MBA program tops list for sustainability education

contact: Samantha Hooker
| WMU News
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The Haworth College of Business was ranked 67th overall.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business was named to an elite list of the top 100 business schools that emphasize sustainability in their master of business administration programs. The Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based company that promotes socially and ecologically conscious business models, recognized WMU in its 16th Annual Better World MBA ranking.

The Haworth College of Business was ranked 67th overall, earning a place on the list ahead of Michigan State, Northwestern, Cornell, Columbia and Notre Dame universities. Additionally, WMU was recognized as one of the Top 40 North American universities.

"This recognition is a great honor for the college and for Western Michigan University," says Dr. Steve Newell, associate dean of operations and graduate programs for the Haworth College of Business. "We embrace the belief that sustainable and socially responsible economic practices are good for business and that top MBA programs have the obligation to teach and promote this philosophy."

Best schools profiled

The Corporate Knights based its selections on five categories, which it collected data on during the 2017-18 academic year. Rating categories are:

  • Sustainable development-related research institutes and centers
  • Percentage of core courses that integrate sustainable development
  • Sustainable development-related faculty research and number of citations
  • Faculty gender diversity
  • Faculty racial diversity

About the MBA program

WMU's MBA program is designed with the full-time working professional in mind, which is reflected in course schedule, advising and other services. The faculty leading WMU's MBA program participate in the latest research in a variety of fields and bring valuable industry experience to the classroom. The Haworth College of Business has been recognized by several organizations as a premier location to earn a MBA and is among an elite group of fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide that are accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate levels by the AACSB International.

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