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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) including a three month practicum consisting of starting or expanding a new sustainable business. The program requires a total of 45 credit hours (after all prerequisites are met).  The program is structured in 5 modules and each module covers a range of topics. All participants take the same courses at the same time. The intensity and frequency of class meetings changes depending on the best pedagogical approach for the specific topic.

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, and applicants with international and 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 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). Application requirements also include letters of reference.

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
Entrepreneurial Leadership and Mindset
Module 2
MBA 302Bldg a Sustainable Enterprise9
Business Sustainability and Public Policy
Crafting the Entrepreneurial Business Model
Marketing Decision Making Under Uncertainty
Strategic CSR for Transformational Sustainability
Finance for Innovators
Cost Models for the Transformational Enterprise
Winter Session: Initial Framing of the Practicum Project
Module 3
MBA 303Growth of Sust Enterprise9
Leading for Sustainable Innovation
Sustainable Operations and Green Supply Chains
Business, Communities, and Sustainability
Law as a Framework for Entrepreneurial Business
Sustainability Toolkit I
Financing Sustainable Venture
Module 4
MBA 304Focusing on Sustainability9
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
Service Operations & Sustainability
Module 5
MBA 305Sus Entrepreneurship in Action7
Practicum Pitch, Summer Project & Debriefing

Comprehensive Examination

Successful completion of Module 5 (which takes place during the summer) 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.