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MBA Rankings: Top Schools for Sustainability

MBA Rankings: Top Schools for Sustainability
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As part of the 2012 Best B-Schools ranking, Bloomberg Businessweek asked MBAs from the Class of 2012 to tell us, via an online survey, about the full range of their business school experience, from getting in to getting a job. One section of the survey singled out specific aspects of the business program and asked the students to rate them on a scale from “poor” to “outstanding.” Over the next few weeks, we will publish the top 10 B-schools in each of the nine specialty areas, from diversity to e-business, culminating with publication of the entire specialty MBA ranking, including each of the 82 ranked schools.

Today we look at green business. Of the nine specialty areas, this one provides the most variance among ranked schools, as many programs offer little or no course work in this relatively young subject area. The ranking is based on student responses to a question asking them to rank their program’s green business and sustainability offerings. Points are awarded for each response—one point for “poor” through six points for “outstanding”—and then averaged for each school. The average green business score for all 82 U.S. and international schools in the ranking was 4.25. At the top of the list is the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.