The Sustainable Innovation MBA (SI-MBA) at the University of Vermont is the leading program for emerging changemakers who believe business can — and must — become a force for good.

Our accelerated, 12-month program integrates sustainable business practices across disciplines, focusing on the tools needed to manage business today and lead through change tomorrow. Sustainable Innovation MBA graduates jump back into work with the knowledge and skills they need to become change agents in fields as diverse as impact investing, sustainable development, mission-driven marketing, supply chain management, nonprofit management, and other socially responsible business functions.

During the full-time, on-campus program, SI-MBA students gain unique access to Vermont’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Students learn from sustainable business leaders working to transform business into a force for good. The SI-MBA experience is capped off with a practicum project, where students work on consulting engagements within sustainable businesses across Vermont, the US, and beyond.

The University of Vermont also offers a 15-credit, fully online Certificate of Graduate Study in Sustainable Enterprise, using core curriculum from the Sustainable Innovation MBA program.

Upcoming Events

Student Visit Day

Friday, October 6, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. - noon

Would you like to see what a day in the life of a SI-MBA student would be like? On Friday, October 6, our Entrepreneurial Family Business course will have guest speakers in from O'Brien Brothers, a developer, builder and manager of real estate properties in Vermont. We invite you to sit aside current students as they learn more about this family business.

Please note, space is limited in Prof. Dita Sharma's class, which will place on-campus at the Grossman School of Business. We will have additional student visit days throughout the academic year.

SI-MBA Informational Webinar

Monday, October 9, 2023 from noon - 1 p.m. ET via Zoom

This Q&A session will provide you with an overview of the program and answer questions you may have regarding the application process, curriculum, and more. Register here.

A Force For Good webinar

Date TBC

No.1 Green MBA Princeton Review 2020 2019 2018


The Sustainable Innovation MBA (SI-MBA) is recognized as a trailblazer in business education. The program has received national and international recognition, including:

  • No.1 “Best Green MBA” by Princeton Review in 2018, 2019 & 2020;
  • No.1 US-based “Better World MBA” by Corporate Knights in 2019;
  • No.2 US-based “Better World MBA” by Corporate Knights in 2022;
  • No.4  Global “Better World MBA” by Corporate Knights in 2019;
  • No.5  Global “Better World MBA” by Corporate Knights in 2018;
  • Top 10 “Better World MBA” by Corporate Knights in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022;


SI-MBA students discussing on green campus


SI-MBA is an accelerated program that focuses on the essential toolkit to manage — and transform — business. It makes for a rapid learning experience that has graduates back out in the world and making an impact in less time. See how our alumni are creating impact here.

SI-MBA student at  the intervale


We designed the Sustainable Innovation MBA from the ground up to integrate environmental, social, and governance considerations into the MBA curriculum. This means our graduates develop holistic, interdisciplinary approaches that help businesses grow profitably and sustainably. Explore our curriculum here.

Sean Larkin of OnLogic visiting with student


SI-MBA is a full-time, on-campus program, based in Burlington, Vermont — one of the most progressive business environments in the world. Students meet and learn from globally recognized sustainable business leaders who are on the forefront of redefining the role of business in society.

SI-MBA students working at computers


The capstone experience of the SI-MBA program is completing a practicum project—a hands-on, full-time consulting engagement within an existing or emerging enterprise. Recent host organizations have included Ashoka, Ben & Jerry’s, Burton Snowboards, Facebook, Pepsico, REI Co-op, and Seventh Generation. Learn about practicum projects here.



We're on a mission to equip tomorrow's changemakers with the tools to transform business


We believe the old ways of doing business are no longer serving humanity — and that capitalism must evolve to better meet the needs of people and the planet. To accelerate this transition, future business leaders must be ready to deliver profitable, sustainable growth in changing and sometimes uncertain marketplaces.

The Sustainable Innovation MBA program focuses on the tools needed to manage business today and lead through change tomorrow. Our graduates go into the world with the knowledge and skills they need to become change agents in fields as diverse as impact investing, sustainable development, mission-driven marketing, supply chain management, nonprofit management, and other socially responsible business functions.


We aspire to be a program and a community that supports the values of the UVM’s Common Ground.

More about our values.


We respect each other. We listen to each other, encourage each other and care about each other. We are strengthened by our diverse perspectives.


We value fairness, straightforward conduct, adherence to the facts, and sincerity. We acknowledge when things have not turned out the way we had hoped. As stewards of the University of Vermont, we are honest and ethical in all responsibilities entrusted to us.


We want to be at the forefront of change and believe that the best way to lead is to learn from our successes and mistakes and continue to grow. We are forward-looking and break new ground in addressing important community and societal needs.


We encourage the open exchange of information and ideas from all quarters of the community. We believe that through collaboration and participation, each of us has an important role in determining the direction and well-being of our community.


As a just community, we unite against all forms of injustice, including, but not limited to, racism. We reject bigotry, oppression, degradation, and harassment, and we challenge injustice toward any member of our community.


We are personally and collectively responsible for our words and deeds. We stand together to uphold our common ground.


SI-MBA Alumni with headline meet our alumni


    "I love that it's a one year program because that means we can get back out in the world and make change quicker than a traditional two year MBA program."

    Director of Sustainability

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Application Deadline:
Applications for the 2024-25 cohort will close July 12, 2024. 
International student applications to close June 22, 2024.
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