Pursue two degrees in two years with CSU’s College of Business STEM-designated, dual master’s degree – Impact MBA and Master of Finance (MFIN). With this dual degree, you’ll gain a competitive edge to advance your career in multiple fields with the strong foundation of a globally recognized sustainability MBA combined with the in-depth quantitative specialization of a finance masters -- all while saving time and tuition.
In the Impact MBA you’ll learn to connect purpose and profit to begin a meaningful career in the expanding sector of sustainable business, and how to integrate economic, social and environmental initiatives to achieve sustainable business goals to respond to today’s most urgent challenges such as climate change.
Through our STEM-designated Master of Finance, you’ll have access to our 13 Bloomberg terminals and gain practical experience with technology used by top Wall Street and global firms. You’ll learn how to navigate finance and finance-related issues which are a part of every organization’s success. This degree also helps prepares you for industry exams like the Chartered Financial Analyst CFA® and the Financial Risk Manager FRM®.
The Impact MBA-Master of Finance dual degree provides all the benefits of each degree individually while also making you career-ready to engage in ESG (environmental, social and governance). ESG is a new, expanding sector of business that’s changing how industries will operate and measure their success in the future.
Dual Degree Benefits
The Impact MBA-MFIN dual degree will help you:
- Save time and tuition by offsetting 15 credit hours compared to pursuing each degree separately.
- Be prepared to lead organizations and businesses in addressing our most pressing challenges ranging from affordable energy and responsible consumption and production to climate change.
- Prepare for the latest business trends and job roles in corporate sustainability, corporate or applied finance and specialized financial reporting involving ESG.
- Gain real-world experience through a summer fellowship to apply what you’ve learned while helping a business or organization advance its sustainability initiatives.
- Earn a world-class degree – our Impact MBA is recognized as the No. 4 “Better World MBA” nationwide and No. 20 worldwide by Corporate Knights.
- Be well equipped to take financial certifications such as the Chartered Financial Analyst CFA® and the Financial Risk Manager FRM®, as well as sustainability-focused credentials such as the Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) Level 1 and 2.
- Become part of a worldwide network of alumni focused on helping businesses do better in all aspects of sustainability by connecting purpose with profit.
Connect with us today to learn more about how this dual-degree can help you advance your career while leading the way to use business for a better world.
Be Prepared to Lead the Way - The Future is Now
As corporations take a leading role in addressing some of the greatest challenges of our time, such as climate change, affordable energy, food insecurity and many other pressing needs, there is no better time to become a knowledgeable professional in sustainable business through our dual degree program.
Measuring sustainability across industries on a global scale is a key step in creating value that’s clear, consistent and actionable. ESG criteria and frameworks focus on adding sustainability goals to financial disclosures in a standardized and meaningful way. Through the Impact MBA-MFIN dual degree, you’ll learn the foundational principles of business as it applies to sustainability as well as corporate and investment risk measurement and management.
Businesses today are already experiencing the risks and opportunities associated with a wide range of issues from affordable housing and climate change to sustainable supply chain sourcing. Professionals who are skilled and knowledgeable in business sustainability and finance will be qualified to not only to pursue roles in those fields, but will also be uniquely positioned for specialized ESG roles focused on leading business valuations and operations from a holistic lens.
According to recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data, potential roles in these areas include:
- Financial Analyst
- Investment Advisor
- Financial Planner
- Corporate Analyst
- Director of Corporate Finance
- Sustainability Director
- Sustainability Consultant
- Project Manager
Business Sustainability & Finance
- Director of Integrated ESG Reporting
- Senior Associate of Sustainability
- Senior Associate of Climate Integration
STEM designated dual degree program
Both degrees are STEM-designated (science, technology, engineering, and math) as they emphasize technical business skills combined with options for scientific coursework.
Benefits for international students
After completion of the dual master’s degree program, international students can apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) to work 12 months in the United States and are eligible to apply for an additional 24 months OPT extension. With a potential of 36 months to work in the U.S., you can gain invaluable work experience and build a network of professional colleagues in the U.S.
Sharpen your skills with LinkedIn Learning
The dual degree program teaches you to pair sustainability and financial concepts to create better business practices, and the College of Business has paired with LinkedIn to offer students free access to LinkedIn Learning. This online resource, valued between $240 to $360 annually, features more than 18,000 courses, covering topics like business strategy, financial investing, corporate culture and more. Connect your LinkedIn profile and show your credentials in a variety of fields.
“Social and environmental issues represent opportunities for action by forward-thinking entrepreneurs and organizations … we see opportunities to solve fundamental challenges through enterprise development and change.”
Tom Dean, Professor, Management Academic Department
Enter the field of sustainable finance and business in good company
Our program benefits from the global perspectives of our students. Each fall, we welcome a new cohort of graduate students who bring their professional and personal experiences from industries and communities around the world. Students from more than 70 countries have been a part of our programs, and our 700 alumni are using their skills to make lasting changes in their communities.
The College of Business offers students support from the beginning of their degree to well-beyond graduation with access to our Career Management Center. Whether you're looking for the right courses, the right fellowships or the right career path, we have specialized staff to help you.
Your academic success is our priority. In addition to working closely with faculty, our advising team is here to guide you toward the courses and opportunities that speak to your interests and goals. Your advisor provides you with resources, insights, and the tools you need to be successful in our program and beyond.
Gain professional experience and put your sustainable finance and business skills to use in a summer fellowship. You'll work alongside an organization to develop, kickstart or advance a sustainable initiative. This hands-on experience prepares you to make an impact at any organization.
The Career Management Center exclusively serves College of Business students and is ready to assist you at every step of your career journey. Take part in networking events, prepare for interviews, meet one-on-one with career counselors and develop a plan that helps you attain your professional aspirations.
“I believe that every company has both the power and the responsibility to rewrite the business handbook.”
Allie Stauss, 2020 Impact MBA Student