Overview

Applicants
41
Acceptance Rate
83%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.50
Years Work Experience
6.7
Average Age
30

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
540 - 640
GPA
3.42 - 3.74

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
February 15

Regular Application Deadline
July 15

Rolling Admission Deadline
July 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
No

Evening
No

Executive
No

Online
No

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
19

63
Full-time
37
Part-time
21
Minority
21
Female


Students Say

The University of Vermont's Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA) is one-year, full-time only program that focuses on social and environmental sustainability. SEMBA "is not just a traditional MBA with some sustainability courses attached." Instead, sustainability is woven through each course as a way to approach problems, instead of business as usual. UVM replaced its traditional MBA with SEMBA in 2014, and the past few years' of cultural change in students, administrators, faculty, and professors is "readily apparent." The small size of the program (target enrollment of 50) allows for it to be nimble, and "the directors ask for feedback regularly and respond quickly." "There is a genuine sense of pride and excitement at the Grossman School of Business," one student explains.

Through SEMBA's "rigorous and fast-paced" curriculum, students are exposed to both current and fundamental articles and encouraged to be forward-thinking. "SEMBA does not teach history, unless lessons can be learned from it. This is about the businesses of tomorrow," says one student. Everyone happily does the reading "because it's interesting, and because the best part about our classes are the discussions we have." The "deeply interested" professors "challenge [students] to do great work," even holding events for students in their homes, and will assist whenever needed, "even if not directly correlated to the coursework or if they are no longer teaching us." Similarly, the administration "does their absolute best to make things smooth for us students," including scheduling exams and projects so they don't all line up on the same day.


Specialities of faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Required

Description
The Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA) is a one year, accredited program to develop the next generation of leaders who will build, disrupt, innovate and reinvent sustainable enterprises in a world that demands it. This is not business as usual. www.uvm.edu/semba

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

School's environmental commitment 1:
During it's second year, UVM's Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA) program has been named second in the nation on the Princeton Review's list of the "Best Green MBAs." Unlike other Green MBA programs, 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. We’ve fundamentally reinvented business education and the MBA degree by addressing the environment, ethics, entrepreneurship, poverty and inequality.

School's environmental commitment 2:
The Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA program was name the 10th best MBA program in the Corporate Knights's Better World MBA ranking. We infuse innovation and leadership into our curriculum to develop graduates who are skilled at identifying problems and opportunities, and who make decisions based on astute analysis. We cultivate awareness of the importance of creating profitable and innovative businesses that have positive economic, social and environmental impacts. Our faculty strive to achieve teaching excellence, advancing critical thinking and leadership skills together with advanced management practices.

School's environmental commitment 3:
The Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA) is focused on the development of the next generation of business leaders who will build, disrupt, innovate and reinvent enterprises to move us more rapidly toward a sustainable world. SEMBA is a twelve-month program consisting of 9 months of classroom learning (August to April) and 3 months of a practicum project (May to July). The practicum project is a full-time, hands-on experiential engagement with either existing companies or new ventures (host organizations) from the US and around the world focused on real challenges and opportunities in sustainable entrepreneurship. Practicum projects are composed of teams of 2-3 SEMBA students each. The deliverable for the practicum is a detailed and comprehensive business/action plan for the host organization. At the end of July, students pitch their business/action plans to a panel of Executives, Chief Sustainability Officers, Entrepreneurs and Financiers, along with representatives of the host organizations. A successful practicum pitch is required for graduation. All of the practicum project descriptions may be viewed here, but our partners have include 1% for the Planet, EKUTIR,Ingersoll Rand, Seventh Generation and others.

Career overview

Average Starting Salary
$54,503
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
31%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
100%
Unknown

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

38%
Marketing
25%
Other
12%
Consulting
12%
General Management
12%
Finance/Accounting

Graduates Employed by Region

75%
Northeast
25%
South

Students Say

All students are required to do a three-month summer Practicum Project with an existing company or new venture, and must successfully pitch their business plans to a panel in order to graduate. Experiential learning is a highlight for many students, who appreciate that UVM is "a place where you can take risks and be creative." The "great business clubs" at UVM also provide real-world experience. A sampling of the companies that participate in the summer Practicum Projects include Ben & Jerry's, CEMEX, DIVA, Facebook, Lancer, NativeEnergy, and Seventh Generation.

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Marketing / Sales 38% $64,258 $64,258 $42,016 $86,500
Other 25% $60,000 $60,000 $60,000 $60,000
Consulting 12%
Finance / Accounting 12% $24,000 $24,000 $24,000 $24,000
General Management 12%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Other 38% $60,000 $48,000 $24,000 $60,000
Consumer Products 25% $86,500 $86,500 $86,500 $86,500
Media / Entertainment 12% $42,016 $42,016 $42,016 $42,016
Non-profit 12%
Technology 12%

Prominent Alumni

Charlene Begley
Director at NASDAQ, WPP & Red Hat

Stephen Penwell
Director of Equity Research, Morgan Stanley

Jodi Goldstein
Managing Director, Harvard Innovation Lab

Cyma Zarghami
President, Nickelodeon Networks Group

Jim Craige
Founding Partner, Stone Harbor Investment Partners

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$30,000

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$6,377

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
88%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
50%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
88%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
50%

New Students Receiving Loans
54%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$26,788
Tuition (Out-State)
$49,500
Fees (In-State)
$2,016
Fees (Out-State)
$2,016

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$9,992
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$9,992
Academic Expenses
$7,246

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
23
Part Time
0%

In State
39.0%
Out of State
61.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
0

Demographics

9.00%
Minorities

52% female
48% male

Campus Life

Students Say

SEMBA students are incredibly diverse in terms of backgrounds and work experience, from "a forty-seven-year-old mom with a background in forest conservation to a twenty- two-year-old recent grad interested in biomimicry to a thirty-year-old Iraq war veteran who is interested in community development." "The conversations we have are incred- ible and the support we give to one another is key," says a student of the "engaging discussions with well-articulated points of view." These students are "motivated people that still believe that they can have a positive impact on the world." Burlington and home university UVM are "all about eating well and being active." There are plenty of places to grab local food on campus, and many students walk to school or go for runs or bike rides during their lunch hour.

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Susan Denton
SEMBA Program Coordinator

Address
336 Kalkin Hall
55 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT 05405
United States

Phone
802-656-4611

Fax
802-656-4078

Email
semba@uvm.edu


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