Antioch University New England’s MBA in Sustainability Program Named to Top 15 Affordable Sustainable MBA Programs List

May 3, 2016 (Keene, NH)—Conscious Company magazine ranked Antioch University New England’s MBA in Sustainability program  as one of the Top 15 Affordable Sustainable MBA Programs in the country and one of the Top 5 located east of the Mississippi in their May/June 2016 issue, on sale now.

The magazine write-up about Antioch University New England’s program says: “This small, intimate program is also the most affordable on our list. The interdisciplinary curriculum weaves impact and social responsibility throughout the hands-on work that includes case studies, field trips, research, and consulting projects.”

This is the magazine’s inaugural list of the best business school programs. The MBA in Sustainability program at Antioch University New England develops students’ knowledge and experience in the areas of triple bottom line principles, sustainability methods, systems thinking, leadership, and collaboration across an integrated curriculum. The 36-credit MBA in Sustainability is a two-year program with cohort groups meeting on campus five weekends per semester starting in the fall.

“We’re thrilled to receive this recognition from Conscious Company, a magazine that shares our values about sustainability and believes business should be used as a force for good,” says Dr. Taryn E. Fisher, director of Antioch University New England’s MBA in Sustainability program. “We’ve designed our program to make an impact by teaching the business and leadership skills needed to manage complex and changing organizational environments and by focusing on how to implement sustainable practices in operations, human resources, finance, marketing, and strategic planning in organizations.  For me, the proof of our success is that each and every day, I’m inspired and impressed by the work our students and alumni do.”

Conscious Company used Net Impact’s Business as UNusual report which ranked 100 programs across the country as a baseline to select the winners. Editors then prioritized schools that were holistic in their educational approach, top-notch (as rated by students in Net Impact’s latest surveys), and affordable—total tuition had to be $110,000 or less for two years. They also looked for schools that earned a top-50 rank for affordability, social impact, environmental sustainability, and social entrepreneurship based on Net Impact’s list.

As a nationally distributed magazine with a singular focus on sustainable business, Conscious Company wanted to highlight Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs that emphasize sustainability rather than the traditional programs that focus on bottom line profits and prepare their graduates to work in financially-oriented positions.

“In the last decade or so, some business and management schools have shifted gears to create curricula with a focus on triple bottom line principles,” according to the article which begins on page 79. “The best of these programs give graduates a huge boost in finding and creating careers that emphasize social impact.”

AUNE’s MBA in Sustainability attracts students with diverse backgrounds: seasoned executives, mid-career professionals, entrepreneurs, and recent graduates. They come from nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and for-profit corporations. Some work full time while going to school. Others come in the beginning stages of their careers. Their common thread is a desire to make a positive impact.

They become competitive MBA graduates with the skills necessary to navigate the complexities of a global economy.

One prime example of Antioch students’ social entrepreneurial spirit is the creation of Monadnock Food Co-op which began as a master’s project in 2008 and opened for business in 2010.  AUNE alumni involved in this project included Bonnie Hudspeth, MS ’08, Katie Stoner, MS ’08, Amanda (Costello) Littleton, MS ’07, Jen Risley, MEd ’04, Jess Gerrior, MS ’11 and PhD Candidate, Jaime Contois, MS ’03, Dave Morrill, MBA ’09, and Jan Fiderio, MBA ’12.

“The most important thing I learned [in my MBA program] wasn’t about spreadsheets or finance; it was leadership,” says Meghan French Dunbar, Conscious Company co-founder and editor-in-chieftess. “The constructive feedback received from my peers taught me humility, how to work on a team, and where my strengths and blind spots are. I couldn’t be where I am today without that community.”

The application deadline for Antioch University New England’s MBA in Sustainability program is July 1. Find more information about the program. For more information about Conscious Company, visit:

About CONSCIOUS COMPANY: Conscious Company Magazine, founded in 2014 by Maren Keeley and Meghan French Dunbar, is the first print and digital, nationally distributed publication in the US to focus solely on sustainable business. Based in Boulder, Colorado, the publication first hit stands nationwide in January 2015. With four issues in 2015, Conscious Company Magazine has quickly become a leading source of information for and about sustainable businesses.  Conscious Company’s mission is to make sustainable business the future of business as usual.

About Antioch University New England (AUNE): All of AUNE’s graduate programs in environmental studies, education, psychology, and management require that students put their classroom-based learning to work solving real-world problems. Founded in 1964, AUNE provides fully accredited doctoral, master’s, and certificate programs. AUNE is one of the five campuses of Antioch University.

About Antioch University: Antioch University, a private, nonprofit, 501(c) 3 institution, is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education, helping students around the world and across the country, online, and at its five campuses lead extraordinary lives. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Learn more at


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