Requirements

 

You are required to complete: 

  • Four (4) courses of approved sustainable business electives: two (2) from List A and two (2) from either List A or List B
  • At least one (1) of your four courses should be a Practicum (“P”) Course

List A

  • Social Entrepreneurship (BSPA-UB 41)
  • Economic Inequality: Perspectives and Practices (BSPA-UB 43)
  • Innovations and Strategies for Building a Progressive Social Enterprise (BSPA-UB 44) 
  • Sustainability for Competitive Advantage (BSPA-UB 68) - This course will not be offered in spring 2022 semester
  • Social Innovation Practicum (P) (BSPA-UB 70)
  • Experiential Learning Seminar: Social Impact Consulting (P) (BSPA-UB 103)
  • Experiential Learning Seminar: Emerging Technologies in the Energy Industry (P) (BSPA-UB 105)
  • Stern International Volunteers Seminar (P) (BSPA-UB 2000)
  • Law & Business of Social Enterprise (BSPA-GB 2306)
  • Law, Business & Human Rights (BSPA-GB 2331)
  • Global Markets, Human Rights & The Press (BSPA-GB 3105 )


List B

  • Marketing for Impact: Strategies for Sustainable Business (P) (BSPA-UB 51)
  • Health Economics (ECON-UB 140)
  • Business & the Environment (ECON-UB 225)
  • Global Macroeconomics (ECON-UB 230)
  • Global Economic Trends (ECON-UB 240)
  • Managing Climate, Cyber, Geopolitical and Financial Risk (FINC-UB 75)
  • Corporate Political Power (BSPA-GB 2356)
  • Social Venture Capital (FINC-GB 3148)
  • Investing for the Environment & Social Impact (FINC-GB 3348)
  • Strategy with a Social Purpose MGMT-GB 2368
  • Introduction to Social Impact ** (UPADM-GP 102)
  • Introduction to Managing Public Service Organizations** (UPADM-GP 103)
  • The Business of Nonprofit Management** (UPADM-GP 242)
  • Social Entrepreneurship Incubator & Practicum** (UPADM-GP 267)
  • How to Change the World: Advocacy Movements & Social Innovation** (UPADM-GP 269)
  • Financial Management for Global Nonprofit Organizations** (PADM-GP 2142)
  • Social Impact Investment** (PADP-GP 2311)
  • Managing Financial & Social Returns of the Social Enterprise** (PADM-GP 2312)
  • Lean Approaches to Social Innovation** (PADM-GP 4311)
  • The Intersection of Finance & Social Justice** (PADM-GP 4313)
  • Environmental Finance & Social Impact** (PADM-GP 4314)
  • NYU Impact Investment Fund I** (PADM-GP 4316)

Additional Notes and Resources

  • A Stern elective course may satisfy only one concentration requirement. For example, Sustainability Impact Consulting in Costa Rica can count as a Sustainable Business elective or Global Business elective, but it cannot satisfy both requirements.
  • Practicum courses are labeled with a “P”
  • **These courses are offered through the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and enrollment in these courses may require approval from the NYU Wagner School. For questions regarding enrollment, contact the Stern Advising Office. Course descriptions and prerequisites can be found on the Wagner website.
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