Today's corporate sector is increasingly emphasizing the concept of sustainability and incorporating a triangle of economic, environmental and social viewpoints when making ethical management decisions about corporate growth and development. As companies around the globe face the challenges of sustainability, there is an increasing need for leaders who have the capacity to incorporate strategies for both sustainability and profitability into their businesses to achieve value maximization in a more holistic way. With environmental issues such as global warming, pollution and the depletion of natural resources threatening our very existence, corporations must learn to reduce, reuse and recycle in order to protect our planet while taking care of people and maximizing profit. Sustainable management looks beyond short-term quarterly profits, and focuses on long-term gain by incorporating the environmental and social costs of doing business into management decisions.
The Anaheim University Kisho Kurokawa Green Institute Online MBA in Global Sustainable Management (the Green MBA) provides candidates with the business skills needed to look at the financial, environmental and social implications of management decisions. Whether you are responsible for marketing, finance, strategic planning, corporate social responsibility (CSR), or overseeing engineering and manufacturing functions of a company, the Green MBA allows you to incorporate the social and environmental costs of doing business into your work. The Green MBA allows you to be environmentally friendly and socially responsible while still being successful in your business endeavors.
Executives who want an edge above the rest need a Green MBA. Here are a few examples:
Yes, the degree you earn online is exactly the same as the degree you would earn on campus. There is no notation on the actual degree stating that it was earned online, and in the United States online education is considered to be leading edge and progressive.
Our faculty are graduates of many of the top schools in the U.S., including Harvard, UCLA, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and New York University.
Approximately 100,000 MBAs graduate annually, representing at least 66 percent of all graduate business degrees conferred in the US, and the widespread pursuit of MBA education is part of a long-term trend that began in the 1950s and continues to this day. In the United States, there are literally hundreds of thousands of MBAs filling U.S. corporations' management and executive-level positions.
Yes. Networking is one of the greatest benefits of online study. AU students have the opportunity to network and establish lifetime relationships with their fellow students residing in other parts of the world. A recent study carried out in the United States showed that online students preserve closer relationships with fellow alumni after graduating than do students from on-campus programs. This can be explained by the fact that online students establish good online communication habits, and relationships formed by online study can easily be continued through e-mail, chat and telephone.
Studying online provides many benefits. It is cost efficient, in that you may pursue an MBA while working full time. It is practical in that what you learn today can be applied at work tomorrow. It is feasible as you can work your studies around your responsibilities - both at work and at home. It is interactive, in that you can discuss issues with your professors and fellow students on a daily basis. The professors are experts in their fields as online programs can recruit professors from all over the world and do not have geographic limitations. The programs are engaging as you can communicate with students in various fields and from various countries, gaining insight, sharing ideas and networking.
All Anaheim University graduate students must successfully complete a series of proctored examinations, some of which may be offered online in the form of an essay, multiple choice quiz, short answer, or true/false. A password to the online examination site will be provided to the University-approved proctor, who will open the site for the student. Assessment is also performed with project-based course work. For example, students create marketing proposals, business plans, and other projects as their final report for each of their courses. These assignments are submitted online.
Yes, students who successfully complete the Anaheim University Certificate in International Business may apply their courses to the Diploma in International Business or the International MBA. Students who complete the Diploma in International Business may also apply their courses to the International MBA. Likewise, students who complete the Sustainable Management Certificate may apply their courses to the Diploma or MBA in Sustainable Management, and students who complete the Diploma in Sustainable Management may apply their courses to the MBA in Sustainable Management. To continue with another program, students must submit a new application form, application fee, and enrollment agreement, and they must be approved by the Dean. Students will be subject to the terms and conditions existing at the time of their acceptance into the new program, including any changes to program fees or maximum time allowed for program completion.
The growth in new green MBA programs has been remarkable and encouraging. Every time I look on the web, in a paper or magazine I seem to see a new advertisement or write-up about a new program. It might appear that there will not be enough jobs for these newly minted sustainability specialists but the demand is growing and expected to increase rapidly as climate weirdness, resource shortages and economic problems continue to mount. Larger companies will soon all have dedicated sustainability specialists, reporting to a sustainability VP, and departments dedicated to improving the efficiency of operations throughout the value chain, devising more profitable ways of managing and eliminating waste and costly non-renewable materials, and identifying new market opportunities for more sustainable products and services.
How big is the market? In the U.S. alone there are more than a million firms with more than 10 employees, about a half million companies with 20-99 employees, and more than 100,000 with more than 100 employees. In addition, many of the 4 million smaller firms will need sustainability advice, sustainability reporting, and more sustainable management. The global demand is larger and growing even faster as Asia, South America and Europe race ahead of the United States. International sustainability reporting increased 60% this year.
Training is also seeing increasing demand. On the west coast these programs include the pioneering executive style programs, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Presidio Graduate School, Marshall Goldsmith School of Management, Dominican University and our on-line Green MBA at Anaheim University.
There are also many green-themed or green-tinted traditional business programs and certificate programs that can provide a better understanding of the issues and opportunities in sustainable management (see the annual review in Sustainable Industries Journal). Specialized training in sustainability reporting under the Global Reporting Initiative (see ISOS Group), International Standards Organization (ISO14000, 26000), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED-USGBC), ULE880 – Sustainable Manufacturing, Project Management (PMI), Quality Management (SixSigma), Certified financial planner (CFP) and other certifications may also be desirable for many positions.
The challenge as a prospective student is finding a program that fits your interests, timing, and budget. Look closely to see if the program will provide you with the opportunity to learn the skills you need to succeed. This will in most cases include courses in management, finance, leadership, accounting and reporting, innovation and entrepreneurship, and strategy, all emphasizing sustainability. Case studies and projects and teamwork are an integral part of learning how to bring these issues into the workplace. International experience with multicultural teams is also a plus. Look at the faculty to see if their interests and experience, availability for student interaction, and outlook are likely to work for you.
If you are interested in working with non-governmental organizations, for example, does the faculty have experience with NGOs? If not, they may not cover the special issues that arise in NGOs. If you wish to work on sustainability of government programs, the Department of Defense has been a leader; look for the same range of experience. Networking is essential for rapid career advancement, so look for faculty and programs that are well linked to practicing professionals.
A word of caution: Many students that are inspired to develop a career in sustainable management are from non-traditional business backgrounds. Their often more holistic perspectives are ideal for understanding the complexity and inter-connectivity of complex systems and creating innovative solutions to complex problems, but if they are not willing to learn the language and skills of business, they may find it hard to convince an employer to give them a chance.
Sustainable management is here to stay. Our lives and livelihood depend on it. And careers in this field are rewarding, positive and soul-affirming. Is a Green Business career for you?
Vice-President for Sustainability Emeritus
Anaheim University is an online and environmentally-friendly university developed to meet the practical needs of students in the 21st Century. The nature of online education allows for the tremendous saving of resources both financially and environmentally through the use of:
The financial savings are passed on to students through low-cost tuition. Our students and professors study and work from where ever they are. This helps to preserve a tremendous amount of resources:
A tremendous amount of energy and resources is conserved when operating educational programs online, as opposed to on a traditional brick and mortar campus, or in high-tech city structures.
Anaheim University's Kisho Kurokawa Green Institute is currently conducting studies into sustainable management of universities. At the end of this study, statistics will be provided on the estimated energy savings per student studying in an online environment as opposed to an on-campus environment.
The following are a few statistics provided by reports from traditional universities who are attempting to reduce their use of energy.
According to the 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics, a college degree nearly doubles annual income. The marketplace has become more competitive with employers placing greater value on education. While a college undergraduate will earn an average of 66% more than a high school graduate, individuals with a master's degree have averaged 103% more income than a high school graduate.
The University does not guarantee employment. However, employment opportunity announcements received by the University from companies are forwarded to students and alumni.
Anaheim University's role is to provide you with the highest quality education possible and to give you a strong, fundamental understanding of business management. The skills and knowledge you gain while studying in Anaheim University's MBA program will prepare you to become a better manager. However, the success of your business will depend on a number of variables including the economic conditions in your field, the effort you make, and your gut instinct.
Non-native English speakers must demonstrate college-level proficiency in one of the following ways:
Non-native English speakers who submit an official transcript documenting that they have successfully completed a degree program entirely in the English language (i.e., graduated with an Associate or Bachelor's Degree from a U.S. university) are not required to provide an English proficiency test score.
Yes. Anaheim University requires applicants for the International MBA, Diploma or Certificate; Sustainable Management MBA, Diploma or Certificate; or the Master of Entrepreneurship to have a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution recognized by the US Department of Education and/or CHEA, or by the government of the country in which the degree was awarded.
Yes. Anaheim University accepts bachelor's degrees from any country as long as the degree is recognized by the government or education ministry of the country in which it was conferred.
Matriculated students are those who have been officially enrolled in the degree program and are considered degree-seekers by the University, having completed at least two courses with a grade of B or better. Students who are simply attending a single course are not considered to be matriculated students.
Please submit your application to:
Office of Admissions Rm. 110
1240 South State College Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92806
Anaheim University will accept up to two graduate semester classes or 6 units awarded by another institution toward an International MBA, Diploma or Certificate; Sustainable Management MBA, Diploma or Certificate; or Master of Entrepreneurship at Anaheim University. The entering student will be required to clearly demonstrate the equivalency of a transfer course through relevant documents (syllabus, catalog, course outline) and justify its acceptance through petition. No course will be considered for transfer with a grade lower than a “B” or its equivalent. Petitions are directed to the specific Dean for the affected program. There is a fee of $125 per unit of credit transferred, and the overall program cost will be adjusted to reflect credit for the approved class(es). All petitions for transfer credit must be submitted as part of the student’s initial application to the University. Credits awarded as part of another degree will not be accepted for transfer
No. Neither the GMAT nor the GRE are required for admission into Anaheim University's programs.
No. Anaheim University does not award credit for professional or life experience.
No. Other than the English proficiency requirements, AU does not require applicants to take an admission or entrance examination.
A student's application must be reviewed by the Office of Admissions and approved by the Dean. The approval process can usually be completed within one week after receipt of all required application documents. Following approval and acceptance into the University, a new student can begin his/her studies at the beginning of the next term as long as space is available. New terms begin every six weeks. It is recommended that you submit your application at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the term, so that there is sufficient time for course materials and other related information to be sent to you.
Students may enroll in only one course, or as many courses as they wish. There is no obligation to complete the entire degree program once you have started.
Yes. Every student must have access to the Internet and a computer with word processing software in order to study in Anaheim University's programs. This does not mean that the student must own a computer. In many cases, students participate in AU courses and use rental computers through local Internet cafes, etc.
No. We currently do not accept students who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, and Minnesota due to regulatory matters. For more information, please call our Admissions Director at 714-772-3330.
Yes. Students who elect to audit a course are not required to complete assignments or take exams. Audit students may participate in the Online Discussion Forum, the real-time classes and other course activities (except team projects), but they do not receive credit for the course and no grades are awarded. To audit a course, students must meet the University's entrance requirements and receive permission from the course professor and the Dean. Course audits are approved on a space available basis with priority given to credit students. The audit fee for graduate level courses is $200 per unit (i.e., $800 for a four-unit course). Audit fees are subject to the University's normal fee refund policy. The audit fee is waived for students who have been awarded transfer credit by Anaheim University and who audit the equivalent course. Auditing students will be required to pay the $200 records fees per term in line with the University's tuition policy. The course will appear on transcripts with a notation of "Au" (audit). Audited courses are not calculated into a student's GPA. Students can repeat for credit a course previously audited only with approval of the Dean. A request to change from audit status to credit status or from credit status to audit status must be made in writing to the Registrar before the end of the first week of the course.
An application for an International MBA, Diploma or Certificate; Sustainable Management MBA, Diploma or Certificate; or Master of Entrepreneurship must include the following:
Once your application materials have been approved, you will need to submit an Enrollment Agreement and tuition payment to complete the enrollment process.
The International MBA, Diploma or Certificate; Sustainable Management MBA, Diploma or Certificate; or Master of Entrepreneurship programs are designed to be completed through online learning, and students are not required to attend on-campus classes. However, the University does offer optional face-to-face seminars throughout the year and students are encouraged to attend whenever possible.
Courses for the Business Administration and Sustainable Management programs begin every six weeks.
To see the course schedule, click here.
Each Business Administration and Sustainable Management course is six weeks in duration.
Students enrolling in one International MBA or Green MBA course per term can complete the required total of 12 courses in approximately 72 weeks (18 months). The Diploma program can be completed in approximately 36 weeks; the Certificate program can be completed in approximately 18 weeks
Students must complete their entire degree program within three years. Students who are unable to complete the degree program within three years but wish to continue their studies must re-enroll in the program. Re-enrollment requires approval from the appropriate Dean.
Anaheim University's programs are run on an accelerated semester system to allow busy professionals the opportunity to complete the entire MBA in about a year and a half. Each course is six weeks in length and new courses begin every six weeks. Therefore, if a student takes one course per term, s/he could finish the MBA in Global Sustainable Management program in about 18 months
The amount of time required to study differs from person to person. However, through providing questionnaires to our students and alumni, we have learned that the average Business Administration and Sustainable Management student spends approximately 22.5 hours per week of total study time.
Over 98% of our students are employed full time. When asked, the great majority of students answered that working full time while studying was an advantage, rather than a disadvantage, as it provided an opportunity to apply to the real world the principles and concepts learned in the classroom.
We consider a student who takes a minimum of one course every semester to be a full-time student. To determine this status for financial aid purposes, please follow-up with the financial aid institution to determine their specific requirements.
Yes. Students communicate directly with their professors through the online webcam classes in real time and are in regular contact by e-mail with their professors in the Online Discussion Forum.
Yes. Students may contact their professor by e-mail. The professor's e-mail address is typically listed in the online course guide.
Yes. Through the University's Online Discussion Forum, students communicate regularly with all other students enrolled in the same course. Each week, a student is nominated as "Student Host." It is the Student Host's responsibility to encourage students to participate and to keep discussions going by presenting topics for discussion. This Student Host system in conjunction with the real-time online webcam classes has proven to be so effective, it is said that AU students have more contact with their professors and fellow students than most students do in on-campus programs! To further enhance this communication, AU students have the option of having their e-mail address connected to the Forum discussions. This allows students to follow conversations from students and professors from around the world 24 hours a day no matter where they are.
Yes. The AU online library offers students 24-hour access to a vast collection of publications and other printed resources available in digital format for their research. LIRN was developed by a team of professionals who have evaluated thousands of Internet resources to identify and annotate only those deemed useful to students doing academic or professional research on the Web. The LIRN offers academically appropriate, Internet-based resources. Each resource is updated regularly to ensure quality, accuracy, and currency.
AU students may order textbooks through the Anaheim University Online Bookstore. The Online Bookstore provides a competitive and reliable textbook service that ensures receipt of the correct textbook in a timely manner. Purchases will be subject to the refund policy of the bookstore.
Yes. AU's Alumni Association for lifelong learning is more than just a membership. As graduates of AU, students are automatically enrolled in a learning process that will extend beyond their degree. The University fully subscribes to the principle that "learning never ends." One of the great advantages of the online university is that students can maintain contact with the University, the faculty and fellow classmates throughout their lifetime. The Alumni Association will send students up-to-date information on new developments, suggested readings, cutting-edge information, occupational trends, and professional career opportunities.
Students wishing to read or post announcements about upcoming events, seminars, fairs, conventions, etc. or other subjects of academic interest to students in their major or to all AU students may do so through the AU Online Discussion Forum.
Yes. The Anaheim University Press is an online innovation that provides opportunities for faculty and students to individually or collectively publish articles and research reports that will be made available for global interest. In addition to these online services, graduate theses and projects may be published, furthering the work of research in the fields of study represented by the University's programs. The AU Press will also give consideration to the publication of printed materials which conforms to the University mission.
Yes. The University holds graduation ceremonies from time to time and although it is not mandatory all students are welcome to take part.
No. Anaheim University's tuition fees are the same no matter where the student resides. All tuition fees are paid in US dollars.
All payments must be made in US dollars. Students may pay by credit card (American Express, MasterCard, Visa or Discover), bank transfer, check or money order made payable to Anaheim University. To pay by credit card, please download a credit card authorization form at the Applications page of this website, complete it, and send to the University by email or fax. A bank transfer may be made by contacting Anaheim University for detailed information. Payments are processed through the University's Administrative Offices in California.
Upon initial application, students are required to submit payment for the application fee. Upon acceptance, students must pay the Registration Fee plus the Records Fee and Tuition Fee for the first course.
The Tuition and Records Fee for each course are paid no later than two weeks prior to beginning each course. Prior to graduation, students must make payment of the Graduation Fee. For current tuition rates, please see the tuition fee schedule.
No. You do not need to own your own computer. However, all students must have regular access to a computer connected to the Internet.
For the majority of Anaheim University's online learning system, students do not need special hardware or software.
For live webcam classes, the following are the system requirements:
The online webcam software works with most standard webcams. The following webcams come highly recommended from testing
No. Textbooks are not included in the tuition. Each course usually requires either one or two textbooks. It is suggested that you budget approximately $1,200 - $1,500 for textbooks for the entire MBA program. AU students have the opportunity of ordering their textbooks through the Anaheim University Online Bookstore, which also sells used textbooks at a discounted rate. Purchases will be subject to the refund policy of eCampus.com, which runs the bookstore.
Yes. The University currently accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit card. To pay by credit card, please download a credit card authorization form at the Admissions/Downloadable Forms page of this website, complete it, and send to the University by email or fax.
Yes. Credit card companies have various installment payment plans in order to accommodate students, and these plans vary based on your credit card limit. However, students in the past have made up to 36 payments by credit card installment payment plans.
Yes. You may pay for only one course at a time, or you may receive a 10% discount on tuition by paying your program fees in full at the time of enrollment.
Yes, Anaheim University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally-recognized accrediting agency. Anaheim University and its programs have been examined and found to meet the educational and business ethics standards set by the DETC Accrediting Commission. The Accrediting Commission of the DETC is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
As well as being accredited, Anaheim University also operates under the full approval of the State of California in accordance with the requirements set forth by the Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education. Original temporary approval was granted in 1997 by the Council for Private Post-Secondary and Vocational Education under Section 94310 of the California State Education Code. The temporary approval was changed to full approval in April 2007. Approval or approval to operate means that the Council has determined and certified that the institution meets minimum standards established by the Council for integrity, financial stability and educational quality, including the offering of bona fide instruction by qualified faculty and the appropriate assessment of students' achievements prior to, during, and at the end of its program. AU is authorized to grant graduate degrees at the doctoral, master, and graduate diploma levels as well as non-credit diploma and certificates under the degree granting authority of the Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education.
The University's degree programs are not designed to meet any local, state or national licensing or credentialing laws, nor to meet any requirements established by any private, independent, professional or governmental associations. Prospective students are instructed to check with their respective school districts, state, professional associations and government agencies when licensing and/or credentials are the eventual objective of the prospective student.
Anaheim University is an accredited university and generally qualifications from accredited universities are widely recognized; however, it is entirely up to the discretion of the college, university or institution to which a student is seeking admission, to decide on the acceptance of the said student into a given degree program. It is recommended that if transfer of credit or degree is the eventual goal of the prospective student, the student should contact all institutions to which s/he is potentially interested in seeking enrollment.