Dominican University Of California
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the environment is one of four job categories that is expected to see the fastest career growth between now and 2014. The others are in health care, education and technology.
Sarah Diefendorf, executive director for Dominican University’s Green MBA Program, understands this and feels her students are at an advantage.
“Businesses are beginning to understand that they must reduce and conserve if they are going to remain competitive in this changing and turbulent world,” she said. “The Dominican Green MBAs are some of the first students to be trained in the skills that the future demands. So their future is bright.”
According to Diefendorf, there are only three universities that offer Green MBA programs. In addition to Dominican University, there is San Francisco’s Presidio School of Management and the Bainbridge Graduate Institute in Bainbridge Island, Wash.
The fully accredited Green MBA program, established in 2002, is made up of three major components: business fundamentals, sustainability and leadership.
“There will be 100 students in the program by August,” said Diefendorf. “They each come from a diverse set of backgrounds and move on to a variety of sustainable careers upon graduating. I frequently hear the comment, ‘I never would have considered an MBA if the Green MBA didn’t exist.’ ”
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For individuals interested in pursuing an MBA degree, but not sure where to begin, the Aspen Institute’s Guide to Socially Responsible MBA programs is a start.
According to Justin Goldbach, program manager for the Aspen Institute, 700 MBA programs were analyzed with the top 130 universities listed in the guide. The MBA programs are categorized as “exceptional,” “excellent” and “good” based on the number of courses offered and how those courses relate to mainstream business and sustainability issues.
“The percentage of business schools that require students to take a Business and Society course has increased significantly over the years,” said Goldbach. “It has increased from 34.”
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