Evaluating Green MBA Programs


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As more students consider 'green' studies at the leading business schools, we looked at the top MBA programs around sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and the environment.

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Evaluating Green MBA Programs

  1. 1. Evaluating the Greenest MBA Programs
  2. 2. Students Want Green MBAs 78% of MBA students want to see more content and applicable case studies related to sustainability and corporate responsibility integrated into the curriculum1 1 November 2008 Net Impact/Aspen Institute study
  3. 3. Morals Over Money? MBA students surveyed about Corporate Social Responsibility said they would accept a lower salary to work at a socially aware employer 2 2 2008 Stanford Business School study of 759 graduating MBAs at 11 top business schools
  4. 4. Environmental Sustainability We reviewed 15 of the best AACSB- accredited business schools that have Corporate distinguished Social Responsibility themselves in sustainability in one of three areas Social Enterprise
  5. 5. Environmental Sustainability Environmental Sustainability
  6. 6. UC Davis Graduate School of Management • Specialized course in social entrepreneurship and management of non-profit organizations • Home to one of the “greenest” buildings in the University of California system • Lectures, case studies, and class discussions often revolve around themes of environmental sustainability
  7. 7. Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management • Explicitly integrates sustainability and social entrepreneurship and design thinking into fundamental courses • Students choose between two tracks: sustainability, or management by design • First year students required to attend the MBA Institute in Sustainable Value and Social Entrepreneurship
  8. 8. University of Colorado, Boulder, Leeds School of Business • Partnership with the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory • Elective courses include “Assessing Sustainable Energy Technologies” and “Financing Business Opportunities in a Resource-Challenged World” • Incorporates sustainable practices into core subjects such as supply chain management
  9. 9. University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business • Ranked #1 US school in Beyond Grey Pinstripes report • Option for a join MBA/MS program related to business, the environment and sustainability • Loan repayment assistance for students who go into non-profit careers after graduation
  10. 10. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School • One of the longest MBA program histories in sustainability • A third of students involved in sustainable development • Courses include “Environmental Strategy”, “Climate Change”, and “Sustainable Enterprise”
  11. 11. Corporate Social Responsibility Corporate Social Responsibility
  12. 12. Instituto do Empresa (IE) • Madrid-based school offering over 60 courses that relate to corporate responsibility and sustainability • Courses address triple bottom line: people, planet, profit • Specialized courses in “Business Government and Society”, and “Eco- Intelligent Management” • Dedicated chair in ethics serves as hub for CSR-related activities
  13. 13. ESADE • Barcelona-based school has 90% of its core courses involving a social or environmental context • Dedicated courses include “Global Context of Management” and “Social Marketing” • 23 core courses feature corporate social responsibility
  14. 14. UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business • Launched the Center for CSR in 2003 as a bridge between academia and the corporate world • Non-profit and Public Management track offers students the experience of non-profit board service • Students have the opportunity to work with the Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund
  15. 15. Social Enterprise Social Enterprise
  16. 16. Columbia Business School • Sustainability is fully incorporated throughout the entire MBA program • Courses such as “Globalization and Markets” taught by Nobel Prize winner, Joseph Stiglitz • Particularly strong in international development where students can advise global clients on microfinance and health care
  17. 17. Cornell University, The Johnson School • Elective courses include “Global Corporate Social Responsibility” and “Sustainability as a Driver” • The Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise focuses on base-of-the-pyramid enterprise development • Fellowship program offers scholarships to emerging leaders who have a commitment to social responsibility
  18. 18. Duke University, Fuqua School of Business • Established the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship in 2002 • Courses such as Corporate Social Impact Management • Admissions office has made strides in placing special value on applicants with social and environmental interests
  19. 19. Harvard Business School • Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI) started in 1993 and was one of the first of its kind • Social enterprise materials is mainstreamed into all aspects of research and teaching • Offers a Leadership Fellows Program with grants for deserving graduates who choose to work in public and non-profit enterprises
  20. 20. Oxford University, Said School of Business • Skoll Center offers a number of fully-funded scholarships for students working in social entrepreneurship • Offers more than 20 courses that integrate social and environmental issues • Incorporates macro issues via the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society
  21. 21. Stanford University Graduate School of Business • Considered one of the best all- around MBA programs for sustainability • Offers elective courses in public and non-profit management, social entrepreneurship, and philanthropy • Center for Social Innovation offers courses, projects and fieldwork to build leadership skills in pursuing social value creation
  22. 22. Yale University School of Management • At the forefront of merging public interest with private enterprise since 1976 • Courses include “Managing Social Enterprises in Developing Countries”, and “Philanthropic Foundations” • Students who go on to work in non-profit management may qualify for a generous loan- forgiveness program
  23. 23. Thinking of a Green MBA? Challenge yourself, challenge Craft an the world! outstanding Envision application your future career path Research target schools
  24. 24. Betsy Massar, CEO Master Admissions betsy@masteradmissions.com www.masteradmissions.com +1 415-305-1163 Twitter: @MasterAdmission
  25. 25. References & Disclaimers • Net Impact/Aspen Institute study – November 2008 • 2009-2010 Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey • This presentation summarizes reviews of 15 AACSB-accredited business schools that have distinguished themselves in an aspect of sustainability. Please note that the list of schools in this presentation is not exhaustive.