Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB), in line with its philosophy to provide holistic and relevant education, saw a huge potential for introducing the newer generation of students, and Management professionals to the field of Sustainability. To leverage this opportunity Xavier School of Sustainability (XSOS) offers a value - based Two Year full time residential Masters Programme (MBA) in sustainability management courses . The programme is designed to prepare students for managerial and leadership positions in both business corporations and national and international development agencies. It is a bold initiative to join the global movement for protecting Earth’s systems and resources as well as the spread of social and economic opportunities for all people. It will challenge and support the students to engage with the growing international debate and practice around sustainability, business and social responsibility. Our curriculum provides in-depth knowledge and skills in core Sustainability competencies and how to apply them in the business and social environment for competitive advantage.
In the first year, students will learn general management courses and some core courses in the above mentioned domains. In the second year, they will have the opportunity to specialize in Sustainability and one of the functional areas such as Accounting and Finance, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Marketing, and Operations Management.
The total number of credits that a student has to earn is 105 credits in two years.
The programme will use multiple teaching methods, including interactive lecture sessions, case analysis, group discussions, interaction with experts and practitioners and use of videos, documentaries and films related to sustainability. The programme will also have the following practical components.
SDP is an additional component to equip the students get ready for a sustainable world and to contribute to creating such a world on a broader scale. The discovery programme enables the students to explore and witness various sustainability programmes and activities engaged by corporate, governments and NGOs and implemented at community level in rural, tribal and urban settings to promote sustainability and sustainable development both in India and in Asia-Pacific Countries. The Sustainability Discovery Programme depends on students’ interest and capacity to meet the additional cost. The maximum duration of this discovery programme is four weeks.
Students will spend eight weeks in various organisations to learn and experience how sustainability is being mainstreamed in both organisations and the community. One of the important elements of SIP is conducting a Sustainability Audit of the host organisation. The SIP intends to equip the students focus on sustainability challenges in industry, government and civil society, and participate in the analysis and the problem solving process.
In order to specialize in a particular area, each student can either opt for an independent research or undertake a capstone project. Capstone Projects are usually more “experiential” projects where students take what they’ve learned in the class and apply it to examine a specific idea in the form an action project and their learning and experiences which can add to development of knowledge, skill and behavioral change. Independent Research Projects are micro studies, either desk based or desk and field based on a topic of current interest.
Immersion courses involve thought leaders and professionals who provide inputs to the students on upcoming areas in the field sustainability and sustainable development. This unique academic innovation at XUB enables the students to broaden their horizons into uncharted territories and provide intellectual stimulation.
The Xavier University will award the MBA in Sustainability Management to the students who successfully complete classroom and field learning equivalent to 105 credits, including SDP, and fulfill all the prescribed academic requirements of the programme. The degree is awarded at the Annual Convocation which is usually held in the month of March/April.