Applicants to UCLA-Anderson may be well aware of the school’s strengths in media and real estate, but they might be surprised to learn that Anderson also offers a cutting-edge multidisciplinary program for students interested in environmental sustainability. The Leaders in Sustainability (LiS) Program is a certificate program that allows Anderson students to take courses at different graduate schools within the university network, thereby allowing them to address issues of environmental sustainability in an interdisciplinary manner. Students must apply to the program—described on the LiS Web site as a graduate “minor”—which currently has more than 40 participants from graduate programs across the university.
Students in the LiS program must take four specified classes, including the LiS core course “Environmental Science and Engineering” and three sustainability-related courses, one of which must be taught outside the students’ primary graduate school. In total, the greater university offers more than 50 sustainability-related courses that Anderson students may choose from, ranging from “Effective Methods of Social Change” to “Management in Public and Private Nonprofit Sectors” to even “Urban Environmental Problems: Water Issues.” In addition to completing the program’s required four courses, LiS students must work on a team project related to sustainability with students from at least two other graduate schools within the university.
Moreover, mbaMission has learned that UCLA-Anderson recently hired a sustainability coordinator and has established positions for two sustainability chairs in each first-year section and one for second-year students. Business school may in fact be a window into the future…
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