By Amy Potthast.
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.
- Beyond Grey Pinstripes from the Aspen Institute is a biennial survey and ranking of business schools, which spotlights innovative full-time MBA programs and faculty that lead the way in integrating issues of social and environmental stewardship into business school curricula and research.
- Idealist’s Grad School Resource Center offers articles on admissions, financial aid, and degree options.
- Net Impact’s Corporate Careers the Make a Difference, another free guide that looks at business careers for the public good. (You can also listen an Idealist podcast featuring this book.)
Amy Potthast served as Idealist’s Director of Service and Graduate Education Programs until 2011. Read more of her work at amypotthast.com.