Master of Business Administration

Building Professional Skills for the 21st Century

Many organizations expect their best employees to integrate knowledge from more than one discipline. Job applicants with undergraduate degrees in the natural sciences, environmental sciences, environmental policy, and social sciences can significantly increase their career success by adding functional business skills to their existing areas of expertise.

We designed our MBA with a focus in strategic sustainability for the complex integration of interdisciplinary knowledge, preparing our graduates for the successful application of their technical expertise in dynamic organizations.

Why focus on strategic sustainability?

Organizations are increasingly faced with disruptive challenges, including economic and political volatility, resource scarcity and complex social responsibilities. As a result, many companies are looking to hire a new type of MBA graduate to drive strategic change within their organizations.

Our program closes the gap between what traditional business schools teach and what companies are looking for in their best employees. Our graduates serve the complex needs of organizations committed to making long-term investments in an uncertain future.

Rankings

  • Humboldt State University (HSU) is a recognized leader in sustainability and natural resource management. The Princeton Review named Humboldt State University a “Best of the West” and “Green” college.
  • According to US News and World Report’s 2018 report, HSU ranks 11th among top public schools and 47th  among all regional universities in the West, including other CSU campuses.
  • Washington Monthly found Humboldt to be in the top 10% of all U.S. colleges offering master’s degrees in 2016, as well as 20th overall of master’s universities in contributing to the public good. 
  • College Choice has ranked Humboldt graduate programs #10 nationally in best Master’s degrees with an environmental emphasis and other independent non-profit organizations have recognized the program as leading edge of sustainable business degrees.     
  • In 2017, Top Management Degrees ranked Humboldt State University #23 of all MBA programs within the State of California.

MBA Quick Facts

  • One year (fall, spring, summer)
  • Courses offered in the evenings to accommodate working students
  • Scholarship support to all enrolled students ($1000)
  • A summer internship (optional)

Our culture

Our MBA program with a focus in strategic sustainability challenges students to grow into innovative and responsible business leaders. We focus on big picture thinking by integrating accounting, financial, marketing, and strategic management issues based on the best practices of innovative organizations. Our entrepreneurial culture fosters critical and systems thinking, effective communication, ethical reasoning, and team building.