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- Bachelor of Science, Stevens Institute of Technology, 1957
- Master of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1959
- Doctor of Business Administration, University of Southern California, 1967,He wrote his thesis on "The implications of EDP for multinational business operations." 
Nanus is the author of several books:
- (with Stephen M Dobbs) Leaders Who Make a Difference: Essential Strategies for Meeting the Nonprofit Challenge,San Francisco : Jossey-Bass 1999 
- Leading the Way to Organizational Renewal, Portland, Or. : Productivity Press, 1996
- Visionary Leadership (J-B US non-Franchise Leadership), 1995
- Translated into German as Visionäre Führung, into Spanish as Liderazgo visionario : forjando nuevas realidades con grandes ideas. and into Japanese as ビジョン・リーダー : 魅力ある未来像の創造と実現に向かって (Romanized JP: Bijon rīdā : Miryoku aru bijon no sōzo to jitsugen ni mukatte)
- The Vision Retreat: a Facilitator's Guide, San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 1995
- Visionary Leadership: Creating a Compelling Sense of Direction for Your Organization,: San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 1992 According to WorldCat, the book is held in 1291 libraries 
- Translated into Polish as Wizjonerskie przywództwo : jak stworzyć atrakcyjną wizję dla twojej organizacji?
- The Leader's Edge: the Seven Keys to Leadership in a Turbulent World, Chicago : Contemporary Books, 1989
- Leaders: The Strategies for Taking Charge, 1985, co-authored with Warren Bennis
- Translated into French as Diriger
- Developing strategies for the information society, 1982
- The emerging network marketplace, 1981
- "1940 U.S. Census Archive". Archives. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
- "Newsmakers, May 2002 - The Stevens Alumniletter". Stevens Institute of Technology. 2002-03-18. Archived from the original on 2012-08-05. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
- "Success Audiobook HSB -The Neuropsychology of Leadership Main Page". Sybervision.com. Archived from the original on 2011-12-03. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
- Reviewed by Andrew Malekoff in Social work with groups. 24, no. 1, (2001): 93
- WorldCat item record
- "Burt Nanus". Speakerpedia.