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Program Overview

Program Overview

Respond to a changing planet by leading initiatives to implement sustainable practices. Learn the science of sustainability and help both businesses and people transform careless behaviors into mindful habits. Explore the broader field of sustainability, choose a concentration or customize your own emphasis.

Study under academically credentialed and real-world sustainability practitioners. Gain field experience to see how theories become tangible and how problems become solutions. Grow and network with your cohort to eventually participate in a growing discipline that impacts every sector.

Hone in on almost anything—from the move toward green schools to alternative food systems to renewable energy in construction, sustainability is transdisciplinary and diversely relevant. No matter your academic or professional background, sustainability impacts your future. 

By the time you’re finished, you’ll be equipped with a holistic approach that helps focus on the triple bottom line: people, profit and planet. Add regenerative energy to your community and the world. 

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Candidates pursuing the dual degree must meet admission requirements for both the sustainability program and the MBA program. 



Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

Tuition per credit hour: $1,070

Tuition to audit: 50% of tuition

Application fee: $50

Application for Graduation: $195

Returned payment fee: $30

TouchNet payment plan enrollment fee (per semester): $60

Withdrawal fee: $195


Both our deeply connected faculty and our experiential learning opportunities offer myriad ways for you to form relationships with leaders in the industry. These connections will serve and support you throughout your career.

Small Class Sizes

You’ll have opportunities to engage in meaningful discussion, receive one-on-one faculty mentorship and ask difficult questions in our small class sizes. Plus, you’ll feel supported in a tight-knit learning community.


A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Faculty

  • G. Dodd Galbreath

    Dodd Galbreath

    Assistant Professor

    In the Fall of 2007, Professor Galbreath founded the Institute for Sustainable Practice, the Southeast's first, comprehensive, academic sustainability program. His courses include Earth systems, water management, renewable energy, and...

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  • Emily Stutzman Jones

    Emily Jones

    Academic Director for the Institute for Sustainable Practice

    With a M.S. in rural sociology and Ph.D. in forestry from Auburn University, Emily Stutzman joined the Institute for Sustainable Practice in January 2015 as our full-time Academic Director. She...

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  • William Paddock

    William Paddock currently teaches the Enterprise II course focusing on business performance metrics and methods of sustainability. He founded WAP Sustainability to work in his passion for creating sustainability programs...

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Career Paths


Economists study the production and distribution of resources, goods, and services by collecting and analyzing data, researching trends, and evaluating economic issues.

Conservation Scientists and Foresters

Conservation scientists and foresters manage the overall land quality of forests, parks, rangelands, and other natural resources.

Geological and Petroleum Technicians

Geological and petroleum technicians provide support to scientists and engineers in exploring and extracting natural resources, such as minerals, oil, and natural gas.