Interested in Sustainability? The Top 16 Green MBA Programs

Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine have just released their first rankings of the top 16 green MBA programs in the United States. The Princeton Review selected the 16 B-schools featured in the April 2011 Entrepreneur article, titled “A Sustainable Degree,” based on the company’s survey of administrators at 325 graduate schools of business in 2009-2010 and of students attending the schools.

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on criteria that covered four key areas: the amount of research the school conducts related to sustainability, the availability of courses in sustainability, the percent of faculty teaching such courses, and the school’s career services for students interested in green business/social responsibility employment.

The schools named to the list (which is in alphabetical order and not a ranking list) are:

  • Babson College F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business (Babson Park / Wellesley, MA)
  • Bentley University McCallum Graduate School of Business (Waltham, MA)
  • Brandeis UniversityInternational Business School (Waltham, MA)
  • Claremont Graduate University Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management (Claremont, CA)
  • Clark University Graduate School of Management (Worcester, MA)
  • Columbia Business School (New York, NY)
  • Duke University The Fuqua School of Business (Durham, NC)
  • McGill University Desautels Faculty of Management (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
  • New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business (New York, NY)
  • Portland State University School of Business Administration (Portland, OR)
  • Stanford University Graduate School of Business (Stanford, CA)
  • University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business (Notre Dame, IN)
  • University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business (Charlottesville, VA)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Wisconsin School of Business (Madison, WI)

The bulk of these graduate management programs also appear in the top ten rankings issued by The Aspen Institute in conjunction with its most recent “Beyond Grey Pinstripes” survey. For the last decade, this biennial survey gauges how well MBA programs are preparing students to tackle the environmental, social and ethical challenges of business.

“Ground-floor trends for entrepreneurs in green business are approaching fever pitch, with big opportunities in everything from clean tech to sustainability management, ecological restoration and more,” says Amy Cosper, VP and editor in chief of Entrepreneur magazine.

“With high gas prices and recent oil slicks on our minds, it’s not hard to guess why. The school programs we’ve listed may offer entrepreneurs the launch tools necessary to be able to fuse their passions for green to some of these emerging business opportunities.”

For more on this subject, check out The Sustainable MBA published on my U.S. News blog, Strictly Business.

(image courtesy of Flickr user Sarah McD’3, CC 2.0)

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