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San Francisco Bay Area Green MBA Programs

As the field of green tech continues to grow, so does the need for qualified professionals.  At the same time, the field is becoming much more specified and a higher level of education is becoming necessary to succeed.  California's Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and the surrounding Bay Area has always prided itself on being environmentally progressive and contains the largest concentration of green graduate programs.

1. Stanford University:    One of the most prestigious universities on the west coast, it is no surprise that Stanford has a renowned MBA program.  It is also no surprise that they offer an MBA with a focus on Environmental Sustainability.  This program, dubbed "MBA in Business Strategies for Environmental Sustainability" is housed in Stanford's Center for Social Innovation.  It includes the typical MBA-type curriculum (accounting, economics, etc.) , in addition to building knowledge of environmental practices, green technology, understanding the business-environmental balance necessary to succeed, and product/process goals. 

2. Presidio Graduate School: Another top school in the field of Sustainable Management.  Presidio Graduate School offers an MBA and an MPA in Sustainable Management.  Three core concepts guide these programs: Leadership, Sustainable Systems, and Business Foundations.  The program goal of the MBA is to "prepare MBA students to be skilled in management... within an integrated framework of Sustainable Management." Presidio defines Sustainable Management as "everything from designing more sustainable—and affordable—consumer products to applying the power of business and policy in order to address interconnected global issues such as poverty, ecosystem services and human rights." Presidio's MPA program is guided by the same principles, but focuses on management in the public sector and green public policy.

3. Dominican University of California: The Dominican University of California, located just north of San Francisco in San Rafael California, offers the "Green MBA." This Green MBA provides a "learning community that seeks to promote financial viability, ecological sustainability, and social justice in business and organizations of all types." The program boasts an emphasis on projects and collaboration and strong community involvement.  Dominican focuses on traditional concepts of business leadership, with an emphasis on building upon the students own beliefs and practices.

4. California College of the Arts:The California College of the Arts, with campuses in San Francisco and the East Bay Area (Oakland), has an MBA program in "Design Strategies."  This MBA prepares students "for a world that is profitable, sustainable, ethical, and truly meaningful" with a program that is grounded in "the perspectives of systems thinking, design and integrative thinking, sustainability, finance, entrepreneurship, and generative leadership into a holistic strategic framework." This school offers full-time programs with once a month four-day weekends in order to accommodate working professionals seeking professional growth.

6. Meridian University:Another program located north of San Francisco in Marin County.  This program operates on the belief that environmental technology will be a key component in the growth  of our struggling economy. This MBA in "Creative Enterprise" focuses on the global economy and need for sustainability.  A definite plus of this program is that it is designed for working professionals with a nights-and-weekends approach incorporating distance learning.