Online MBA Programs Go Green!

October 29, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

To fill the growing number of clean technology jobs, online MBA schools are”greening” their MBA curriculums. Business schools are launching new online green MBA programs designed for a new generation of environmentally conscious MBA students who have a specific interest in environmental & energy impacts.

While the rest of the world is still troubled with economic issues and suffering from a growing unemployment rate, environmental sustainability presents that one bright spot in today’s depressing job market.

Green Job Opportunities Spur Green MBA Programs

Though job opportunities might be drying up on Wall Street, there is no doubt that the clean technology sector is booming and hiring. As a result, both online and traditional business MBA schools have innovated their curriculm to become more “green”.

For example, Babson College created the “Sustainable Entrepreneurship Inspired by Nature” course where students source inspiration from the natural world to solve environmental problems. For example, one interesting assignment in that class was to design a windmill with the shape of a dolphin’s fin in mind.

At Harvard Business School, Professor of Management Practice Joseph Lassiter recently introduced a field study seminar in building green businesses. In this green MBA course, MBA students are expected to identify, contact, and interact with green practitioners, researchers, venture/private equity investors, and public policy makers.

University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School started an MBA concentration in environmental management and also a joint MBA and masters in environmental science degree.

But it’s not just prestigious business schools that have “greened’ their MBA curriculum. Online MBA programs have also innovated and launched green MBA programs. Both Walden University and Marylhurst University introduced green online MBA programs with a concentration in sustainability.

Rise in Online Green MBA Enrollment

At UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, enrollment in sustainability elective courses doubled in the past four years despite the fact that the MBA class size has stayed the same. Even though the demnand for these types of green MBA courses and programs is likely to peak and subsequently fall off a little, the desire to research and appreciate how business influences the environment will be there for a long time.

Carrying the duty of educating a new generation of MBAs who are equipped to make sound decisions, more and more online MBA schools are integrating green MBA courses into the required core curriculum. A few others are offering specific elective courses in topics such as energy markets. There are also online green MBA certificate or other joint-degree programs.

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