Also called the Blue MBA, this program is designed for students with a pure science, environmental science, or engineering undergraduate degree who want to develop their management skills and broaden their marketability, offering them the knowledge and skills they need to develop business models to ensure an environmentally sustainable world.
Climate change represents a major challenge and opportunity to a broad range of businesses and the global
economy. In turn, there is a growing demand for leaders with skills in both business and science, particularly climate- related science. To address this need, a dual degree program was developed at URI merging the MBA with a Master’s of Oceanography (MBA–MO: The Blue MBA). This is the first program in the United States to combine these degrees.
The Blue MBA will provide tomorrow’s leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to develop business models to ensure an environmentally sustainable world for future generations.
The Blue MBA will train future leaders in the strategic management of global climate change. The degree will
be particularly beneficial to those seeking management careers in industries such as energy, ocean technology and engineering, hazard risk management, water resources, fisheries, marine navigation and tourism, as well as ocean and human health.
Who Should Apply?
The MBA–MO is designed for students with a pure science, environmental science, or engineering undergraduate degree who want to develop their management skills and broaden their marketability. Students are expected to be successful in both GSO science courses and MBA courses.
While there are no pre-requisite for the MBA program, the GSO suggests preparing with an adequate mathematics background, including at least two semesters of calculus. Aspiring physical oceanographers and marine geophysicists should include courses in differential equations and advanced applied mathematics. It is recommended students acquire a knowledge of basic physics, chemistry, biology and geology, and should be proficient in computer programming. Some knowledge of statistics is likely to be valuable.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education