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New post 21 Oct 2008, 10:22
Hi everyone. My name is Sara and I have been out of school for a while, working as a chemistry teacher in a public high school for the past several years. I am very interested in starting my own not-for-profit consulting firm for developing green energy in rural areas. It's been a while and I find the whole application process fairly intimidating. Is there anyone here who knows anything about MBA programs specializing in non-profit or with significant reusable energy curricula or connections? I think I could use some application consulting in general - does anyone know of test prep companies who offer this service as well?

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New post 21 Oct 2008, 11:01
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Welcome! Some of your questions may be answered in the Knowledge Vault http://gmatclub.com/forum/123. I'll let others here speak to specific questions you have regarding programs.

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New post 21 Oct 2008, 11:05
Well Stanford and Yale comes to mind first.

Stanford great school for entrepeneurs and Non-profit. Great connections.

Yale, great school for non profits.



But outside of those, you should try location. In my opinion, schools like berkeley would have a stronger program just by location. A girl on the U of Chicago info session said she interned at a renewable energy company but she had to find the job herself by contacting an alumni. So there is at least 2 Chicago alumni that work in the field.


USNEWS and World Report 2008
Business Specialty Rankings: Nonprofit
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1 Yale University New Haven, CT
2 Stanford University Stanford, CA
3 Northwestern University (Kellogg) Evanston, IL
3 University of California--Berkeley (Haas) Berkeley, CA
5 University of Michigan--Ann Arbor (Ross) Ann Arbor, MI
6 Duke University (Fuqua) Durham, NC

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New post 22 Oct 2008, 14:02
Hi Sara, I think Haas would be a great place. Berkeley is a haven for all things sustainable.

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New post 23 Oct 2008, 00:56
I think Ross has a great program for it as well. They have a dual degree program with the School of Natural Resources that you might find interesting.

Disclaimer: I am not a student there so this is an unbiased post :-D

http://erb.umich.edu/Education/Masters/MBA-MS/

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MIT Sloan has also been touting its energy initiatives.
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New post 18 Nov 2008, 10:24
Thank you all so much for your warm welcome and input! You have been very helpful and informative.

I looked at all the programs mentioned and I am leaning heavily toward the programs at Berkeley and Yale. Now it's time to do test prep!

Maybe I'll see some of you in another thread.

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Check out Social Enterprise at Kellogg (SEEK)

http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/academic/seek/

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Hey Sarah,

We're in a similar boats. I'm a public school teacher applying to go into social entrepreneurship/non-profit.

Yale, Michigan, and Kellogg all have great programs. NYU is just getting started with social entrepreneurship, since they are traditionally known as a finance school, but I was impressed with what they have going on there when I went on a tour.
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Hey Leverandon,

Thanks for the tips. Where do you teach? Where are you in the app process?

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New post 22 Nov 2008, 06:13
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Hey Leverandon,

Thanks for the tips. Where do you teach? Where are you in the app process?


Hey Sarah,

I teach at the Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy II as a Teach for America teacher. Its a charter school in Harlem. We actually had a book published about our program a few weeks ago by a New York Times writer. Its called Whatever it Takes by Paul Tough. I was in no way a part of the book and we didn't even realize it was coming out until our principal told us. Its a pretty good read and a fair look at the challenges of teaching in Harlem.

I applied to five schools during Round 1 of the application season: Michigan (Ross), Yale SOM, Northwestern (Kellogg), Pennsylvania (Wharton), and Virginia (Darden). I'm going for a JD/MBA so I was looking for schools that had top 14 law programs attached to them. I will also be applying to Columbia Round 1 (their R1 is a lot later than the rest). So far, I received an interview invite at Michigan, a rejection with no interview ( :cry: ) from Wharton and everyone gets an interview from Kellogg. I have yet to hear anything from Yale and Darden. For Round 2 I plan to apply to NYU (Stern) and Chicago (Booth). I may throw in an app to Harvard and UCLA depending on how industrious I am feeling and what happens with my Round 1 schools.

Have you taken the GMAT yet? Are you looking to begin business school in Fall '09 or are you planning on applying during the following season? Hope that this helps!

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