Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Our Joint MBA/MA in International Environmental Policy can be taken as a four-semester program plus a summer capstone for 70 credits, or a five-semester program for 80 credits. The core course work prepares graduates to be leaders and creative problem-solvers who can tackle complex environmental challenges using world-class business and leadership strategies. Students choose one of three customized MBA tracks.

Duration Start Dates Credits Thesis or Practicum Language Competency Program Chair
Two years plus summer, full time August 70 or 80 Capstone required Required Sandra Dow, PhD

Sample course schedule »

Core Course Work

The core interdisciplinary course work and integrated professional experiences will prepare you to launch a career at the intersection of business and environmental policy. The degree requirements are:

1. Business and Global Issues:

This course explores the interaction between business management and key global issues facing the world today. Faculty members co-teach during the first few weeks, and students are exposed to a variety of concepts and methodologies, including perspectives on business and impact; survey of pressing global issues; research development, design thinking and lean startup methodology; and strategy development.

2. Business Core (20-month MBA program only):

Course work that provides a fundamental understanding of international business. Sample courses include:

  • Business Statistics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Global Business Strategies
  • Managerial Economics

3. MBA Track Courses:

Course work in one of three tracks (including sample courses):

  • Resilient Business Management focuses on risk management and sustainability for mainstream businesses under global challenges.
    • Advanced Modeling and Decision Analysis
    • Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Risk Analysis
    • Investment Analysis and Environmental, Social, and Governance Risks
  • Social Enterprise and Finance focuses on the management and financing of business designed to deliver social or environmental bottom lines and operate with corporate social responsibility.
    • Environmental Entrepreneurship
    • Go-to Market Strategies
    • Impact Investing
    • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Risk Management and Compliance focuses on financial crime, international fraud detection, money laundering, and compliance management in business.
    • Anti-money Laundering, Sanctions, and Tax Compliance
    • Financial Crime Detection
    • Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination
    • Fraud Risk Management

4. International Environmental Policy Core:

Sample courses includes:

  • Public Policy and the Environment
  • Research Strategies for Environmental Policy
  • Applied Conservation Science
  • Environmental Science and Risk Assessment
  • Governing the Global Commons
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Methods Course

5. Language and Intercultural Competency Core:

Courses taught in the language of study combine language skills development with topics related to graduate degree work and professional interests. Our intercultural competency offerings provide students with the cross-cultural communication skills needed to pursue global careers. Sample courses include:

  • Arab-African Relations (in Arabic)
  • Entrepreneurship and the Spanish 5th State (in Spanish)
  • Sustainability for Professionals (in French)
  • Business Chinese (in Chinese-Mandarin)
  • Intercultural Group Dynamics
  • Multilingual Communication in Multicultural Settings

6. Electives:

Electives by advisement build on your expertise in domains that will benefit your career. Sample courses include:

  • Environmental Conflict Management
  • Rethinking Human Rights
  • Conflict Resolution Certificate
  • Certificate in International Development
  • International Marine Law

7. Capstone:

The MBA capstone is a semester-long project experience for students to synthesize knowledge about business and global issues, as well as further their professional skills while serving a real-world client. Leveraging institutional partnerships, students choose one of three approved capstone projects:

  • Frontier Market Scouts is an Ashoka approved program that advances purpose-driven work by coaching and training impact-fueled professionals for careers in social enterprise management and responsible investing.
  • International Business Plan
  • Corporate Impact Consulting Project

 

Internships/Study Abroad

Immersive learning and study abroad provides students with opportunities to gain professional experience in management, business, international policy, international development. These experiences give students excellent networking opportunities and often lead to jobs after graduation.

Research and Education Centers

Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) is a research and academic center developing innovative ways to address critical ocean and coastal resource management issues. The Center’s research demonstrates the tremendous value of ocean and coastal resources and the interdependence of a healthy ocean, well-managed coastline, and strong economy.

The Center for Social Impact Learning (CSIL) provides relevant learning and research programming for students interested in exploring and developing careers in social enterprise and impact investment management.

Program Options

In addition to the 12 or 20-month Joint MBA/MA in International Environmental Policy programs, you can also choose from the following options:

  • Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program
    Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) are encouraged to apply for the competitive Peace Corps Fellows program.

 

Sample Course Schedules*

12-month MBA

Fall Start, Full Time, Two Semesters and Summer

Fall 1 16 Credits
Business and Global Issues 3
Public Policy and Environment 2
Research Strategies for Environmental Policy 2
MBA Track Courses 5
Language Studies 4
Spring 1 18 Credits
MBA Track Courses 4
Applied Conservation Science 4
Governing the Global Commons 4
Language Studies 4
Electives 2
Fall 2
18 Credits
Environment and Natural Resource Economics 4
Language/Intercultural Competency 4
MBA Track Courses 4
Electives 6
Spring 2

12 Credits

Methods Course 4
MBA Track Courses 6
Electives 2
Summer 2
6 Credits
Capstone 6
TOTAL 70

 

20-month MBA

Fall Start, Full Time, Five Semesters

Fall 1 16 Credits
Financial Accounting 2
Business Statistics 2
Marketing Management 2
Public Policy and Environment 2
Research Strategies for Environmental Policy 2
Electives 2
Language Studies 4
Spring 1 18 Credits
Financial Management 2
Applied Conservation Science 4
Governing the Global Commons 4
Language Studies 4
MBA Track Courses 4
Fall 2
18 Credits
Business and Global Issues 3
Environment and Natural Resource Economics 4
MBA Track Courses 3
Electives 4
Language/Intercultural Competency 2
Spring 2

14 Credits

Global Business Strategies 2
MBA Track Courses 6
Capstone 6
Fall 3
14 Credits
Methods Course 4
MBA Track Courses 6
Electives 4
TOTAL 80

 

*This is a sample degree schedule. Individual student degree schedules will vary. All curricula are subject to revision and change.