Connect your business goals with your desire to make real impact

The Impact MBA at CSU’s College of Business is a 44-credit immersive program. Through customized coursework, an inclusive and diverse cohort and experiential learning opportunities, you’ll gain the insights and tools necessary to help create a better world.

Two tracks

AACSB AccreditedAfter you are admitted as an Impact MBA student, you’ll be able choose how you want to make an impact in business: Social Entrepreneurship  or Corporate Sustainability. Regardless of your track, all students enroll in the same foundational courses and start in August. You’ll expand your network with other like-minded professionals interested in addressing today’s business challenges with solutions that consider people, planet and profit.

When submitting your application, you will be applying to the Impact MBA. The separate tracks are chosen after you have applied and have been admitted into the program. To learn more about the courses in each track and timing, please view the course road maps.


The courses below reflect the 2020-2021 Colorado State University catalog, published in August 2020 for students enrolling during the 2020-2021 academic year. Courses listed are updated each summer for incoming students.

Core Classes:
ACT 605
Accounting for Sustainable Enterprises
BUS 601
Quantitative Business Analysis
BUS 620
Leadership and Teams 1
BUS 636
Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity
CIS 600B
Project Management: Impact Enterprise
FIN 601
Financial Management and Markets
MGT 612
Managing in a Global Context
MGT 663
Strategic Opportunities in Impact Enterprise
MGT 665
Supply Chain Development and Management
MKT 601
Marketing for Social Sustainable Enterprises
Select one course from the following:
BUS 641
Financial Markets and Investments
FIN 669
Financing, Evaluating Sustainable Enterprise
Select one course from the following:
BUS 686
BUS 687
Select 12-13 credits from the following electives:
BUS 660
Ethical, Legal, and Regulatory Issues 1
ESS 524
Foundations for Carbon/Greenhouse Gas Mgmt
ESS 542
Greenhouse Gas Policies
ESS 543/ATS 543
Current Topics in Climate Change
ESS 555/ENGR 555
Life Cycle Assessment for Sustainability
FIN 603
Corporate Risk Management
FIN 606
Fundamentals of International Finance
FIN 612
Private Equity and Venture Capital
GES 441
Analysis of Sustainable Energy Solutions
GES 460
Law and Sustainability
GES 520
Issues in Global Environmental Sustainability
GRAD 592
Water Resources Seminar
MKT 664
Design Thinking for Sustainable Enterprise
MGT 667
Global Social Sustainable Entrepreneurship
MGT 668
New Venture Development for Social Enterprise
PHIL 565
Seminar in Environmental Philosophy
Program Total Credits:

A minimum of 44 credits are required to complete this program.

1Students will need to obtain a prerequisite override from the department to enroll in this course. 

This course listing is provided through the Colorado State University catalog and is updated each summer. New or modified courses offered for spring or summer may not be included, but you can find complete course information via the class schedule on RAMweb. Offerings are subject to change and the University reserves the right to make changes in catalog information when necessary and to correct errors. Always consult with an academic advisor to stay informed of curriculum details.