MBA applicants tend to overvalue rankings and so can overlook some strong business schools that might be a good fit. In this series, we profile amazing programs at schools that are typically ranked outside the top 15.
Sustainability is more than a mere buzzword or one elective specialization among many in the Bard MBA curriculum—it provides the grounding for an integrated core of economic, environmental, and social education. In this way, Bard offers an innovative approach to business, drawing on multidisciplinary perspectives and ecological thinking to prove that profitability can be compatible with a sustainable and socially responsible mission. Another rather unique feature of the Bard MBA is its low-residency structure, entailing monthly “weekend residencies” that focus on various learning “modules,” in addition to online instruction. The school’s proximity to New York City—it is located an approximately two-hour drive from the city—facilitates Bard’s NYCLab program, in which students work in small teams to gain hands-on experience consulting for businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits. Past projects have involved such companies as Lockheed Martin, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, and Unilever.