Olin, Ross, Stanford Named Among Top 16 Schools for Green MBAs

Olin, Ross, Stanford Named Among Top 16 Schools for Green MBAs

In partnership with The Princeton Review, Entrepreneur magazine has compiled a list of 16 top schools for green MBAs based on a survey of students and administrators at 325 graduate schools of business.

The Princeton Review, the creator of a popular series of annual college guides, conducted the research during the 2009-2010 school year.

The findings led to the roster of schools that are considered "top-notch institutions for MBA students to get an education in green business," The Review and the magazine said in a joint statement.

Entrepreneur published the list in its April issue, which became available on newsstands yesterday.

The Princeton Review's website details each of the schools and provides data on academics, admissions, the student body, careers pursued by graduates, their average starting salary, tuition, and campus life and facilities. Entrepreneur provides summaries of the schools that include their green bragging rights and the "star tree huggers" among their alums.

The majority of the schools highlighted by The Review and Entrepreneur are frequently included in other "top green" lists.

Babson College, home to the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, led the Bloomberg BusinessWeek rankings last spring for sustainability coursework for undergraduate business students.

Ten of the graduate schools -- Columbia Business School, Darden at the University of Virginia, Desautels at McGill, Kenan-Flagler at UNC Chapel Hill, Mendoza at Norte Dame, Portland State's School of Business Administration, Ross at the University of Michigan, Stern at NYU, Stanford's Graduate School of Business and the Wisconsin School of Business -- also appear in the various Top 10 rankings issued by The Aspen Institute in conjunction with the organization's most recent "Beyond Grey Pinstripes" survey. Conducted for more than a decade, the biennial survey gauges how well MBA programs are preparing students to tackle the environmental, social and ethical challenges of business.

For its research, The Review said it surveyed administrators about their business schools' academics, curricula, campus policies and student services related to sustainability, social responsibility and the environment. Students were asked for their views on how well they are being educated by their MBA programs for careers in green business.

"Ground-floor trends for entrepreneurs in green business are approaching fever pitch, with big opportunities in everything from cleantech to sustainability management, ecological restoration and more," Entrepreneur magazine Vice President and Editor in Chief Amy Cosper said in a statement. "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."

"These schools deserve kudos ..."  said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's senior VP for publishing, in the same statement.  "We salute them for the many and varied ways they have gone green from offering a master's (degree) in environmental management to building facilities with LEED-Platinum certification to mentoring student entrepreneurship projects supporting the development of cleantech products."

Here are the schools listed in alphabetical order (Entrepreneur and The Review emphasized they did not rank the schools making the cut):

  • Babson College F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, Babson Park / Wellesley, Mass.
  • Bentley University McCallum Graduate School of Business, Waltham, Mass.
  • Brandeis University International Business School, Waltham, Mass.
  • Claremont Graduate University Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont, Calif.
  • Clark University Graduate School of Management, Worcester, Mass.
  • Columbia University Columbia Business School, New York, N.Y.
  • Duke University The Fuqua School of Business, Durham, N.C.
  • McGill University Desautels Faculty of Management, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York, N.Y.
  • Portland State University School of Business Administration, Portland, Ore.
  • Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Stanford, Calif.
  • University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business, Notre Dame, Ind.
  • University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business, Charlottesville, Va.
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Wisconsin School of Business, Madison, Wis.

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