Programs / Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership
Find your purpose, drive your career and transform your organization. Let the nation’s leader in sustainability education equip you with the systems thinking skills to accelerate your success.
Our next cohort starts January 2017 – join our network of successful thought leaders!
Real World Leadership Tools to Build a Sustainable Future
Why this program is different and why you will be different in 13 months:
Experience a degree that is unlike a traditional MBA – faculty work together to provide integrated course content in a linked set of 6-week sessions, not a collection of unlinked courses.
Participate in a hybrid program of interactive on-line learning with three face-to-face sessions including an 8-day international immersive event.
Gain real-world applicability for immediate use through the course deliverables, international immersive and live faculty/guest speaker lectures – from Day 1 to graduation you will directly apply what you learn into what you are working on in the real world.
Receive individual one-on-one engagement from faculty and experts – industry leaders within and beyond ASU who are pioneers in their field.
Earn a degree that’s truly unique – differentiate yourself with skills that scale beyond sustainability.
Arm yourself with the tools necessary to confidently move sustainability initiatives forward in the face of powerful obstacles.
Realize perspectives outside your routine sphere of influence through the diversity of our cohorts.
Achieve, as many of our students do, personal transformational growth in just 13 months.
Applicants to EMSL come from all corners of their organization and recognize that a traditional MBA does not adequately address their needs or goals. Our students are entrepreneurs, educators, managers, small business owners and community leaders with a rich variety of backgrounds and experiences who want to make the practice of sustainability central to their careers. They come from around the world and are re-entering school at various points in their life. Their diversity is a key strength of this program.
The EMSL curriculum was created by practitioners for practitioners. Graduates leave the program with the tools to turn good intentions and valuable ideas into real change. They are transformed into highly effective leaders who use their skills to advance sustainability within their own area of expertise.
“I will use this course as a platform to build my cost-benefit analysis and present it to management as well as incorporate enhanced employee engagement.”
The Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership was designed with specific input from hundreds of sustainability executives and advocates from corporations, NGOs, communities and governments.
The innovative curriculum, created in partnership with academic and industry leaders, encourages the use of hands-on projects from your own workplace as practical case studies and builds to a final capstone project that will apply directly and immediately to your organization’s sustainability plans and challenges.
When you finish the program, you will be armed with practical, actionable tools to become a leader who can embed sustainability throughout your organization, through four specific themes: global context, strategy, communication and leadership.
2017 Cohort Application Deadline
Cohort Application + Scholarship Deadline
Workshop Session I and program kickoff (Tempe, AZ)
EMS 510 Sustainability Leadership II—Sustainability as a Core Leadership Platform
EMS 514 Sustainability Leadership III—Transformational Leadership for Global Success
The program experience includes three face-to-face workshop sessions. Two are held at Arizona State University, and one is held in a compelling international location.
Workshop Session I (EMS 501: Sustainability Leadership Workshop I)ASU Tempe CampusJanuary 8-11, 2017
This first workshop session formally kicks off the program. It’s an opportunity to meet graduating and fellow cohort members, learn what the entire program will cover and what success will look like. This will include hands-on collaboration and group time with peer cohort members; engaging in thought-provoking workshops and discussions with individuals as diverse as policy makers and artists; and experiencing regional sustainability cases onsite, such as Chase Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks.Upon leaving, you will feel connected to your cohort and faculty and will have a personalized success and development roadmap for the following year.
International Workshop (EMS 508: International Immersive)The NetherlandsJune 17-24, 2017
The international workshop experience will take place in the Netherlands where all of the challenges and opportunities of sustainability are in play. The international immersive is designed as a dynamic vehicle to make real-world connections to sustainability leaders, projects and communities. It is sure to be among the most memorable experiences of the program. You will ‘see’ and ‘feel’ sustainability from the perspective of another country and cultural context. You will extend your professional networks to other host countries and generate a reflective experience and analysis report. Collaborative teams will work through a sustainability case study and present their solutions.
Workshop Session II (EMS 516: Sustainability Leadership Workshop II)ASU Tempe CampusJanuary 10-13, 2018
You will present your capstone project and share the knowledge and experience gained during the 13 months of the program. The student portfolio will be showcased and brought to life when each student delivers their TED-style talk during this workshop. You will leave as graduates, energized to put your enhanced toolkits to work and become fully recommitted to your purpose.
The faculty for the Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership program provides you with a perfect balance of perspectives between seasoned academics, respected thought leaders and innovative practitioners.
“I know that I’ve got experts in all sorts of industries and businesses throughout the country that I can call on if I’m ever in their area, if I ever have a question about something related to their business, and they can always help me. It’s those relationships that surprisingly are a huge takeaway for me.”