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In today’s competitive market, sustainable enterprises need to anticipate and meet the needs of present and future stakeholders. This is often accomplished by using strategies that incorporate concerns for social change, environmental integrity, and business profit.The need for socially and environmentally conscious enterprises has grown substantially in the wake of recent environmental crises and instances of questionable business practices. Enterprises need a new generation of business leaders who can manage business while creating social, environmental, and economic value. UVM’s certificate offers a means of educating graduate students from diverse backgrounds in this important framework of learning how enterprises can be both profitable and responsible.

Students working at VSECUThe Certificate of Graduate Study in Sustainable Enterprise is designed to:

  • Prepare students to understand how enterprises stay competitive by incorporating social, environmental, and economic concerns into their strategy
  • Develop business knowledge as students learn how sustainability issues drive business strategy, enterprise, and profit
  • Fully integrate sustainability issues into each course in the curriculum, similar to the Sustainable Innovation MBA (SI-MBA)

The fully online certificate will require 15 credits in the field of sustainable enterprise. There are four required courses (12 credits) from three core enterprise content areas, including: accounting, marketing, operations, and supply chains, and one required course (3 credits) in a capstone course designed around leading sustainable innovation. Students can choose one elective course (3 credits) from a variety of topical electives, including: finance, new business models, and entrepreneurial family business. The program will offer two online courses each semester, with students expected to take one or both courses. Students may start the program in the fall, spring, or summer, so it will be possible to complete the program in one year.

Graduates of the Certificate of Graduate Study in Sustainable Enterprise will demonstrate or achieve:

  • Awareness of sustainable enterprise practices
  • Understanding of essential elements of core business principles needed to analyze and evaluate problems
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a diverse team environment

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What: Certificate of Graduate Study in Sustainable Enterprise
Start date: May 20, 2019
Application deadline: April 1, 2019
Certificate Tuition:
   In-state: $9,960*
   Out-of-State: $14,550*
Credits: 15 credits (5 courses)
Duration: 1 Year
Accreditation: Graduate Certificate
Learning Format: Online

*Tuition subject to change, and varies based on number of credits student enrolls in per term. See tuition page for details.