Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability Bard College

Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
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A small private college with big influence on sustainability

Bard College is a selective private institution in New York's Hudson Valley, founded in 1860. Bard ties for the top spot on the "US News & World Report" Most Innovative Schools list, and it's among the magazine's Best National Liberal Arts Colleges as well. "The Princeton Review" includes Bard on its lists of Green Colleges, Most Accessible Professors, Colleges that Pay You Back, and, Best Classroom Experience. Bard's Center for Environmental Policy (CEP) prepares graduate students for leadership roles related to sustainability in the sciences, education, public policy, and private enterprise. It also supports the Bard MBA in Sustainability program.

The Bard MBA in Sustainability degree program

Bard College offers a Master of Business Administration in Sustainability degree program that features a team-based problem solving approach to learning. The low-residency format of the program allows part-time students to continue working 40 hours a week and full-time students to work up to 30 hours per week while attending weekend residencies and taking courses online. There are 10 long-weekend residencies each calendar year; two are held at Bard's main campus and the rest are held in New York City. Online classes are held on two evenings each week. In total, the full-time program requires two years to complete and the part-time program requires three years.

First-year MBA in Sustainability students participate in Bard's NYCLab professional consultancy program, which partners student teams with such enterprises as Unilever, Hudson Solar, Lockheed Martin, and ConEdison Solutions to address challenges related to sustainability. Final-year students work on a capstone project, such as a research project, a business plan, start-up development, or another related endeavor. Graduates of the MBA in Sustainability program have gone on to develop and oversee sustainability practices with their employers, work with sustainable consulting firms, and work with nonprofits.

MS degree and professional certificate programs for future policymakers

Bard's Center for Environmental Policy offers two Master of Science programs, the MS in Climate Science and Policy and the MS in Environmental Policy. Both are 4-semester programs that require 60 credit hours, including a 4- to 6-month long internship, and a capstone research project and seminar. Bard recommends in MS in Environmental policy program for students who want the option to work in the public and private sectors on green issues, while the climate science and policy program is better suited to students who want to work specifically on issues related to climate change.

Courses in the climate science and policy program cover such topics as communication, statistics, climate science, natural resources and environmental economics, and climate policy. Environmental policy coursework covers the same economics, statistics and communication topics and also includes environmental law and policy, energy and food policy, and built environments.

Students in both degree programs earn a professional certificate after completing their first-year coursework. Those who are seeking just the professional certificate have the option to finish the master's degree program within the next five years.

Dual graduate degree options in sustainability-related fields

Students may choose among three dual graduate degree programs offered by the Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College. The MS/MBA program combines an MS in Environmental Policy or Climate Science and Policy with the Bard MBA in Sustainability, with both degrees completed in three years. The MS/MAT program combines one of the CEP's MS programs with a Master of Arts in Teaching with a focus on biology, history, literature, or math for secondary certification. The MS/MAT program is available in 2-year and 3-year formats.

Bard and Pace Law School in White Plains, NY, offer a 4-year in-residence dual MS/JD program with a certificate in environmental law. Typically, participants take the first year of MS coursework before moving to Pace for two and a half years of full-time legal studies, followed by a return to Bard for the master's capstone project and seminar. Students also complete two summer internships or externships. Graduates are prepared for careers in policy-making, legislative analysis, and regulatory oversight.

Graduate programs that include Peace Corps experience

Students who have served in the Peace Corp, or who would like to serve in the Peace Corps as part of their graduate studies, have the option to receive or earn credit through Bard CEP's Peace Corp Programs. Students who have already completed an assignment with the Peace Corp are eligible to pursue the MS degree programs in environmental policy or in climate science and policy through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. This two-year program is nearly identical in structure to the regular MS program at CEP, with the stipulation that the internship takes place in an underserved area of the United States.

Students who want to complete a Peace Corps assignment can participate in the Master's International Program. This 4-year program begins with first year coursework for the MS in Environmental Policy or Climate Science and Policy, followed by a 27-month Peace Corps assignment and finishing with the final year of master's degree coursework. Both programs offer students 10 credit hours for their Peace Corp assignment work and provide a second-year fellowship award.

Accelerated combination BS/MS programs for qualified undergraduates

Undergraduate students who know they want to pursue a master's degree in sustainability may apply for Bard's accelerated 3+2 program during their junior year at Bard. Junior-year students at other colleges and universities may also apply for the 3+2 program. Accepted students begin taking master's coursework during their junior year, so prompt application is recommended.

Faculty with sustainability experience in public policy and the private sector

The Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College has faculty members with a wealth of experience related to sustainability practices in government, business, and service organizations. Dr. Eban Goodstein, CEP Director, has published several books and many scholarly articles on the relationship between the environment and economics. Laura Gitman, MBA, mentors first-year MBA students during their NYCLab programs and is a vice president at BSR (Business for Social Responsibility), an international nonprofit that assists businesses with sustainable practices. Professor Gautham Sethi, PhD, combines an international academic background in philosophy and economics with his affinity for statistics to help researchers in Asia and Africa understand wildlife hunting, water use, and other resource-management and subsistence issues.

Networking events and career options for Bard CEP graduates

The CEP at Bard College hosts frequent events related to sustainability and science, business, public policy. Students are encouraged to make the most of these events, which include the biweekly National Climate Seminar podcast with scientists from around the world, readings from faculty books, and Sustainable Business Fridays podcasts and discussions with business leaders.

Graduates of Center for Environmental Policy programs have gone on to work for high-profile businesses, schools, nonprofits, and government bodies. These include:

- The California Center for Sustainable Energy

-The Campanario Research Reserve of Costa Rica

- The Environmental Protection Department of Pakistan

- The Environmental Defense Fund's operations in China

- Illinois State University

- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

- The National Wildlife Federation

- Sierra Club

- The United Nations Development Program

- The US Environmental Protection Agency

- The World Bank

Graduates work on diverse issues like the effects of fracking on drinking water, East African urban planning, renewable energy promotion, waste management, and many other topics.

Financial aid and scholarships at Bard

Graduate students may apply for assistantships and campus employment in addition to more than a dozen fellowship and scholarship programs. These include merit-based CEP Fellowship awards to incoming graduate students, the Rachel Carson Scholarship for students pursuing the MS in Environmental Policy, and the Wangari Maathai Scholarship for international students applying to the MS in Environmental Policy program. Some fellowships and scholarships require a separate application. Interested students should check with the Bard CEP financial aid office for details and updates.

Location & Contact

Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability

Bard College

30 Campus Road
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
United States

Katherine Boyle

Director of Enrollment and Marketing

Phone: 845-758-7067
Fax: 845-758-7636

Caitlin O'Donnell

Graduate Admissions Counselor

Phone: 845-758-7073
Fax: 845-758-7636

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Environmental Policy Professional Certificate
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Climate Science And Policy Professional Certificate [Atmospheric Sciences ]
      Master of Science (MS) [agriculture]
      Master of Science (MS) [ecosystems]
    • Sustainability Master of Business Administration (MBA) [Sustainability Management]
    • Master of Science/Juris Doctor (MS/JD)
      Master of Science/Master of Arts in Teaching (MS/MAT)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 13
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Thesis Required and 4-month, full-time internship
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $65
    • Application Fee - International $65
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline January 15th January 15th Yes
    • Spring deadline March 15th March 15th Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, coursework in statistics, chemistry and one other semester of college science; personal statement; curriculum vitae; 3 letters of recommendation; sample of written work
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 15
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students66
    • Female Percentage70%
    • Male Percentage30%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students66
    • Part-time Percentage12%
    • Full-time Percentage88%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / LatinoNot Reported
    • Black / African AmericanNot Reported
    • White / CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian / Alaskan NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • Unknown or International StudentNot Reported


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty16
    • Full-time Percentage62%
    • Part-time Percentage38%
    • Female Percentage50%
    • Male Percentage50%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchClimate and agriculture, alternative energy, environmental economics, environmental toxicology, EPA law, sustainable development, international relations, literature and composition, human rights, agronomy, advocacy, leadership
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported


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