Bard MBA

The Bard Difference


The Bard MBA program focuses on the business case for sustainability while providing a rigorous business education. We explore how firms that pursue aggressive resource efficiency, innovative ecological design, human creativity, and continuous innovation can successfully integrate the three bottom lines: economic vitality, constant reduction in ecological footprint, and a business model that treats all stakeholders with respect and justice.
Business Fundamentals

Business Fundamentals

Success in sustainable business requires mastery of core business fundamentals. Green companies have to execute around product quality and performance, efficient operation, sound financial management, deep employee engagement, responsible and effective marketing, creative responses to changing economic conditions, flexible strategy, and continuous innovation. Students in the Bard MBA program receive rigorous training in these core areas.
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Serious Sustainability
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Serious Sustainability

We live at an extraordinary moment in human history where we face the prospect of soon sharing the world with nine billion people, all aspiring to a high quality of life. This time in history is dominated by one fundamental question: Can we meet human needs without destroying the ecological systems and exhausting natural resources on which our civilization depends? The answer lies in sustainable business.
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NYC as Laboratory

NYC as Laboratory

Business education, especially in sustainability, demands a strong, hands-on orientation. A key component of the Bard MBA curriculum is NYCLab. During the first year of study, working in small teams, students consult for New York City-area businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits. A faculty member closely mentors each team. During their residencies in the city, students are exposed to a range of guest experts, and meet regularly with the businesses for which they are consulting.
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Pioneering Classes

Pioneering Classes

As a pioneering member of our inaugural classes, you will help shape our program, creating a new kind of business education that will be a model for the world. Above all, you will gain knowledge and skills that will be the foundation for the work of your life. Are you ready to be a pioneer? MORE >>
Cutting-Edge Faculty

Cutting-Edge Faculty

The Bard MBA faculty reflects the broad diversity and extraordinary talent of sustainability-focused leaders in the New York metropolitan region and beyond. The weekend-intensive structure of the program supports a remarkable set of cutting-edge practitioners as adjunct program faculty, in addition to the permanent faculty at Bard.
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Integrated Curriculum

Integrated Curriculum

Bard offers a unique MBA, one of a small handful of programs globally that fully integrate the study of business and sustainability. In course work covering subjects from leadership to operations, marketing to finance, and economics to strategy, our crosscutting curriculum ensures that students master the business case for sustainability and understand how to align profit with ecological and social mission. MORE >>
Low-Residency Program

Low-Residency Program

The Bard MBA is structured around “weekend intensives” with regular online instruction in between these residencies. Five of these intensives are held each term: four in the heart of New York City and one in the Hudson Valley. Classes take place over four days, beginning Friday morning, and ending Monday afternoon. Students and faculty work together closely throughout the program, enabling an intensive education process that engages students for a lifetime of transformative work.
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