Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA

All students must meet the Requirements for the Master's Degree


The University of Vermont's Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA) is an accelerated, full-time, 12-month program (August-to-August) that includes a three-month summer practicum project focused on sustainable business initiatives within existing companies or entrepreneurial ventures. This innovative and award-winning program was designed by faculty from the AACSB-accredited Grossman School of Business to prepare individuals to create profitable and sustainable business opportunities in a world undergoing transformational change. SEMBA aims to develop the next generation of leaders who will transform, disrupt, innovate, and build sustainable business and enterprises in a world that demands it.

The program requires the successful completion of 45 credit hours, which are structured across an online course taught in August, 4 modules that comprise multiple course topics, and a summer practicum project. Courses and other co-curricular experiences are delivered by faculty and thought leaders drawn from the Grossman School of Business, other UVM units, Vermont Law School, and the local and global business communities. All students take the same courses at the same time. Given the nature of this accelerated one-year MBA program, students are expected to be engaged in their coursework on a full-time basis.

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies the Degree of Master of Business Administration

Admissions preference will be given to applicants who have 3 or more years of work experience in for-profit, non-profit, and/or government positions. Applicants with international exposure, and entrepreneurial and/or managerial experience are especially encouraged. Successful candidates will have scored higher than 500 on the GMAT, or equivalent on the GRE, and those scoring higher than 550 are preferred (the GMAT/GRE requirement can be waived for qualified candidates who have successfully completed a graduate degree). The ideal applicants will have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale in their undergraduate program, and will possess a command of the English language (applicants for whom English is not their primary language must have a minimum TOEFL score of 90 or a IELTS score of 6.5). Application requirements also include letters of reference and a statement of purpose.

Minimum Degree Requirements

Every course addresses issues of sustainability. Business cases are shared across courses and these business cases focus on how certain corporations are building a more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable economy. The curriculum will discuss in depth how the global challenges associated with sustainability, when viewed through a business lens, can help identify managerial strategies and practices to achieve sustainable economic growth while simultaneously driving shareholder value.

Required courses:

MBA 300Business Fundamentals1
Module 1
MBA 301Foundations of Management10
World Challenges: Physical and Social Realities
Business Strategy for a Sustainable World
Finance for Innovators
Sustainable Brand Marketing
Teamwork and Collaboration for Sustained Innovation
Business Economics
Sustainability Toolkit I
Module 2
MBA 302Bldg a Sustainable Enterprise9
Entrepreneurial Leadership and Mindset
Crafting the Entrepreneurial Business Model
Marketing Decision Making Under Uncertainty
Leading for Sustainable Innovation
Finance for Innovators
Cost Models for the Transformational Enterprise
Initial Framing of the Practicum Project
Module 3
MBA 303Growth of Sust Enterprise9
Strategic CSR for Transformational Sustainability
Sustainable Operations and Green Supply Chains I
Business, Communities, and Sustainability
Law as a Framework for Entrepreneurial Business
Business Sustainability and Public Policy
Financing Sustainable Venture
Module 4
MBA 304Focusing on Sustainability9
Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship
Driving Innovation from the Base of the Pyramid
Entrepreneurial Family Business
Regulatory Issues for the Entrepreneur
Sustainable Energy Technology and Policy
Systems Tools for Sustainability
Sustainability Toolkit II
Sustainable Operations and Green Supply Chains II
Module 5
MBA 305Sus Entrepreneurship in Action7
Practicum Pitch, Summer Project & Debriefing

Comprehensive Examination

Successful completion of the summer practicum in Module 5 will be considered as fulfilling the Graduate College requirement that all master's degree students pass a comprehensive examination in their field of specialization.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Business Administration

Successful completion of courses, and at least 15 graded graduate credits with a 3.00 GPA or better, including all core courses.