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Many students who come to the MBA program are employed at matriculation, and are either sustainability champions in their current environment, or are hoping to take what they learn and experience at Antioch and apply it to a new position. The integration of sustainability across the program’s curriculum helps students to imagine sustainability in all aspects of a business, from finance to marketing and IT, which in some cases results in a new way of thinking about what sustainability is in business.
Because sustainability is evident at all points in the curriculum, students typically view consulting projects, field trips, and organizations like Net Impact as a chance to network with business leaders who are doing the work of sustainability in business throughout New England and beyond. Additionally, students find their practicum experience to be a chance to network with businesses and other organizations as they complete research for a final project.
All of our students are entrepreneurial, and some of them choose to start their own businesses following graduate school. This process is facilitated through a hands-on semester-long project in which students write a complete business plan that is presented at the end of the term to a group of angel investors for feedback.
Finally, students network through Antioch alumni who are currently working in sustainability-minded businesses and organizations across the country. The program is young, but strives to involve alumni with current students’ networking efforts.