The SI-MBA curriculum is designed to equip students with the knowledge and tools they’ll need to harness the potential of business to act as a force for good. The classroom-based learning is fast paced, interactive, and grounded in real-world knowledge. The rigorous course structure is augmented by exclusive talks from Innovators in Residence, and through workshops with practitioners.
Kate Williams, CEO at 1% for the Planet, discusses the intersection of business and environmentalism with SI-MBA students in 2019.
MODULES AND COURSES
The program is structured in 4 modules of 8 weeks each. Each module comprises a series of short, intense courses. The students in each cohort learn and grow together as a cohesive group, and form lifelong professional and personal relationships.
Every course integrates discussion on how to embed socially responsible practices in business. Students explore the ethical considerations business leaders must address to build value in multistakeholder environments, and learn from business cases drawn from around the globe.
SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION MBA CURRICULUM
Summer Preparation (self-paced, online)
Financial Accounting for Sustainable Enterprises
Foundations of Management
Business Strategy for a Sustainable World
Finance for Innovators I
Sustainable Brand Marketing
Teamwork for Sustained Innovation
Cost Models for the Transformational Enterprise
Building A Sustainable Enterprise
From CSR to Creating Sustainable Shared Value
Business Sustainability and Public Policy
Marketing Decision Making Under Uncertainty
Leading for Sustainable Innovation
Finance for Innovators II
Entrepreneurial Family Business
Growing A Sustainable Enterprise
Sustainable Operations and Green Supply Chains
Data Analytics for Sustainable Businesses
Financing a Sustainable Venture
Crafting the Entrepreneurial Business Model
Driving Sustainable Change I
Focusing on Sustainability & Innovation
Driving Sustainable Change II
Driving Innovation from Base of the Pyramid
Innovation Strategy: From Idea to Market
Accounting for a Sustainable Enterprise
Systems Tools for Sustainability
Sustainability Toolkit II
Sustainable Innovation in Action
Summer Practicum Project
Law as a Framework for Entrepreneurial Business
INNOVATORS IN RESIDENCE
To complement the core curriculum, the program also incorporates sustainable business leaders in the classroom through the Innovator in Residence speaker series. These talks are presented exclusively for Sustainable Innovation MBA students and provide an open and intimate forum to hear from and interact with thought leaders in the socially responsible business arena.
Innovators in Residence share their personal experiences drawn from work in B Corporations, sustainable development, social enterprises, impact investing, socially responsible businesses and leading nonprofits.
Innovators in Residence have included:
Jostein Solheim, CEO, Ben & Jerry's
David Blittersdorf, Founder, AllEarth Renewables
Valeria Budinich, Ashoka
Iqbal Quadir, Founder, Grameen Phone
Mary Powell, CEO, Green Mountain Power
Brian Kelly, CEO, Keurig Green Mountain
Matt Arnold, Head of Sustainable Finance, JP Morgan Chase
Yao Huang, Founder, The Hatchery
Richard Stammer, CEO, Cabot
Justin Bakule, Director, Shared Value Initiative, FSG
Erin Meezan, CSO, Interface
Kate Williams, CEO, 1% for the Planet
Duane Peterson, Co-President, SunCommon
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SI-MBA AND A MASTER'S IN SUSTAINABILITY?
Unlike a Master's program focused on sustainability alone, the Sustainable Innovation MBA takes an integrated approach to sustainable business — embedding environmental and social considerations into all facets of the management toolkit.
The interdisciplinary curriculum equips students to lead in fields beyond sustainability by building their experience in core business functions, with sustainability integrated throughout.
Ben & Jerry’s Associate US Marketing Manager (and 2015 SI-MBA alumnus) Brodie O’Brien leads a marketing workshop for the class of 2020.
Application Deadline: Applications for 2022-23 will close May 1, 2022. All documents must be in by May 15, 2022. Program start date: End of August Tuition: $52,245 for out-of-state students and $30,735 for Vermont residents* Credits: 45 credits Program duration range: One year Learn format: On-campus
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