As technology, globalization, and sustainability continue to change the global business marketplace, it's more important than ever to attend an innovative business program where you can learn the skills to face these challenges head-on.
But, which programs actually understand the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation through courses that can take students across the world and deliver critical thinking skills? Here are 15 of those types of innovative MBA classes, in no particular order.
1. School of Management, Antioch University New England
Located in Keene, New Hampshire, the AUNE School of Management 36-credit MBA in Sustainability is an integrated program that focuses on producing business leaders who socially conscious. Not only does the program help students develop people skills, it also gives them the skills to launch either a successful business or nonprofit based on a code of ethics and values that will empower communities.
2. Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Recognized as one of the best learning institutions in the world, Boston's Harvard Business School is an intensive two-year program that is one the cutting edge of innovation that promotes global leadership. In 2011, the Harvard Innovation Lab opened to assist students who are interested in entrepreneurship and innovation in the community. Harvard is also known for its ahead-of-the-curve research.
3. Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame
The Mendoza College of Business is consistently ranked as one of the best business programs in the country. It embraces strategic creativity and encourages disruption by working with entrepreneurs and nonprofits. What makes this program especially unique is that students actually spend 10-days mapping out strategies in countries like Bosnia, Uganda, and Lebanon.
4. MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Based in Cambridge, The MIT Sloan School of Management is another leading business school thanks to its innovative program and pioneering business theories, such as the binomial options pricing model. Students can customize their own their course of study and have access to hands-on learning through the collaborative Action Learning program where they can travel to developing countries or work with local entrepreneurs.
5. Daniels College of Business, University of Denver
Daniels College of Business is committed to producing ethical business leaders who will be prepared for the changes of the global marketplace. In fact, Daniels has considered a pioneer in business ethics for the past two decades. Through a partnership with Deutsche Bank's Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium, students have the opportunity to work with Deutsche Bank managers and visit a microfinance institution in a developing country.
6. Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
Ranked as the top business school by U.S. News & World Report, the Stanford Graduate School of Business concentrates on areas like e-commerce, accounting, not-for-profit management, sports business, and entrepreneurship. One of the signature areas of focus is leadership which "involves rigorous application of personal experiential testing, analysis, and reflection" through traditional classroom instruction, one-on-one coaching, and The View From the Top speaker series.
7. Fisher MBA, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Nestled in California's beautiful central coast, which was named as one of top 10 US travel destinations for 2014 by Lonely Planet, the Fisher MBA specializes in International Marketing, International Sustainable Business, Localization Management, and since it's proximity to Silicon Valley, Entrepreneurship. To help become local leaders, students have a chance to work with social enterprises like Points of Light to tech-giants like Cisco.
8. The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Located in Philadelphia, this Ivy-league school has been influencing business leaders for over 125 years. In fact, this institution is the world's first collegiate business school. It's often considered the one of the world’s top institutions for business education by Bloomberg Businessweek, U.S. News & World Report, and the Financial Times. Additionally, the Wharton School has held the top rank in research productivity every year since 1986 according to a report published by Indiana University.
9. Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University
Located in Provo, UT the Marriott School has been instilling ethical decision-making since being founded in 1891. However, what makes this program stand out is that students actually run a venture and equity fund known as Cougar Capital.
10. Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Based in Evanston, Illinois, but with campuses in Miami and Chicago, the Kellogg School of Management makes innovation and welcoming growth a priority. In fact, the program anticipates and develops solutions that marketers are going to face through the Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative.
11. Haas School of Business, University of California
Tapping into the Bay Area's incredibly rich business environment, the Haas School of Business is one of the most innovative MBA programs in the country. Through its strategy called “Berkeley Innovative Leader Development,” Hass attempts to challenge the status quo, gain confidence through analysis, encourage personal and intellectual growth, and realize the long-term effects of decisions.
12. The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
The Booth School of Business is actually the first business school to offer executive MBA and Ph.D. in business programs. Students are allowed to structure their own course of study subject, however, they must enroll in the Leadership Effectiveness and Development course. The LEAD course focuses on developing skills like motivating people, influencing outcomes, and building relationships.
13. McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
Located in Washington D.C., it's no surprise that the McDonough School of Business focuses on " the intersection of business and public policy, international affairs, financial markets and policy, and markets and ethics." For example, the school holds debates on topics such as how less stringent copyright and patent rules on pharmaceuticals could provide more accessible healthcare to Africans with HIV or Aids.
14. Columbia Business School, Columbia University
Since Columbia is based out of New York City, students can expect to be at the very center of business. Not only does the school embrace evolving to the ever-changing business world and have progressive faculty members, the program gives students the once-in-the-life opportunity to meet influential business leaders.
15. Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western University
Cleveland's Weatherhead School of Management helps develop outstanding business leaders through with partnerships with think[box] and Blackstone Launchpad. This institution is considered a pioneer in thought leadership through its groundbreaking concepts, one-on-one relationships with thought leaders, and real-world learning that extends from Cleveland to India to China.