Posted by: Alison Damast on June 4, 2008
Environmentalists with business leanings will soon have a degree program tailored to their dual passions. The University of Rhode Island (URI) will be launching the nation’s first climate science MBA program next fall, according to a press release from the school. The 16-month dual degree program — dubbed the Blue MBA — will allow students to earn an MBA and a master’s of oceanography degree.
The business community will likely bear the brunt of the challenge to find ways to reduce the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, yet few people have the necessary training in both business and climate science to lead the way,” said URI Professor of Oceanography S. Bradley Moran.
The URI program is geared towards students with undergraduate training in science, environmental science or engineering who want to strengthen their management skills, according to the school. Students enrolled in the program will take classes in both the URI business and oceanography programs, as well as select courses from departments such as marine affairs and natural resource economics. The school also is developing a new course on the business of ocean and climate science.
It seems like URI has taken a bold and important step in designing a program for environmentalists who want to use business skills to impact climate change. Do you think other business schools will follow in their footsteps?