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New sustainable EMBA program planned for Jan. 2011

January 27, 2010 -- In response to growing demand from companies seeking employees with a business background in sustainability, SF State is expanding its MBA course offerings with an accelerated Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program with a sustainable business emphasis. The first cohort will begin in January 2011.

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SF State's new sustainable EMBA program will be housed at the Downtown Campus.

Offered at the Downtown Campus in the Westfield San Francisco Centre, the 16-month program will consist of three courses per semester delivered during four consecutive semesters, with an August break.  Within each semester, one course will focus specifically on sustainable business, while sustainable business curricula is woven throughout the other courses.

This accelerated program will offer courses that will emphasize management of risk, values-driven leadership and recognizing market opportunities created by environmental and social challenges. In addition, sustainable business curricula will be woven into each class.

SF State's new emphasis will continue to be rooted in business and economic fundamentals, while weaving in issues of sustainable business. The new sustainable emphasis will offer an opportunity for people in business to shift careers or ramp up sustainability experience.

EMBA Director Aaron Anderson said the Downtown Campus' location, near the headquarters of some of the largest companies in the world, offers an abundance of opportunities for EMBA students.  "You have direct access to world headquarters of major operations, non-profits and governmental operations," Anderson said. "We're at the nexus of where the world comes for business. If there was an epicenter for the green industry, it's right in the middle of downtown San Francisco."

The program expands the College of Business' dedication to ethical and sustainable business education. SF State's MBA program was ranked No. 23 in the U.S. and No. 29 in the world in the Aspen Institute's 2009-10 Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey. The biennial survey measures how well institutions prepare students for environmental, social and ethical complexities of modern-day business.

For the new EMBA emphasis, classes will meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information or to attend an information session, visit: http://cob.sfsu.edu/COB/graduate-programs/emba.cfm

-- Michael Bruntz


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