Environmental Science/Studies (BA/BS)/Master of Science in Sustainable Management (MSSM)
The combined degree provides environmental science/studies students with advanced knowledge of business systems and practices, focusing on environmental sustainability, to create leaders for business, government and civic organizations. For more information on the full Master of Science in Sustainable Management curriculum, go to MSSM degree requirements found within the graduate programs section of the University Catalog.
Current DePaul Environmental Science or Studies majors who meet the following criteria may apply to this program:
- Junior standing or higher (at least 88.0 credits)
- A minimum cumulative DePaul grade point average of 3.300
Admission to the combined program does not require the GMAT, essays, or letters of recommendation.
Classes During Senior Year
If accepted into the combined program, students will take three graduate classes during the senior year. These three graduate classes at 12 quarter hours will count toward the bachelor’s degree - as indicated below - and toward the master's degree.
Students must apply for degree conferral in order to be eligible to graduate with either the B.A. in environmental studies or the B.S. in environmental science before matriculating into the MSSM program.
Students are limited to applying a maximum of three graduate courses as 12 quarter hours toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees. Students should note that expectations for graduate classes are typically more rigorous than for undergraduate classes. Students can choose from the following list of core MSSM courses; other options available upon consultation with the MSSM advisor.
Final Quarter of Senior Year
During the final quarter of the bachelor’s degree, students must petition for formal admission into the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. The admission criteria are as follows:
- Completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies or Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
- A minimum cumulative DePaul grade point average of 3.300
- A minimum grade point average for graduate courses of 3.000.
- Student must apply for undergraduate degree conferral of their Environmental Science or Studies program in anticipation of completing their fourth year of study.
After Senior Year
After completion of the undergraduate degree including the three graduate courses, students take nine additional graduate classes to complete the graduate degree, for a total of twelve graduate classes. Information on the MSSM degree can be found in the graduate program degree requirements section of the University Catalog.
For an application to the combined program (at the end of your junior year) or to learn more about it, please contact the chair of the Environmental Science and Studies department.
SUSTAINABLE VALUE CREATION
This course is designed to introduce the concept of sustainability to the process of value creation. The role of financial management has traditionally been defined as one of value maximization. A complex set of questions arises, however, as to whether such maximization is to be undertaken 'unconstrained' and from the perspective of the shareholders alone. For example, should the interests of others, including those of the customers, employees, society at large, the government, the environment, be regarded as constraints to such an endeavor? Some of the recent contributions to the field suggest that most assumptions of the traditionalists (those arguing that the only purpose of the firm is to serve the shareholders and maximize their wealth) do not hold in 'the real world.' Therefore, they conclude that it is necessary that all relevant interests be recognized and taken into account. However, the unanswered question is: 'how does one do this'? This course is designed to pave the way toward the answers to this question. Our goal therefore, is to develop the theoretical relationship that exists between finance and sustainability, and to explore the practical issues associated with its implementation. In plain language, we will learn how to make a business case for making investments in sustainable and socially responsible projects. More ambitiously, our objective will be to develop a framework for the evaluation of all long-term benefits and costs associated with a project.
This course discusses and analyzes the concept of sustainability within a business and management setting. It will analyze the complex relationship between business and the environment and it will explore the nature of business in today's global context where addressing environmental and social issues is becoming increasingly important. Furthermore, it aims to discuss how the talents of business might be used to solve world's environmental and social problems. Rather than focusing on a 'doom and gloom' approach, the course aims to emphasize the solutions towards a sustainable economy.
DECISIONS IN MARKETING MANAGEMENT
Students are provided with an overview of the marketing process for consumer-oriented firms. Focus is placed on decision-making that aligns a firm's market offerings with the wants and needs of targeted segments of customers within a continuously changing environment. Written cases/projects are part of the course assignment.
TOPICS IN ORGANIZATIONAL AND MULTICULTURAL COMMUNICATION
The current historical moment increasingly defines itself through (for, against, and in multiple relations to) globalization. This course surveys interdisciplinary theories, discourses and practices of globalization with an emphasis on communication and culture. Through reading, writing, and attending to contemporary and historical moments of globalization we consider its productive force in its transnational relations and dynamics, relations of power and uneven flows, as well as resistances and collaborative imaginaries of social justice and sustainable practices. When this course is taken as an elective for the MA-RELC program, the topic must be approved by the MA-RELC Program Director.
Status as a Graduate Communication student is a prerequisite for this class.