MBA for Conservation Leaders

Designed to develop management, leadership and advocacy skills of senior practitioners for African conservation

About the course

The MBA for Conservation Leaders is a rigorous 20 month programme which combines world-class business education with cutting-edge training in leadership and pressing conservation issues, to prepare graduates for the next level of their careers. The programme features curriculum developed by ALU School of Business, Foundations of Success, Wharton online, McKinsey Academy and The Drucker Institute. It concludes with a practical ‘capstone project’ for managers to apply their new skills to real problems in their organizations. Participants will graduate with world-class skills needed to manage projects and protected areas like businesses and get plugged into a high-calibre pan-African network.

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Who is this for

The MBA for Conservation Leaders is designed for exceptional dynamic Africans who are passionate about our natural heritage and have at least 5 years of experience as well as demonstrable leadership potential.

Format: The curriculum is through On-Demand E-learning courses that you take at your pace and periodic weeklong sessions delivered in-person by expert faculty and experienced practitioners at our Rwanda campus.

“Sitting in that room were individuals (conservation leaders in ALU’s MBA program) who will influence the direction of conservation in Africa. If I can impact the way they think and act in their leadership journeys I will have made my humble contribution.”

Helen Gichohi, speaking after an MBA intensive session with the conservation leaders MBA class.


Several full-tuition scholarships are available for rising leaders in the conservation industry, with exceptional leadership and academic track records. Applicants must first gain admission to the MBA programme, selecting the Conservation Scholarship application option in the application portal, once their MBA application is complete.

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Next recruitment cycle for the conservation cohort will start in 2019

Course Details

Five terms interspaced with in-person intensives in Kigali

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Dates: October 2019 – July 2021

Admissions criteria for ALUSB MBA

All applicants interested in the MBA Scholarship for Conservation Leaders must first gain admission in the ALU School of Business MBA

Next recruitment cycle for the scholarship will start in 2019

The Need

The world of conservation has become much more complex. Leaders must now create and execute viable business plans, lead large teams, manage private and public sector stakeholders, leverage technology and data, while creating environmental and economic return on donors’ investments. In addition to a firm conservation background, today`s conservation leaders need a broad range of managerial, financial, entrepreneurial and leadership skills that will enable them to make lasting impact. To meet this need, ALU runs a specialization of the ALU School of Business’ Executive MBA program for conservation leaders.