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Curriculum and Course Descriptions

Overview

The online Sustainable MBA program through Green Mountain College consists of 37 credits. Courses are taught year-round. Normally, each class lasts six weeks, and there is a week-long break between each course. Our program can be completed in 21 months by full-time students if no breaks are taken. There are no electives in the curriculum, meaning that all courses offered must be taken by all students. The majority of students take courses in the same order, though this is not a requirement.

Enrollment in all of our classes is capped at 20 students; however, if more than 20 students enroll in a course, it will be split into more than two sections. Typically class sizes are 10-18 students, the perfect size for individualized attention and quality group discussion.

Most weekly lectures in the courses include readings, lectures and/or team assignments and discussion questions. Students should expect to spend approximately 21 hours on coursework per week.

Program Curriculum:

  • Communication Management
  • Sustainable Organization Management: A Triple Bottom Line Perspective
  • Organizational Behavior in Sustainable Organizations
  • Operations Management & Systems Thinking
  • Sustainable Marketing
  • Statistics & Quantitative Methods for Sustainable Organization Management
  • Stakeholder Economics & Sustainable Performance Management
  • Accounting for Sustainable Organization Management
  • Ethical Issues & the Legal Environment
  • Financial Measures of Value Added
  • Leadership, Values, and Decision Making
  • Competitive & Strategic Management – A Stakeholder Approach
  • Capstone Field Application Project

Students complete a survey after every course evaluating the effectiveness of the course and the course instructor. This feedback is used by the instructor and MBA Program Director to ensure that our courses are valuable and relevant to our students. Our commitment to student satisfaction and continuous program improvement is unparalleled among online Sustainable MBA programs.

CAPSTONE PROJECT

In the second year of our program, students complete a research based Capstone Project. This project may be about any topic – the sole requirement is that students apply the knowledge and skills developed in our online Sustainable MBA program to a sustainable organization. It is recommended that students complete their project on a topic that will be pertinent to them and useful in some area of their lives upon graduation.

The project begins in BUS 6090: Capstone Proposal, in which students work with an advisor, a member of the Green Mountain College Sustainable MBA faculty, who is someone the students can rely on with project definition and preparation and of their proposal. The Capstone Committee, comprised of the project advisor, the Green Mountain College Sustainable MBA Program Director, and one other selected Green Mountain College Sustainable MBA faculty member, must approve this initial proposal.

During their second year, students complete their Capstone research. In BUS 6091: Capstone Project, students work to complete their Capstone Project and gain advisor approval to present their final project to the Capstone Committee.


Courses and Descriptions

First Year

 

BUS 5010 Communication Management (1 credit)

This course provides new graduate students with an introduction to graduate-level communication strategies for academic success in a distance learning environment. In addition, this course examines issues and organizations that affect business and nonprofit organizations in the external environment of the organization. Topics include communication skills; academic rigor; scholarly practices; individual and group presentation techniques; graduate-level research tools; critical thinking strategies and skills; stress and time management; team work dynamics; an introduction to economics, regulatory, political, social and legal elements in the external environment.


BUS 5020 Sustainable Organization Management: A Triple Bottom Line Perspective (3 credits)

This course introduces the concepts of triple bottom line management and corporate social responsibility including the history and how they are changing the role and expectations of business in society. In addition, this course introduces the core management functions of planning, organization, leadership and control and how these functions are applied in sustainable organizations.

* Prerequisite: Communication Management or by permission of instructor. 


BUS 5030 Organizational Behavior in Sustainable Organizations (3 credits)

This course will study human behavior at the individual, team and organizational level and examine organizational design from multiple perspectives, paying particular attention to how companies can create systems that support social and environmental responsibility. Topics include human resource management, organizational behavior, managing change, the role of leadership in encouraging organizational innovation and adaptability, and optimizing individual performance and motivation.

* Prerequisite: Communication Management or by permission of instructor. 


BUS 5045 Operations Management & Systems Thinking (3 credits)

This course explores operations management in sustainable organizations and the application of systems thinking in the design and implementation of successful management strategies. Topics include process analysis, supply chain management, quality management, service systems management, and how systems respond to attempts to bring about beneficial changes. Students will also learn about leverage: how small changes in just the right part of a system can produce big results.

* Prerequisite: Communication Management or by permission of instructor. 


BUS 5050 Sustainable Marketing (3 credits)

The principles and practices of marketing in a sustainable organization and the role that marketing plays in the production and management of relationships with customers and other stakeholders are studied in this course. Students are taught how to develop effective marketing strategies and plans that are in line with the sustainable organization’s mission and goals. Included in this course are such topics as: identifying target audiences and needs, developing authentic positioning, and designing products/services, pricing, distribution, promotion and communications for sustainable brands and organizations.

* Prerequisite: Communications Management or by permission of instructor.


BUS 5060 Statistics & Quantitative Methods for Sustainable Organization Management (3 credits)

This course prepares the manager to use the principles of data analysis and their applications for management problems. Topics include business research, techniques of classification, summarization, and display of data; application of probability models for inference and decision making; and tools that support analysis and incorporation of a multiple stakeholder view of the firm.

* Prerequisite: Communication Management or by permission of instructor. 


BUS 5070 Stakeholder Economics & Sustainable Performance Management (3 credits)

This course examines principles and tools in economics for managers to use in making decisions in sustainable organizations. The focus is on the application of economics in operating and planning problems using information generally available to the manager. Topics include pricing; market structures; expansions and recessions; monetary policy; and the new economy. New measures of value added that address sustainability and other stakeholder group impacts are examined.

* Prerequisite: Communication Management or by permission of instructor.


BUS 5080 Accounting for Sustainable Organization Management (3 credits)

This course examines the principles of financial and managerial accounting for effective managerial decision-making and assessment of the financial strength of sustainable organizations. Discussions will include the essentials of cost accounting; minimizing the costs and risks posed by operations, developing effective operational planning and capital budgeting processes and managing more effectively a firm’s investments.

* Prerequisite: Communication Management; Statistics & Quantitative Measures; and Stakeholder Economics; or by permission of instructor.


Second Year

 

BUS 6090 Capstone Project I (1 credit)

The field application project is a capstone course in which the graduate student evidences the ability to apply Green Mountain College MBA learning to an applied project that integrates finance, marketing and other functional disciplines to result in a strategy design and implementation plan that supports sustainable organizational effectiveness. The student will work with an instructor advisor to achieve project approval.

* Prerequisite: Completion of first year courses or by permission of instructor.


BUS 5090 Ethical Issues & Legal Environment (3 credits)

This course examines how the legal environment shapes managerial decision-making and the ethical issues that emerge. Topics include the regulatory environment, contracts, business torts, partnership and corporations, anti-trust, environmental law, employment law, and ethical considerations in business from a stakeholder theory perspective.

* Prerequisite: Communication Management or by permission of instructor. 


BUS 5110 Financial Measures of Value Added (3 credits)

This course examines the principles of finance and financial techniques for effective management decision-making in the organizations that follow a triple-bottom-line approach. The focus is on understanding and analyzing financial information such as carbon credits and stakeholder issues and integrating them into effective financial decisions. Topics include forecasting; green investing; cash and capital budgeting; working capital management; non-profit metrics, carbon credit and similar markets and risk management.

* Prerequisite: Accounting for Managers or by permission of instructor. 


BUS 6010 Leadership, Values, and Decision Making (3 credits)

This course explores issues surrounding how and why senior leaders set and deploy organizational values, short and long-term directions, and performance expectations that achieve sustainable organization practices. The focus is on leadership approaches, organizational learning and social and environmental stewardship.

* Prerequisite: Completion of core course sequence or by permission of instructor.


BUS 6020 Competitive and Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach (3 credits)

This course examines classic competitive strategy frameworks and the application of these frameworks as well as emerging strategy for sustainability frameworks in the development and implementation of competitive strategy.

* Prerequisite: Completion of Leadership, Values, and Decision Making.


BUS 6091 Capstone Project II (2 credits)

The field application project is a capstone course in which the graduate student evidences the ability to apply Green Mountain College MBA learning to an applied project that integrates finance, marketing and other functional disciplines to result in a strategy design and implementation plan that supports sustainable organizational effectiveness. Working with the instructor advisor, the student will conclude the BUS6090 approved project, prepare a written report and present the findings to the MBA Capstone Committee.

* Prerequisite: Completion of core and concentration courses, Capstone Project I; or by permission of instructor.