Sustainable MBA

The Darden School of Business improves society by developing principled leaders for the world of practical affairs. This drives everything we do. We follow a three-pronged approach to achieving our mission — student-centered learning, thought leadership and active engagement with the business community.

Organization Name: 
University of Virginia
Discipline: 
Business
Degree : 
Master's Degree
Location: 
Charlottesville, VA

The Darden School of Business has long been recognized as a leading MBA program in general management (currently ranked #1 in this area by Financial Times). The case study method and integrated core curriculum provide a thorough understanding of how all areas of a business impact one another.

But Darden students are not just strong managers and leaders — they are also expert specialists. To reflect this important point, the Darden faculty added optional concentrations to the curriculum structure in 2010. While students have always tailored the elective curriculum to focus on areas of interest, the concentrations provide additional guidance and structure to this specialization, as well as providing a stronger signal to recruiters of students’ focus. All students still receive the same MBA degree, but now concentrations can be added to résumés as well.

The objectives of the concentration in sustainability are to provide students with knowledge about the global impacts on natural systems from rising energy and material consumption patterns; to inform students of institutions and policy instruments that influence business operations; to expose them to innovative processes and tools available; and to provide guidance on how innovative sustainability practices can be designed to increase revenues and lower costs.