Corporate Knights magazine has ranked Duquesne University's MBA Sustainable Business Practices program No. 1 in the United States and No. 4 in the world in its 18th annual Better World MBA Rankings, which represents the top 40 programs from 10 countries.

Housed in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, Duquesne's MBA Sustainable Business Practices Program has consistently been among the top 10 schools in the annual Better World MBA Rankings.

"This recognition, and being regularly ranked among the top business schools by Corporate Knights, is a true testament to the quality of our MBA Sustainable Business Practices program, faculty, staff and students," said Dr. Karen Donovan, associate dean of graduate programs and executive education in the business school.

In 2019, Corporate Knights found a noticeable increase in faculty research and core courses centered on sustainability, a trend the magazine said has continued in 2020. These developments reflect ongoing demand from students to train for meaningful work in the business sector, as well as demand from employers to help solve the serious social and environmental problems that threaten the future of businesses.

"Every MBA should be a sustainable MBA, and the Better World business schools are showing us how," said Toby Heaps, chief executive officer of Corporate Knights.

Corporate Knights evaluated 151 business schools, including all of the 2020 Financial Times top 100 Global MBA programs, every program that made the 2019 Top 40 in the Corporate Knights Better World MBA Ranking, and select MBA programs accredited by AMBA, AACSB or EQUIS, and/or signatories of the Principles for Responsible Management Education that opted in for evaluation.

The programs were then evaluated across the following key performance indicators:

The number of sustainability-focused articles in peer-reviewed journals and the number of citations (30% and 20% respectively)

The number of core courses that incorporate sustainable development topics (30%)

Research institutes and centers devoted to sustainable development issues (10%)

Faculty gender and racial diversity in the business school (5% each).

"Through our experiential curriculum, students integrate sustainability into solutions for organizational partners to drive innovation and bottom line results-an increasingly important and sought-after skill by corporations," added Donovan. "The Corporate Knights ranking also speaks to the impactful knowledge creation published by our faculty and to Duquesne's commitment to sustainability through dedicated centers and institutes."

Read more about the Duquesne University MBA Sustainable Businesses Practices program here.

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November 12, 2020