The Master of Business & Science with a concentration in Sustainability is designed to help students identify, analyze and better understand connections among social, environmental, technological and economic systems (environmental, social, and governance  - ESG). Designed upon a systems analysis approach, this program provides a broad understanding of the forces driving these systems. It also provides specific tools and skills to measure, predict and influence key processes that influence sustainability. A systems-based approach to problem solving seeks to envision and forecast how individual or local actions can affect the function of a larger ecosystem, structure, organization or process. By understanding and acknowledging the interactions of social, environmental and economic systems, graduates of this program will be better equipped to conceive, propose and promote strategies that meet short-term personal and organizational needs while promoting sustainable, long-term outcomes. For a blog post about jobs in sustainability, please see here.

Within this concentration there are two subconcentrations, namely, environmental systems and energy technologies. Students may elect to take electives within one of these subconcentrations.

Related Concentrations: Global Agriculture

Admissions Requirements

We encourage applications from individuals with a Bachelor's degree or higher in a scientific or engineering discipline. It is recommended that students have completed: 1 semester of calculus, 1 year of chemistry, 1 year of another science (e.g., environmental science, ecology, biology, physics, meteorology, air or water pollution, geology), and 1 semester of statistics. Previous education in environmental sciences is not required. In some cases, promising students without science or engineering majors may be accepted. The General GRE is required for admission. Students concerned about their preparation should contact the concentration coordinator.

Program Requirements

To earn the Master of Business & Science (MBS) degree, students need to complete 24 credits in the sciences and 19 credits in business. In addition, students must attend 12 colloquium events to qualify for graduation. The business requirements include courses in finance & accounting, marketing, communication & leadership, capstone, ethics and electives. The business curriculum is listed here. The science courses for the Sustainability concentration are given below.

I.  Business Courses

A total of 19 credits are required in the business curriculum. Six courses are required - all but one of the courses are for 3 credits each. Descriptions of the required Business Courses can be found here:

and 2 business electives - 6 credits (e.g., project management, supply chain, Intellectual property, etc.)

II.  Science Courses

Students are required to take 8 courses in the science of sustainability. This includes 5 core courses and 3 courses in ANY of the following areas: Environmental Science and Engineering, Energy and Sustainable Technologies, and Urban Ecosustainability. In addition, there are suggested business elective courses for the 6 management courses which are part of the Master of Business and Science degree.  It is recommended that students have some background in environmental science.

The concentration in Sustainability is offered at both the New Brunswick and Newark campuses with slightly different "flavors". The Newark campus focuses on urban eco-sustainability, the New Brunswick campus focuses on energy technologies, environmental science & policy. Urban Eco-Sustainability covers issues of sustainable resources, carbon sources/sinks, brownfield recovery and utilization. Environmental Systems & Policy covers issues in water resource management, ecology, bioremediation, and environmental planning. Energy technologies concentrates on engineering and new energy technologies (a background in engineering may be required for some of these courses). 

Courses labeled NB are in New Brunswick, courses labeled NW are in Newark.

Four (4) Courses Are Required

(i) SUSTAINABILITY:  Take the following course:

(ii)  ENERGY & POLICY: Take 1 of the following classes:

  • 16:137:556 (NB) Integrated Energy Challenge (Fall, 3)
  • 34:970:620 (NB) OR 34:833:680 Energy Sustainability & Policy (Spring, 3 cr)
  • OR 16:332:585 (NB) Sustainable Energy (Fall, 3 cr) 
  • OR 16:155:571 (NB) Sustainable, Renewable Clean Energy (Fall, 3 cr)
  • 34:970:523 Environmental Law & Policy ( 3 cr)

(iii) ENVIRONMENT: Take 1 course from the following list:

  • 16:375:523 (NB) Environmental Fate And Transport (Spring, 3 cr)
  • OR  11:216:451 (NB) Global Change & Ecology (Spring, 3 cr)
  • OR 26:120:507 (NW) Computational Ecology (3)
  • OR 26:375:590 (NW) Introduction to Environmental Biophysics (3)
  • OR 26:375:534 (NW) Biological Invasions (Fall, 3)
  • OR 16:180:591 (NB) Sustainable Environmental Biotechnology (Spring, 3 cr)
  • OR 16:378:501/502 (NB) Environmental Change (Fall/Spring, 3 cr)
  • OR 16:218:502 Climate Change And The Coast (3 cr)
  • OR 16:218:503 Climate Resilience Along The Nj Shores (Summer, 3 cr)

(iv) RESOURCES: Take 1 course from the following list:

  • 34:970:571 (NB) Industrial Ecology (Fall, 3 cr)
  • OR 16:137:606 (NB) Spec. Topic: Sustainability: Supply Chain Management Green Purchasing
  • OR 22:799:672 (NW) Supply Chain Environmental Management/Green Purchasing (Spring, 3 cr)
  • OR 34:970:572 (NB) Green Building (Fall, 3 cr)
  • OR 16:375:534 (NB) Environmental Sustainability (Fall, 3 cr)
  • OR 26:120:522 (NW) Resource Sustainability (Fall, 3)

Course Description

Concentration Coordinators

Dr. Uta Krogmann (New Brunswick)               ​        

Dr. Clint Andrews (New Brunswick)

Dr. Ed Bonder (Newark)

Dr. Beth Ann Murphy
Life Sciences Coordinator

The MBS (Master of Business & Science) is a Professional Science Master's Degree combining graduate  science courses (MS level) in a particular concentration with courses in business. 

-- Unsure if you’re a good fit? Attend one of our online or in-person information sessions or set up an appointment with an advisor.