Heller MBA scores high on Global Green Survey

September 24, 2013

Brandeis University’s Heller School MBA in nonprofit management program ranks fourth in the nation and 12th internationally out of 80 business programs surveyed by the Canadian-based Corporate Knights Inc. on the degree to which sustainability is integrated into the academic experience. The Global Green Survey seeks to promote MBA programs that establish social responsibility, environmental sustainability and community engagement as fundamental business values.

This survey assessed MBA programs in 17 countries based on institutional support, student initiatives and coursework. The Heller MBA scored high on student exposure to coursework addressing social, ethical and environmental issues, coming in fifth globally, consistent with the most recent results of the Aspen Institute’s Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey.

“The Heller School is committed to social justice and effecting positive, impactful, sustainable change and we are delighted that the Heller MBA program is being recognized as an education leader in such a critically important area,” said Heller Dean Lisa Lynch.

Heller MBA students choose from an array of concentrations that include sustainable development and social entrepreneurship, and learn that sustainability relates to a broad range of issues, from environmental policy to poverty alleviation, micro financing, race and gender equality, disease prevention and access to clean water.

“Our courses and concentrations support the goal of working towards a broadly defined perspective on sustainability,” said Brenda Anderson, director of the MBA program. “Innovating with social enterprises, building strong families and communities, providing access to healthcare, producing leaders who can move seamlessly across sectors — that is how you create a sustainable world.”

The Heller MBA is also ranked third in the US and fifth internationally in the Global Green MBA Survey of the top 10 programs with under 50 graduates. 

Corporate Knights Inc. is a media, research and financial products company focused on promoting clean capitalism. This is its first Global Green MBA Survey, as previous surveys focused only on Canadian programs.