Business as UNusual: Net Impact's guide to MBA programs

By Amy Potthast.


Want to live the business student life? (Image via University of Salford, Flickr/Creative Commons)

Want to research MBA schools before heading out for one of the Idealist Grad Fairs touring the United States this fall?

Check out the 2011 Business as UNusual Guide, a free download from Net Impact, the international organization that supports and grows business and business education for social and environmental impact, with 280 chapters around the globe.

The 2011 guide offers:

  • Student-written profiles of 106 business schools from the United States and abroad
  • The voices of 2,500 MBA students, sharing their B-school experiences
  • Descriptions of and commentary about what business programs are doing to prepare students for careers that make a positive impact on the world
  • Stats about each school, including the percentage of students who are Net Impact members, and how satisfied Net Impact members are with career coaching, connections to alumni, and other support
  • Details not easily available on a school’s website, such as whether funding is available to support students interning at nonprofits

Many of the schools that appear in the guide also participate in the Idealist Grad Fairs, so if you’re thinking about getting an MBA — for a career in corporate citizenship or nonprofit leadership — we think it’s a great idea to research schools in Business as Unusual before stopping by one of our fairs.

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Amy Potthast served as Idealist’s Director of Service and Graduate Education Programs until 2011. Read more of her work at

Comments (1)

  1. Anonymous writes:
    September 23, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    If you’re thinking about getting an MBA, ask yourself, how many nonprofit job listings have I seen that require an MBA?

    Answer: Maybe 1 in 100.

    If you’re thinking about getting an MBA, ask yourself, have I talked with people who have gotten MBAs? Would this really be useful for me in my career?

    For example, I met a lawyer who had both an MBA and JD, and she often forgot that she even had an MBA. She said it had no bearing on her day-to-day life.

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