Recognized for its excellence and leadership in business and sustainability, Johnson offers various curriculum options for students and executives to develop knowledge and expertise in this domain.

SGE Immersion

The Johnson Immersion program is a unique element of its MBA curriculum. Under the direction of award winning faculty members, the SGE Immersion was named a grand prize winner in the D. Alfred N. and Lynn Manos Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula. The SGE Immersion is available to first year, full-time and One-Year MBA students as well as a limited number of graduate students from other disciplines at Cornell.

The SGE Immersion provides students with breadth and depth of knowledge related to the broad impact social and environmental issues present to firms across numerous industries. Students work on multidisciplinary teams to apply this knowledge to sponsored projects that challenge them to solve real problems currently faced by companies in the marketplace. There are high expectations to provide practical, operational solutions. The projects require competency in all management areas, including economics, finance, accounting, and operations. Projects include: sustainable technology commercialization strategies, BOP market analysis and feasibility studies, and sustainable enterprise strategic venture plans. Project sponsors range from MNCs to NGOs to startups

Non-Johnson students should contact the Center directly for details about the application process.

Read about the SGE Immersion experience from the student perspective here:

Environmental Finance and Impact Investing (EFII) Fellows Program

This program aims to train Johnson students for emerging opportunities at the intersection of sustainability and finance, including project finance that addresses climate change, ecosystem services, and poverty alleviation. Through a series of courses, coupled with applied projects, EFII Fellows are trained to invest in, manage, or regulate businesses or projects seeking financial, environmental, and/or social goals. Fellows gain experience in a range of topics, including finance and analytics, markets and regulation, science and technology, and economic and political analysis. In addition, they are required to engage in professional learning opportunities that include internships and hands-on, applied projects with investors, industry, government, and the NGO community.

Graduate students must apply to be EFII Fellows during their first semester. Selection is based on academic performance, as well as career interest.

SGE Concentration

The Johnson allows second-year and One-Year MBA students the opportunity to better position and train themselves for their specific career through the concentration program. The Sustainable Global Enterprise concentration is one of five breadth concentrations students can choose from. Students are required to take a minimum of three courses AND six credits worth of specialized classes including one required “Foundation” course.

SGE Electives

There are a number of sustainability-related electives available at the Johnson as well as elsewhere on the Cornell campus. Johnson students can take a limited number of electives outside the Johnson and are encouraged to explore these opportunities based on their specific interests. Non-Johnson students can take Johnson classes with permission from the instructor. A list of Cornell classes related to energy, environment, and economic development is maintained by the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, although it may not capture the most recent course changes.

Executive Education

The Center develops and offers innovative, relevant, sustainability-related executive programming ranging from day-long seminars and workshops to multi-day, long-term offerings. Working with your respective organization, our award-winning faculty can create a customized program to meet your unique needs and learning objectives. Please contact the Center directly for more information.

Keith Liao, MBA ‘20

As a non-traditional MBA the SGE treks were fantastic. Visiting companies and interacting with people working in sustainability who often have a non-traditional mindset made me realize how I can make an impact or contribution at "traditional" companies coming from a non-traditional perspective.

Keith Liao, MBA ‘20
Hayley Farr

I use the skills I developed in the SGE program every day to tell data-driven stories that support strategy and process recommendations that I am making to my division.

Hayley Farr, MBA '12