UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

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Prospective Student FAQ

Curriculum

  1. What role does the Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE) play for MBAs who want to add sustainability to their skill set?
  2. Do I have to "declare" a concentration in Sustainable Enterprise or can I just take a few classes?
  3. Why is Sustainable Enterprise (SE) an "enrichment" concentration?

Careers

  1. What role does the Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE) play for MBAs who want to add sustainability to their skill set?
  2. What kinds of careers do alumni pursue related to SE?
  3. Which companies recruit on campus for SE jobs?
  4. How does UNC Kenan-Flagler help students with SE-related career searches?

Student Experience

  1. How many students are there in the SE program?
  2. What types of projects can I work on with the Center for Sustainable Enterprise?
  3. May I contact current students in the SE program to ask about their experiences?
  4. What is the "typical" SE MBA student or alumnus profile?
  5. UNC Kenan-Flagler has already admitted me and I have enrolled. How can I start learning about sustainable enterprise before school starts?

What role does the Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE) play for MBAs who want to add sustainability to their skill set?

The CSE provides guidance and support for the SE curriculum. We plan speakers and events. We connect students with projects and other out-of-class activities where they can apply new skills. And we provide career support, working with the UNC Net Impact Club and Career Management Center.

Do I have to "declare" a concentration in Sustainable Enterprise or just take a few classes?

It's your choice. You may choose to take a few SE classes. Or you may opt to complete the concentration by taking 7.5 elective credit hours in Sustainable Enterprise. Many students choose to concentrate in Sustainable Enterprise in addition to another concentration.

Why is Sustainable Enterprise (SE) an "enrichment" concentration?

Sustainable enterprise is not a career discipline — like finance or marketing. Instead, it is a "lens" through which you can look at any company and your role within it. For example, an MBA student looking at finance through the SE lens might pursue careers in socially responsible investing. A student looking at careers in marketing, on the other hand, might look at work in firms doing green marketing, social marketing, or cause-related marketing. SE can complement any career concentration, and UNC Kenan-Flagler students often complete more than one concentration.

How many students are there in the SE program?

Over 30% of the MBA student body chooses to complete the full SE concentration with their degree. More than 200 students — more than one-third of the UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA student body — are in the Net Impact Club, making it one of the most active Net Impact chapters in the country.

What kinds of careers do alumni pursue related to SE?

There are many different ways to make SE part of an MBA career. Our alumni apply their SE skills to work at a broad range of well-known companies. Some of the fields our alumni work in include:

  • SE consulting
  • Corporate environmental management
  • Socially responsible investing
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Green building/sustainable real estate development
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • International development
  • Affordable housing finance
  • Nonprofit/Foundation Management
  • Economic Development
  • Entrepreneurship/Venture Capital
  • Marketing/Business Development
  • Renewable Energy

Which companies recruit on campus for SE jobs?

Companies that have come to campus in recent years to recruit for SE-related positions have included:

  • SJF Ventures (sustainable venture capital fund)
  • Self-Help (community development lender)
  • Cherokee (brownfields real estate development)
  • General Electric
  • Bank of America
  • Whole Foods, and
  • Burt's Bees.

Many other firms review the Net Impact Club resume book and seek out our students for SE-related openings. The Center for Sustainable Enterprise maintains relationships with a broad range of companies that students can further investigate.

How does UNC Kenan-Flagler help students with SE-related career searches?

Beyond the on-campus recruiting support you would expect, we host a number of events to help students with SE career searches.

  • The Fall "Careers in Sustainability" Forum helps students learn about SE career paths.
  • The SE alumni network helps students actively. We connect students with this supportive network and link you to industry experts through a formal SE Coaching program. For more, see Career Coaching.

What types of projects can I work on with the Center for Sustainable Enterprise?

The CSE helps connect students with projects through:

Faculty and CSE staff can also help a student design a SE project to meet their career needs. For instance, writing a social venture business plan in the Launching the Venture course, or designing an independent study project for credit.

May I contact current students in the SE program to ask about their experiences?

Student leaders and members of the UNC Net Impact Club are happy to talk to prospective students about their experiences in the program.

What is the "typical" SE MBA student or alumnus profile?

Sustainable enterprise students have incredibly diverse backgrounds and interests. Read about some UNC Kenan-Flagler current SE students and SE alumni.

UNC Kenan-Flagler has already admitted me and I have enrolled. How can I start learning about sustainable enterprise before school starts?

Join the CSE on Facebook and LinkedIn, and be sure to read the UNC Kenan-Flagler Sustainability Blog.

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