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Overall Score 76.45
Liaison Ryan Ihrke
Submission Date Oct. 17, 2014
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Green Mountain College
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Aaron Witham
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students?:
Yes

The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (1st program):
Green MBA

A brief description of the graduate degree program (1st program):

Green Mountain College offers the premier, 100% Online Sustainable MBA. “Green” isn’t just a word we throw around. We truly practice what we teach. Green Mountain College has been teaching sustainability for more than fifteen years and we have been recognized many times for our mission. Our online Sustainable MBA program has been offered since 2006. Our faculty is very experienced, both in the corporate world, as well as in online instruction, which provides our students with a rich, meaningful learning experience.

Our online Sustainable MBA program is 37 credits. Each course lasts six weeks, with a one week break before the start of the next course. We cap each course at 20 students, but our typical class size is 10-18 students, the perfect size for individualized attention and quality group discussion. Our faculty members have highly regarded work backgrounds, and they are committed to helping students understand green business issues.


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The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
M.S. in Environmental Studies

A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):

At Green Mountain College, we’ve focused on teaching about the environment for over 15 years. Our distance MSES program is designed to help working professionals develop expertise in environmental issues, then put it to work in their own communities.

Unlike other graduate programs, the GMC master's degree combines the best of online learning with intensive locally applied experience. We call it a bioregional approach to distance education. Rather than learning about environmental studies solely through examples in a textbook, students in each of our courses use their local ecosystems as laboratories in which to experiment with new concepts and skills.

Students choose between three concentrations—conservation biology, writing and communication, and self-design—and graduate as experts in the workings of their own bioregions. This emphasis on practical application of knowledge prepares students for professional work, whether they are just launching a career or looking for growth in an established position.

Our MSES students graduate with the knowledge and confidence to become leaders. They join a cutting-edge community ready to make a difference.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
M.S. in Sustainable Food Systems

A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):

In today’s world of complex food and agriculture systems, we need leaders. Our Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems program prepares future leaders in the burgeoning food movement with a graduate level interdisciplinary understanding of sustainable agricultural production, and a deep knowledge of the economic, ecological, and social forces driving food systems.

At Green Mountain College, we’ve been teaching about sustainability for over fifteen years. Our distance MSFS program -- built on the success of the College’s undergraduate major in sustainable agriculture and on the surging interest in food and agriculture in the U.S. and beyond -- is designed to provide students with the skills to conduct in-depth interdisciplinary investigations into the complex arena of their own bioregional food systems. Our MSFS students graduate with the knowledge and confidence to become leaders and join a cutting-edge community ready to make a difference.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program(s):

Master of Science in Resilient and Sustainable Communities (begins in 2015): http://masters.greenmtn.edu/mrsc.aspx


Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
No

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Reporting year is academic year 2012-2013. For more information about Green Mountain College's graduate program visit the following link: http://masters.greenmtn.edu/

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