MBA Programs with Sustainability Focus

Beyond Grey Pinstripes

Beyond Grey Pinstripes is a biennial survey of the leading business schools with the most innovative MBA programs with sustainability issues as its primary business focus. Beyond Grey Pinstripes complies the top 100 ranking MBA programs into a list, that is frequently updated.


Bainbridge Graduate Institute

Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) offers both an MBA in Sustainable Business and a Certificate in Sustainable Business. In both programs, students work with distinguished faculty from top business schools to master proven sustainability practices. Their mission is to prepare diverse leaders to build enterprises that are economically successful, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable.

BGI is pioneering a graduate curriculum for sustainable business education that infuses social and environmental responsibility into every course – not just electives but all required courses as well. They train students with the leading sustainability case studies, best practices, models, and business management tools. With this knowledge graduates will be well equipped to successfully lead a large corporation, small business or non-profit organization toward sustainability as a core strategy, or launch their own sustainable entrepreneurial ventures.

Dominican University of California GreenMBA program

Dominican University of California Green MBA® program is a 48 unit, weekend program that can be completed on either a full time or part time basis. They use a dynamic, project-oriented learning approach to integrate the development of entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial skills with the building of critical thinking and leadership capacities. To encourage this transformation in our students’ capabilities, they are building a close-knit community of teachers and learners woven into a supportive network of business, academic and activist leaders.

They seek to create a collaborative and engaging meeting place for those who believe that responsible businesses can provide effective solutions to our pressing environmental and social problems. Their community of teachers, students and practitioners is interwoven into the progressive social fabric of the North San Francisco Bay region. They follow the path of a triple bottom line approach to business, seeking solutions that promote ecological preservation and restoration; ethical practices and social healing; and financial viability and economic prosperity.


Presidio School of Management

Presidio School of Management offers an MBA program in Sustainable Management integrating social and environmental values within every course. The MBA in Sustainable Management at Presidio School of Management is unique in the field of higher education. While individual courses on business ethics and environmental management now exist, few programs engage faculty and students alike in the process of integrating—at all levels—social and environmental values with the application of practical business skills.This program is designed to prepare professionals to position their organizations—private, public or non-profit—to be leaders in the practice of sustainability. Students learn through experience, reflection and application. The courses offer opportunities to experience and practice organizational change. Learners work with diverse peers and faculty on organizational challenges, prepare creative presentations to hypothetical “management,” and apply lessons learned in internships and/or international projects. The program pays close attention to increasing the learners’ capacities to work effectively with others.

The program is composed of five four-day weekends of intensive interpersonal instruction and interaction in a retreat or classroom setting each semester, combined with online lecture presentations, conference calls and threaded discussion throughout the academic year.

Stanford University

Stanford’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) has significantly expanded its Center for Social Innovation (CSI), providing a critical mass of support to sustain research, course development and activities around corporate responsibility, ethics and social sector issues. With over 30 elective courses addressing ethics, corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability, international development, social and environmental entrepreneurship, and public and nonprofit management, the GSB provides a wealth of opportunities to explore social sector interests.


Duquesne University

The Donahue Graduate School of Business at Duquesne University (Pittsburg, PA) has announced the launch of an MBA program for the next generation of leaders. Drawing on faculty expertise in ethics, supply chain management and leadership, Duquesne’s innovative curriculum and delivery model combines the rigor of an MBA with the power of sustainability. The new MBA program features a challenging, internationally-accredited curriculum and practical application of cutting-edge models in real management situations.

The program’s premise – do well by doing good – reflects a growing body of evidence that socially responsible and eco-friendly business practices boost bottom line profitability.

Duquesne University is a private, coeducational university with more than 10,000 students.

George Washington University

The George Washington University School of Business and Public Management (GW/SBPM) is an active part of the emerging movement of businesses and business schools that are paying increasing attention to environmental and social issues in business. Students have worked with faculty associated with the Environmental and Social Sustainability Initiative and with GW/SBPM administrators to help design specialized fields in Environmental Policy and Management, Nonprofit Organization Management, and Strategic Management and Public Policy.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill launched its Sustainable Enterprise Initiative in 1998. All MBAs at UNC Kenan-Flagler are exposed to key elements of sustainability in the core or required curriculum during their first year. During their second year, they may choose from over a dozen SE (Sustainable Enterprise) electives and numerous practicum and independent study opportunities. They also may choose a SE Concentration. Its unique triple bottom line approach covers a vast array of topics, including environmental management, urban reinvestment, minority economic development and nonprofit marketing.

Yale University

The mission of the Yale School of Management (SOM) is to educate leaders for business and society. The school shares in Yale’s world-class faculty and resources, and is recognized, among many areas of business education, for nonprofit management and economic development. Historically, the most popular joint program is the joint MBA/Master’s of Environmental Management, offered in conjunction with one of the world’s leading environmental institutions, the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Yale SOM’s flagship events demonstrate our commitment to building careers across sectors. The annual Blending Sectors reception allows students and alumni to share perspectives on working at the intersection of public, private and nonprofit sectors and how such interactions impact business and contribute to economic and social progress.



The University of Michigan

The University of Michigan Business School (UMBS) is committed to educating MBA students in the areas of environmental and social responsibility. Students participate in a pre-term, community citizenship field experience, which stresses the importance of creating and sustaining healthy natural and social communities. The MBA core curriculum provides students with a solid understanding of key constructs that underlie each functional area of business, yet several of these courses go above and beyond, exploring issues of environmental and social responsibility within the context of the specific discipline.


EOI Business School (Madrid , Spain)

EOI Business School offers an innovative and practical programme that focuses on understanding the real situation and future trends in sustainable development and corporate responsibility in international companies and institutions. The purpose of the IMSD programme is to prepare a new generation of responsible business and community leaders that will help organisations and policy makers meet the global challenges of the 21st century.

York University

The Schulich School of Business, located in Toronto, Canada, is ranked among the top ten non-US schools in the world and is one of the top three schools in the world in terms of management for sustainability. The concept of sustainability underpins all Schulich’s graduate management programs, beginning with the required core Skills for Leadership & Governance course and the orientation activities surrounding the MBA Launch Week for incoming students. In addition, many of the core and elective courses in the graduate program contain material specifically dedicated or relevant to social impact and environmental management issues.

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