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  • January 15, 2017:
    Early admission deadline
  • March 15, 2017:
    Regular admission deadline
  • May 15, 2017:
    Final admission deadline

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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 seeks motivated candidates from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. Applicants are expected to have demonstrated leadership potential, a commitment to business and environmental issues, and an aptitude for graduate study.

Application Instructions

  1. Slate online application ($65 application fee).
  2. A personal statement addressing your professional and educational goals, and how you feel this degree program will help you achieve them. (word, pdf document or video). Whether written or recorded,  personal statements may touch on the following four questions:
    1. Do you understand the depth of the sustainability challenges that lie ahead?
    2. Do you want to shape a different future?
    3. Do you have a talent for business?
    4. Are you called to put those talents to work building a prosperous, ecologically sound, and socially aware enterprise?
  3. A sample of written work such as a college research paper, published article, or professional work such as a brief, information for media, or grant proposal. Please include the title, date of composition, and your name.
  4. Three letters of recommendation from academic and professional sources. The Bard MBA accepts letters of recommendation through the Slideroom online application system. When prompted in Step 8: References, enter the recommender's name and e-mail. The recommender will receive an e-mail with detailed instructions on how to submit his or her recommendation online.    
  5. Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended. (Transcripts should be sent directly to the address below. The MBA program is not responsible for transcripts sent to other departments at Bard College.)
    • Bard MBA In Sustainability Admissions Office, 30 Campus Rd. Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
  6. A personal interview with the Office of Admission and the Director of the Bard MBA program. Interviews can be scheduled upon submission of your application. Email for more information.
  7. We will accept either GRE or GMAT scores. The Bard College school code is 2037.
  8. A completed FAFSA. All students applying for any kind of financial aid, including any scholarships or fellowships, must complete a FAFSA.