Professors at UVM will go the extra mile as well. “They always make themselves available,” says one student, “and are willing to meet outside of office hours.” Some are “amazing leaders and role models.” Naturally, as with almost any intense business program, students tell us “some are better and more dedicated than others,” but as one candid student conveys, “The majority of the salient lessons I learned have come from other students in the business school.” Many students “work in green [industries] or have a green conscience component to their employment,” so an undertone of environmental awareness and social responsibility permeates this school, no matter the discipline or course of study. The bottom line is “everyone is friendly, punctual, and dedicated to their work,” and while a competitive streak is present here like almost any other graduate business program, most students actively contribute to class discussions, making for an “intelligent and relevant” MBA program. In fall 2014, the University of Vermont will launch a new Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA) program. The SEMBA program consists of a curriculum based on knowing (classroom learning), doing (project-driven learning), and being (value alignment, self-knowledge, and reflection). Sustainability will be built into the foundation of the program. The SEMBA curriculum will begin by teaching students how to start a sustainable enterprise, how to manage the enterprise as it grows, and then how to invest in its sustainability—its long-term viability. The program design includes teaching from a set of common business cases on a same enterprise that will allow the discussion of sustain-ability from different perspectives; business cases will draw upon the experiences of business leaders and entrepreneurs who will serve as guest speakers and co-teachers,and a number of courses will be offered by faculty from UVM’s Gund Institute and the Rubenstein School of Natural Resources and by the faculty of the Vermont Law School. The program will be delivered on a twelve-month calendar. It is a full-time, lock-step program and consists of 45 credits divided into five modules, including the 3-credit hands-on practicum during the summer. Applications for fall 2014 will be due January 1 and more information on the SEMBA curriculum and faculty can be found on the website (www.uvm.edu/business/mba).
The Princeton Review