Business & Environment

The Business and Environment (BE) program is designed to train managers and analysts who will support organizations in implementing environmentally sustainable business practices. The program provides students with knowledge about 1) business organization, operations, and trends which influence business practice, 2) business strategic behavior and supply chain organization and 3) methods of analysis to support decision-making.

The program helps managers understand how businesses are connected to each other and to consumers through supply chains and how business behaviors have an impact on the environment. The program emphasizes strategic analysis and methods of influence by examining motivations for implementing environmental stewardship practices and mechanisms for communicating within organizations and to external stakeholders.

Our Vision

The Business and Environment program seeks to provide Nicholas School of the Environment students with knowledge and skills to assist them and the organizations they will work for in making informed and effective decisions about environmental practices. Students will learn about theory and tools through course work, practical applications, and engagement with business clients.

The Curriculum

Your faculty advisor will work with you in selecting a curriculum track and area of specialization based on your interests, experience, and goals. You’ll gain knowledge of historical and current environmental and social issues facing industry and explore strategies that provide meaningful value to the environment, the communities where businesses operate and to the shareholders who rely on the company for jobs and economic value. You can choose from courses across Duke and at our partner institutions.

business & environment students receive in-depth training in: 

• Finance
• Life cycle and value chain analysis
• Strategic analysis
• Stakeholder analysis
• Applied data analysis
• Appreciative Inquiry

Snapshot: Employment Profile for BE Alumni

   • 100% of BE graduates were hired within approximately 6 months of graduation.
   • 100% are in a job related to the environment.
   • Median salary range = $65,000-70,000

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Your Future

B&E graduates will find opportunities to contribute to organizations that are engaged in a wide range of business related activities spanning from traditional environmental and sustainability positions, to being part of project teams addressing supply chain, responsible sourcing, logistics, sales & marketing, product design, corporate strategy, government affairs and community engagement.


Find out if our program is right for you. Feel free to contact us with questions.  
•  Participating Faculty
•  Full Program Description
•  Prerequisites & Required Courses
•  How to Apply


Welcome to the family! Here are some resources to get you started. 
•   Before You Arrive
•   Student Advising
•   Master’s Projects

Course Planning Worksheets

•  For incoming students Fall 2018 > 
•  For incoming students Fall 2017 >

For more information, contact Program Chair Deb Gallagher.


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"Critical global environmental challenges such as climate change, water resource scarcity, renewable energy access and food insecurity call for managers and leaders who are able to leverage the resources of the private sector to create and implement effective and sustainable solutions. The Business and Environment program focuses on training future leaders in multinational companies, small businesses, non-governmental organizations and the public sector who possess deep knowledge of critical environmental problems and are armed with tools such as finance, strategy, marketing, life-cycle, organizational, and systems analysis required to address these challenges."

Deborah Gallagher
BE Program Chair
Professor of the Practice of Resource and Environmental Policy
Associate Dean for Professional Programs
(919) 613-8138