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Make a positive change

The major is a response to the widespread concern with the pressing challenges facing humanity and the planet, including social inequity and environmental issues. It is designed for those who wish to combine their business knowledge with a solid understanding of the interlinked economic, social and ecological factors involved in achieving sustainability.

The sustainability major is for MBA students interested in:

  • Environmental, social and governance issues in business
  • Corporate social responsibility or corporate citizenship strategy and programs
  • Social entrepreneurship or social innovation

Requirements to Complete the Major

  • Business Sustainability Strategy
  • Non-Market Strategy
  • Corporation 360°
  • Catastrophic Failure in Organizations
  • Entrepreneurship for Social Ventures
  • Clean Energy: Policy Context and Business Opportunities
  • Marketing and Behavioural Economics
  • Managing Talent for Global Operations
  • Leading Social Innovation
  • Top Manager’s Perspective

View a full list of courses required for the sustainability in the electives guide.

"Societal transformations are enabling the 0.1% to break away from the pack, creating a real winner-take-all phenomenon."

- Chrystia Freeland, member of Parliament and author of Plutocrats, in an article for Rotman Management Magazine


Rotman Onboard Fellowship Program

Rotman Onboard is a for-credit program that matches talented Rotman MBA students with local Toronto-based non-profit boards and charities for a six-month fellowship. Gain valuable experience by serving on non-profit boards and advisory committees, and by completing a strategic governance project based on each organization’s needs.

Activities out of class


Case competitions

  • Rotman Net Impact Corporate Social Responsibility Case Competition
  • Schulich International Case Competition
  • University of Washington Global Social Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition
  • Wal-Mart Green Student Challenge
  • Hult Prize

Research institutes

Other opportunities

  • Corporate citizenship speaker series
  • Social entrepreneurship speaker series

Careers in sustainability and CSR

This major develops the skills required to be effective leader and strategist across a wide range of organizations in the social enterprise, environmental, health, charitable, government, cultural and not-for-profit sectors. Roles in sustainability and CSR are increasingly found in the private sector, and in established industries such as finance and consulting.

Flexible Internship Program

The Rotman Full-Time MBA Program provides a unique opportunity for students to integrate and apply management knowledge gained within the program through a 4-month internship. Students are required to complete the course “Applied Management: Placement” in conjunction with a work placement which may be done in the Summer, Fall or Winter terms. Depending on their academic area of concentration/major and career objectives, students will be guided on the best work term option to secure a placement with an employer. Throughout their work placement, students will benefit from enhanced communication with their host employers, tracking of project deliverables and feedback from faculty supervisors.

Notable Alumni

  • Mauricio Abaroa Martinez, General Manager, Energreen, Mexico
  • Eric Aserlind (MBA '90), President, Groundwater Environmental Group
  • Tania Carnegie (MBA '98), National Director, Community Leadership, KPMG
  • Alex Fuentes, Strategic Account Manager, Bullfrog Power, Toronto
  • Roger Fuentes, Founding Partner, Chinodin Wind Power
  • Andrei Marcu (MBA ’89) Sr. Managing Director, Energy and Climate, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • Ula Ubani (MBA '97), Director, CSR & Sustainability, BMO Financial Group
  • Tim Yin, Vice President, Operations & Engineering, Lumen Earth

Companies that have hired at Rotman

A selection of companies where Rotman MBA graduates have worked in recent years:

Energy and natural resources companies

Major in Sustainability

Strategies for a Sustainable Future

Gregory Balestrero is co-autho of Organizational Survival-Profitable Strategies for a Sustainable Future

Leadership Skills for a Sustainable World

David Wheeler is former SVP, Environmental & Social Policy, The Body Shop


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Rotman OnBoard Fellowship Program

MBA students helping non-profits and charities in a 6-8 month fellowship

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