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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 prepares students for leadership positions in a variety of business environments—from innovative start-ups to major corporations—with in-depth knowledge of core business skills through the lens of sustainability. The curriculum provides a grounding in management essentials, with a continual focus on the integrated bottom line: economic success, environmental integrity, and social equity.


The Bard MBA is structured around monthly “weekend residencies” with regular online instruction in between these residencies. Five residencies 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 also attend online classes Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the semester.


Business education, especially in sustainability, requires 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–area businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits. Each team is closely mentored by a faculty member. Second-year Capstone Projects provide the opportunity to take this work further and deeper.