Are you content with just "business as usual" or are you interested in harnessing the power of business and markets to change the world?

We're looking for people like you - the disrupters, innovators and visionary entrepreneurs. Leaders who think differently and seek a better way to do business, and who are ready to embark on a business education that will prepare them to live differently, lead differently, and profit differently. Give us a year. Together we'll reinvent the way we do business.

The Sustainable Innovation MBA program is an intensive 1-year accelerated degree, starting at the end of August. Application to the program is on a rolling basis with the decision deadlines below. Note that some scholarships have different deadlines, see scholarship deadlines here.

Early MoverJanuary 15
Regular AdmissionMarch 15
Final AdmissionMay 15

Applications for 2021-22 will close May 1, 2021. All missing documents must be in by May 15, 2021.


Due to the interdisciplinary nature of our program, we draw applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and therefore have no particular prerequisites in regards to prior coursework or degrees. We evaluate each applicant holistically, focusing on the applicant’s achievements and strengths as a person, which include but extend well beyond a collection of academic transcripts and GMAT or GRE scores.

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.

To help prepare our students for success in the program, all incoming Sustainable Innovation MBA students are required to complete an introductory accounting course, as well as MBA Math. Both courses follow the UVM Summer Academic Calendar. Further information will be provided upon admission to the program.


First, you’ll need to create an account with the University of Vermont Graduate College. Because there is some prerequisite coursework, you will be applying for the Summer 2021 term, even though the program begins full-time in the fall semester. Once you start your application, you can save it and return to it, so you don’t need to apply all in one sitting. A full application includes:

  • Official GMAT or GRE scores. University of Vermont’s ETS Institution Code for test scores is 3920.
    • To recognize the importance of hard-earned, real-world skills, we offer a GMAT/GRE waiver for qualified applicants. Please see the requirements below.
  • School Transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for the review process, official transcripts will be requested upon admission. Please have official transcripts sent directly from your institution(s) to
  • Contact information for three references – they will be contacted by UVM directly to submit their letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of Purpose. We want to get to know you, so take this opportunity to tell us about you, your work, your passions, and why you’ll make a great Sustainable Innovation MBA Candidate.
  • Resume
  • $65 Application Fee. Please see the Graduate College Application Instructions for information regarding application fee waivers.
  • Once you press submit you are not able to add additional documentation to your application. If you have something to add, please send it to and they will upload it for you.


To recognize the importance of hard-earned, real-world skills, we offer a GMAT/GRE waiver for qualified applicants. You may be eligible for this waiver if you have three or more years of relevant work experience or can demonstrate a high level of quantitative and analytical knowledge.


To be considered for a GMAT or GRE waiver, you must have

  • 3+ years of full-time work experience, or
  • A score from another standardized admissions test (MCAT, LSAT, etc.), or
  • A previous graduate degree, or
  • An advanced degree in a STEM or other quantitative/analytical discipline, or
  • A quantitatively-oriented professional certification, or
  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree from UVM within the last 5 years.

If you feel your work history or previous coursework is not a good indicator of your readiness for The Sustainable Innovation MBA program, you should consider taking the GMAT or GRE.


Military training develops many of the skills needed to be a successful professional – comfort with autonomy and uncertainty, self-efficiency, ambition, a desire for achievement, and effective decision-making. You may qualify for a GMAT/GRE waiver if you have three or more years of experience in the military.


  1. Submit your application.
  2. Fill out all fields, making sure to call attention to quantitative skills and experience you have gained through work and education. All fields are required.
  3. Submit your waiver by email as a PDF attachment to

GMAT/GRE waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.



Upon submission of your application, the Admissions Committee will be in touch to set up an interview, either in person or via videoconference.


You can log in to your personal application portal at any time to view your application status. You will be able to see what materials have been received, if the application is in review, and eventually when a decision is made. Once a decision is made on your application, you will receive an email from prompting you to log in to your account. Once in your personal portal, if accepted, you will have the opportunity to accept or decline your enrollment.

Above all, we seek students who are eager to use the power of business to create shared value for businesses and the local and global communities in which they operate. We aim to construct a cohort with diverse perspectives and experiences and we look forward to reviewing your application.


University of Vermont Graduate College Application