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Diamonds in the Rough: One-Year MBA in Sustainability at Duquesne

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Appealing to professionals at all stages of their careers, Duquesne University’s Palumbo Donahue School of Business offers an accelerated, 12-month MBA degree with an “integrated” focus on sustainability and the environment. Duquesne’s MBA places second among small programs in the Aspen Institute’s “Beyond Grey Pinstripes” ranking of B-schools, based on social and environmental impact.

The program’s curriculum, according to the school’s Web site, is “designed from the ground up” and goes “far beyond comparable programs, adding co-curricular experience and training to further enhance classroom learning.” With core course work centered on four foundational areas—social, economic, environmental and ethical—students gain exposure to the basic problems and frameworks of sustainable development beyond conventional notions of “green” business. In addition, the program includes global study trips, in which students travel abroad to examine global sustainability practices firsthand; two required sustainability consulting projects with sponsoring nonprofit or governmental organizations; and a capstone practicum course that challenges students to develop strategy and management skills.




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