Chatham University

Sustainability & Business Administration (MSUS/MBA) Learning Outcomes


The goal of the Master of Sustainability is to provide professionally oriented students the skills, knowledge, experiences, and networks necessary to meet their career goals. To that end, we produce graduates recognized for their:

  • intellectual and experiential core of knowledge about sustainability;
  • preparedness to champion and implement sustainability in a variety of settings;
  • entrepreneurial spirit and capacity for transformative leadership; and
  • commitment to ethical and informed citizenship
  • To that end, our curriculum is designed to achieve a number of learning outcomes that include:

    Students will become effective communicators by evaluating and implementing appropriate communication strategies. They will develop written, oral, and visual tools and practices for communicating about sustainability to diverse audiences.


    Students will be prepared to take an active role in advancing sustainability, with the understanding that to do so will require behavioral, cultural, institutional, and other changes at multiple spatial and temporal scales.


    Students will understand that facilitating sustainable attitudes and practices requires creativity in conceptualizing existing conditions and generating and implementing sustainable solutions to complex problems.


    Students will understand ethical implications of decisions and actions across diverse cultural, political, and temporal perspectives and be prepared to choose and act with integrity in their careers.


    Students will be able to explain the origins, meanings, and applications of sustainability, and by extension, explain the interrelationships among environmental, societal, and economic well-being. They will do this in a framework that recognizes the cultural dimensions of sustainability.


    Students will develop tools to model complex systems, describe the impact of changes within systems, consider the impacts of decision-making on systems, and analyze a system's strengths and weaknesses.


    Students will work across knowledge bases to better understand how different individuals and groups make decisions and work collaboratively with partners in the private sector, public sector, and academia. In these contexts, students will also learn how to apply the appropriate resources and methods to sustainability projects.


    Students will develop the necessary analytical skills for applying and assessing sustainability in a range of settings.

    Business Administration

    In master’s level programs, knowledge of the key content areas of business is assumed. Students without previous business courses take the Foundation Courses. Graduates of master’s level programs acquire a depth of knowledge in these areas that exceeds that of the typical bachelor’s degree graduate. Graduates of the MBA program are able to demonstrate that they possess business–specific content outcomes and business–related professional skills outcomes.

    Graduates of the MBA program will be able to:

    • Recognize problems in business settings and propose solutions
    • Use strategic analysis and integration
    • Apply creativity and innovation in business practice
    • Apply quantitative methods to real–world business situations
    • Evaluate the impact on business of the global environment
    • Identify and understand the ethical obligations and responsibilities of business
    • Communicate effectively in written materials to relevant publics
    • Communicate professionally in spoken words in one–on–one or business presentation situations
    • Work with a team of colleagues on projects
    • Demonstrate project management skills
    • Demonstrate leadership skills through the ability to set direction and work with others
    • Understand a specific area of business practice in depth