Teaching Sustainability at Desautels

Teaching Sustainability at Desautels

MDIIM has been recognized for conceiving award-winning programs in Managing for Sustainability.

Study Options in Sustainability

BCom Core

  • MGCR 360 Social Context of Business 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    • an introduction to the philosophy of business and critical concepts of ethics, social responsibility, and sustainability

MSUS Programs

BCom Managing for Sustainability (MSUS) Programs

  • Guided by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals Survey & Report (2010), the MSUS programs were conceived to cover the key skills and competencies students should develop in order to be effective change agents. Students, educators, and practitioners from a variety of sectors were consulted to better understand current needs and future direction for sustainability in management education. Officially launched in fall 2014, the programs are the result of a cross-disciplinary partnership between the Desautels Faculty of Management, the McGill School of Environment (MSE), and McGill Department of Geography.

MSUS Major in Managing for Sustainability

  • The Major in Managing for Sustainability (39 credits) is designed for students who wish to combine managerial and business knowledge with a solid understanding of the interlinked economic, social and ecological challenges of achieving sustainability. It integrates management studies with fundamentals of environmental science and sustainability, and is offered in collaboration with the McGill School of Environment (MSE) and the Department of Geography. 

MSUS Concentration

  • The Managing for Sustainability Concentration (15 credits) introduces students to the principles of sustainability and develops in students the key skills needed to integrate business strategies with sustainability objectives. Because organizations are increasingly prioritizing sustainability issues on their strategic agendas, contemporary managers must be able to incorporate social and environmental considerations into business activities and work with stakeholders to generate innovative solutions that transcend rather than accept trade-offs between environmental, social and economic values. It is designed for students who wish to complement another management major or concentration to integrate sustainability into a particular function.


  • ACCT 401 Sustainability & Environ Acct 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • INSY 455 Tech&Innov for Sustainability 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MGPO 438 Social Entrepreneur&Innovation 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MGPO 440 Strategies for Sustainability 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MRKT 351 Marketing & Society 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MSUS 401 Sustainability Consulting 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer


Master of Business Administration (MBA)MBA offerings

MBA Program

The MBA Program at Desautels allows students to select elective courses that are available in strategies for sustainability, non-profit consulting, and global leadership.

The Program was ranked in Corporate Knight’s Better World MBA 2nd (2015), 6th (2016), and 9th (2017). 


Executive MBA

McGill-HEC Montréal Executive MBA Executive MBA Sustainability Module

Launched in 2014, the EMBA's Sustainability Module provides an innovative four-day module focusing on sustainability imperatives confronting contemporary organizations. 

The module achieved BNQ Level 3 (2014) and Level 4 (2015) sustainability, an initiative that was supported through McGill Office of Sustainability's Sustainability Projects Fund.

International Masters for Health Leadership (IMHL)

International Masters for Health Leadership (IMHL)The International Masters for Health Leadership (IMHL) began in 2006 as part of the quest to become a world leader in health care management and leadership education. Beyond the Masters of Management degree, this program is designed for experienced working professionals in all areas of healthcare and includes participants from over 11 countries each year.

The program is led by Prof. Henry Mintzberg which emphasizes social, ethical and environmental contexts for enabling health sector excellence.