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106 places to get a green business degree

106 places to get a green business degree

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Net impact publishes 6th annual guide to graduate degree programs specializing in sustainability strategy and management.

Corporate sustainability organization Net Impact just released the 2011 version of "Business as UNusual: "The Student Guide to Graduate Program."

As I reported last year when the 2010 edition came out, this is a guide that focuses on schools that have bonafide credentials in helping graduate students prepare for careers that somehow touch the corporate sustainability sphere of influence. Net Impact used survey information from students at the schools considered (more than 2,500 this year) in order to put together the 2011 guide. This year, there were more than 106 programs considered, including 29 schools that didn't even make last year's list -- which gives you an idea of how business schools are adjusting to meet the interest in green business degrees.

Here are some of the more interesting findings from the survey:

  • 36 percent of the respondents "strongly agree" that their program at one of the schools considered prepared them for responsible leadership in social and environmental issues; another 47 percent agreed with that statement
  • 35 percent "completely" agreed with the thesis that their green business degree helped them find a job that reflect their values; however, another 25 percent said they are still looking (which may or may not simply be reflective of the high unemployment rate).
  • The top three strengths across all 106 programs were: Corporate responsibility, Social entrepreneurship and Environmental Strategy.

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