M.S./M.B.A. Program

In Environmental Policy / Climate Science and Sustainability

The dual degree offered through Bard CEP and the Bard MBA in Sustainability is for students developing careers that combine the skills needed in both policy and business. Students begin study at Bard CEP and complete the first-year curriculum in either environmental policy or climate science and policy before proceeding to the MBA program.
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In their words . . .
Libby Murphy '14
Climate Outreach Specialist for NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
"I'm excited 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 the dual degree with the Bard MBA in Sustainability will allow me to bridge the gap between climate science, innovative technologies, and business as usual."
Year One and Two: The first year of the program is completed at Bard College at the Center for Environmental Policy enrolled in the first-year curriculum of either M.S. track (Environmental Policy or Climate Science and Policy). The second year is completed in New York City and online in the MBA in Sustainability's 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.