University of Vermont

School of Business Administration

Purpose-built to Change the World

Transforming Today’s Business + Creating Tomorrow’s Ventures

Unlike other Green MBA programs, the University of Vermont’s one-year Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA) was designed from the ground up to challenge the traditional MBA. We enlisted some of the greatest leaders in the field to design and shape our program.

The result? We’ve fundamentally reinvented business education and the MBA degree by addressing the environment, ethics, entrepreneurship, poverty and inequality.


The SEMBA Advantage

As a SEMBA student, you will benefit from:

  • AN ACCELERATED ONE YEAR PROGRAM: Designed to get you back out there, inventing or reinventing your enterprise as soon as possible.

  • VERMONT’S UNIQUE SPIRIT OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Learn from and develop relationships with leaders from a master class of sustainable, entrepreneurial enterprises, including Ben & Jerry’s, Burton Snowboards, Keurig Green Mountain, and Seventh Generation.

  • GLOBAL EXPOSURE AND HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Do meaningful, high-impact work with global partners that have on-the-ground access in emerging markets and the developing world. For example, students in prior years have spent the summer practicum experiences working on sustainable innovation initiatives with companies like PepsiCo and Novelis in Latin American and Asian countries.

  • CUTTING-EDGE THINKING AND PRACTICE: You’ll be interacting with some of the leading thinkers and doers in the field of sustainable enterprise, both here in Vermont and from around the world through our Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Residence Program.

  • MULTI-DISCIPLINARY IMPACT: We’ve designed a unique curriculum delivered by faculty from our School of Business along with colleagues from the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics, nationally ranked Rubenstein School of Natural Resources as well as the Gund Institute, and Vermont Law School.

Ready for Disruption?

What sorts of jobs and opportunities does SEMBA prepare graduates to do?

Traditional MBA Programs focus on training people for “executional” jobs in established firms - jobs inmarketing, finance, operations, and consulting. If you want to be a manager who spends most of his or her time attempting to extract greater efficiency out of the operations of an organization in a mature or declining industry, we are not your MBA. But if you seek meaning, a profitable way to create sustainable and responsible businesses in a turbulent world, then by all means, stop what you're doing and give us a good look. We focus on four transformational domains for placing graduates: intrapreneurs, consultants, entrepreneurs and investors.

The SEMBA Curriculum

Summer Preparation (self-paced, online)
Accounting Fundamentals for Non-Financial Managers

MODULE 1: Foundations of Management
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 - Leadership Seminar

MODULE 2: Building A Sustainable Enterprise
Business Sustainability and Public Policy - Crafting the Entrepreneurial Business Model - Marketing Decision Making Under Uncertainty - Organizing for Sustainable Transformation - Finance for Innovators - Cost Models for the Transformational Enterprise - Leadership Seminar

Initial Framing, List of Projects Ideas/Opportunities

MODULE 3: Growing A Sustainable Enterprise
Managing and Leading for Sustainable Innovation - Sustainable Operations and Green Supply Chains - Business, Communities, and Sustainability - Law as a Framework for Entrepreneurial Business - Sustainable Toolkit I - Financing a Sustainable Venture - Leadership Seminar

MODULE 4: Focusing on Sustainability
Sustainable Technology Commercialization - 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 - Sustainable Toolkit II - Service Operations & Sustainability - Leadership Seminar

PRACTICUM: Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Action
Practicum Pitch, Summer Project, & Final Report and Presentation to Corporate Sponsor

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