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Michigan, Yale score as top green U.S. MBA programs

Posted by: Adam Aston on October 21, 2009

Though they may have once been considered an oxymoron, green business school programs are multiplying fast at top b-schools. This week, Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a project run by the Aspen Institute, released its biennial ranking of the best green MBA programs. Notably absent are most of the perennial top dogs of BW’s MBA ranking: Harvard, University of Pennsylvania Wharton, Northwestern and Chicago are all no shows here. It won’t be long before they join the fray I bet, since students are showing increased interest in sustainability, social responsibility, and energy systems. The number of b-schools who took part in the survey has surged by 25% in the past three years. And among b-schools offering classes with some degree of social, environmental, or ethical focus, Beyond Grey Pinstripes reports that the number of such eco-themed classes has grown by a third, on average, in five years. With seven of the top 10 spots, US schools dominate the survey:

1. York University, Schulich School of Business, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2. University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor, Mich., US.
3. Yale University, School of Management, New Haven, Conn., US.
4. Stanford University, Graduate School of Business, Palo Alto, Calif., US.
5. University of Notre Dame, Mendoza School of Business, Notre Dame, Ind., US.

For the full listing of the Global 100, and deeper details on each program, click here:

And find more on this over at BW’s MBA blog, “Getting in”.

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BusinessWeek correspondents John Carey and Mark Scott, cover the green scene, keeping on top of the business aspects of energy, the environment and climate change, as well as the technologies, policies, markets and people that are shaping how the earth's resources will be used in the century ahead.

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