A handful of schools throughout Vermont offer Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs, several of which are exclusively offered online. Many of these programs provide students with various concentrations and/or require a culminating experience of some sort. Here we discuss some of these programs in more detail.
Schools in Vermont with MBA Programs
The University of Vermont
The University of Vermont in Burlington offers a Sustainable Innovation MBA program. The program discusses key business issues in inequality, the environment, ethics, and other topics through entrepreneurship and enterprise perspectives. Students can complete the program in 12 months, which includes a 3-month practicum project for experiential learning. For the project, students work in teams of 2 to 3 people full-time to create a business/action plan for an organization.
College of St. Joseph
Rutland's College of St. Joseph provides an MBA program designed for working professionals. The program can be completed in 1 year, but is available in a part-time format. Coursework is completed in a hybrid format with courses on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and online. The program totals 42 credits and students must complete a culminating experience that can either be a thesis or a practicum experience.
Champlain College, also in Burlington, offers a fully-online MBA program. Students take courses in 8-week sessions and can complete the program in as little as 12 months taking 2 classes each term. The program offers concentrations through certificate programs in areas like information security, employment law, accounting, organization development and healthcare administration. Students in the program must complete a leadership seminar and final, field-based capstone project for graduation.
Green Mountain College
Green Mountain College in Poultney has a fully online Sustainable MBA program, which was the first of its kind in the nation, according to the school's website. Although the program is 100% online, students can participate in on-campus residencies that last 4 days so they can meet the faculty, fellow students and a Visiting Scholar. The program totals 37 credits and requires a capstone project. Courses are 6 weeks long and typically offer small class sizes of about 10 to 18 students, per the school's website.
Norwich University in Northfield provides an online MBA program that can be completed in 18 months. Students are required to complete 36 credit hours and a 1-week residency for their culminating experience. Students must also complete a comprehensive exam and independent research projects if they choose a concentration in place of the general MBA track. The program offers concentrations in areas such as construction management, energy management, organizational leadership, project management and technology management.
Common Entrance Requirements
Students applying to on-campus or online MBA programs in Vermont must have a bachelor's degree and are likely to need to meet a minimum GPA requirement of 2.5 or higher. Some of these programs require or factor in a student's GMAT or GRE scores into their admissions consideration, while other programs do not require these exams. Some programs may also require or prefer to see at least 2 to 3 years of professional work experience, depending on the program. Usually, applicants will need to submit the appropriate application with their transcripts, letters of recommendation, resume and a statement of purpose/intent or responses to essay questions.
Vermont offers a variety of on-campus and online MBA programs, including Sustainable MBA programs. Depending on the program, students may be able to further focus their studies, complete the program in about a year and/or participate in hands-on learning experiences.