As one of the nation’s pioneer environmental liberal arts colleges, Green Mountain College offers excellent options to pursue graduate studies. These distance learning programs accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges are ideal for working professionals or new college graduates looking to advance their education.
MBA in Sustainable Business
Green Mountain College’s MBA program is the nation’s first accredited distance education program in sustainable business designed for working professionals. The curriculum prepares students to be leaders in the 21st century business world: It teaches the skills and knowledge associated with a rigorous graduate degree in business administration while emphasizing environmental and social responsibility. MBA students may choose one of two concentrations: General Business Administration or Non-Profit Organization Management. Working with a faculty advisor, students create a plan and then apply their MBA learning to a project that integrates finance, marketing and other functional disciplines to result in a strategy design and implementation plan that supports organizational effectiveness. This is a two-year program requiring 37 credit hours.
MS in Environmental Studies
Our master’s degree program in environmental studies 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 masters 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.
Through a program that features two brief residencies and courses that each last six weeks, students gain a solid foundation in environmental science, law, policy and organizing principles. This is a two-year program requiring 36 credit hours.
MS in Sustainable Food Systems
In today’s world of complex food and agriculture systems, we need leaders. Our Masters 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. 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. This is a two-year program requiring 39 credits.