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Ian Edwards, MBA

Ian Edwards, MBA '15

Business "as usual" no longer applies in a world in which we need to vastly rethink how we use resources, maximize our environment, and treat our human capital. With this, Bard's unique MBA in Sustainability is on point—providing foundational MBA learning, with sustainability embedded at all levels. It's a necessary focus for business leaders to understand impacts, risks, opportunities, and strategy as we grapple with game-changing sustainability issues such as global warming.

The Bard MBA in Sustainability is one of a select few graduate programs globally that fully integrates sustainability into a core business curriculum. While most business schools now offer a course or two related to sustainability, in the Bard MBA every class is organized around one critical question: How can we build or transform our businesses so that they are in business to solve the pressing social and environmental problems of our time? Businesses and NGO's of course have to be financially successful, to support growth and scale solutions. At Bard students learn both how to put purpose first, and to ensure that profit will follow.  

In the Bard MBA, students work in collaborative teams learning how to create businesses and not-for-profit organizations that combine economic, environmental, and social objectives into an integrated bottom line that creates both healthier businesses, and also a more sustainable world. Graduates of the Bard MBA are transforming existing companies, starting their own, and pioneering a new paradigm of doing business that meets human needs, protects and restores the Earth's systems, and treats all stakeholders with justice and respect.

Unique Curriculum

Building on Bard College's tradition of social entrepreneurship, the Bard MBA in Sustainability brings a new kind of business education to the East Coast. Bard's unique low residency design, cutting-edge faculty, experiential approach, innovative curriculum, and career development focus all tailor the Bard MBA towards equipping graduates with the tools to take on today's challenging economic, social and ecological landscape.