Characteristics of our Curriculum
The University of Vermont Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA) consists of a curriculum based on three pedagogical axes - knowing (classroom learning), doing (project-driven learning), and being (value alignment, self-knowledge, and reflection).
The program aims to graduate participants with stupendous leadership abilities, great communication skills, and a coherence of values that aligns creation of value with respect for a variety of constituencies across the economic, social, environment, and political spheres.
The new SEMBA curriculum offers a set of intense and rigorous courses and a series of other educational experiences.
Modules and Courses:
The program is structured in 4 modules of 8 weeks each. Each module is made of a series of short, intense courses. The number of courses per module varies. 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.
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.
An entrepreneur will come every week and spend Friday making presentations and discussing cases that will serve as an integration of the materials covered in class.
The Big Issues Speaker Series:
Once a month we will have a national expert(s) or leader(s) come and address the class for a whole day on a big issue. These individuals will be invited on the basis of their contributions to advancing sustainable business practices.
Examples of Big Issues include: Climate Change; The Future of Food (Security; GMO; etc.); Alternatives Sources of Energy; The Future of Water (Security; Access; etc.); Urbanization; The Growth of Consumption; "Dirty" industries; Health Care and Epidemiological Issues(e.g., pandemics).
Sustainable Entrepreneur in Residence:
Every 8 modules, we will have a successful entrepreneur in residence for a week. These entrepreneurs will help teach specific cases, serve as mentors, and help prepare students for pitch competitions.
They share their stories and professional wisdom with our students during intensives by giving guest lectures and participating in group learning sessions.
Engagement in Doing Good:
While in the program, every student will be matched to an NGO or other mission-based organization in the area to help out. Experience-based learning is a central component of our curriculum. Students are expected to deliver initiatives that strengthen these mission-based organizations. We see service as a part of training you to become an entrepreneurial impact-focused leader and accelerate social justice and innovation.
Spring Break Away:
If you wish you can spend the Spring Break studying sustainable business practices for a week at our partners' sites in Colombia, China, France, Germany, India, or Mexico.
Experience-based learning is a central component of the SEMBA curriculum. The summer practicum or externships are designed to bring real value to an organization. Students will work in teams of 6 individuals to bring real value to an existing firm or develop a business plan for a new venture focusing on sustainability. Student team will be working for firms recognized for their sustainable brands and practices. Projects will be available locally in Vermont and around the globe (e.g., Botswana, India, Peru).
We will offer an intensive one day workshop on mindfulness and then a two-hour course meeting every other week for the eight month period. Sustainable entrepreneurship is ethical entrepreneurship. Critical, reflective, and inquiring self-knowledge is a pre-requisite for behavior, choices, and presence that support sustainable outcomes. The mental disciplines of mindfulness meditation will help students fulfill the "being" aspect of the SEMBA curriculum. Sustainability recognizes that all things are in relationship and that there is no object without a relational context. Interdependence is at the core of this insight and commitment to entrepreneurship.
|Course Number||Working Title||Themes||Start Date (14-15)||End Date (14-15)|
|Introduction||MBA 300||Business Fundamentals||Basics of Accounting, Finance and Marketing||14-Jul||8-Aug|
|Module 1||MBA 301||Foundations of Management||25-Aug||17-Aug|
|Module 2||MBA 302||Building a Sustainable Enterprise||20-Oct||12-Dec|
|Module 3||MBA 303||Managing Growth||29-Dec||27-Feb|
|Module 4||MBA 304
|Focusing on Sustainability||9-Mar||1-May|
|Module 5||MBA 305
|Practicum||Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Action, Pitch & Debriefing||18-May||7-Aug|
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