Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management



$450 Per Credit

Learn sustainability skills that have the power to transform organizations.

The online Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management degree completion program prepares students for sustainability careers by teaching business and organizational topics through a sustainability lens: marketing and communications, financial and managerial accounting, supply chain management, information systems, economics, and organizational behavior. The curriculum further develops students’ knowledge of scientific and ecological concepts that aid in understanding and problem solving.

In addition to sustainability in business, you’ll explore topics, such as:

  • environmental science and policy,
  • agricultural systems,
  • triple bottom line accounting,
  • ecology and biodiversity,
  • renewable energy,
  • natural resource management,
  • corporate social responsibility (CSR),
  • climate change.

The potential for positive change exists in every industry—agriculture, construction, design, healthcare, investing and finance, manufacturing, public administration, supply chain, recreation and travel, retail, waste management, and more. Students with a wide range of work experience, life experience, and education have found success as graduates of the program.

Universities of Wisconsin partners in the Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management include: UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, and UW-Superior.

Program Description

Courses in the Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management degree completion program focus on developing business skills with an emphasis on applied principles of sustainability supported by environmental science. Students must complete twenty-one courses (63 credits) to earn their degree. There are no electives.

  • 20 courses (3 credits per course)
  • Capstone project course (3 credits)

Career Opportunities

Sustainability roles within an organization may include entry-level positions, such as sustainability associate, specialist, or coordinator, to more senior-level roles, such as chief sustainability officer and others, depending on the structure and size of the organization. As sustainability is increasingly integrated within organizations, its responsibility is becoming dispersed and shared across positions, and job titles may depend more on whether you are part of the core sustainability team, or in a role that takes this on in addition to other duties.

Since sustainability professionals draw on knowledge and skills across many areas, including business, economics, and environmental science, they may have experience and education from a diverse range of fields and industries.

As a sustainability specialist or manager, you may be responsible for:

  • Leading project management and implementation of initiatives
  • Setting strategic and material sustainability performance goals
  • Measuring, reporting, and optimizing the effectiveness of sustainability initiatives
  • Sustainable supply chain, waste management, and minimization
  • Marketing and communication
  • Sustainable product innovation and development
  • Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing
  • Employee engagement and diversity, equity, and inclusion

With a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management, a graduate could pursue positions such as:

  • Sustainability specialist
  • Solar operations surveyor
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Energy and LEED analyst
  • Social compliance analyst
  • Zero-waste program manager
  • Renewable energy analyst
  • Sustainable design coordinator
  • Environmental analyst


The Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management is a bachelor’s degree completion program. To be eligible for the program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Associate degree or approximately 45-60 transferable general education credits (min. 2.0 GPA),
  • Prerequisite coursework:
    • college math,
    • introductory biology, and
    • speech/introduction to communications.

If you have an associate degree or equivalent coursework, aptitude tests, such as the ACT or SAT, are not required for admission.

You will also need to submit the following application materials:

  • Official college transcripts.

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