MBA – Sustainability, Energy and Environment (16 Months Online)


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Careers & Outcomes

Program Length

16 Months (Accelerated)

Total Months

Total ECTS Credits


Total Program Fee

9000 EUR

Includes tuition and all other applicable fees



Program Overview

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It is widely accepted that sustainability, the environment, and energy economics represent some of the most challenging risks facing businesses today, as well as some of the most exciting opportunities. From climate change, environment to energy economics, the success of business in the future will depend on how companies address these challenges and align themselves with the needs of society and the environment.


The specialized MBA program in “Sustainability, Energy, and Environment” aims at providing skills and tools needed for analyzing, understanding, and assessing strategic decisions about energy production, sustainability, and climate change mitigation. The Program will start by creating a global framework of the energy sources and uses and of the strategic role of energy and sustainable development.  Then, it will focus on the critical challenges in achieving sustainability to meet the energy consumption needs of a growing population in the face of increasing economic prosperity and finite resources. Energy efficiency and the emerging paradigms of energy communities and smart cities will be further investigated. The role of technological innovation and renewable energy production will be assessed providing students with real case studies at the global level. This program also examines the scientific foundation of anthropogenic climate change and the forecast for humans’ impact on Earth’s climate, including sea-level change, variations in precipitation, vegetation, storminess, and the related economic impacts


After completing this MBA program, graduates are expected to


  • Understand the current status and future trends in energy production and environmental impacts caused by transport, industrial, commercial, and coal power plant.
  • Demonstrate the main sources of renewable energy such as wind, solar, and ocean.
  • Develop practical skills to make major improvements in the efficiency of energy conversion, distribution, and use.
  • Develop the skills to engage in rigorous and complex discussions around creating sustainable solutions in a global context.
  • Understand what is climate and how has climate been varying on human time scales, and why.
  • Emphasize not only the economics of carbon budgeting and increasing efficiency but also the human role in creating and solving climate change.
  • Learn about similarities and differences across the three policy fields: climate, energy, and environment, with the main focus on climate change.
  • Communicate concepts effectively in the energy sector as they relate to environmental issues and demonstrate a thorough understanding of the broader societal consequences of one or more environmental problems and policies.


Rushford offers Recognition of Prior Experience (RPE) and thus a formal bachelor’s degree is not mandatory for entering this program.

Program Fees:

The program fee for this program is EUR 9000 if paid in full before enrollment. If you prefer to pay in monthly installments, the total program fees paid will be slightly higher due to administrative charges. We offer two flexible monthly program fees payment plans for this program as follows :


Number of Monthly  Installments Monthly Installment Amount Total Program Fee Payable
6 1575 9450
12 800 9600

Approx. Course Length

2-3 weeks

Total ECTS Credits


Max. Number of Transfer Credits:


Courses Overview


Students will complete this specialized MBA in two stages.


Stage 1: Rushford Core MBA Program 

The Rushford Online MBA program is comprised of a total of 17 courses and each course lasts approximately 3 weeks. Each course is comprised of 4 ECTS credits. Students must complete 12 Core courses and 3 out of the 5 Elective courses to earn a total of 60 ECTS for becoming eligible for the MBA award.


Stage 2: Specialization in Sustainability, Energy, and Environment 

The Rushford Online specialization coursework in Sustainability, Energy, and Environment is comprised of 20 ECTS and a capstone project of 10 ECTS to earn a total of 90 ECTS for becoming eligible for the MBA in Sustainability, Energy and Environment award.


Managerial Economics MBA001
4 Credits | Approx. 3 weeks

Managerial Skills MBA002
4 Credits | Approx. 3 weeks

Accounting for Financial Reporting MBA003
4 Credits | Approx. 3 weeks


Business Analytics MBA005
4 Credits | Approx. 3 weeks

Approx. 3

Financial Management MBA006
4 Credits | Approx. 3 weeks

Marketing Management MBA010
4 Credits | Approx. 3 weeks

Financial Statement Analysis MBA011
4 Credits | Approx. 3 weeks

Sales Management (Elective) MBA014
4 Credits | Approx. 3 weeks

Business Communications (Elective) MBA016
44 Credits | Approx. 3 weeks

Business Law (Elective) MBA017
4 Credits | Approx. 3 weeks

Specialization Curriculum MBA-SEE-Spec
16 Credits | Approx. 12 weeks

Course Outline


1 Introduction to Sustainability, Energy and Environment

Pre-history and pre-industrial energy consumption and fossil fuel production

Energy and environment

The essential principles of climate change science

Introduction to renewable energy sources


2 Energy Supply

Evolution of energy mix

Supply of fossil fuels

Future growth in OPEC crude oil production

Supply of nuclear energy

Supply of renewable energy


3 Energy Use

Global energy consumption

Energy use by sector

Residential site energy consumption by end-use

Energy use by region


4 Electrical Power Generation

The coal power plant

Oil and gas power plant

Nuclear power plant

Renewable energy production


5 Are We Running Out of Oil?

Oil reserves and production profiles

Crude oil supply and demand gap

Oil shale resources and mining

Global oil shale production growth


6 Introduction to Sustainability

Conventional dimension of sustainability

Environmental, economic and social sustainability

The motivations behind sustainability

Green growth and socio-ecological systems


7 Energy and Environmental Protection

A model of human interaction with the environment

Matrix of environmental indicators

Emissions of air pollutants by sector

The role of the state and climate change

Drivers, pressures, impacts and responses


8 Energy Policy

What are the energy policy objectives for government?

Policy instruments for sustainable energy management

Economic efficiency as an objective

Policy instrument: regulatory, economic and market-based instruments


9 Sustainable Communities and Smart City

Defining a sustainable community

What is a smart city

Urban sustainable development planning

Smart city case studies


10 Energy Efficiency

Concept of energy efficiency

Scope of increasing energy efficiency

Energy efficient appliance

Energy efficient measure and policy


11 Towards Sustainable Transport

Traffic and air pollution

Growing congestion in urban area

Sustainable transport systems and decarbonization

Emissions reductions from strategic travel efficiency



12 Climate Variation and Global Warming

Definition of climate

The circulation of the atmosphere and oceans

Seasonal variation of solar radiation

Global average surface albedo

Observed cloud effects of radiation


13 The Earth’s Carbon Cycle and CO2 Emissions

The global carbon cycle

Long-term climate change

Short-term carbon fluxes

Carbon emissions from fossil fuel use


14 Climate Change: Environmental Impacts

Global temperature observation

Precipitations anomalies

Projected temperature change

Sea level rise and impact on coastal areas


15 Climate Change: Economic Impacts

Areas of the economy affected by climate change

Cost to mitigate climate change

Economic analysis to estimate climate change mitigation

Cost to adapt to climate change

The social discount rate


16 Climate Change Mitigation

Unprecedent increases in Carbon Dioxide

What drives carbon emissions?

Emissions past and future

Climate impacts and adaptation


17 Wind Power Energy Production

Global and local wind

History of wind machines

Vertical-axis turbines and horizontal-axis turbines

Environmental impacts on land use, wildlife and public health


18 Nuclear Power

The relationship between nuclear power and economic growth

Economic aspect of nuclear power reactors

Financial cost of nuclear reactor in different countries

Risks associated with nuclear power plant


19 Solar Thermal Energy and Concentrated Solar Tower (CST)

Introduction to heat transfer

Source of solar energy

Global solar energy distribution

Solar thermal energy systems

CST technology status

Existing operational solar towers plant case studies






20 Photovoltaic Power Generation

How do photovoltaic work

Photovoltaic solar cells panel comparison

The economics of solar photovoltaic power

Photovoltaic environmental impacts


21 New Hydrogen Economy

Thermal, electrolytic and photolytic processes

The challenges of hydrogen storage

Hydrogen and fuels cells for transport

Hydrogen economy: challenges and perspectives


22 Ocean Renewable Energy Technologies

Ocean energy

Global ocean renewable energy sources

Wave energy converters

Tidal stream generator

OTEC Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion



Capstone Project MBA-REM012
14 Credits | Approx. 10 weeks

Careers & Outcomes

Job Growth


Outcomes and Careers:

The data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that the year on year growth for jobs in the sustainability, energy, and environment market will grow at over 9% which is higher than the average of all industries put together. With most organizations globally investing significantly in waste reduction, energy efficiency, and environmental commitment, there is an excellent prospect for graduates who specialize in these areas alongside their business and management studies.


The Rushford MBA in Sustainability, Energy, and Environment has been designed to ensure that students receive hands-on knowledge and learn from case studies that mimic real-life situations. We train our students to manage complex operations within these sectors.  Popular areas for career entry or enhancement after completing this MBA program are as follows:


Sustainability Specialist
Climate Change Analyst
Sustainability Consultant
Energy Consultant
Environmental Specialist
Corporate Sustainability Strategist



Rushford maintains very high standards for students who enter our academic programs. For all MBA programs, the following criteria need to be met before admission is offered to a prospective student.



Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent recognized academic title in any discipline


Qualifications Waiver:

For students who don’t have a Bachelor’s Degree, Rushford uses Recognition of Prior Experience (RPE). SSBIM generally utilizes over 3 years of relevant experience in a significant role for waiver of Bachelor’s Degree. Please contact us at for exploring this pathway.


Proficiency in English:

Evidence of Proficiency in English

IELTS 6.0+ , OR

PTE 50+ , OR

TOEFL 550+, OR

Any other proficiency test taken in the last 2 years


English Proficiency Waiver:

The English proficiency test is waived for the following candidates:

Native English Speakers, OR;

Applicants having completed their schooling in English (i.e. High School Diploma or IB), OR;

Applicants having completed their undergraduate degree in English in an English speaking country, OR;

2 Years of work experience in a setting in which English is the primary language of work


  • EduQua Certified Swiss Institution

    Rushford Business School is certified by EduQua, a Swiss quality label for further education institutions. EduQua is an accreditation body recognized and supported by the Swiss Confederate Government. EduQua is the first quality certification for public and private educational institutions in Switzerland and is recognized, supported, and endorsed by the following organizations: • Swiss Federal Government • Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK) • State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) • Swiss Conference for Professional Training department (SBBK) • Swiss Association of Employment Departments (VSAA) • Swiss Federation for Adult Learning (SVEB)


    Rushford Business School is a member of the “Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) ACBSP is a global accrediting body which accredits business programs at the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degree levels worldwide since 1988. Rushford Business School is part of a membership that extends to more than 60 countries. ACBSP members are amongst the best educators in their respective fields, interested in learning innovative teaching methods, improving the delivery of business education programs, and creative value for their students.


    Rushford Business School is a member of the “International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE)” The IACBE accredits business programs that lead to degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels in institutions of higher education worldwide. All modes of delivery, campuses, locations, and instructional sites, as well as all business programs regardless of degree level, will normally be included in the IACBE accreditation review.


    Rushford Business School is a proud supporter and Signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN PRME). PRME is an initiative of the United Nations Global Compact founded in 2007 as a platform to encourage and increase awareness and integration of sustainability in business schools around the world. Today, PRME is the largest coordinated effort between the world’s business schools and the United Nations. Rushford Business School became a PRME signatory in 2020. As a school, we understand the privilege and responsibility of providing quality education that gives learners the knowledge and tools they need to succeed, change lives, and transform societies.

  • International Council For Open & Distance Education (ICDE), Norway

    James Lind Institute is a proud member of the prestigious International Council for Open & Distance Education. ICDE has consultative partner status with UNESCO and shares UNESCO’s key value – the universal right to education for all. ICDE further derives its position from the unique knowledge and experience of its members throughout the world in the development and use of new methodologies and emerging technologies.

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