Yale University offers a master’s program that combines environmental studies with the study of management. Students in the program draw upon the resources of the highly ranked Yale School of Management and those of Yale’s global school of the environment, the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Students earn two degrees: an MBA and an MEM (Master of Business Administration and Master of Environmental Management). Upon graduation, they join a collegial network of alumni of the program in business and the environment.
Over 30 years of linking institutional and environmental management
Yale University recognized the connection between business and the environment early. When Yale established the joint degree in 1982, it was the first U.S. university to create a master’s degree curriculum linking the two disciplines.
More than thirty years later, organizations worldwide increasingly seek the expertise of people trained in both institutional and environmental management. Corporate leaders understand that long-term success will depend upon integrating environmental costs and benefits into long-term planning. Environmental organizations realize that survival depends on good management. And environmentalists recognize that to engage in partnerships with businesses, they must understand how businesses work.
The course of studies comprises core courses and electives in both schools along with a short summer course in technical skills training; two summer internships; and an international management study trip.
Year 1: core courses at SOM or FES
Year 2: core courses at the other school
Year 3: electives at both schools, and beyond;capstone project
Coursework at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES)
During their first year at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, joint-degree students chose eight core courses from among three dozen options.
Coursework at the School of Management (SOM)
The School of Management launched a newly integrated MBA curriculum in 2006-2007. Instead of teaching management topics in separate, single-subject courses like Finance or Marketing, Yale SOM offers a core curriculum of eight multi-disciplinary subjects. Each faculty team teaching a core course is composed of senior professors from several academic fields. This teaching model reflects the fact that managerial careers cross disciplinary boundaries.
The big (curriculum) picture:
Visit the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale (CBEY) for a concise overview of the joint-degree curriculum and for a list of courses addressing topics in both business and the environment. Read more about the Center below.
Beyond SOM and FES
Students may choose electives at other graduate programs at Yale. CBEY has published a list of business and the environment courses, including those outside FES and SOM, that may interest joint-degree students. These courses are offered by the Law School, the School of Architecture, the Divinity School, the School of Public Health and the departments of Engineering, International Studies, Political Science and Economics.
The Center for Business and the Environment at Yale (CBEY) is the administrative home of the joint-degree program. The center’s goal is to become a leader among colleges and universities in advancing knowledge and solving problems at the business-environment interface. The center supports research, education, and outreach programs.
Prospective students with questions about the joint-degree program or CBEY are invited to contact the program director, Stuart Decew: (203) 432-3736 or email@example.com.
Twenty-six faculty members from both schools participate in the activities of the Center for Business and the Environment. They bring with them experience working at organizations from the EPA to JPMorgan to the United Nations, at venues ranging from the canyons of Wall Street to the tropical forests of Sri Lanka.
Their expertise embraces such disparate fields as negotiation skills; social cognition; how private investment affects environmental performance; leadership; industrial ecology; diffusion of new technologies; non-profit strategy; the impact of environmental regulations on markets; design of complex organizations; climate change; international banking; and the regeneration of forested ecosystems.
Prospective students should feel free to contact any faculty member whose work interests them; e-mail is best. The format is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus life at Yale offers more talks, seminars, conferences and study groups than even the most motivated scholar can attend. A full listing of programs sponsored by the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale appears here.
Recent talks have included:
Voluntary Carbon Markets 101 - What They Are and How They Work
Renewable Power for Emerging Countries - The Next Frontier?
Investing in Climate Change - Hedge Funds and Climate Change
Using Green to Win: Sustainable Innovation and Competitiveness
Programs (a few examples):
Nineteen students are enrolled in the joint MBA-MEM program at present. Most students are in their late 20s and returned to school after having worked in a variety of fields, including the foreign service, investment banking, architecture, international development, conservation and environmental policy.
To help you get a sense of the life of a joint master's degree candidate at Yale SOM and FES, a few of our students have written short descriptions of a typical day in their lives here at Yale and as interns.
There are 133 alumni of Yale’s joint program.
The best way to learn about the two schools and to get a feeling for Yale is to come to New Haven.
FES sponsors three open houses for prospective students during the fall (in October, November, and December); a fourth is held in April for admitted students. The open houses offer full-day programs, including breakfast and lunch.
FES faculty and staff also conduct outreach events around the United States and abroad. The school does not conduct formal admission interviews.
For more information on visiting and dates for open houses, see FES Admissions Events.
SOM invites visitors to come to campus beginning in mid-September and continuing throughout the academic year from Monday through Thursday when classes are in session. The SOM Admissions Committee chooses applicants to invite for interviews.
To schedule a visit to SOM, and for more information on interview protocols, see SOM Visits & Interviews.
New Haven is an ethnically diverse and politically progressive seaport city founded in 1638. The city has 125,000 residents, and 600,00 people live within greater New Haven. Much of New Haven is accessible by bicycle and housing near campus is plentiful.
Two strengths of New Haven are good music (particularly classical, but one can find all genres) and excellent restaurants (serving not only famous pizza but also cuisine from every continent but one). The city also has three major theaters, a vibrant arts community, a downtown movie theater, two world-class art museums, two children’s museums and the Peabody Museum of Natural History (famous for dinosaur skeletons and primeval murals).
City parks provide downtown green space, beaches are nearby, and skiing is about three hours north. Manhattan is less than two hours by train; Boston is under three hours.
Students must apply and be accepted at both schools independently. About half the students taking part in the joint program apply to and are admitted by both schools before arriving on campus. The others begin studies at FES or SOM and apply for the joint-degree program in the fall of their first year.
To apply to FES, please complete the online application.
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Danielle Curtis, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
tel 800 825-0330
fax 203 432-5528
Joint Degree Faculty Contact: Bradford Gentry
To apply to SOM, please complete the online application.
Yale School of Management
135 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06520-8200
Bruce DelMonico, Director of Admissions
tel 203 432-5635
fax 203 432-7004
Director of Student & Academic Studies: Sherilyn Scully