Dual M.S./M.B.A. Degree Program

The dual degree offered through Bard CEP and Bard MBA is a three-year program designed for students developing careers at the intersection of policy and business. Students come away with master's-level training in environmental or climate policy, and a business degree focused on sustainability and social justice. The interdisciplinary coursework of CEP where students study environmental economics, policy, law, and science combined with the management, leadership, and business skills acquired through MBA create a dual-degree program is that is truly innovative in its focus and design. 
Libby Zemaitis MS/MBA ‘14

Libby Zemaitis MS/MBA ‘14

“I chose to learn to apply my science and policy skills in the business world because I believe that is where the greatest impact can be made. If we are to shift our understanding and use of energy and other natural resources, it must be viable and relevant in the current global economy. I believe that the Bard MBA in Sustainability allowed me to bridge the gap between climate science, innovative technologies, and business as usual.”

CEP Capstone: Managing Stormwater in the Hudson Valley: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Permeable Pavement
MBA Capstone: Up Homes: Creating Mass-Market Affordable, Sustainable Modular Homes
Currently Employed: Climate Outreach Specialist at Cornell University
CEO + Co-Founder: Up Homes, Co.


Years One and Two: The first year of the program is completed at Bard College enrolled in the Center for Environmental Policy enrolled in the first year curriculum of either M.S. track. The second year is completed in New York City and online in the MBA program’s first year curriculum. Students enroll in a 3-credit policy internship in the summer after their first or second year of courses. The MBA NYCLab course and the 3-credit policy internship fulfills the CEP internship requirement during the second year. 

Year Three: During the third year, students enroll in the second-year MBA curriculum and complete a concurrent CEP Master's Project and MBA Capstone Project. Students may waive out of either the MBA Innovation or MBA Business Pragmatics courses, and will waive out of the CEP Capstone Seminar and Topics in Environmental Policy courses.

Final Project: Students may choose to complete a separate CEP Master's Project and MBA Capstone Project or structure a singular project in a way that meets the requirements of both programs. There will be three-person advisor teams from both CEP and MBA with whom students will work on their projects. 


Applying: Students must complete separate online applications for each program. Applications will be reviewed and applicants admitted independently by each program. GRE/GMAT scores, academic transcripts, writing samples, letters of recommendation, and personal statements can be shared between the programs. It is recommended that the letters of recommendation and personal statements, if shared, be written to speak to the student’s interests and aptitude for both programs. The application fee will be waived on the second application submitted - applicants must email the admissions office to ensure they are not charged twice.

Simultaneous Submissions – students who submit applications at the same time will, upon acceptance to both programs, defer enrollment in the MBA program for one year.
Sequential Submissions – students may submit and enroll in the CEP program first and then submit their MBA application while enrolled in the first year at Bard CEP. 

Students will receive a financial aid package (including fellowships, scholarships, campus employment, and/or student loans) upon acceptance in the CEP program. The package will be applied to their first year at CEP. Students should expect to receive the same tuition discount (in percentage-off terms) once enrolled in MBA courses. Scholarships and campus employment are awarded on a per-program basis and will not be renewed annually. Student loan eligibility remains the same each year. 

+ Program Schedule and 2017-2018 Tuition + Fees