Sustainability Management Major

Business for People, Planet, and Profit

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Loyola offers the first BBA in Sustainability Management in the state of Maryland and one of few such programs in the country. The program examines how corporations deliver value to people, planet, and profit while creating and sustaining a competitive advantage. This major enhances students’ abilities to build a better world through the creation and growth of sustainable and responsible businesses.

Loyola is uniquely positioned to offer a strong course in Sustainability Management. The Sellinger School of Business is committed to the Jesuit values of global ethical leadership anchored in service to the local Baltimore community. We combine and leverage our university resources from multiple departments and institutes across campus to offer an innovative interdisciplinary major. 

A Response to Global Action

In 2020, the United Nations declared the Decade of Action (2020-2030) and urged all sectors of society, including businesses and academia, to partner together to end poverty, reduce inequality, and address the climate emergency through the achievement of 17 development goals by year 2030. Loyola is committed to joining the global movement with the vision that education can transform businesses for a better world.

1. No poverty
2. Zero Hunger
3. Good health and well-being
4. Quality education
5. Gender equality
6. Clean water and sanitation
7. Affordable and clean energy
8. Decent work and economic growth
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
10. Reduced inequalities
11. Sustainable cities and communities
12. Responsible consumption and production
13. Climate action
14. Life below water
15. Life on land
16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
17. Partnerships for the goals

Curriculum

The Sustainability Management major is an interdisciplinary program. The program prepares students to anticipate, innovate, and create sustainable solutions for businesses, the natural environment, and society. Students incorporate learning from various disciplines needed to analyze complex, multi-faceted, and multi-dimensional global business environments and sustainability challenges.

In addition to the Liberal Arts Core requirements and the Business Foundations, students in the Sustainability Management major will take four courses in Management and four courses classified as People and Planet.

The Management courses (IB 282 Global Environment of Business, MG 333 Global Strategy for Sustainability, MG 402 Strategic Management, and MG 407 Consulting Practicum) are designed to equip students to diagnose sustainability issues, design strategic solutions, learn about strategy implementation, and evaluate sustainability strategies.  People courses address issues of poverty, inequality, human rights, justice, and equality. Planet courses include topics related to climate crisis, biodiversity, and scarcity of natural resources. Students engage in hands-on activities through service-learning projects, participation in case competitions judged by local business professionals, and practical consulting projects.

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Career Outcomes

Graduates of the Sustainability Management major will enter a rapidly growing job market. There is an increasing demand for professionals with knowledge in sustainable development strategy in commerce, industry, government institutions, and nonprofit sectors.

Trends in the Sustainability Job Market

  • In 2019, there were 1,136,000 employees in sustainability with a median annual salary of USD 70,530 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • Employment of environmental specialists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all other occupation (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • In 2019, the Chronicle of Higher Education ranked sustainability as one of the top five majors on the rise.

Sample of Job Postings since 2019

  • Bank of America, Responsible Sourcing Manager
  • The Walt Disney Company, Auditor for the International Labor Standards Program
  • Green Century, Shareholder Advocacy
  • Verizon Communications, Environmental, Social and Governance Data Analytics
  • Mastercard, Manager of Social Impact
  • Edison Energy, Director of Sustainability

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Complementary Programs and Activities

Students have several opportunities to get engaged with a vibrant Loyola community while serving the Baltimore region and taking advantage of our proximity to Washington, DC.

Building a Better World Through Business

An annual series of events designed to celebrate the good that business does for society as it works to transform the world through sustainable economic and social development.

Pitch Competition

Students compete for prize money to develop and defend ideas that contribute to the economic and social well-being of Baltimore.

Greyhound Group Consulting

Students gain consulting experience while supporting a startup or nonprofit social venture.

Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ)

Opportunities for students to get involved in service and volunteerism, national and international immersion trip experiences, advocacy and citizenship campaigns.

Global Studies Major and Environmental and Sustainability Studies Minor

The major in Sustainability Management is intended for students interested in focusing on the strategy elements of sustainability: goal setting, analysis, formulation, implementation, and assessment. Students who are also interested in addressing global sustainability issues from a policy or activist perspective could double major in Sustainability Management and Global Studies or major in Sustainability Management and minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies.

Contact Information

Hung-bin Ding, chair of the Department of Management and International Business, at hding@loyola.edu