With sky-high commodity prices, resource scarcity, and growing public scrutiny of business operations throughout the entire value chain, achieving greater social and environmental sustainability has become a managerial imperative across industries. Forward-looking businesses are converting constraints traditionally viewed as challenges to growth into the inspiration and motivation for product-, operational-, and business model innovation. To lead in your organization and make sustainability not a question of corporate responsibility but one of corporate success, you need to combine in-depth understanding of markets and organizations with a grasp of major trends and a facility with frameworks for driving transformative innovation.

Yale’s first-rate business curriculum and depth of knowledge in the field provide a foundation for your aspirations. You’ll also draw on the full power of Yale University and our network of business graduates in the field, as you gain the elevated perspective to see the big picture that enables you to be a leader.

“For half a century we have dealt with traditional sustainability issues—resource availability, energy, climate change—by thinking about what you cannot do. There has been a transformation to thinking about what you can create, invent, and innovate by aligning sustainability issues with economic drivers and market forces.”
Paul Anastas, Faculty Director, Sustainability, & the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies



Alongside the integrated core curriculum, in your first year, you will increase your grasp of big ideas and trends in the business of sustainability by participating in the Colloquium on Sustainability Leadership, a series of candid talks with innovators, CEOs of global corporations, policymakers, and other people shaping the field. In addition, you will build your network and benefit from the perspectives and experiences of classmates from all facets of the field.

In the second year, you deepen your expertise. You take a slate of advanced business and management courses, and a series of deep explorations of topics in sustainability. These courses are taught by experts from the School of Management and other parts of the university, including the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. The program builds on a long history of collaboration between SOM and FES, exemplified in the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale. A capstone course structured around major challenges in sustainability will deepen your learning and link back to the essential business skills taught in the core. 

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Core courses

Basics of Accounting  Basics of Economics Probability Modeling and Statistics
Negotiation Modeling Managerial Decisions Investor
Competitor Customer Employee
Sourcing and Managing Funds Managing Groups & Teams State and Society
Operations Engine Global Macroeconomy  
Innovator The Executive  

Sample Advanced Management Courses

Competitive Strategy Corporate Finance Managerial Controls
Entrepreneurship Financial Reporting Business Ethics Meets Behavioral Economics
Designing and Leading Organizations    

Sustainability Courses

Natural Capital  Communication & Stakeholder Management Sustainability Management
Sustainability Marketing Managing Sustainable Operations Metrics & Analytics for Sustainability
    Sustainable Innovation & Design


This list represents current and planned program content. Exact course lineup and/or titles may change.