The Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Sustainable Fashion Operations at Lasell University will help you become a leader who drives innovation in sustainability in the fashion industry. You will gain awareness of the main challenges of sustainable fashion and use innovative thinking to develop future-oriented solutions. If you are seeking to advance your career in the sustainable fashion industry and want to help make a change towards sustainability while also being ethically responsible, this program will instill the knowledge you need to be successful.
The curriculum for the MBA in Sustainable Fashion Operations is a combination of core business courses, Sustainable Fashion Operations focused courses, electives, and a capstone.
This course considers the key aspects of what it means to be a leader in our ever-changing global business environment. Best practices and key considerations for developing global strategy, driving change around the world, managing multicultural teams, addressing the intricacies of a global supply chain, and the challenges we face from macro trends, such as climate change and sustainability.
This course presents the conceptual foundations of information technology and examines the development, application, and advances of information technology resources in organizations. With a focus on the managerial perspective, students investigate issues related to the development of contemporary systems development approaches
This course focuses on the essentials of project management. It approaches project management from the standpoint of managing a single, stand-alone project that is small to medium in size. The course takes attendees through the project life cycle in the same sequence they would face when managing a real project in the workplace. Topics covered include the product and project life cycles, including initiation, planning, executing, controlling, and closing.
This course examines the staffing function of management including planning, recruiting, selection, training, motivation, appraisal, compensation, labor laws, and organizational development. The course also addresses the current issues affecting the human resource manager including the changing work force and need to increase productivity as well as changes in the areas of unions and affirmative action.
This course provides an overview of data-driven strategic marketing; the management, planning and control of the function and the process. Designed as a foundation course for the Masters in Marketing, an emphasis is placed on developing the skills to lead, plan, implement and measure strategic marketing initiatives within the dynamics of today’s organization.
This course covers basic statistical techniques in a managerial setting featuring case studies and conceptual exercises. Statistical topics include effective use of numerical and graphical summaries, estimation and confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression. A few more advanced topics such as data mining, the Bayesian paradigm and principles of model building may be encountered during projects.
Managerial Economics is the application of economic theory and methodology to managerial decision making problems within various organizational settings such as a firm or a government agency. The emphasis in this course will be on demand analysis and estimation, production and cost analysis under different market conditions, forecasting and decision making under uncertainty. The course provides an understanding of the microeconomic forces that influence firm decision making. Topics include competitive markets and market failure, benefit-cost analysis, demand estimation and forecasting, decision making under risk and uncertainty, production and cost estimation, and market structure analysis
As the language of business and the cornerstone of our capital markets, accounting provides terminology, frameworks, and concepts with which to analyze and understand the financial consequences of business activities. This course explains the basics of accounting, links accounting to financial statements, analyzes financial statements and works through economic analysis of investments. As these activities have become increasingly complex and global, the task of presenting timely, relevant, and reliable financial information to interested internal and external users has become more challenging. The course highlights how managers use cost, cash flow and financial reporting information in their decisions. Pre-requisites: MGMT768 or MGMT769 & MGMT770
The primary purpose of this course is to help you develop a high degree of financial statement, financial analysis, and financial management expertise in order to enhance your capabilities as an informed manager and decision maker. In addition, this course has a global perspective which examines the operation of the foreign exchange markets, foreign exchange risk management, sources and instruments of international financing, foreign direct investment and the management of political risk, multinational capital budgeting, and financing control systems for the multinational firm.
Entrepreneurship is the process of creating and growing new businesses and is fundamentally concerned with the identification and exploitation of opportunities for wealth creation (profit). Successful entrepreneurs generate wealth by identifying opportunities for value creation and then develop competitive advantages to exploit them. The broad objective of this course will be to apply insights from the fields of strategic management and economics to the process of entrepreneurship in order to understand what differentiates successful from unsuccessful entrepreneurial firms.
Sustainable Fashion Sourcing and Quality Management focuses on the study of supply chain with special emphasis on the practice of quality sustainable fashion development. Consideration of fashion businesses’ impact on society, the planet, and local and international economies (triple bottom line or TBL) is explored and analyzed. Examining a wide range of sustainable sourcing issues including, global trade infrastructure and operations, fair trade and ethical practices, and increased efficacy and efficiency in resource utilization, the course highlights recent practices that consider TBL and waste and surplus reduction. The course also explores the important value of total quality management or TQM in the development and subsequent delivery of fashion products and services across the globe.
Fashion Brand Development and Management equips students with the requisite tools to develop innovative and visionary approaches to ideating, creating, and managing the essence of a brand. Methods for building brand identity, awareness, recognition, loyalty, equity, and extensions are examined, with exploration of the fashion brand as ethical, sustainable, and responsible. Tactics and techniques for influencing brand perception and associations as well as rebranding are also covered. Fashion communication issues pertaining to merchandising, visual communication, and media planning are explored as they pertain to brand image and messaging. Students review brand management logistics, including issues related to product/service oversight for brand cohesion and consistency, business operations and performance metrics, intellectual property, patents, trademarks, contracts, and licensing. External factors that influence brand and the branding process are studied, including those which necessitate an understanding of the interrelationship between consumer, society, industry and environment.
Sustainable Innovation and Design Strategy in the Fashion Industry facilitates research and exploration of effective frameworks and best practices in Circular and Smart design and other emergent innovative sustainable approaches in the fashion industry. Students consider complex fashion system dynamics, with respect to socially, economically, and environmentally responsible decision-making in all areas of product lifecycle management. Through research, analysis, and case studies, students examine value-creation driven by a sustainable, ethical, and/or responsible ethos and business practices achieved in large part by leveraging technology and innovation.
Candidates seeking admission to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Lasell University must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. GRE/GMAT scores are not required for admission.
The 36-credit program is delivered in 100 percent online and on-campus blended formats. Rolling admission is offered for our September, October, January, March, May and July start dates. Learn more about the courses offered in Lasell's MBA program.
Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of microeconomics and statistics through prior coursework or by successfully completing self-paced tutorials in introductory statistics and microeconomics. For more information about the self-paced tutorials or prerequisites for the MBA program please contact the Office of Graduate Enrollment at email@example.com or call/text 617-243-2400.
Admission Requirements Checklist:
- Online application
- Resume of professional work experience
- Official college transcripts
- A one-page personal statement describing your goals, strengths and potential for achievement in graduate school