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 Wharton online. 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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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.

Who is this for?

The MBA for Conservation Leaders is designed for exceptional dynamic Africans who are passionate about our natural heritage and leadership potential. To apply for this programme, applicants must first apply and gain admission to the MBA via the standard ALUSB admissions process. Preliminary admissions requirements for the ALUSB MBA are:

  • A full undergraduate degree.
  • Have at least 5 years, post-graduate work experience with demonstrated career progression.
  • Some management experience, with strong leadership potential.
  • Currently be in full-time employment


“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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Current recruitment cycle for the October 2019 conservation cohort started on 1st of March 2019


For the October 2019 MBA recruitment cycle, SOWC is dedicating 8 of its 15 scholarships to passionate women in conservation with potential for leadership in senior positions within their organizations.


To identify the most outstanding women in the sector, is inviting leading NGOs, community-based organizations, tourism companies, national park agencies, ministries of environment, other relevant government agencies and individuals to nominate women for the award. The scholarships are for admissions into October 2019 MBA for Conservation Leaders program. Start your application for the October 2019 cohort today. Click here to #nominateher.

Course Details

Five terms interspaced with in-person intensives in Kigali

Dates: October 2019 – July 2021

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Admissions criteria for ALUSB MBA

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

Recruitment now ongoing for the Oct 2019 cohort and scholarship. Apply here

Here is the Academic Calendar for the October 2019 cohort