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Green MBA Guide

Green MBA GuideOur 2013 Green Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Guide is available immediately via PDF download.  The comprehensive guide offers details and helpful information on each of the following Green MBA programs across the United States: 

  1. Alliant International University
  2. Anaheim University
  3. Antioch University New England
  4. Aquinas College
  5. Argosy University
  6. Bainbridge Graduate Institute
  7. Bard College
  8. Benedictine University
  9. Brandeis University
  10. California College of the Arts
  11. Case Western Reserve University
  12. City University of Seattle
  13. Clark University
  14. Colorado State University
  15. Colorado Technical University
  16. Cornell University
  17. Dominican University of California
  18. Duquesne University
  19. Franklin Pierce University
  20. George Washington University
  21. Green Mountain College
  22. Illinois Institute of Technology
  23. Lipscomb University
  24. Maharishi University of Management
  25. Marlboro College
  26. Marylhurst University
  27. Meridian University
  28. Portland State University
  29. Presidio Graduate School
  30. Rochester Institute of Technology
  31. San Francisco Institute of Technology (SFIA)
  32. South University
  33. Southern New Hampshire University
  34. Stanford University
  35. University of Colorado - Boulder
  36. University of Colorado - Denver
  37. University of Maine
  38. University of Michigan
  39. University of North Carolina
  40. University of Souh Florida
  41. University of South Florida St. Petersburg
  42. University of Virginia
  43. Walden University

We evaluated each school and conducted student interviews, where possible.  Each program was reviewed according to the following factors:

  • Institutional accreditation
  • Programs offered
  • Online/offline campus program
  • Campus location
  • Time to complete
  • Total tuition
  • GMAT or GRE requirements
  • Undergraduate GPA requirements
  • Work experience requirements
  • Website URL/contact

The growing number of green jobs and an increasing corporate commitment to sustainability has inspired colleges and universities to offer green Masters of Business Administration (“Green MBA”) programs.  Green MBA programs prepare professionals to manage for the “triple bottom line” of “people, planet, profit”.  Green MBAs not only manage for financial success and worker productivity, but also for sustainability.

Demand for Green MBA graduates will grow as companies continue to gain awareness of environmental issues and realize the financial and social benefits of sustainability.  Companies will need qualified, informed professionals to incorporate sustainability into their business - and Green MBAs will fit the bill.

Green Jobs in the United States

On March 22, 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report on green jobs, which said that there were 3.1 million Green Goods and Service jobs in the United States in 2010.  This accounted for 2.4% of total employment in the U.S. during that year.  This was the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ first report to ever cover "Green Goods and Services Jobs" (GGS Jobs), which they define as "found in businesses that produce goods and provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources".

In contrast, the Brookings Institute estimated that the U.S. had about 2,675,545 clean economy jobs in 2010.  Brookings defined the “clean economy” as the low-carbon or “green” sector of the economy that produces an environmental benefit.  Interestingly, this estimate is lower than the BLS’ 3.1 million.  However, according to Brookings, the number of clean economy jobs is still larger than the number of fossil fuels-related jobs. 

The green jobs reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Brookings Institute show that green jobs are becoming an important piece of the economy.

Corporate Social Responsibility: A Growing Trend

Studies have shown that companies are increasingly committing to sustainability.  For instance, in a 2010 study by Accenture, 93 percent of the 766 CEOs surveyed believed that sustainability will be “important” or “very important” to the future success of their company.  Seventy-four percent of them said that the recession has led them to increase sustainability investments.  According to the study, this shows significant growth in corporate commitment to sustainability since 2007.  Additionally, a 2011 survey from KPMG International said that corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting has become an "imperative" for companies looking to save money and resources through sustainable practices.

This growing corporate concern for sustainability and the environment has led to more green jobs in corporate social responsibility and increased sustainability budgets.  For instance, in 2011, 29 high-profile companies, including Verizon, DuPont, Coca-Cola, Kellogg, and General Mills, had a Chief Sustainability Officer.

In 2011, GreenBiz released its Salary Survey, which reported that the number of U.S. companies with sustainable budgets between $100,000 and $10 million increased a combined 11 points in 2011 from the previous year. Additionally, 86 percent of large organizations have a full-time sustainable professional on staff, while 75 percent have assigned an executive to those responsibilities.  The report added that 48 percent of companies have between one in five staff members on "green teams," which are devoted exclusively to sustainability.  Ultimately, the report aligns with other recent studies that show corporations are taking environmental concerns more seriously, and expanding their sustainability budget and green work force to address them.

Many schools and universities have responded to this growing trend in sustainable business practices by offering “Green MBA” programs for aspiring green professionals.  Since Green MBA programs are relatively new and varied in format and scope, this guide is meant to help aspiring green professionals navigate through the existing Green MBA programs.

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