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Top MBA Programs in Sustainability

As business opportunities in the field of sustainability increase, many b-schools are now offering sustainability programs as part of their MBA roster, according to Bloomberg Businessweek (www.businessweek.com, 2012).

"Sustainability is a business opportunity that compliments the MBA," Andrew Hoffman, professor and director of the Erb Institute, says in the article.

The Erb Institute, a joint-degree program between the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and the School for Natural Resources and the Environment, is one of the six programs featured in the article. Graduates of this three-year program earn both a Master's of Science and an MBA, and many go on to work in energy and raw materials. The other five sustainability MBA programs featured in the article include the:

  • Business and Environment Masters Program at Yale
  • Sustainable Enterprise Concentration at UNC Kenan-Flagler
  • MS Environment and Resources/MBA at Stanford
  • Specializations in Corporate Social Responsibility and Energy and Clean technology at Haas
  • Specialization in Social Innovation and Impact at NYU Stern

While these programs share a focus on sustainability, they differ in their approach to environmental issues in business. Stanford's program, for instance, focuses on science, engineering, and technology as it relates to environmental issues while students at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley have the choice to concentrate on corporate social responsibility or energy and clean technology. Students at UNC's sustainability program have the opportunity to travel to East Africa to help local businesses and those at NYU can receive funding to pursue internships in the social sector.